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Bob Evans Corporate

(Public)  
Restaurant
10,000 - 25,000 employees  |  
Overview
Our Founder Bob Evans has often said, "Quality is long remembered after price is forgotten" and "Everybody is somebody at Bob Evans Farms." Beliefs like these formed our company and engrained our core values from day one. We continue to live by them today.
Brand Builders
- Win together as a team
- Consistently drive sales growth
- Improve margins with an eye on customer satisfaction
- Be the BEST* at Operations Execution
- Increase returns on invested capital
* Bob Evans Special Touch, or BEST, is the company's internal branding that defines our core values of teamwork; quality, service and cleanliness; integrity; sincerity; tradition; consistency; honesty; and safety. The initative is designed to encourage and reward employees for going above and beyond expectations of coworkers, partners, stockholders and customers.

Bob Evans specializes in bringing farm-fresh foods to our customers through our restaurants and retail food products. The philosophy behind both segments of our business is the same one we've had since the very beginning: quality food and great service at a fair price.
Culture
Our Beginnings Bob Evans Farms got its start when our founder, Bob Evans, began making sausage on his southeastern Ohio farm to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in nearby Gallipolis in 1948. "We served a lot of breakfasts, but we couldn't get any decent sausage," Bob recalls. "So I decided to start making my own from hogs raised right on our farm, using all the best parts of the hog, including the hams and tenderloins." The restaurant drew many truck drivers who traveled through the region. "You might say the truck drivers did my research for me," Bob says. "They would tell me that this was the best sausage they ever had, and then buy 10-pound tubs to take home." These good reports prompted Bob Evans to go into the sausage business. The building where he made the sausage was built with open ends, at the suggestion of his father, so it could be used as a machinery shed if the sausage business failed. But, it didn't fail. In 1953, a group of friends and family recognized the growing demand for Bob's sausage and became business partners by establishing Bob Evans Farms. Entering the Restaurant Business As the reputation of Bob Evans Sausage grew, Bob Evans invited people to his farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. "There were so many people coming to the farm that we finally built a little restaurant in 1962 just to take care of them. It started out with only a dozen stools -- just a convenience place," Bob recalls. The Sausage Shop The original Bob Evans Restaurant on the farm was called The Sausage Shop. Although it started with 12 stools, today the restaurant can seat 134. Farm Heritage Lives On The farm has evolved into a tourist attraction with camping and hiking and events throughout the year. The largest event is our Bob Evans Farm Festival, being held the second full weekend, Friday through Sunday, in October. Nearly 50,000 people attend the festival. Our Family Tree In 1987, Bob Evans Farms added to the family through the acquisition of Owens Foods, then Owens Country Sausage, based Texas and again in 2004 with the acquisition of Mimi's Café, based in California. Today Owens Foods is distributed throughout 10 southwestern states and Mimi's Café operates 109 company-owned restaurants in 20 states with a majority of them in California.
Career Opportunities
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Mission and Vision
Bob Evans Farms Inc. vision is to be the "Best in Class" in all of our food businesses.
- Bob Evans Farms Inc. mission is building brand loyalty by delighting customers with high-quality, delicious products, "at your place or ours," while balancing the needs of our employees, guests and stockholders.

Company Facts
- Bob Evans Farms was founded in 1953.
- Steven A. Davis currently serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
- Bob Evans Farms Inc. has sausage/food production facilities in Galva, Ill.; Hillsdale, Mich.; Bidwell, Springfield and Xenia, Ohio.; and Richardson and Sulphur Springs, Texas. The company's 130 driver-salesmen travel more than 106 different routes to deliver Bob Evans fresh food products.
- The Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio, is a national tourist destination featuring: the original Bob Evans Restaurant; the Homestead Museum, now on the National Register of Historic Places; and special events including the Bob Evans Farm Festival. Call (800) 994-FARM for more information or visit the Bob Evans Farm section of this site.
- Company Founder Bob Evans retired from the company in 1986 and lived on his farm in Gallia County, Ohio, until he passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007.
Contact
Bob Evans Farms Inc.
3776 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43207
800-272-7675