The Renfro Tradition

Turning a passion for family recipes into a thriving family business.

The Renfro Tradition

In 1940, George Renfro took a big risk for a man with a family. He quit his job selling restaurant supplies and condiments. And equipped with little more than sheer determination and family support, George and his wife, Arthurine, co-founded George Renfro Food Company from their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Still going strong today, our "Renfro family" includes 40 employees and thousands of retail partners all over the country and beyond!

Renfro Foods, Inc. Company Chronology

  • 1940
    George and Arthurine Renfro co-found George Renfro Food Company in the garage of their north Fort Worth home; plan to sell packaged spices and sauces.
  • 1948
    George Renfro buys Fort Worth syrup manufacturer; company begins producing Dixieland Syrups. Within two years, approximately 85% of Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants purchase the company’s tasty syrups.
  • 1951
    Company moves to current location at 815 E. Stella, Fort Worth, Texas; begins producing jellies, preserves, vinegars and chow chow. By 1954, sales double.
  • 1960
    Due to great demand, Renfro narrows product production to Dixieland Chow Chow. By 1963, sales double again.
  • 1972
    Renfro Foods, Inc. is created; company begins producing Mexican-style products including taco sauce. Rapid growth soon creates need to double the size and capacity of production operations.
  • 1975
    George Renfro dies, leaving Arthurine and two children, Jack and Bill, to manage and operate the company.
  • 1978-83
    Renfro Foods continues to flourish, with sales leaping 150%; taco and picante sauces lead growth in sales.
  • 1988
    Company doubles size of manufacturing facility by adding new office and warehouse building, allowing for significant increase in cooking capacity.
  • 1990
    Renfro Foods goes international, starting distribution to Canada; products of choice for customers include green, mild and medium salsas, along with hot picante sauces.
  • 1994-96
    Company debuts two new gourmet products, Mrs. Renfro’s Black Bean Salsa and Habanero Salsa; loyal customers initially consider Habanero to be “crazy hot.” It later becomes the #1 product in Mrs. Renfro’s portfolio.
  • 1997
    Renfro purchases adjacent land to expand warehouse capacity, allowing for future growth; company introduces three new gourmet salsas: Mrs. Renfro’s Chipotle Corn Salsa, Peach Salsa and Roasted Salsa.
  • 1999
    To meet rapidly growing business demands, Renfro installs new manufacturing equipment and adds staff, resulting in a 30% increase in line speed.
  • 2000
    Renfro Foods celebrates 60th anniversary; Mrs. Renfro’s gourmet salsas get a new contemporary look with re-design of Renfro jars, lids and labels.
  • 2001-02
    Company invests $550,000 in capital improvements to facilitate future expansion. Mrs. Renfro’s Garlic Salsa debuts, followed by Raspberry Chipotle Salsa. Renfro begins distribution to the Caribbean.
  • 2005
    Renfro Foods launches service to U.S. Defense Commissary Agency facilities, supplying concessions for military families and retirees. Company completes new 12,000 square foot warehouse and begins product distribution to the U.K.
  • 2006
    Newest gourmet salsa, Mango Habanero, launched at the Winter Fancy Food Show, soon breaking records as the company’s fastest growing new product.
  • 2007
    New “Pink Lid” campaign launched, with a portion of sales from salsas sporting pink lids earmarked for organizations benefitting breast cancer research; by 2015, more than $100,000 in proceeds donated to advance cancer research.
  • 2009
    Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple, Pomegranate and Tequila salsas debut at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.
  • 2010
    Renfro debuts its hottest salsa to date - Ghost Pepper Salsa, made with world’s hottest chile pepper, Bhut Jolokia. The product is featured on Good Morning America. Mrs. Renfro’s Habanero and Mango Habanero salsas are named to Healthy Women magazine’s list of “Best 125 Packaged Foods for Women.”
  • 2011
    Mrs. Renfro’s “scary hot” Ghost Pepper Salsa becomes the fastest-growing new product in the company’s 71-year history; Fitness Magazine names Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple Salsa a healthy food snack.
  • 2012
    Renfro Foods adds Sweet & Hot Sliced Jalapeno Peppers to its pepper line, continues international expansion, adding product distribution to Spain.
  • 2013
    After just two years, Ghost Pepper Salsa becomes the #3 best-seller in the company’s line of products. Renfro reintroduces its classic Nacho Cheese sauce and debuts new Ghost Pepper and Chipotle Nacho Cheese sauces. Company completes rigorous Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification process.
  • 2014
    Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple and Ghost Pepper Salsas named to Woman’s Day magazine’s list of top 13 salsas. Renfro begins product distribution to Australia.
  • 2015
    Renfro launches two new BBQ sauces at Winter Fancy Food Show with Chipotle and Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauces joining Mrs. Renfro’s classic BBQ sauce. The company ships first order to Korea. Renfro Foods and the Renfro family proudly celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary.