Johnsonville Foods

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Johnsonville, LLC
IndustryFood processing
FounderRalph F. Stayer
Alice Stayer
HeadquartersSheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.
Number of employees

Johnsonville is a sausage company headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.[1] Founded in 1945, by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, when they opened a butcher shop and named it after their hometown community of Johnsonville, Wisconsin, it is one of the largest sausage producers in the United States and the largest sausage brand by revenue in the United States.[2] Johnsonville sausage is available in more than 45 countries. Privately owned, the company has approximately 2,000 employees.[1]

Corporate headquarters


Johnsonville produces a variety of sausage products, including: brats, grillers, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links, breakfast sausage in fully cooked and fresh varieties, chicken sausage, meatballs and summer sausage.[3]
The company also delivers its 65-foot Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, sharing bratwurst and goodwill annually to over 50 cities at community events, festivals, sporting events and retail locations across the country. On the road since 1995, the Big Taste Grill serves not only grilled bratwurst with fans, but also raises money for local nonprofits. To date, the Big Taste Grill has raised more than $4.5 million for charities and disaster-relief efforts in the U.S. In 2018, the Big Taste Grill helped raise nearly $100,000 for 28 community charities across the country.[4]


In 2014, Johnsonville had the most sow harvest capacity in the United States, with the facilities to harvest 3,400 pigs daily.[5]


In 2016, Johnsonville became the title sponsor for the American Cornhole League.[6] Also in 2016 Johnsonville began sponsoring BaconFest, a fundraising event in Naples, Florida, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay. The one-day event draws 7,000 people and is located at the Naples Municipal Airport South Terminal Lawn. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the event go toward helping end childhood hunger in Southwest Florida via the Kiwanis Club charity partners, St. Matthews House, Blessing in a Backpack and the Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids.[7]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Johnsonville.
  2. ^ " Bratwurst brand claims bragging rights as nation's top sausage" archived copy Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, August 21, 2005. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Products". Johnsonville.
  4. ^ "Big Taste Grill Begins 2019 Tour". Big Taste Grill Begins 2019 Tour.
  5. ^ Daily Livestock Report. vol. 12, no. 167 (August 28, 2014).
  6. ^ "Where Have I Been? Cornhole Championships?". Sports Marketing Perspective.
  7. ^ "Sponsorship's". Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay.

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