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Bumble Bee Foods, t/a Bumble Bee Seafoods, is a privately-held producer, marketer, and distributor of canned and pouched seafood products and poultry throughout the USA. One of the "Big Three" USA tuna companies, it is the largest branded seafood company in North America under brands such as Bumble Bee, Brunswick, Snow’s, King Oscar, Sweet Sue and Beach Cliff; and under the Clover Leaf brand in Canada.

In Jan.2020, Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company Ltd (FCF Company Ltd), a privately-held Taiwanese tuna products trading company, and one of the largest globally, bought Bumble Bee's North American assets out of bankruptcy. FCF Company Ltd is itself owned by huge fishery group Sea Value PCL.

Timeline

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Bumble Bee Foods LLC

FCF is a privately held global firm founded in 1972 and is Bumble Bee's largest creditor.ref

  • Jan.2020:
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    Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company Ltd, a privately-held Taiwanese tuna products trading company, and one of the largest globally, bought Bumble Bee's North American assets.ref,ref,ref FCF already held a quarter of Bumble Bee,[1] and was its major supplier of raw material.ref
  • Nov.2019: Chapter 11 bankruptcy: Bumble Bee filed to reduce its debt burden,ref,ref with Clover Leaf Seafoods Company, its Canadian operation, also filing for bankruptcy in Canada.ref

Bumble Bee's woes were driven by civil litigation against the company over its tuna price-fixing;ref supply challenges due to a record low harvest of pink salmon in Alaska in 2018; a biomass and total allowable catch drop in Canada's Bay of Fundy, cutting Bumble Bee's sardine supply by 55%; the ongoing trade dispute between the USA and China, and ensuing tariffs by both countries; and shifting consumer trends and concerns about overfishing and ocean pollution.ref


Dec.2004/Jan.2005: announced cost-cutting moves that include shutting down the 44-year-old Athens operation. Castleberry/Snow's and Sara Lee Shelf-Stable Meats: Connors Bros Income Fund/Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC acquired Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. Concurrently, Sara Lee Corporation's shelf-stable meats business


Castleberry/Snow's, Sweet Sue, Bryan businesses were acquired by from Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc, owned by the Sara Lee Corporation.[5] Castleberry's Food Company, based in Augusta, Georgia, manufactured and marketed shelf-stable prepared foods, such as canned clams, clam juice, and hot dog chili sauce. It held the 2nd-largest market share for branded beef stew and the No.3 position in the clam chowder category. Sara Lee manufactured and distributed canned and pouched chicken, beef, and pork products available through retail and foodservice, mainly through the Sweet Sue and Bryan brands. The Bryan brand will be used under license by Bumble Bee from Sara Lee, which will continue to produce and sell frozen and refrigerated packaged meat products under the Bryan name. [6],ref Castleberrys.comArchive-org-sm.svg Connors Bros. Income Fund announced cost-cutting moves that included shutting down the 44-year-old Sweet Sue cannery in Athens. http://archive.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/050523/closing.shtml


Bumble Bee became a privately-held company upon being acquired by Centre Partners.


Nov.2019: Bumble Bee’s Canadian operations, Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Company.


May.2010: Clover Leaf Seafoods Company is a subsidiary of Connor Bros LP. https://opencorporates.com/companies/ca_ns/3232690


FIS: Unicord Unicord Public Company Ltd, http://www.unicord.net/, https://web.archive.org/web/20040610200544/http://www.unicord.net/ Sea Value Public Company Limited. https://fis.com/fis/companies/details.asp?l=e&filterby=companies&=&country_id=&page=1&company_id=156020, http://www.seavaluegroup.com/


Through Bumble Bee, Connors Bros recently acquired the Castleberry/Snow's brands in the U.S., which includes the No. 1 selling brand of canned minced and chopped clams, clam juice, and hot dog chili. Bumble Bee also recently acquired the shelf-stable assets of the Sweet Sue and Bryan brands, https://www.bumblebee.com/bumble-bee-seafoods-and-clover-leaf-seafoods-announce-300000-food-product-donation-to-feed-the-children-for-tsunami-relief/


Connors Bros acquired a majority share of Bumble Bee.
In early 2004, Bumble Bee announced that it had entered into negotiations with Canadian-based Connors Bros Income Fund, the management arm of Connors Bros, the largest producer of canned sardines in the world. The deal gave Connors Bros. a controlling stake in Bumble Bee, with the remaining shares retained by the company's then current owners.

