Founded in 1946, Pierre Foods produces a complete line of fully cooked beef, pork, chicken, turkey and bakery products. The company serves the food service, school, warehouse club, vending and convenience store markets. It is one of the leading manufacturers, marketers and distributors of differentiated food solutions focusing on precooked and ready-to-cook protein products. Pierre Foods also specializes in a range of compartmentalized meals and handheld convenience sandwiches. The company is a member of the American Commodity Distribution Association, American Dietetic Association (ADA) and American School Food Service Association (ASFSA). It offers products under various brand names, such as Pierre, Fast Choice, Fast Bites, Big AZ, Hot 'n' Ready, Mom 'n' Pops, Blue Stone Grill, Bageltime and Pierre Signatures. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Pierre Foods maintains a location in Claremont, N.C.