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Schwan's Company

About Schwan's Company

Schwan’s Company began with an ice-cream delivery service. In 1952, Marvin Schwan turned his 1946 Dodge panel van into a refrigerated delivery vehicle by packing it up with dry ice. He drove 14 gallons of his family’s signature ice-cream across western Minnesota and sold every last bit of product, thus establishing the Schwan’s home-delivery business. By 1953, Marvin purchased a professional-grade refrigerated vehicle and hired the company’s first route salesman. The first non-dairy product, Vita-Sun, hit the trucks in 1957. Today, Schwan’s continues to operate as a frozen food delivery service and claims to have been doing it since “before it was cool.” The company’s offerings have grown too, to include breakfast foods, pizza, meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and more.

The company began focusing on expansion and growth in a definitive way in 2017, when CEO Demitrios Smyrnios announced the creation of Strategic Partner Solutions. The division concentrates on “growing the company’s private-label and co-packing businesses.” In 2019, Schwan’s Company officially became an affiliate of CJ Foods. CJ CheilJedang has a majority stake in Schwan’s. The food delivery business, Schwan’s Home Service, continues to operate as an independent company and remains in full ownership of the Schwan family.

Schwan’s products are staples for stores, schools, restaurants, health care facilities, and colleges and universities across the country. The company aims to provide high-quality food that is not only delicious, but also lives up to a standard of health and wholesomeness. It works to reduce and eliminate trans fats and partially hydrogenate oils in all its foods, ensure that school foods exceed USDA guidelines, provide quality gluten-free options, and use recognizable ingredients.

Schwan's Company

115 W College Dr
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: (507) 532-3274

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Subsidiary
CEO: Dimitrios Smyrnios

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Sales & Service
Manufacturing
Corporate
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