  • May.2003:
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    Bumble Bee Holdings LP: private equity firm Centre Partners Management LLC, along with senior management, bought Bumble Bee Seafoods Inc from Conagra Foods Inc.[7] The purchase included the Bumble Bee, Clover Leaf, Orleans, and Paramount brands, along with Bumble Bee operations in California, Canada, Ecuador, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico.ref
  • May.2003: Bumble Bee Foods LLC, acquired by ConAgra Foods Inc in Aug.2000 as part of the International Home Foods transaction, was sold to private equity firm Centre Partners Management LLC.
  • May.2003: Bumble Bee Foods LLC: the business was renamed to reflect its expansion into new food categories, with the acquisition of Castleberry/Snow’s and assets of Sara Lee Shelf-Stable Meats business.[8]
  • Apr.2003: Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC: the company was renamed.[8] OpenCorporates-sm.svg
  • Aug.2000:
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    Conagra Foods Inc acquired #International Home Foods. Bumble Bee Foods LLC was the USA operating subsidiary of Connors Bros Income Fund – a limited purpose trust established under the laws of Ontario, Canada.

Bumble Bee is majority-owned by Canadian seafood company Connor Bros, through that company's Income Fund trust. https://www.company-histories.com/Bumble-Bee-Seafoods-LLC-Company-History.html

  • 1999:
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    King Oscar: a distribution agreement for the high-quality sardine brand was entered into with Norwegian investment company Rieber & Søn ASA/Norway Foods Ltd, for the USA Market. The agreement continued until Dec.2014, when Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Ltd acquired King Oscar.[9] King OscarArchive-org-sm.svg,
  • 1999: #BC Packers, a Canadian company that canned Clover Leaf, a leading brand of tuna and salmon in Canada, was acquired.[8] Clover LeafArchive-org-sm.svg
  • Jul.1997:
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    #International Home Foods Inc, a former food unit of Pfizer Inc#American Home Products Corporation (owned at the time by private equity firms Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc and C Dean Metropoulos & Company) acquired Bumble Bee.[10]
  • May.1997: Bumble Bee filed for bankruptcy due to the heavy debt burden loaded onto it by Uni Group Inc.[10]ref,ref,ref See also WP + WP.
  • Oct.1989:
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    Unicord Public Company Ltd: following its hostile takeover by Grand Metropolitan plc in Dec.1988, Pillsbury Company was forced to sell Bumble Bee Seafoods Inc to Uni Group Inc, a newly-formed USA-based arm of Thailand company Unicord Public Company Ltd, in a highly leveraged transaction.[11] The acquisition was aimed at fully penetrating and capturing the USA market, and avoiding expensive tariffs. Bangkok-headquartered Unicord pcl is one of Thailand's biggest industrial companies, selling 48% of its frozen and canned seafood products to the USA, with ~35% going to European countries. The acquisition was made because Unicord pcl was at the mercy of USA trade regulations, and the company was concerned that an increase in tariffs would cause it to be uncompetitive and lower sales. (Unicord plc was acquired by Sea Value Company Ltd in Sept.2005.[12]) http://www.seavaluegroup.com/, https://seavalue.eu/ Sea Value Company Ltd
  • Jul.1988:
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    Pillsbury Company agreed to acquire Bumble Bee, contingent on its management sitting tight for five years.ref,[13]
  • Jan.1985:
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    MBO: Castle & Cooke Inc, as part of a move to get out of the seafood business, sold Bumble Bee to a group of investors, including four of the unit's management, in a leveraged buyout financed by First Boston Corporation.ref,ref
  • 1977: Bumble Bee continued to expand, acquiring a tuna cannery in Puerto Rico, a fishing base operation in Ecuador, and Harbor Industry cannery in San Diego.[8]
  • 1961: Bumble Bee Seafood Inc: Columbia River Packers Association Inc was taken over by Castle & Cooke Inc, becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary. CRPA was rechristened as "Bumble Bee Seafood Inc" after its famous brand.[8]

