quote:Wisconsinites tend to think we're the official keepers of the bratwurst, but we're not the only ones anymore. Sausage has gone global."We think of it as exporting a little bit of Wisconsin culture overseas," says Bob Morgan, president of Johnsonville Sausage in tiny Sheboygan Falls, Wis. (Population: About 7,600.) "We believe the product we're offering is better than anything in those markets. It's American, it's new, it's different. But we know once they try it they're going to love it."Recently, Johnsonville's overseas business has been positively sizzling.In the last four years, its export business skyrocketed by 67 percent and is expected to make the company $40 million this year, which accounts for about 7 percent of its overall sales. Since starting with Canada about 15 years ago, it has expanded shipping to 30 countries.
quote:That's not to say people all over the world are grilling out with Miller High Life in the backyard. Johnsonville -- which still uses its name and logo on all its exports -- has had to modify its products to match different cultural tastes and customs. It has had to tweak its recipe in different countries to account for expectations of salt, seasoning or even size. Take Japan, for instance."They thought our sausage sizes were very large," Morgan laughs.