Triumph Foods

sponsored by Genesus Inc. in collaboration with National Hog Farmer

Triumph Foods, LLC was organized in 2003 by a group of the largest U.S. independent pork producers whose goal was to create a pork processing operation capable of recognizing the benefits of an integrated business model. Today 487,200 sows are in production under the Triumph Foods brand. The company began processing operations in 2006, in St. Joseph, MO, currently with a processing capacity in excess of 6 million hogs per year

Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in another primary pork processing plant, known as Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa. To support further pork processing for specialized items such as bacon and other premium products, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily’s Premium Meats.

The five big hog producers that joined forces under the name of Triumph Foods are:

Christensen Farms

Greg Howard – VP of Strategic planning, Christensen Farm and Bob Kemp PhD PAg – Vice-President Genetic Programs and R&D, Genesus Inc

Christensen Farms has again been recognized as a Global Mega Producer for 2019.  Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States.

With nearly 1,000 employees and 1,500 contract partners, the company spans across the Midwest to include facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota.

Currently operating four feed mills, manage 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversee more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites.

The desire for a more integrated production model led Christensen Farms to become the largest shareholder of Triumph Food LLC. Through key packer and partner relationships, Christensen Farms markets nearly 3 million hogs per year with increased traceability, quality assurance and pricing stability for their customers.

Eichelberger Farms

Eichelberger Farms growth in Pork production is a constant. Working closely with the other Triumph owners builds a great foundation for sharing knowledge.
Eichelberger Farms started in the late 70’s. They have grown to a 54,000 sow operation with Nurseries and Finishers.  A culture of ownership with its employee’s has been created to the success of everyone working there.

“We need to empower our employees to make decisions, without fear of mistakes, to grow.  Our goals in the future are to grow responsibly in a pace that we can manage.” – Eichelberger Farms

Eichelberger has seen the growth in packing this year with the second shift opening in the Triumph/Seaboard Sioux City Iowa plant. Eichelberger is a producer that owns in partnership packing plants in Missouri and Iowa.  They produce pork for both domestic and international trade.

New Fashion Pork

Jim Rasmussen CFO- NFP(left)
Brad Freking, Owner NFP (middle)
Jim Long, CEO-President, Genesus Inc. (left)

New Fashion Pork is once again part of the Global Mega Producers. From its beginning in 1998 a lot has changed for the company. Today operations extend from Wyoming to Indiana with International business diversity. Having a sustainable strategic plan, Land/Crops, Nutrient supply and Pigs, has always been a company goal.  

Today 30% of the company needs are supplied within.  Maintaining and achieving high health herds is also part of the plan. 

“You must continually be improving your plan to have success in the pork industry… Being part of the Triumph ownership group has been very important.  Working with like minded owners helps everyone achieve more success”.  states owner Brad Freking.

Today Triumph Foods represents 445,000 sows.  The STF plant in Sioux City Iowa is now operating the second shift.

Allied Producers Cooperative

The mission of “Allied Producers’ Cooperative,” an allocation unit of “America’s Premium Pork,” is to support the actions of Triumph Foods by complying with production and ethical guidelines, balancing the relationship between members of Allied Producers’ Cooperative receiving the maximum return per market hog delivered to Triumph Foods and the financial strength of Triumph Foods, and continuing the creation of expansion opportunities for all America’s Premium Pork members.


Merl Mortenson Managing Partner of Hanor, receives the GMP plaque from Tom Stinson, Genesus Inc

The Hanor Company celebrates another year on the Global Mega Producer list.  This is not surprising as the management team has been together since the start (1996).

The focus has always been on revenue per sow per year combined with high herd health and animal husbandry.

The Hanor Company started in 1996 and is part of the Triumph food system. Hanor has 225 dedicated employees.  Growing in all areas of production is an integral part of the company’s overall plan. 

This past year  Hanor grew 30,000 sows, from 70,000 to 100,000, with Nurseries and Finishers following.  The company is doing business in multiple states.  This year will also see the addition of the second shift at the Triumph/Seaboard Foods (STF) plant in Sioux City Iowa.

The Hanor Company is an integrated food company producing premium pork products for both domestic and international markets.

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