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Fortune Fish Company Acquires Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand Sausages



May 6, 2014

Styrian sausage maker continues tradition of excellence

Fortune Fish & Gourmet has completed the acquisition of Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand Sausages , a Chicago-based small batch, premium sausage purveyor. Alpine Brand sausages are all natural with fresh loin trim and use authentic recipes from Germany and Austria. They make small batches to assure the highest quality and consistency in all their products. With the new ownership, Chef Martin’s will be under the Gourmet foods division of Fortune.

The acquisition has allowed Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand to increase their efficiency by joining the infrastructure already in place at Fortune Fish & Gourmet. Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand will still be produced at their original 2710 S. Poplar address in Chicago. This acquisition will increase Chef Martin’s former distribution area with Fortune’s fleet of more than 43 refrigerated trucks with direct distribution in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and nationally through Fortune’s Flying Fish program.

Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune’s President & CEO, stated “We are very excited to acquire this great company and brand. It creates an outstanding opportunity for our employees and customers. I am proud to welcome Chef Martin’s owner Martin Wallner to the Fortune Fish & Gourmet family.”

Chef Martin Wallner was born to work with food. As a child in Austria, he lived above his family's butcher shop and started working in the business at the age of four. Making sausage was a family event shared by his grandfather, father, uncles and sons. As a young man, Martin attended culinary school and worked at a restaurant specializing in fine Austrian food. A position with Hilton International brought Martin to the states. After experiencing life in several cities, Chef Martin settled in Chicago and went to work for Wolfgang Puck. During his nine years with the celebrity chef's company, Martin cooked for numerous celebrities and often worked side by side with Wolfgang at galas and benefit dinners throughout the country. Wallner resides in Chicago and is married with two children.