US-based Amylu Foods has announced the acquisition of local sausage making peer Klement’s Sausage Company.

Chicago’s Amylu, which specialises in chicken sausages, has bought Milwaukee-based Klement’s from Altamont Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum.

Around 300 Klement’s employees will be taken on by Amylu, along with its manufacturing facility and brands.

The deal sees it expanding its sausage offering into other protein areas.

Founded in 1956, Klement’s focuses on small-batch production. Its products, including snack sticks, summer sausages and smoked sausage, are distributed nationally via major supermarket chains such as Walmart, Kroger and Meijer.

It was acquired by investment firm Altamont in 2014 and sat within its Tall Tree Foods portfolio.

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Amylu Foods was founded in 1992 by Amylu Kurzawski, a third-generation sausage maker who saw an opportunity to create better-for-you chicken sausages containing no antibiotics, nitrates or nitrites.

Its product range now is made up of close to 50 different flavours of sausages, meatballs and burgers.

Amylu said the acquisition of Klement’s will not only enable it to diversify its product range into new categories but also enhance its production capacity.

Steven Zoll, its chairman and CEO, said: “The addition of Klement’s Sausage Company to the Amylu Foods family marks a significant step in our growth strategy. We are excited to welcome this iconic Wisconsin brand into our portfolio and look forward to offering our customers an expanded range of premium meat products.”

Jeff Baker, president of Klement’s Sausage Company, said: “We are delighted to unite with the dynamic Amylu Foods family. This strategic combination promises exciting prospects for both brands, empowering us to extend the reach of our cherished Wisconsin flavours to an even wider audience.”