The story begins in 1940 when Red Holten opened his first IGA. It wasn’t long until Red founded Holten Meats, inventing new ways to produce high quality burgers on a larger scale. In 1961, his son, Jim Holten, began his journey with the company, eventually becoming a partner and inventing new ways to create an even better burger.
First IGA – Granite City, Illinois
In 1971, a separate group of partners in Rochester, Minnesota, opened Rochester Meat Company. Over the next few decades, the company would expand multiple times including the creation of nearly two dozen distribution houses. In 1994, this group invents the Cloud Burger. Then, in 2003, Rochester Meat buys Huisken Meat in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
In 2007, Holten makes its move and acquires Rochester Meats and Huisken Meat Company, combining the strength of all three companies into one. In 2013, this combined group became known as Branding Iron Holdings, Inc. Today, Branding Iron continues to expand its portfolio of products and provide center-of-the-plate protein solutions that customers love.