Here's a company you might link up with. Johnsonville Sausage makes a wide array of top-selling fresh, pre-cooked, and smoked sausage products, including bratwurst, breakfast links and bulk rolls, chorizo, along with smoked and Italian sausage. If you can't wait for mealtime, the company offers various snack sausages and deli bites. Sold under the Johnsonville and Table for Two brands, its more than 50 link and bulk sausage meats are sold primarily through grocery stores and food service operators. Johnsonville's sausage is available in some 30 countries worldwide. In the US, Johnsonville products are on the menu at more than 4,000 McDonald's restaurants. The privately-owned company was founded in 1945.
Johnsonville Sausage expanded its reach to Japan through a deal signed in 2010 with Prima Meat Packers, which began selling five key products made by the Wisconsin-based sausage maker in supermarkets in Japan. The two firms also agreed to jointly develop new products beginning in 2011. The venture targets annual sales of 10 billion yen by 2014.
In order to sustain its export sales, Johnsonville tailors its sausage to fit national tastes. For example, in Canada, the company's bratwursts are flavored with honey and garlic. In Mexico its meats are made extra spicy. And in Asian markets, its brats are smaller, less salty, and have a lemon taste.
Responding to consumers' desire for foods lower in fat, the company offers chicken and turkey products, including Three Cheese Italian Style Chicken Sausage and Turkey Sausage with Cheddar.
The family of the late Ralph F. Stayer (who founded Johnsonville and named it for his Wisconsin hometown) continues to own and operate the company. – less