Twenty of the most popular Moo & Oink food products were reintroduced to Chicago and Northwest Indiana grocers at the annual Dutch Farms 2012 food show held last month at The Holiday Inn Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill.
The iconic characters Moo & Oink attended the show and made their official debut as the ambassadors of the newly formed company Moo & Oink LLC, a joint venture between Dutch Farms and Best Chicago Meat LLC.
The re-introduced products are: Rip Tips; Moo Dog All Beef Dinner Frank; Moo Dog All Beef Hot Dog; Moo Beef Polish Sausage; Pork Bacon; Beef Bacon; Turkey Links; Beef Links; Pork Links; Moo Beef Patties; High Five BBQ Seasoned Beef Patties; Turkey Mild Patties; Turkey Hot Patties; Whole Hog Breakfast Sausage Links; Whole Hog Breakfast Sausage Patties; Beef Sausage Breakfast Patties; Chicken Nugget Fritters; Chicken Tenderloin Fritters; Chicken Breast Patties and High Five BBQ Sauce.
Both Best Chicago Meat and Dutch Farms are family-owned, dedicated to quality, environmentally responsible and actively invested in community, and each holds the highest standards in food safety, according to the companies.
“The partnership is a great marriage of the core competencies of each of us,” says David L. Van Kampen, president and COO of Best Chicago Meat. “We are strong on the manufacturing end, and Dutch Farms’ strength is distribution and street sales. We have parallel philosophies, and perhaps the most important is our strong belief in our people.”
“Dutch Farms is proud to partner with Best Chicago Meat,” says Dutch Farms VP Kevin DeVries. “With our combined resources and expertise, we are bringing renewed manufacturing and distribution excellence to this iconic brand.”
Moo & Oink has been a staple in the African American community in Chicago and, for the first time in its history, Moo & Oink is minority owned.
Since the brand name Moo & Oink has such strong recognition, Van Kampen says the two companies are dedicated to getting Moo & Oink products back on shelves as quickly as possible without sacrificing excellence or reliability
“The dedication and focus the Moo & Oink team provided while getting the brand in a position to introduce at the show was a tremendous accomplishment,” Van Kampen says.
In late spring/early summer, consumers can expect to find 20 to 30 additional Moo & Oink products at local grocery stores in time for Memorial Day weekend and the summer. The third round of product introductions will take place in late summer and/or early fall. Moo & Oink’s main focus is on the meat, but other brand expansions are being considered—such as corn on the cob, okra, dry rubs and seasonings, turkey burgers and other healthy options.
For more information, call Dutch Farms at 773-660-0900 or visit www.dutchfarms.com. Best Chicago Meat can be reached at 773-523-8161 or visit www.moo-oink.com.
In the photo at top: Moo and his pal Oink were introduced, along with 20 food products, at the Dutch Farms annual food show.