Johnsonville opens Chicago Innovation Center

Special to The Freeman

March 13, 2014

SHEBOYGAN FALLS – A facility opened by Johnsonville Sausage in Chicago will be focused on the research and development of new products.

The Innovation Center is a collaborative space featuring a culinary kitchen, sensory and product development, consumer-feedback areas and more.

“For the nearly 70 years Johnsonville has been in business, we’ve been focused on providing high-quality, delicious products,” Johnsonville co-owner Shelly Stayer said in a statement. “As we continue to innovate, finding new opportunities to provide great-tasting products for families around the world, we are thrilled to have this chance to learn from and work with world-class culinary talent in the Chicago area.”

Johnsonville’s headquarters and primary operations will remain in Sheboygan Falls. According to the announcement, having the Innovation Center in Chicago will provide a new opportunity for Johnsonville employees to work in close proximity to and with food industry leaders.

Johnsonville Sausage is the No. 1 national brand of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links. Johnsonville employs approximately 1,400 members.