About E.A. Sween Company

Family-owned since 1955, E.A. Sween Company proudly makes over 70 million sandwiches a year, distributing them all over the country through Wholesale, Direct Store Delivery (DSD) and Combined Distribution Centers (CDC).

OUR HISTORY

E.A. Sween History - 1954 -1969

E.A. Sween Company – Our Delicious Beginnings

Early Years
In 1954 Earl August Sween found an ad in the Wall Street Journal for a Stewart Sandwich Franchise. In 1955 Earl closed the deal and started Stewart Sandwiches in Bloomington, Minnesota. From our humble start, the company expanded to Duluth, MN and then into Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakota’s, Wyoming and Montana over the next decade. In 1967, the company moved to its current Eden Prairie location and opened a new 20,000 square foot facility. This new facility included a voluntary USDA office.

E.A. Sween History - 70's - 80's

Building the Sandwich Empire

As the company entered into the retail frozen sandwich business, Earl’s son, Tom E. Sween joined the company, becoming President in 1974. Microwave ovens started showing up across the country throughout the 70’s, as traditional gas stations began offering more of a “convenience store” atmosphere. In 1980, the relationship with Steward Sandwiches ended and we became E.A. Sween Company. That same Year, Deli Express entered the market, followed 3 years later with our microwave popcorn line and later, the country’s first lite microwave popcorn. Tom E. Sween took ownership in 1986.

E.A. Sween History - 90's-00's

Changing the Convenience Landscape

In 1992, E.A. Sween Company created the first Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) wedges. The following year, Combined Distribution Centers (CDC) was conceived. In 1997 Tom E.’s son Tom H. Sween joined the team and in 1998 the DREAM was born: to provide all “On the Go” Americans with a Deli Express sandwich everyday! In 2001 Deli Express was honored with the C-Store Vendor of the Year Award.

E.A. Sween History - 2010 -Today

Today and Beyond

The ownership transition began and in 2010 Tom H. Sween became President/COO. In 2013, the company received the Minnesota Family Business Award and was featured in the Twin Cities Business magazine. In 2014, the company re-aligned its business from three units into divisions which includes: Brand & Innovation, Sales, Distribution Solutions, Operations and Support Services. On April 20, 2017, a significant event occurred at the Board Meeting, the members of the board approved Tom E. Sween’s recommendation that Tom H. Sween take over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Owner of E.A. Sween Company.

E.A. Sween Company proudly makes over 70 million sandwiches each year, distributing them throughout the country via Wholesale, Direct Store Delivery (DSD) and Combined Distribution Centers (CDC).

Our Purpose, Spirit, and Vision

Purpose - Food for people on the go and deliver convenience without compromise
Spirit Infographic
Vision for 2 times growth in 2020

LEADERSHIP

Tom Sween

TOM E. SWEEN

Chairman of the Board

Tom H Sween - CEO

TOM H. SWEEN

President/Chief Executive Officer

John Davis CFO

JOHN DAVIS

Chief Financial Officer

Rob Linner Sr VP Business Development

ROB LINNER

Sr. Vice President of Strategic Business Development

Bryan Virgin Sr VP Sales-

BRYAN VIRGIN

Sr. Vice President of Sales/Marketing/R&D

Aaron Scott VP Operations

AARON SCOTT

Vice President of Operations

Brent Sherwin VP DSD

BRENT SHERWIN

Vice President of Direct Store Delivery

Robert Forte - VP CDC

ROBERT FORTE

Vice President of Combined Distribution Centers

Kim Larish VP HR

KIM LARISH

Vice President of Human Resources

Ron Myshka - VP Information Systems

RON MYSHKA

Vice President of Information Systems

COMMUNITY

As corporate citizens, E.A. Sween Company considers it an honor to give back to the community. We are committed to making all charitable contributions as impactful as possible, by aligning with good causes and creating deeper commitments.

The charities supported have gone through a review process that studies both their need and financial stewardship, as well as our ability to make an impact.

community working on new home

It is with great honor that EAS has supported and sponsored such worthy causes for the following local philanthropic organizations:

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Children’s Theatre Company
  • Golden Valley Animal Humane Society
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Lymphoma Research Foundation
  • Open Hands Foundation; Hope House
  • Pinky Swear Foundation
  • PROP Food Shelf