Customers likely will see a temporary disruption in supply of Gainesville-based McEver Meat products, beginning this month, because of a recent fire at a meat processing plant in Tennessee.
“We are disappointed that this unfortunate event will cause a short-term product shortage in many of the stores who sell McEver products,” McEver owner Bryce Elliott said in a press release.
“However, we’re working around the clock with the processing plant to find a temporary home.”
Elliott said he will be working to update both grocers and customers about the interruption, as well as the timeline for McEver’s return.
John Edd Wampler, general manager at the Family Brands International meat processing plant, told a Knoxville, Tenn., TV station that the company has “reached out to some other plants that make products similar to ours to see if we can get them to use our recipe temporarily to make some product for us until we get going.”
Founded in Talmo in 1926, McEver produces hog and cattle-based products available throughout Georgia, as well as parts of Alabama and Florida. Core products include hot dogs, smoked links, red hots and bologna.
McEver products are sold in Georgia at Quality Foods, Wal-Mart, Food Depot, Kroger, Bell’s, Dills, J&J Foods, Ingles, Publix, Food Lion, Grocery Outlet and Wayfield Foods, among other specialty grocers, restaurants and markets.
Distributors include Supervalu, Morris McClure, Holifield Farms and Associated Grocers of the South.