The company continued reselling products from other companies, including cheese, tea, beans, vinegar, preserves, and syrup. When they finally tasted their handiwork, they knew their careful attention to detail had paid off.Â, Word of their special thick-cut bacon spread and the family business quickly grew. For almost 100 years, we've been perfecting the art of bacon. In 1922, Egbert Eggleston, his son Fay, and son-in-law Roy Wright, founded the Vernon Meat Company in the back of a local grocery store. #BaconTheWrightWay The World War II years saw the company change ownership, from Eggleston to Roy Wright, whereupon the Wrights constructed an entirely new plant and renamed the company the Wright Packing Company after their family name. "[5], Bob and Bill retired in 1994. It may not be the fastest way to do it, or the easiest, but it’s our way.Â. Begun in 1922 by Egbert Eggleston, what would eventually become a multimillion-dollar business started out in the back of a local grocery store. The initial pork bellies used for making bacon were delivered via railroad cars, covered in salt for preservation, and eventually painted with liquid smoke at Roy Wright. By the end of 1998 – 20 years after changing from a full-line meat packer and processor to a bacon and ham specialist — Wright Brand Foods grew to 650 employees and production in tonnage had increased in those years by thousands of percent. There's the right way, and then there's the Wright Way. Whether you’re eating bacon in the morning or pork chops at dinner, you can rest assured that your pork products are home grown. Begun in 1922 by Egbert Eggleston, what would eventually become a multimillion-dollar business started out in the back of a local grocery store.[2]. Realizing that being a generalized, jack-of-all-trades company that handled both the killing and processing aspects was limiting their ability to grow, Bob and Bill and the Wright Packing family (led by Bill's son, Dan Wright) decided to focus on processing, thus allowing Wright Packing to specialize its production of ham and bacon, meaning that they offer a wider selection of both, and leave the hassle of slaughtering to other companies. Overseeing the process from beginning to end, they held every piece of bacon to their high standard of craftsmanship and care.Â, The tradition of making bacon with care is still part of the family, passed down through generations to the family members working there today. Trimmed by hand. And they did it the only way they knew how: with craftsmanship, commitment and a mouth-watering family recipe. Wright Brand prides itself on making bacon the "Wright Way." The new facility also saw the advent of a new company name—the Vernon Packing Company. It’s a history of doing things a certain way, and one we don’t plan on changing. This marked the first time since its creation in 1922 that a member of the Eggleston or Wright families was not in total control of the company. In the back of their small grocery store in Vernon, Texas, they hand-selected every pork belly and trimmed it to perfection. Wright® Brand meats were soon found in stores across the Southwest. Finished to perfection.Â. In 1922, Egbert Eggleston, his son Fay and son-in-law Roy Wright set out to create a thicker, fuller-flavored slice of bacon. Your privacy is important to us. Contemporary favorites such as peppered bacon and hickory-smoked ham sprang from the decision to be dedicated to processing. “Because of the perception that it’s healthier, people tend to eat more of it,” Cimperman says. Turkey bacon, for example, is still processed and high in sodium. Rich in both tradition and flavor, the bold taste of Wright Brand bacon has been savored since Roy Wright and Fay Eggleston handcrafted their first batch in 1922. Wright Brand Foods, Inc. was a meat-packing company located in Vernon, Texas, that was eventually bought by the Tyson Foods corporation in 2001. Wright® Brand meats were soon found in stores across the Southwest. The taste of Wright® Brand products has been pleasing customers for over 80 years.Wright® Brand offers rich, genuine flavor and consistent quality across a variety of pork products including delicious, juicy hams and savory and sweet hickory smoked bacon. Wright Brand Foods, now part of the Tyson Foods family, is the largest bacon and ham producer in the Southwest, with 746 employees and distribution to 30 states and sales between $100M - $250M. As the years passed Wright Packing steadily grew and by the 1960s had 225 employees. As a result of the specialization in processing, Wright Packing became Wright Brand Foods, Inc. and saw unprecedented growth in sales, causing a need for newer, larger facilities to accommodate the increased volume of pork bellies which were made into ham and bacon. Our 90-year old proprietary curing recipe brings forth uncompromising flavor. They cured it, smoked each piece over real hickory wood and hand trimmed every thick slice. For more information about how to control your cookies click learn more. In light of continued growth, a slaughterhouse was built which allowed Vernon Meat to control their belly production from the ground up. The company was then run by fourth generation descendants Dan Wright, Kelly Wright,[1] and Kirk Eggleston. History The Eggleston Years. After negotiations with various meat production companies in the late 1990s, the Wright family agreed to a buy-out offer by Tyson Foods, Inc. We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on this website. Hand trimmed. It’s a history of doing things a certain way, and one we don’t plan on changing. Through it all, the family maintained complete control of how their bacon was made. Beginning in 1982 with a new derind room, and ending in 2001 with the most recent addition to the plant including infrastructural enhancements to allow for further upgrades, Wright Brand Foods completely overhauled its processing facility and capability. Wright Brand Bacon. Your privacy is important to us. Through it all, the family maintained complete control of how their bacon was made. [7], Corporate logo, depicting family member and company lawyer Kelly Wright, The Wright Brothers and the Move to Specialization, Kelly Wright - a Vernon, Texas (TX) Contracts Lawyer, Wright Brand Foods, Vernon, TX in Spoke's business directory, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wright_Brand_Foods&oldid=988267344, Defunct manufacturing companies based in Texas, Food and drink companies established in 1922, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 November 2020, at 03:44. A thick, smoky character you can count on in each and every slice.