Sara Lee is acquiring FHS Inc., a privately held holding company that owns Huisken Meats, a meat processor and leader in the manufacture of irradiated ground beef products and Trail’s Best Snacks the No. 4 U.S. producer of meat snacks and beef jerky.

FHS headquartered in Chandler, Minn., generated more than $50 million in sales in 2000. The terms of agreement were not disclosed. Trail’s Best Snacks, which includes Trail’s Best and Happy Trails brands, also currently produces the Jimmy Dean brand of meat snacks for Sara Lee Foods.

From an initial distribution in 84 stores in the Twin Cities area Huisken Meats’ Be Sure brand of irradiated ground beef products has grown to achieve distribution more than 2,000 supermarkets in 23 states, according to the company.

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