Faribault Foods, Inc. is an American company engaged in the manufacture of canned beans, pasta, soups, vegetables, organic food items and aseptically packaged juice items. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Faribault Foods was founded in 1888 by local investors in Faribault, Minnesota. The company’s original name was Northwestern Canning Company and became Faribault Canning Company in 1895.
The company changed ownerships a few times, starting with the Douthit Family who owned it in 1916. A year after, the company was sold to the Vandever Family. In 1950, Faribault bought 50% shares of the Butter Kernel brand and purchased the remainder of it in 1972. In 1969, the company was able to acquire Northland Canning Company. Eight years after, it was able to purchase the Durand Canning Company.
The year 1980 marked the start of major expansions in Faribault Foods facilities. In 1983, it again acquired another company, this time Kuner-Empson Company, which it bought from Stokely Van Kamp. In 1985, the company’s processing unit in Colorado was consolidated into the Faribault location.
In 1988, Faribault continued with its acquisitions by buying Illinois’ Pride brand. From 1990 to 1994, the company implemented major expansions of its facilities including its distribution and packaging plants. In 1995, the California Bean Growers Association sold their SeaSide brand to Faribault Foods. In the same year, the company also celebrated its 100th year anniversary and started construction of a new warehouse at the Faribault Industrial Park.
From 1996-1999, the company again expanded its facilities to accommodate processing of new products. In 2001, Faribault sold its ShariAnn’s product line but at the same time bought the Sun-Vista brand. In 2003, the company bought the ChiliMan brand from the Milnot Company, as well as the chili manufacturing facility in Litchfield, Illinois. A year after, the company bought SoftPac Industries’ stand-up pouch juice division. In 2006, Faribault Foods started producing Pasta Select, ChiliMan and Contract Pack items stored in microwaveable containers. In the same year, it also acquired the license to produce and sell S&W Beans from Del Monte.
In 2007, Faribault Foods sold their Sun-Vista brand. In the same year, the company became the biggest producer of organic soups (canned) in the United States.
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ownership Type: Private
No. of Employees: 510
Demography: organic food shoppers
Butter Kernel, Kuner’s, Pasta Select, S&W, Chiliman, Mrs. Grimes and Pride