When it comes to selling hot dogs, Bar-S Foods is serious about being top dog. The company manufactures hot dogs, corn dogs, bacon, lunchmeat, hams, and smoked sausage under such brands as Bar-S, Extra Lean, Old World Premium, Jumbo Jumbos, President's Pride, and Chuck Wagon. Its more than 100 meat lines are sold to deli, retail grocery, warehouse club, and the military and other institutional customers throughout the US, and sometimes abroad. Headquartered in Phoenix, the company operates three production facilities and a distribution center, all in Oklahoma. Founded in 1981, Bar-S Foods was acquired in 2010 by Mexico meat and cheese processor Sigma Alimentos, part of industrial behemoth Alfa SAB.
The addition strengthens Sigma Alimentos' portfolio with products positioned on the supermarket shelf as higher-value, as well as its market share of the North American refrigerated grocery section. Bar-S ranks #3 among the industry's top hog dog makers.
For its part, Bar-S looks to benefit from combining its strength with Sigma's supply, production, and distribution, which is largely outside of US borders. Along with rivals Sara Lee (Ball Park) and Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer), Bar-S sales have been burned by the recession, which drove consumers to trade down in their food purchases. The economic turnaround is spurring demand, but it is also increasing grain prices and fuel costs, as well as shrinking supplies.