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Moo & his pal Oink will mooove into Ultra Foods in Joliet on Saturday

Moo & Oink at Dutch Farms Show

The Moo & Oink mobile will mooove into the parking lot of Ultra Foods in Joliet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at 1590 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet

The life-size characters Moo and his sidekick Oink will be along for photos with kids. The characters are the official ambassadors of Moo & Oink and all things BBQ.

Cooks from Moo & Oink will set up the grill and offer samples of a variety of Moo & Oink products that may include Beef Mild Links, Pork Mild Links, Moo Patties, Moo Dog All Beef Hot Dogs, and of course Moo & Oink’s famous High Five BBQ Sauce.

The classic Chicago brand known for its selection of meat and rap-based commercials in the ‘80s and ‘90s was thought to be gone forever after last year’s bankruptcy of the Moo & Oink grocery stores. Best Chicago Meat Co., LLC, purchased the Moo & Oink brand in Dec. of 2011 and is bringing the most popular items to grocery stores across the Chicagoland area.

Currently there are more than 20 Moo & Oink products available at more than 250 grocery stores throughout Chicagoland. Later this summer, customers can expect to find 20 – 30 additional Moo & Oink products.

“Since the brand name Moo & Oink has such strong recognition,” said David L. Van Kampen, president and COO of Best Chicago Meat, “we are dedicated to getting Moo & Oink products back on shelves as quickly as possible without sacrificing excellence or reliability.”

Moo & Oink’s main focus will be on the meat, but other brand expansions are being considered such as corn on the cob, okra, dry rubs and seasonings and BBQ sauce, turkey burgers and other healthy options.

For years, Moo & Oink has been a staple in the African American community in Chicago, and for the first time in its history, Moo & Oink is minority owned.

“We are excited to bring the great Moo & Oink brand back home to the wonderfully diverse neighborhoods of Chicago where we work and live,” said Van Kampen. “We are committed to making the very best meat products and grilling essentials available to families throughout Chicagoland, NW Indiana and Michigan.”

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