The Butler’s Pantry Inc. has plans to offer its products at grocery stores across the country.
The Columbus-based deli and catering business announced it has partnered with Columbus Gourmet Inc. to lead the expansion.
“We see this new partnership as an exciting step in the evolution of our business,” Teresa Tomlinson, Butler’s Pantry co-owner, said in a statement. “After two plus decades as a deli/catering establishment, we see the market moving strongly toward the prepared food sector and want to maximize that opportunity.”
The Butler’s Pantry provides Southern gourmet cuisine, including specialty salads, sandwiches, desserts and take-home entrees. Columbus Gourmet has plans to produce and market several Butler’s Pantry products, including its chicken tetrazzini, shepherd’s pie, poppy seed chicken and chicken salad.
Bryan Stone, Columbus Gourmet president and chief executive officer, said they are already beginning to introduce the Butler’s Pantry brand to channel partners in the retail and food-service markets. The local food manufacturing business pushes its own brands — Kendrick Pecan, Aunt Pearlie’s Dinner Sides, and La Piccolina Italian Specialties — through national grocery store chains, including Whole Foods, Food Lion, Publix and Walmart.
Butler’s Pantry items may be available in a limited number of grocery stores as soon as December.
Teresa Tomlinson and husband Trip purchased Butler’s Pantry in 2003 from founder Jenny Lind Berry. It has two Columbus locations: one on Auburn Avenue and another on Rollins Way.
Columbus Gourmet specializes in gourmet foods, contract manufacturing, packaging and baking. Stone established the company in 2004 after purchasing several local brands, including Kendrick Pecan. He recently announced Lewis Jones Market will be Kendrick Pecan’s official retail store.