Origins

  • 1959: After partnering with Wards Cove Packing CompanyWikipedia-W.svg, the firm became the world's largest salmon packer.
  • 1958: Castle & Cooke Inc increased their ownership of the Columbia River Packers Association to 30%; this later rose to 61%.
  • 1956: Castle & Cooke Inc, a prominent Hawaii-based seafood company, acquired a 12% interest in Columbia River Packers Association.
  • 1946: Transamerica Corporation, an American holdco for life insurance companies and investment firms, at a period in its life when it was a diversified conglomerate, acquired a controlling interest in CRPA Inc.
  • 1924: Columbia River Packers Association Inc was incorporated.
  • 1910: Bumble Bee Seafood brand was introduced, a name inspired by a fishing vessel owned by the company.ref
  • 1899: The Columbia River Packers Association was formed by Andrew B Hammond from seven salmon canners in Astoria, Oregon.refref

Additional Sources: About Us: History - All About Bumble Bee. Bumble Bee Foods. Accessed Jan.12.2020. ♦ About: History. Dole Food Company Inc. Original archived on Apr.20.2005. Accessed Jan.12.2020.

International Home Foods Inc

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International Home Foods was formed in Nov.1996 as the food division of American Home Products Corporation, and manufactured and marketed a diverse portfolio of shelf-stable foods products. Acquired by private equity firms Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc and C Dean Metropoulos & Company in Nov.1996, the company was grown by bolt-on acquisitions, and sold to ConAgra Inc in Aug.2000. Brands: Chef Boyardee, Bumble Bee, Louis Kemp, PAM, Franklin Crunch `n Munch, Spreadables, Gulden's, Campfire, Ranch Style, Luck's, Dennison's, Ro*Tel, Jiffy pop, Puritan, Fraser Farms, Grist Mill, Orleans, Clover Leaf, Paramount, Seafest, Captain Jac, Pacific Mate, Harris, Broadcast, Wheatena, Maypo, Maltex and G Washington's.

  • May.2003: The Bumble Bee canned seafood business and assets were sold by ConAgra Foods Inc to management and private equity firm Centre Partners Management LLC. The transaction included the Bumble Bee, Clover Leaf, Orleans and Paramount brands, as well as the Bumble Bee operating facilities in California, Louisiana, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador.[14]
  • Aug.2000:
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    ConAgra Foods Inc agreed to buy International Home Foods Inc, as well as taking on its $1.3bn debt.[15] Bumble Bee Foods LLC, headquartered in San Diego, was the USA operating subsidiary of Connors Bros Income Fund – a limited purpose trust established under the laws of Ontario, Canada.
  • Jul.1999: Louis Kemp Seafoods: the manufacturing, sales distribution and marketing operations were acquired from Tyson Foods Inc. Louis Kemp was a branded specialty seafoods product (surimi, imitation crabmeat) in the refrigerated sector. Specialty seafoods products made from North Pacific ocean pollock and whiting fish meats are primarily sold under the tradenames Louis Kemp, Captain Jac, Seafest and Pacific Mate.
  • Feb.1999:
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    M Polaner Inc, the fruit spread and spices business acquired in Mar.1993, was sold to B&G Foods Inc.
  • Jan.1999: Clover Leaf and Paramount, British Columbia Packers' canned tuna and salmon brands and business, were purchased from George Weston Ltd of Canada. The acquisition brought a presence in the private label business in the UK.[16] The two businesses were integrated into IHF's Bumble Bee Seafoods unit.[17]

