In April, the two sides came to an agreement of purchase. This came after Rupari Food Services and its parent company, Rupari Holding Corp., filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Acquiring the assets of Rupari makes good business sense for Buddig as we expand our portfolio of fresh, great-tasting, affordable meats. It gives us immediate access to an attractive pre-cooked BBQ segment and allows us to strategically grow our nationwide footprint,” said Bob Buddig, CEO of Carl Buddig and Company. “We are excited to welcome a team of more than 200 experienced and dedicated employees to the existing Buddig family of employees.”
For a limited period, Buddig will continue production and sales of Tony Roma’s branded ribs and BBQ entrees to ensure continuity of supply and meet retailer and consumer demand. The company will also continue offering its Butcher's Prime brand to customers.
“Buddig prides itself on outstanding customer relationships that stand the test of time,” Buddig said. “We recognize the bankruptcy process created challenges for Rupari’s customers, vendors, and employees. Our top priority will be to stabilize the operation, restore confidence, and begin the process of establishing successful long-term relationships with our new business partners and employees."
Production will continue in the South Holland facility formerly occupied by Rupari. Buddig worked extensively with Rupari to ensure a seamless transition between their employees and the new operations through the closing of the sale.
The transition included a updated collective bargaining agreement between CBQ, LLC and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1546.
The purchase of Rupari will bring Carl Buddig’s Illinois-based workforce to more than 1,500 employees.