Originally Posted by DiggingDogFarm
Schickhaus used to be okay as far as beef and pork franks go, but last i heard they're made by Armour-Eckrich. I just can't stomach anything from those folks.
Martin - You heard correctly.
Schickhaus, as an independent meat processing company, hasn't existed in decades. In 1980 John Morrell Food Group acquired the brands and trademarks of Schickhaus from, I believe, Swift & Co. For a period, the hot dogs were produced by some regional processors until the production was rolled in-house with Armour and later Armour-Eckrich, two other brands that Morrell had acquired over the years.
Taking it a couple steps further, in 2006 Morrell, and all of it's subsidiary brands, were acquired by Smithfield Foods, which you no doubt know is currently in the process of being acquired by Shuanghui International Holdings in Luohe, Henan, China.
As an aside, Nathan's, which was acquired by a group of private investors in 1987, has the same arrangement for the production of their hot dogs with Morrell (Armour-Eckrich).
It gets kind of confusing figuring out where the food you love, or thought you once did, actually comes from these days.