Bridgford Foods Corporation traces its roots back almost 90 years to February 1932, when our founder Hugh H. Bridgford (1908-1992) opened a retail meat market in San Diego, California. Our business first evolved into several retail meat markets, and later to meat wholesaling, frozen food distribution, meat processing and frozen food manufacturing. The Company is now headquartered in Anaheim, California, about four miles from Disneyland. In addition to meat processing and bakery operations in Anaheim, the Company has four additional factories: two in Dallas, Texas, two in Chicago, Illinois and one in Statesville, North Carolina.
Bridgford Foods pioneered the manufacture and sale of frozen bread dough to supermarkets and institutional customers, beginning in 1962. The first products were made at the Anaheim meat-processing facility. Additional frozen bread plants were added in Dallas in 1968 and 1985, and in Statesville, North Carolina in 1996. In 1975, we acquired our Chicago meat processing facility, which has a heavy emphasis on dry and semi-dry sausage, as well as beef jerky. In 2017, we acquired an additional processing plant in Chicago.
Our principal product lines include frozen bread dough products for both the food service and retail trade, shelf-stable dry and semi-dry sausage products and beef jerky. Recent innovations include Bridgford Monkey Bread and long-life shelf stable sandwiches.
Bridgford Foods Corporation currently has over 500 employees. Our products are sold in all 50 states, Canada and several overseas markets. The Company’s common stock (9.2 million shares outstanding) is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol “BRID.” There are approximately 875 shareholders. Members of the Bridgford family own or control more than 82% of the common stock, and many members of the extended Bridgford family hold key management positions in the Company. Financial information is available at www.bridgford.com.
Bridgford Foods Corporation is managed by a four member Executive Committee which reports to the Board of Directors. Members are William L. Bridgford, Chairman of the Board, John V. Simmons, President, Raymond F. Lancy, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer and Allan L. Bridgford, Chairman of the Executive Committee.