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Our Story

Hi everyone!

We are the proud owners of Tender Heifer Snack Co and we produce/distribute the incredibly delicious Smokehouse beef and bacon jerky.

Patti began her last career with a startup chemical manufacturing company that produced materials for bridge decks across the country. She was there 11 years as Operating Manager. Franco owned a family entertainment company for 12 years before selling the business to join Patti at the chemical plant.

The owners of the the plant sold the business and not long after we realized the need to move on. We missed being "entrepreneurs".

While on a quest for our next business venture we spent nearly three months driving throughout the Pacific Northwest looking at various locations.  

Patti eventually found a business for sale, the Tender Heifer Snack Co. We called the owners and talked for a while about the business and decided to drive straight to their home to discuss it in more detail.

From the Canadian border we drove straight through to the home of the business owners in Beaumont, CA. We met with them, tasted the jerky and asked lots of questions before deciding to make an offer that very day! We knew we found a quality product and the potential was unlimited.

The deal was closed on January 2, 2017. Since then we have hit the ground running.

In addition to assuring a quality product, our focus has been to help others create new businesses for themselves as route owners and/or distributors. Our combined background experience along with our dedication to build an even more successful business team assures our goals can be met and exceeded.

It has been an amazing journey and we are confident this is just the beginning of a long and successful path.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Please feel free to talk to us any time.

Franco & Patti Fonseca