The Carriage House Companies gets a bit carried away when spreading the word about sauces and spreads. The company is one of the largest suppliers of store-brand grocery goods, including barbecue sauce, jams and jellies, peanut butter, and table syrup. It also produces private label mayonnaise and salad dressings, salsas, and sauces. Carriage House products are sold through its sales staff and a broker network to retailers, such as Wal-Mart, and, less so, food service, contract, and other customers. A subsidiary, Beverage Specialties makes the Major Peter's and JERO brand non-alcoholic drink mixes. Carriage House is owned by ConAgra Foods, which acquired its former parent Ralcorp in 2013.
The Carriage House Companies became a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods following ConAgra's purchase of private-label giant Ralcorp in January 2013. The purchase made ConAgra the largest private-brand packaged foods business in North America. ConAgra plans to shutter the Carriage House plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, New York by early 2015, resulting in the loss of some 425 jobs.
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