Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Columbus Foods (“Columbus”) is a manufacturer of a full line of premium, Italian-style branded and private label dry cured and cooked deli meats, including salame, roast beef and turkey. The Company’s products are sold to national grocery chains, club stores and independent grocers, including Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Costco and QFC. Columbus had been family owned since its founding in 1917 and Endeavour was the first outside partner in the business.
The family owners of Columbus were interested in finding a partner that could help them continue to grow and professionalize the business, while preserving legacy and the Company’s unique culture. During Endeavour’s partnership with the family and management, the Company acquired and renovated a new production facility, added to its executive leadership team, sold a non-core business and greenfielded another new, state-of the-art meat processing facility.
Endeavour and the family shareholders sold the Company in 2012.