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3776 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43207

United States

Phone: 614-491-2225


Bob Evans Farms, Inc. operates as a full-service restaurant company. The company operates Bob Evans Restaurants. It also produces and distributes pork sausage product and various complementary home-style refrigerated side dishes and frozen food items. The company's food products are distributed primarily to warehouses that distribute to grocery stores throughout the United States. It also manufactures and sells similar products to foodservice accounts, including Bob Evans Restaurants and other restaurants and food sellers. Bob Evans Restaurants Segment As of April 26, 2013, the company owned and operated all 560 Bob Evans Restaurants. Through its restaurant concept, the company serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Breakfast entrees are served all day and feature traditional favorites such as sausage, bacon, eggs and hotcakes, as well as specialty offerings like crepes and omelets. The company also offers various lunch and dinner entrees, including a line-up of Farm Fresh Salads and signature dinner items, such as country fried steak and slow-roasted turkey. Majority of traditional Bob Evans Restaurants range in size from approximately 3,600 to 6,500 square feet while its larger Bob Evans Restaurants & General Stores are approximately 9,800 square feet. The company offers retail gifts, food items, and other novelties for sale on a limited basis in the retail areas located inside majority of its traditional Bob Evans Restaurants and on a larger scale in its six Bob Evans Restaurants & General Stores. As of April 26, 2013, Bob Evans Restaurants (including Bob Evans Restaurants and General Stores) were located in 19 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. BEF Foods Segment — Retail Food Product Operations The BEF Foods segment manufactures sausage products, as well as muffin mixes, dressings, sausage gravy, sauces and soups, which are distributed to its restaurants by third parties. The company sells its retail food products under the Bob Evans, Owens, and Country Creek brand names. The company’s food products include approximately 169 varieties of branded fresh, smoked and fully cooked pork sausage, ham, and hickory-smoked bacon products. It also offers approximately 144 complementary, convenience food items in the refrigerated and frozen areas of grocery stores, such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and microwaveable sandwiches. Sales: The company’s retail sales force, which consists of its national account teams as well as third-party food brokers, sells its food products to various national and regional retail chains. Competition: With respect to its sausage products, the company’s major competitors include the sausage products of Johnsonville Sausage LLC and the Hillshire Brands Company. Distribution As of April 26, 2013, Bob Evans and Owens brand products were available for purchase in grocery stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Ontario, Canada area. The company’s Owens brand products were available for purchase primarily in Oklahoma and Texas. Seasonality Majority of the Bob Evans Restaurants are located near major interstate highways and generally experience increased revenue during the summer travel season. The company’s BEF Foods business segment is seasonal to the extent that third and fourth quarter sales (year ended April 26, 2013) are typically higher due to increased sales of sausage and its home-style side dishes during the colder months from November through April and especially during the holiday season. The company promotes its bratwurst and Italian sausage products for outdoor grilling in an attempt to grow volume during the summer months. Dispositions In February 2013, the company completed the sale of its Mimi’s Cafe restaurant chain. Trademarks and Service Marks The company has registered trademarks and service marks, such as the mark Bob Evans for its restaurant business, and Bob Evans, Owens, Country Creek Farm, Kettle Creations, and SWH Custom Foods, for BEF Foods. Government Regulation The company’s restaurants and manufacturing plants must comply with the applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and related state statutes. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability with respect to public accommodations and employment. As a manufacturer and distributor of food products, its BEF Foods segment is subject to various food safety regulations, including regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Through its sausage manufacturing operations, its BEF Foods segment is subject to the requirements of the Packers & Stockyards Act. History Bob Evans Farms, Inc. was founded in 1948.


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