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Freirich Foods, Inc.

Founded: 1921


Locations: Salisbury, North Carolina

Freirich Foods, Inc. was founded by family patriarch, Julian Freirich. As a young man he apprenticed as a sausage maker and butcher in Germany. When he arrived in America, he went to work for an uncle in New York’s busy meat packing district. Realizing he could do things better, Julian borrowed some money and opened the Julian Freirich Company in Long Island City, New York, and quickly built a loyal following with his products and reputation for producing high quality meats.

The business became a family affair, as son Jerry and grandson Jeff both joined the business. Both Jerry and Jeff were taught the old world traditions by Julian and helped keep the Freirich family recipes and traditions alive and well. Today great-grandson Paul Bardinas is President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Freirich family prides itself on innovation and bringing new products to the marketplace – while still maintaining decades of traditional know-how and flavor. While many companies have gone to quicker processing with added preservatives, Freirich has maintained its flavor with quality ingredients and traditional methods. The end result is an unrivaled taste and tender juiciness.

Freirich maintains strong loyalty among its Corned Beef customers and enjoys a better than 40% market share in the New York Metro and New England markets. In fact, of all the corned beef consumed in the USA on St. Patrick’s Day, more Freirich corned beef is eaten than any other brand!

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