Garden Complements Inc., a North Kansas City-based private-label food processing company, has announced the purchase of Curley’s Famous Barbecue Sauces for an undisclosed price.
The product line was acquired from CHS Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.
Curley’s Original Hickory, Smoky, Mesquite and Hot & Spicy products are distributed through retail, food service and industrial markets in more than 10 states. In the Kansas City area, Curley’s sauces are sold at Wal-Mart, Price Chopper and Sun Fresh Markets. The products are also available through Dillons and Kroger stores.
Garden Complements, at 920 Cable Road in North Kansas City, said it plans to expand the brand into new markets and outlets, including the all-natural market for its retail products.
Processing, shipping and quality control work will be shifted to Garden Complements’ facility here, the company said. Garden Complements currently has 15 employees and expects to add workers for marketing and other duties over the next 12 months.
Curley’s hickory sauce was developed in 1955 by Curley Atwood and originally was served at Mrs. Atwood’s Cafe in Winfield, Kan. The restaurant soon started bottling the sauce to sell in retail outlets. Since 1983, the brand has had several owners, including CHS for about the past six years.
“Curley’s is the perfect complement to our current offerings, many of which were also originally created by restaurateurs who wanted to make their popular signature sauces available through retail and food service outlets,” Don Blackman, president of Garden Complements, said in a statement.
Blackman founded the food service company in 1976. Garden Complements manufactures sauces, condiments, marinades, dips and dressings for retailers, food service companies and restaurants. Its brands include Heritage, Amigo, Primo, Campfire, Aussie, Old Southern and Gaetano’s.