Our Mission Statement

To produce safe, high-quality food for our customers
and to provide them with the best possible value and service.

We’re Proud of Our History

Our story began in 1947 when Tony Downs purchased a produce business in St. James, Minnesota. Over the next few decades, Tony’s dedication and ingenuity helped to grow the business into a leading fully-cooked protein processor and co-packer of frozen entrees. Several key acquisitions have added multiple new capabilities, allowing us to grow and diversify our services.

Today, we’re proud that our family-owned business has earned the trust of our business partners by consistently producing quality products for over 70 years. As we innovate and expand, three things remain at the forefront of our business philosophy: Quality, Service and Respect.


Downs Food Group is committed to investing in our business in a responsible manner. We promote sustainability, aimed at reducing waste and cost, and driving positive change. Each day we strive for continuous process and safety improvement, recycling and conserving energy in order to create a healthier workplace and reduce our impact on the environment.

Supporting Our Community

Downs Food Group proudly supports local, national and international organizations and events as we strive to do our part to make the world a better place to live.

Madelia Fire

Our support for Haiti in particular received some press coverage which can be read here:

Mankato Free Press