CALIFORNIA, Mo. – Specialty meats and food producer Burgers’ Smokehouse has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Paris, Tennessee- based Clifty Farm Country Meats. Once combined with Clifty, Burgers’ will be the largest producer of country ham in the nation.
“The purchase of Clifty Farm fulfills a key strategic initiative to dramatically reduce risk by providing multiple locations for the production of country cured hams,” said Steven Burger, president of Burgers’ Smokehouse. “Clifty Farm has been a tough competitor over many years and is a leading country ham brand in the grocery channel. We now look forward to combining the strengths of our organizations to better serve the needs of our customers in all sales channels.”
Once the two companies complete the sale, Burgers’ Smokehouse will operate five processing plants in Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky. Burgers’ Smokehouse has been curing country hams for over 90 years, including whole, sliced, and cooked country hams for customers across the US and is a leader in portion control country ham for the foodservice channel.
Clifty Farm Country Meats was first established in 1954 by Truman Murphey. It grew through three generations of the Murphey family. Its current product portfolio includes country cured ham, bacon, sausage, barbecue and other specialty items.
“We are proud of the business we have developed and believe that becoming part of the Burgers’ Smokehouse team is the best next step for our company,” said Michael Murphey, president of Clifty Farm Country Meats. “I look forward to continuing with the company when the sale is completed.”