  • Sept.1998:
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    Libby's Canned Meats business was purchased from Nestle USA Inc by IHF's subsidiary, Trenton Home Foods Inc. The transaction included retail and international canned meat products, the Spreadables and Broadcast brands, and the Trenton, Missouri manufacturing facility for those products. Libby's manufactured, imported and marketed canned meat products, including Vienna sausages, corned beef, salmon, hash and chili.ref
  • Apr.1998: Grist Mill Company, a manufacturer of private label cereal and fruit snack products, was acquired. Grist Mill was a manufacturer and distributor of store brand and value-priced branded food products including ready-to-eat cereals, fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit-filled cereal bars, crisp rice marshmallow bars and preformed pie crusts.ref
  • Mar.1998: Puritan Canned Stews & Meatballs business was purchased from Unilever's TJ Lipton Canada division. Puritan was the largest processor and marketer of canned stews and meats in Canada, marketing products under the Puritan and Fraser Farms brand names.
  • 1998: International Home Foods Inc now owned by private equity firms Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc and C Dean Metropoulos & Company...
  • Nov.1997: Orleans Seafood Inc, a specialty canned seafood manufacturer and marketer, was acquired.
  • Nov.1997: IPO: International Home Foods completed an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.[18]
  • Oct.1997: Creative Products Inc, a manufacturer of cooking spray sold to private label customers and foodservice operators, was acquired. Creative Products also manufactures on a contract basis a number of health and beauty aid products, including hair mousses, hair sprays and deodorants.ref
  • Oct.1997: Productos Del Monte SA de CV, a Mexico-based manufacturer and marketer of branded catsup, canned vegetables and bottled salsa in Mexico, was "purchased" from Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc.[10]
  • Jul.1997: Bumble Bee Seafoods Inc, a premium brand of canned seafood in the USA, was acquired. Bumble Bee was heavily indebted; to facilitate the acquisition free and clear of existing debt, Bumble Bee Seafoods had filed for bankruptcy.[10]
  • Nov.1996:
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    International Home Foods Inc: American Home Products Corporation sold an 80% majority interest in the American Home Food Products operation to private equity firms Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc and C Dean Metropoulos & Company,[19] who renamed the business.[18] At the same time, International Home Foods Inc "bought" Heritage Brands Holdings Inc, the manufacturer and marketer of its Campfire marshmallows, from Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. International Home Foods Inc ended up burdened with ~$1,070m of debt. Brands acquired included Chef Boy-ar-dee, Pam, Polaner and Gulden's.
  •  ??.1996:
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    American Home Food Products: the food division of American Home Products Corporation was spun off as a separate business, and offered for sale. AHPC were pursuing a policy of selling off other operations to concentrate on drugs, agricultural herbicides and pesticides and medical products.[20]
  • Mar.1993:
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    M Polaner Inc, a fruit spread and spices business, was bought by American Home Food Products from Dutch conglomerate Artal NV and Leonard Polaner.

Additional Sources: Investor Relations. International Home Foods Inc, 2000. Original archived on Oct.18.2000.International Home Foods Inc, Annual Report, Form 10-K. SEC Info, Dec.31.1998. Original archived on Mar.15.2007.International Home Foods Inc, Form 10-K. Edgar Online, Mar.29.2000. Original archived on May.17.2020.

Connors Brothers Ltd

Connors Bros was a fish packing company founded in the 1880s in New Brunswick, Canada. It is known by the Brunswick brand, and is the only remaining producer of sardines in North America. Brunswick claims to be the largest sardine producer in the world. Connors Brothers LimitedWikipedia-W.svg, Website

Castleberry’s, like many companies, manufacturers and distributes under its own brand, such as: Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Castleberry’s Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Castleberry’s Brunswick Stew Chicken & Beef, Castleberry’s Barbecue Pork, etc. The company also “packs” for other companies,, a practice called co-packing.

