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Bob Evans Farms Rich History

Bob EvansBob Evans Farms has a rich history that began with a visionary, a farm in southeastern Ohio, and a desire for quality sausage. Our founder, Bob Evans, began making sausage in 1948 to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in Gallipolis.

“We served a lot of breakfasts, but we couldn’t get any decent sausage,” Bob recalled. “So I decided to start making my own from hogs raised right on our farm, using all the best parts of the hog, including the hams and tenderloins.” The restaurant drew many truck drivers who traveled through the region. “They would tell me that this was the best sausage they ever had, and then buy 10-pound tubs to take home,” Bob said.

These good reports prompted Bob Evans to go into the sausage business. The building where he made the sausage was built with open ends, at the suggestion of his father, so it could be used as machinery shed if the sausage business failed. But, it didn’t fail. More than 60 years later, the Bob Evans brand has evolved into one of the most recognizable family dining restaurant chains in the Midwest and a leading producer and distributor of refrigerated side dishes, pork sausage and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items.Bob Evans Timeline