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Our quality products have a great heritage, dating back to the 1800’s and the Hempler family sausage kitchen in Borken, Germany.

Our quality products have a great heritage, dating back to the 1800’s and the Hempler family sausage kitchen in Borken, Germany. Hans Hempler worked in the family sausage business in Germany as a youngster. He served as an apprentice sausage maker and learned first-hand the family’s old secret recipes becoming a master sausage maker before moving to the United States. As the story goes, Hans (who couldn’t speak much English) needed to pick a city in America to live and work in. Bellingham seemed like a good choice since he knew what a BELLY and HAM was. Hans came to the United States in 1928 and, in those early years, worked hard and saved his money. He later returned to Germany and married Emmy Hoff, who had been patiently waiting for him for six years. Upon his return to Washington with his bride in 1934, he settled in Bellingham. That same year he bought B.B. Meat and Sausage Co. (now Hempler Foods Group) which has been operated by the Hempler family ever since. The same values that guided the company founder, Hans Hempler, continue to this day through the leadership of son Richard and grand-daughter, Kestin.

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Hans Hempler and Otto Hahnel in the Sausage Kitchen – 1947
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An early delivery truck.
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The fleet is growing by the 1940‘s
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As a family owned business, it is our mission to produce and distribute the highest quality products, while operating with the highest integrity and standards for personalized service to our customers. We strive to achieve these results by purchasing high quality ingredients and by employing passionate people, training them well, and developing an extended “family” of employees dedicated to accomplishing our mission.

Hempler Foods Group is a member of the following organizations:

American Meat Association

North American Meat Association

Northwest Meat Processors Association

The Northwest Meat Processors Association is an Association of Meat Processors in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The NWMP has an annual contest for the best products produced and judged by experts in the field. Hempler’s has won many awards for their products including the Best of Show!

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Richard Hempler and his daughter Kestin preparing some pepper bacon for market.
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