ToDo: http://www.connors.ca/english/video.php History (video)]; Our HistoryArchive-org-sm.svg (in French); Brunswick logo; Brunswick logo; Brunswick logo; All Logos

?date?: Connors Brunswick LLC.ref

  • ?date?: Connors Bros became a division of Clover Leaf Seafoods LP.ref


  • 2010: Connors Brothers (as part of Bumble Bee Foods) was sold to British private equity firm Lion Capital LLP.[3]
  • 2008: This company (?Connors Brothers Income Fund?) was acquired by Centre Partners, a middle market private equity firm.[2]

  • Sept.2008: Castleberry's red meat business was sold (by Connors Bros. Income Fund) to Aunt Kitty's Foods, a subsidiary of Hanover Foods Corporation of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Hanover acquired the Castleberry's brand, inventory and some equipment related to its chili, stew, hash and other meat products. Castleberry's Augusta, Georgia plant was closed after a 60-day transition period, affecting 300+ employees. [21]


  • June 2005: Connors closed a plant in Athens, AL, integrating the canned chicken broth, chunked chicken, chicken and dumplings and pouched products produced at the facility into Castleberry’s production facility in Augusta, GA. In Oct.2005, the plant was sold.
  • May.2005: Clover Leaf Seafoods sold its can-making facility in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.
  • Jan.2005: Castleberry/Snow's and Sara Lee Shelf-Stable Meats business ... were acquired by Connors Brothers Income Fund/Bumble Bee Foods...
  • Connors Brothers Income Fund/Bumble Bee Foods acquired the Castleberry/Snow's brands in the USA. Bumble Bee also recently acquired the shelf-stable assets of the Sweet Sue and Bryan brands from the Sara Lee Corporation.[22]
  • Apr.2004: Merger: Centre Partners Management LLC merged Connors Bros with Bumble Bee Foods and Clover Leaf Seafoods. Subsequently, the Grand Manan, New Brunswick sardine plant was closed, with production being consolidation at the Blacks Habour plant.
  • Nov.2001: Connors Brothers Income Fund, an unincorporated open-ended trust, was established when George Weston Ltd divested the canned seafood division, launching an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The two operating companies were Clover Leaf Seafoods LP and Bumble Bee Foods LLC.[23]
  • Mar.2000: Stinson Seafood Company of Maine was acquired (by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC?), including Beach Cliff, the USA's main sardine brand, as well as factories in Prospect Harbor and Bath, Maine. Stinson’s 25% share of the USA branded canned sardine market almost doubled Connors' U.S. market share.
  • 1999: Clover Leaf Seafoods, the holdco for the Clover Leaf branded business, was sold to #International Home Foods Inc by George Weston Ltd.
  • 1995: #BC Packers (Clover Leaf Seafood brand) of Steveston, British Columbia, was merged with Connors Bros by George Weston Ltd to jointly represent the Brunswick and Clover Leaf brands. The US Justice Department was not best pleased by the merger, and required Connors Bros to divest their Port Clyde sardine snack business.[24]
  • 1967: George Weston Ltd acquired majority control of Connors Bros and their brands, Brunswick Sardines and Seafood Snacks. Connors Bros also owned the world's largest sardine processing plant in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.ref George Weston Ltd later acquired all of the outstanding shares.
  • 1923: The business was purchased by a group of St John businessmen, who then set out on the acquisition trail.
  • 1893: Connors Bros Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company.
  • 1893: Brunswick brand was launched.
  • 1880s: Connors Bros was founded by the Lewis brothers and Patrick Connors.
Additional Sources: Historique Connors Bros., Limited. (In French.) Connors Bros. Ltd, 2002. Original archived on Apr.17.2003.

