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 Delicious Beginnings

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 that humble start, the company expanded to Duluth, MN and then into Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana over the following decade. In 1967, the company moved to its current Eden Prairie location and opened a new 20,000-square-foot facility. This new facility meets USDA inspection where applicable.

Building the Sandwich Empire

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

Changing the Convenience Landscape

In 1992, E.A. Sween Company created the first Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) wedges. The following year, E.A. Sween developed the groundbreaking concept of Combined Distribution Centers (CDC). In 1997, Tom E.’s son, Tom H. Sween, joined the team. 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.

Today and Beyond

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 realigned its business from three units into multiple divisions, which include: 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. That means that E.A. Sween Company is a rarity: a third-generation, family-owned business that is still family-owned and successful.

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

Our Heritage

Our Values

Seven values shape the culture at E.A. Sween Co. These values guide the organization and have made this a great place to work for more than 60 years.


Tom E. Sween

Chairman of the Board

Tom H. Sween

President/Chief Executive Officer

John Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Rob Linner

Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development

Bryan Virgin

Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing/R&D

Aaron Scott

Senior Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain

Brent Sherwin

Senior Vice President of Final-Mile Solutions

Tasha Sween

Vice President of Continuous Improvement

Kim Larish

Vice President of Human Resources

Ron Myshka

Vice President of Information Systems


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 meaningful 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.


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