Jimmy Dean (brand)

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Jimmy Dean Foods is a food company that was founded in 1969 by country singer and actor Jimmy Dean. It was purchased by Consolidated Foods, later renamed Hillshire Brands.


Dean founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage brand of breakfast sausage, which was originally called "Pure Pork Sausage." The Jimmy Dean Sausage company did well, in part due to Dean's own extemporized, good-humored commercials.[1]

Dean sold the company to Sara Lee in 1984 for $80 million. He remained involved as the company spokesman after the takeover, though Sara Lee under the leadership of John Bryan immediately began phasing him out of management duties. By 2004, he was no longer acting as spokesman.[2]


  • Tastefuls! (discontinued)
  • Fresh sausage
  • Sausage links and patties
  • Fresh bacon
  • Full cooked bacon, sausage links and Sausage patties
  • Breakfast bowls
  • Sandwiches
  • Jimmy Dean Skillets
  • Pancake and sausage on a stick
  • Omelets
  • Heat 'N Serve microwavable sausage
  • Jimmy D's Breakfasts
  • Jimmy Dean Delights (sandwiches, bowls and sausage)


  1. ^ Calhoun, Fryar (August 1983). "Hi! I'm Jimmy Dean and I'd like you to try my pure pork sausage". Texas Monthly (Emmis Communications) 11 (8): pp. 121–123 198–200, 206. ISSN 0148-7736. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Dean Dead". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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