The Kiolbassa story all starts in 1949, when Rufus and Juanita Kiolbassa founded a small meatpacking company named Kiolbassa Provision Company in San Antonio, Texas. Kiolbassa Provision Company was founded on the principle of producing only quality products, which were initially sold to independent grocers in the San Antonio area. Over the years, the company’s commitment to making premium quality smoked sausage has earned it a solid reputation in the industry and among consumers in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
A turning point in the company history came when its founder, Rufus, died at the age of 45 and his son, Robert (Bobby), assumed leadership. Robert always remembered his father’s advice regarding a commitment to producing a quality product: “People will remember the quality long after the price is forgotten.” Robert continued to grow the company through some tough years in the industry, never giving in to the temptation to reduce the quality in order to survive. He continued crafting sausage with only the finest cuts of meat, the freshest spices and natural ingredients, without adding fillers.
Robert’s sister, Sandra Kiolbassa, joined the company in 1985 and the family’s passion for quality built a foundation that would blossom in 1987 when Robert’s son, Michael, joined his father in the family business, making him the third generation to run the company. Under Michael’s guidance, the company has experienced tremendous growth, expanding its market reach to include a 25 state distribution.
When Juanita Kiolbassa passed away in 1999, the company structure was changed to its current organization with Robert “Bobby” Kiolbassa as CEO, Michael as President and Sandra as Vice-President. Robert and Sandra’s sister, Barbara Kiolbassa Britton, is the company Secretary/Treasurer.
Kiolbassa prides itself in producing the best products, keeping true to the unconditional guarantee: “The best sausage you’ve ever eaten or your money back–Guaranteed.”