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Stonewall Kitchen Completes Acquisition of Tillen Farms, Still Shopping

Stonewall Kitchen has completed its acquisition of the Tillen Farms brand of premium cocktail garnishes, including uniquely-crisp pickled vegetables and delicious Pacific Northwest cherries.

“We could not be more excited to combine these two premium specialty food brands,” said John Stiker, Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall Kitchen. “Tillen Farms is a strong and well-recognized brand and a leader in the pickled vegetable and cocktail cherry categories, with delicious offerings like pickled asparagus, spicy dilly beans, and their signature Bada Bing® cherries. We look forward to welcoming the Tillen Farms team into our organization, which will allow us to leverage the strengths of both brands to help grow the other.”

Tim Metzger, the Founder of Tillen Farms added, “Joining the Stonewall Kitchen family is the perfect fit for us. They have long been known for their strengths in product development and brand building, and we’ve already started working together on several new products set to launch later this year which will be wonderful additions to our already successful product line-up. I look forward to working with the Stonewall Kitchen team to bring Tillen Farms to the next level and to realize our growth potential.”

Stiker continued, “With the acquisition of Tillen Farms, Stonewall Kitchen has taken the first step towards achieving our vision of becoming the premier specialty foods platform in North America. With our expertise in brand building, product development, and omni-channel distribution, we are excited to continue to grow our business both organically and through additional selective acquisitions.”

Massive Product Launch by Stonewall Kitchen

Award-winning specialty food manufacturer, Stonewall Kitchen, announces the launch of over 20 new products for January 2018, including a new Ghost Pepper Jelly, Ghost Pepper Aioli and Ghost Pepper Queso as a well as a new savory Bacon Bourbon Jam and Bacon Ketchup.

“We will continue to turn up the heat heading into 2018,” said Janine Somers, Director of Marketing. “Hotter than hot, following in the footsteps of our tremendously successful Ghost Pepper Salsa, our three new ghost pepper products are going to be a huge hit. These products are for people who truly love extreme heat! There will even be a heat indicator on the jar for those wanting to warn their taste buds.” Somers continues, “That’s not all, our quest to create amazing bacon products continues with the unveiling of two new products; Bourbon Bacon Jam and Bacon Ketchup!

Additional Products for January 2018 include:

 Jams: Raspberry Mango Jam; Bourbon Bacon Jam
 Ghost Pepper Products: Ghost Pepper Jelly; Ghost Pepper Queso; Ghost Pepper Aioli
 Grille Sauce: Mediterranean Grille Sauce
 Drink Mixer: Moscow Mule Mixer
 Salad Dressing: Apple Cider Vinaigrette
 Condiments: Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce; Bacon Ketchup; Sun-Dried Tomato Olive Tapenade
 Sauces: Garlic Pesto Pizza Sauce; Portobello Mushroom Sauce
 Breakfast Mixes: Dill & Chive Crepe Mix
 Snacks, Sides, Desserts & Coffee: Sriracha Cheddar Cheese Sticks; Saffron Risotto Mix; Waffle Cookies (Maple Brown Butter and Cocoa Sea Salt Caramel), French Vanilla Single Serve Coffee
 Fine Home Keeping: Citrus Bloom Fine Home Keeping Collection; Dish Soap, Hand Lotion, Hand Soap, Soy Candle

Hammond’s Brands to Close Old Dominion Peanut Company Plant

Old Dominion Peanut Company is closing its manufacturing facility in Norfolk, Virginia. As a result of a six-month analysis of the company’s current operations and future needs of its customers, the decision comes in the wake of the neighborhood in transition from manufacturing and warehousing, to retail and upscale residential apartments, higher operating costs, and the lack of efficiencies operating out of multiple buildings.

“Business decisions that directly impact our employees are extremely difficult,” said Andrew Schuman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hammond’s Brands. “Old Dominion has operated in Norfolk for over 100 years, and we have employees that have been with us for nearly 40 years. The plant closure does not reflect the end of the Old Dominion Peanut Company;  rather it marks the beginning of the next chapter of our business operations for long-term health.”

The closing is expected to be completed by early summer of this year. Hammond’s Brands, owner of Old Dominion Peanut Company will relocate part of the ODP operations to its headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and transfer some of the production of its products to a third party under a long-term co-manufacturing agreement.

“This is a company restructuring initiative that will allow the company to intensify product scope and drive future profitability to our core businesses. Our response to this unfortunate solution is that we must combine a commitment to long-term investments in innovation and manufacturing. We believe this closure is crucial to our ability to increase efficiency and reduce the company’s cost structure. Today’s news will allow us to accelerate our growth strategy and drive long-term change, all to further Hammond’s success,” said Schuman.

The Norfolk facility currently employs approximately 70 wage and salaried employees and produces products such as peanut brittles, nut candies, and chocolate covered nuts. Recognizing that the ODP facility has been a significant part of the local economy in Norfolk, Hammond’s is enlisting the aid of the Virginia Employment Commission and communities to allow workers the maximum access to public services and ensure a seamless transition for its employees.

Schuman added, “I am overwhelmingly appreciative of the contributions each of our employees have made to our company, and am sorry we have not been able to find a solution that would allow us to continue operations in Norfolk. Norfolk remains a wonderful place to do business and we have greatly respected the many services over the years provided by the city. We wish nothing but the best for the Norfolk and Hampton Roads communities.”

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