Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (Nasdaq: BOBE) is a $1.7 billion restaurant and retail food products company.
For more than 50 years, we've been bringing farm-fresh foods to our restaurant and grocery customers. Our success is built on the basics: high-quality food and excellent hospitality. This foundation along with our product development and consumer research, is at the heart of our continued growth and solid financial performance.
The company owns and operates all of its restaurants and manufactures and distributes the majority of its retail food products which offers great control for growth, quality and consistency. This translates to a brand that customers and investors trust.
In March 2011, Bob Evans announced plans to move our corporate campus. Read more about the decision in our press release and FAQ Sheet about the topic.
At Bob Evans Restaurants, quality homestyle food and friendly service are our trademarks. From classic breakfast favorites like sausage, omelettes and hotcakes, to our tasty dinner classics such as slow-roasted turkey and our Knife & Fork Sandwiches, Bob Evans has something for everyone.
The company currently owns and operates nearly 600 full-service, family Bob Evans Restaurants in the 18-state area of: Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Mimi’s Café, a subsidiary acquired in 2004, offers a wide selection of freshly prepared, high-quality American comfort foods in an upbeat and sophisticated atmosphere reminiscent of New Orleans cafés and European bistros. Mimi’s Café, based in Tustin, Calif., operates more than 100 company-owned restaurants in 22 states with a majority of them in California. Other states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Bob Evans distributes a wide variety of refrigerated and frozen foods in 49 states and parts of Canada. The Bob Evans brand is a category leader in sausage, refrigerated mashed potatoes and side dishes, and frozen breakfast. When you hear that Bob Evans Farms is committed to good food and great service, you may immediately think of our restaurants. Those same qualities stand behind our homestyle foods that our customers can enjoy at home every day.
Over the past several years, Bob Evans Farms has expanded its food products division to include flavored sausage, and complementary products such as refrigerated mashed potatoes, refrigerated, slow-roasted entrees and frozen breakfast sandwiches. At the same time, we have never lost sight of our core food product — the original fresh Bob Evans Sausage, which accounts for a strong percent of our sales volume.
Based on customer response, we continue to introduce new items such as brats and Italian grilling sausage, and frozen oatmeal under the Bob Evans name.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. has food production facilities in Hillsdale, Mich.; Galva, Ill.; Bidwell, Springfield and Xenia, Ohio; and Richardson and Sulphur Springs, Texas.
The company’s first distribution center opened in September 2002 in Springfield, Ohio.
For more information on food products, visit our Grocery Products page.
In 1948, company-founder Bob Evans made sausage at his southeastern Ohio farm for the 12-stool, 24-hour restaurant he owned in Gallipolis, Ohio.
In 1953, a group of Bob Evans' friends and family recognized the growing demand for his sausage, became business partners and founded the company.
Bob Evans Farms became a publicly held company on June 6, 1963. Reincorporated in Delaware in 1985, the company's headquarters is Columbus, Ohio.
Bob Evans retired as president of Bob Evans Farms on Dec. 31, 1986. After retiring from Bob Evans Farms, Evans spent much of his time working for farming causes. The only person in Ohio to be honored three times by the National Wildlife Federation, Bob Evans spent more than 40 years preserving wildlife. A strong supporter of youth organizations such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America, Evans is a former member of the Ohio Board of Regents, the state's public higher education governing board. Evans spent his last decade as a promoter of the concept of year-round grazing as a way to help maintain the traditional family farms in America.
Bob Evans passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007. Click here to learn more about the Bob Evans legacy.
The nearly 1,000-acre Bob Evans Farm, in Rio Grande, Ohio, is a tourist destination featuring the first Bob Evans Restaurant; the company’s Homestead Museum, a home on the National Register of Historic Places where Bob and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children; a log cabin village; and several special events throughout the year including the October Bob Evans Farm Festival.
For more information, call (800) 994-FARM for more information.