New Acquisition Adds Spice to Uncle John’s Pride
Garcia Brand Packing Company, a company that specializes in making, manufacturing and packaging sausages, is now owned and operated by Uncle John’s Pride. Formerly located in Miami, Garcia Brand has been a well-respected and sought-after brand for more than 50 years. Now, Uncle John’s Pride, a more than 40-year-old company located in Tampa, FL, has acquired Garcia Brand, and will continue to deliver the highest quality products and meet the demand of a growing number of loyal customers locally and nationwide.
“Our relationship with Garcia Brand started in 2014 when, unfortunately, the company lost its manufacturing facility in a fire,” says Scott McBride, co-owner of Uncle John’s Pride. “There is a happy ending though. Over the years, we’ve formed a phenomenal relationship with the Rodriguez family at Garcia Brand. It only makes sense that we wanted to make them an even bigger part of the Uncle John’s family, which is why we acquired Garcia Brand this summer. Many of the wonderful Rodriguez family members are now a part of our expanded team, and we are thrilled that they bring many lifetimes of experience and professionalism to our family.”
The word “family” is an appropriate one when talking about Uncle John’s Pride, which is a family-owned company that specializes in fresh and smoked sausages and meats, and has been in business for more than four decades. There’s a lot of history and know-how at Uncle John’s, and that comes through in their products. Prior to acquiring Garcia Brand, Uncle John’s Pride had been manufacturing Garcia products for over five years.
Uncle John’s Pride enjoys a stellar reputation as a manufacturer for other brands too, which shows in their growth. Several other acquisitions, which have included Bean Brothers, Realtree Foods, Peppino Foods and others, has expanded Uncle John’s reach beyond Central Florida and into Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. With this expansion, the company has also grown its distribution network; a network that now includes food service giants like Sysco and US Foods, as well as retailers such as Wal-Mart, Publix, and Winn Dixie, just to name a few.
And while growing through acquisitions is certainly a sound approach to building the business, there are other benefits too; product innovation, for instance. With each new brand, such as Garcia Brand, popular with Hispanic and Latino Americans, comes new thinking and ideas, expanding Uncle John’s offerings, and appealing to entirely new markets.
Is acquisition a recipe for success for Uncle John’s Pride? It certainly is, and it’s a path that the company plans to stay on. Next time you pick up your favorite brand of smoked sausage, don’t be surprised if the company behind the label is Uncle John’s Pride. That’s because Uncle John’s is like the boss who does all the work, but wants the employees to take the credit.