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Hillshire Farm is a brand of meat products marketed and owned by Hillshire Brands. The company was founded in 1934, and was purchased by Sara Lee Corporation in 1971. Friedrich (Fritz) Bernegger, (February 2, 1904 – April 30, 1988) born in Austria, started the business at the facility in New London, Wisconsin.[1]

Hillshire Farm
Pigs in blankets made with Hillshire Farm "Lit'l Smokies"
TypeMeat products
ManufacturerHillshire Brands (Tyson Foods)
Country of originUnited States
Introduced1934; 85 years ago (1934)
WebsiteHillshire Farm

Hillshire Farm's primary products are smoked sausage and Polska kielbasa. The brand introduced smoked sausages to much of the general population of the U.S. as a supermarket food and a nationally advertised food. Hillshire Farm sausages are about two feet long and horseshoe-shaped.

Due to the popularity of the Hillshire Farms brand of meat products, the Sara Lee Corporation spun off into two companies the "Hillshire Brands" company and "Sara Lee" in 2012.[2] In 2014, Tyson Foods bought the "Hillshire Brands Company" and remains the current owner of the brand.[3]


Other productsEdit

  • "Lit'l Smokies", a line of bite-sized smoked sausages
  • Packaged deli-sliced meats for sandwiches
  • Summer sausage, marketed mostly during the Christmas holiday
  • Traditional bone-in hams which are either unsliced or spiral sliced
  • Ball park hot dogs
  • State Fair corn dogs

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame - Fritz and Armella Bernegger
  2. ^ Hillshire Brands stock news
  3. ^ McCarthy, Erin; Prior, Anna (August 28, 2014). "Tyson Completes Acquisition of HIllshire". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2017.

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