Tyson Foods acquires Philly cheesesteak maker

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Original Philly Holdings consists of two business units.
 
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. has announced the acquisition of Original Philly Holdings, producer of raw and fully-cooked Philly-style sandwich steak and cheesesteak appetizer products. Original Philly Holdings is based in Philadelphia.

“Original Philly Holdings is a natural, strategic fit with our Prepared Foods Business,” said Sally Grimes, Prepared Foods Group president. “The Original Philly brand and portfolio of products are highly regarded in the foodservice industry and have a growing list of customer relationships with chain and convenience store operators.”

The two units that make up Original Philly are Original Philly Cheesesteak Company, which manufactures raw Philly-style sandwich steak products, and Philadelphia Pre-Cooked Steak Company, which manufactures fully-cooked Philly-style sandwich steak products. The company serves foodservice, retail and convenience store providers and employs about 250 at its two Philadelphia plants.

“We look forward to combining our commercial and operational resources with Original Philly Holdings’ capabilities to offer new solutions to customers and consumers, expand distribution, and continue the growth and legacy of the business,” Grimes said.

“We’re excited to be part of the Tyson Foods family, which will allow us to build on the legacy of our business,” said John Karamatsoukas, president and CEO of Original Philly Holdings. “Tyson Foods is a leader in the food industry and has a strong reputation for successfully acquiring and growing family-owned businesses like ours. With deep appreciation for our customers, employees, and vendors’ contributions to Original Philly’s success, I remain confident that Tyson Foods will honor and operate the business in a manner consistent with the values we embrace.”

Integration teams from Tyson Foods and Original Philly have been formed and the company will remain focused on maintaining high quality customer service during the transition.  

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