Cloverleaf Seafood Company Ltd

  • 2010: Connors has grown too big for Centre partners. Centre partners sells its interest in Connors to Lion Capital LLP, unlocking new opportunities for Clover Leaf.
  • 2008: Connors is acquired by Centre Partners, and Clover Leaf once again becomes a privately held company.
  • 2004: Clover Leaf/Bumble Bee merge with Connors Bros., makers of Brunswick sardines, to become Connors Bros. Income Fund, North America’s largest branded seafood company.
  • 2003: MBO: The Clover Leaf/Bumble Bee business is bought from ConAgra by the division’s senior management.

British Columbia Packers Ltd

  • 2001: ConAgra Foods acquired IHF, acquiring the Clover Leaf/Bumble Bee seafood division as part of the transaction. The doors to BC Packers’ head offices are closed for the last time.
  • ?date?: International Home Foods rolled Clover Leaf into its U.S. canned seafood division, Bumble Bee.
  • 1999: George Weston Ltd sells the Clover Leaf branded business to International Home Foods, creating Clover Leaf Seafoods as a separate legal entity.
  • 1997: Imperial Plant, BC Packers' last remaining cannery, was closed.
  • 1995: BC Packers was merged with #Connors Brothers Ltd by George Weston Ltd to jointly represent the Brunswick and Clover Leaf brands.
  • 1990s: BC Packers/George Weston Ltd commenced selling off its redundant properties, non-core trademarks and fishing fleet.
  • 1980s: British Columbia's west coast salmon fishing industry was declining.
  • 1967: George Weston Ltd acquired Connors Bros., makers of Brunswick Sardines and Seafood Snacks.[8]
  • 1962: George Weston Ltd acquired British Columbia Packers Ltd together with its Clover Leaf brand.ref
  • post-WWII: British Columbia Packers became known internationally for its canned seafood products ("Cloverleaf"); fresh, frozen and prepared fish products ("Rupert Brand" and "Certi-Fresh"); and, for the products of the reductions plants such as fish meal, oils and fertilizers.
  • 1928: British Columbia Packers Ltd was formed when the British Columbia Packers' Association merged with Gosse Packing Company Ltd. The consolidated entity consisted of 44 canneries, 3 cold storage facilities, 5 plants and shipyards, 2 salteries and 100+ fishing boats, packers and coastal tenders.ref
  • 1908: Clover Leaf brand: the rights were acquired from the Anglo-American Packing Company, and the company began selling its canned salmon under the newly-acquired trademark. Clover Leaf had been introduced in Canada in 1889 by the Anglo-American Packing Company to sell canned mackerel, among other products.
  • 1902: British Columbia Packers' Association was formed when Loggie & Company merged with some of its local competitors.
  • 1871: Loggie & Company, the first commercial salmon cannery in British Columbia, Canada, was formed by Alexander Ewen and three partners.ref

Additional Sources: BC Packers Limited -- A Short History. City of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Accessed Apr.17.2020. ♦ About Us: The History of the Clover Leaf. Clover Leaf Seafoods Company. Original archived on Jul.25.2015. Accessed Apr.12.2020.

Castleberry's Food Company

Castleberry/Snow's Brand is an established supplier within the Food Service Industry. Castleberry's Food Company is an Augusta, Georgia-based canned food company founded in the 1920s by Clement Stewart Castleberry with the help of his father Clement Lamar Castleberry and closed in March 2008 by the United States Food and Drug Administration until Hanover Foods bought the rights to Castleberry's food and name.[1] Template:line

