Tyson Mexican Original, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., has acquired the assets of Don Julio Foods.  Based in Clearfield, Utah, Don Julio makes flour and corn tortillas, potato chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels for distribution through the United States under the Don Julio Authentic and Clover Club brands.    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tyson Mexican Original is the second largest manufacturer of tortillas in the United States.  A majority of its sales are currently with food service companies, but the acquisition of Don Julio is expected to expand the company’s reach to grocery stores.  Tyson said that Don Julio’s management team will continue to manage the operation.

“Don Julio is an example of a brand that’s the right fit for Tyson Foods,” said Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods.  “The people are great, the business expands on an existing tortilla business where we already have expertise, and it will allow us to offer our retail customers another product with a loyal consumer following.”

Tyson Foods purchased Mexican Original, Inc., in 1983 to diversify its product offerings.  Prior to the Don Julio acquisition, the company operated three dedicated tortilla operations in Fayetteville, AR; Portland, IN; and Sanford, NC.