GREEN BAY, WIS. – American Foods Group (AFG), a foodservice and retail supplier of protein claiming to be the fifth-largest beef supplier in the country, is diversifying its portfolio with the acquisition of Calihan Pork Processors Inc., based in Peoria, Ill. Owned and operated for three generations of the Landon family, Calihan Pork is known for processing primal cuts and pork offal using the pre-rigor method, also known as “hot boning.” Pre-rigor pork is known for its water-holding capabilities, superior color and extended shelf life and was often used in premium sausage products made by Calihan in its early years.

Steve Van Lannen, president and chief operating officer of AFG, said the deal made sense for both companies for a variety of reasons.

“Calihan Pork Processors Inc. is an excellent fit with our company,” he said. “They are a Midwest company with strong family values; they put their employees first, build partner relationships with customers and operate their business with integrity.” 

Founded in 1937, Calihan has become a community fixture in Peoria, which AFG values. Terms of the July 10 deal were not disclosed. According to AFG, Jason Jones was promoted to the role of executive vice president of Calihan, which plans to retain its current employees and maintain its culture.

“My grandfather was one of the founding partners of Calihan Pork Processors Inc. and my dad, Lou Landon, would be proud that our family business will continue to grow as part of  another third-generation, family-owned business,” said Tom Landon, president and owner of Calihan Pork Processors, “It became clear to me that AFG is tailored to the culture and values my family has cultivated for 83 years and that this move will create exciting opportunities for Calihan and the Peoria community moving forward.”