  • Sept.2008: Hanover Foods Corporation: Castleberry's red meat business was sold to Aunt Kitty's Foods, a subsidiary of Hanover Foods Corporation of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Hanover acquired the Castleberry's brand, inventory and some equipment related to its chili, stew, hash and other meat products. Castleberry's Augusta, Georgia plant was closed after a 60-day transition period, affecting 300+ employees.[21][8],[14]
  • Mar.2008: Castleberry's was closed by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
  • Jul.2007: Botulism: due to problems with quality control, Castleberry's experienced problems when it shipped products that were underprocessed, resulting in several cases of botulism and subsequent widespread recall,[2] and the cessation of production at their food processing plant.[3][4] The outbreak was subsequently blamed on foodborne botulism from Castleberry’s chili sauce because the product was undercooked: machinery was improperly installed; functioned improperly; Castleberry’s failed to detect and correct the problems; and FDA inspectors failed to detect the problems.
  • Jan.2005: Connors Bros Income Fund bought Castleberry/Snow's from Robert Kirby.[5] Subsequently, the Sweet Sue cannery in Athens was closed in a cost-cutting measure by Connors Bros Income Fund.ref

(Castleberry/Snow's, Sweet Sue, Bryan businesses were acquired by Connors Brothers Ltd/Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC from Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc, owned by the Sara Lee Corporation. Castleberry's Food Company Castleberrys.com )

  • 1995: Bunker Hill Foods, a canning and private-label business owning the Bunker Hill, Morton House, James River, Harris, ilton's, Prudence and Paramount brands, was acquired.[25]
  • 1994: Castleberry/Snows Brands Inc: subsequent to the Snow's/Doxsee acquisition, the company was renamed again. OpenCorporates-sm.svg
  • 1994: Snow's/Doxsee business was acquired from the Borden CompanyWikipedia-W.svg.[26]
  • 1991: Robert Kirby bought Castleberry's from the Castleberry family.
  • Jun.1947: Castleberry's Food Company: the company changed its name. OpenCorporates-sm.svg
  • 1926: Castleberry's Product Company was established in Augusta, George, by Clement Lamar Castleberry and his son, Clement Stewart Castleberry, to can his father's barbecue hash and Brunswick stew.
  • 1922: Clement Lamar Castleberry, of Augusta, Georgia, made barbecued pork and beef dishes for large gatherings of up to 12,000.
Additional Sources: Castleberry's History. Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. Original archived on Oct.30.2006.Castleberry’s: 2007 Botulism Recall: A Case Study by The Food Industry Center. The Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota, Marler Clark Law, Aug.2008. Original archived on Aug.08.2017.

Castleberrys.comArchive-org-sm.svg, Timeline (v.brief)Archive-org-sm.svg; Brand Categories + PicsArchive-org-sm.svg; BrandsArchive-org-sm.svg; Castleberrys.com, owned by Hanover Foods Corporation.

References

  1. ^ Buyer beware: Bumble Bee is no bargain at any price. John Fiorillo, IntraFish Media, Nov.19.2019.
  2. ^ Bumble Bee Seafoods Acquired by Thai Union Group (TUF). Combination results in world's largest branded shelf-stable seafood company. PR Newswire, Dec.18.2014.
  3. ^ The world’s biggest canned tuna company is about to get a lot bigger. Roberto A Ferdman, The Washington Post, Dec.19.2014.
  4. ^ Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee merger called off. Nathan Bomey, USA Today, Dec.04.2015.
  5. ^ a b Connors Bros Income Fund to acquire Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc, and assets of Sara Lee Shelf-Stable Meats Business. Press Release, Bumble Bee Seafoods, Dec.22.2004.
  6. ^ Bumble Bee to Acquire Castleberry/Snow's Brands, Assets of Sara Lee Shelf-stable Meats Business. Progressive Grocer, Dec.24.2004.
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  9. ^ King Oscar ends US distribution agreement with Bumble Bee. Tom Seaman, Undercurrent News, Dec.11.2014.
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  22. ^ Bumble Bee Seafoods and Clover Leaf Seafoods announce $300,000 food product donation to feed the dhilren for tsunami relief. Press Release, Bumble Bee Seafoods, Feb.18.2005. Original archived on May.15.2020.
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  25. ^ Bunker Hill Foods Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. Original archived on Feb.08.1998.
  26. ^ Castleberry/Snow's Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. Original archived on Feb.08.1998.