Swift & Company and Specialty Foods Group have signed an agreement to produce a broad line of premium deli meats under the Swift Premium brand. The products will be distributed nationwide to retail and food service outlets starting Sept. 20.

SFG will manufacture, market and distribute a broad array of deli products including premium dry sausages, smoked and cooked meats and deli sticks and loaves.

"We are very pleased with this opportunity to partner with SFG to produce and distribute the highest quality deli meats in the industry under the Swift Premium brand name," says Dennis Henley, president of Swift & Company North America Red Meats.

He notes that this is the first step in a comprehensive plan to expand the Swift Premium brand name into a variety of processed meat products.