Request Foods

Bil Mar Origins

I consulted (for Greenwich Research) many years ago at Bil Mar Foods in Holland, MI. Bil Mar at that time was a turkey processor. As I recall, the offices were pretty spartan. Bil Mar was not a Fortune 100 comapny….this particular project was directed at mid-size companies and their bank relationships.

Bil Mar was eventually bought by Sara Lee in 1988….the prepared entre  division of Bil Mar was bought by a group led by Jack DeWitt son of Bil Mars founder and renamed Request Foods.

A recent story spoke about Request Foods recent expansion. Request Foods makes private label skillet meals for many retailers.

Here is a company that is off the radar screen….except in West Michigan. Knowing the business environment in that area….it is easy to understand why they have been successful.

The common theme: Great businesses that understand their market….are innovative….and have excellent products do very well.

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