History

Never Less Than Our Best.

Lopez Foods originated as a spinoff of Wilson Foods, a major force in the meat packing industry until the 1980s. Originally known as Anderson Meats, a Wilson Foods subsidiary, Lopez Foods started producing fresh, frozen beef patties for McDonald’s in 1968. Anderson Meats was sold to its management team and reformed briefly under the name Normac Foods. In 1992, controlling interest of the company was purchased by John C. Lopez, a successful McDonald’s owner/operator in Southern California. Lopez rebranded the company Lopez Foods in 1995 to reflect its diverse heritage. Building upon its rich food manufacturing experience, Lopez Foods is now recognized among the top meat companies in the United States and is an industry leader in supplying a variety of protein products to the largest restaurant chains and retailers in the world.

Ed Sanchez leads the company today as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Lopez Foods team, Sanchez was President of McDonald’s Latin America and Canada operations where he was responsible for more than 3,000 of the chain’s restaurants.

Food safety, customer satisfaction, quality, cutting-edge production philosophies, and product customization continue to define Lopez Foods as the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned meat processing company. Lopez Foods takes pride in the 40-year relationship it has enjoyed with McDonald’s. In addition to the beef, pork, and chicken products it supplies McDonald’s, Lopez Foods produces a variety of fully-cooked products. These are marketed under the Quick’N Eat brand name, for many private labels in the retail industry, and for a number of restaurant chains.