SPRINGDALE – Tyson Foods announced Friday that its subsidiary, Tyson Mexican Original Inc., has acquired Utah-based Don Julio Foods.
Don Julio Foods, based in Clearfield, Utah, manufactures flour and corn tortillas, and salty snacks such as potato chips, tortilla chips and pretzels. The company sells products to retailers nationwide under the Don Julio Authentic and Clover Club brands.
Tyson Mexican Original, the nation’s second largest maker of tortillas, sells primarily to food service customers. The acquisition will put the company’s products on grocery shelves throughout the United States, Tyson’s said.
"Don Julio is an example of a brand that’s the right fit for Tyson Foods," Tyson’s President and CEO Donnie Smith said in announcing the acquisition.
Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the deal "gives us a West Coast presence that we haven’t previously had and puts us in position to develop a national tortilla program, putting us in grocery stores" nationwide.
Don Julio employs about 50 people, most of which are expected to remain with Tyson, and its management team, including Nate Fisher, son of company founder Craig Fisher, will continue to run the operation, Tyson’s said.
Tyson Mexican Original has about 1,300 workers at production facilities in Fayetteville, Portland, Ind., and Sanford, N.C.
The Springdale-based Tyson is the nation’s top meat producer.