Black and Woman-Owned Meat Manufacturer
Not many people know that there’s a Black and woman-owned meat manufacturer right in the city of Milwaukee. Daphne Jones the owner of Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage – located at 300 W Walnut St. in Milwaukee – said it’s not about race for her but about focusing on being a good business owner and producing quality meat. She describes the family recipe as “unordinary” and unlike any other manufacturer.
Glorious Malone specializes in the manufacturing of headcheese, which isn’t cheese but meat. According to Jones, each culture has its own way of making the product; her family’s recipe for headcheese contains all meat with spices and no fillers.
“It’s a product of dreams and hard work,” she said.
To keep the Milwaukee family-owned business going, Jones teamed up with BMO Harris Bank at the beginning of the pandemic to expand the business. Through the partnership, Jones and her team ramped up their delivery and they now offer new products for distribution in grocery stores with plans to expand further.
Partnering with BMO Harris Bank
To keep the Milwaukee family-owned business going, Jones teamed up with BMO Harris Bank at the beginning of the pandemic to expand the business. Through the partnership, Jones and her team ramped up their delivery and they now offer new products for distribution in grocery stores with plans to keep expanding.
“I can’t say enough about how much they’ve stood by me,” Jones said about BMO’s support.
BMO’s efforts with Jones are a part of their commitment to help entrepreneurs from BIPOC communities. Jones reached out to a local branch for a business loan, which led to someone from that branch recommending her business to be a part of BMO’s national marketing campaign that highlights small businesses that have broken barriers in their communities.
A Family Legacy
Jones’ mother Glorious Malone started the family business back in 1961 by opening a grocery store with her husband George Malone, which led to them moving to another location to expand. Glorious then took full ownership of the business in 1971 after her husband’s passing. The grocery store has transitioned into a meat manufacturer where Glorious became the first African American woman to earn federal meat inspection accreditation from the USDA. In 1993, Glorious bought land on Walnut Street to create a 12,000 sq. ft. plant, which is where the business currently resides.
Jones became the owner in 2007 after her mother’s passing. She changed the business name from Malone’s Fine Sausage to what it is currently today.
According to the head of U.S Business Banking for BMO Niamh Kristufek, BMO is always looking for opportunities to amplify small businesses.
“We really love multi-generational businesses,” said Kristufek.
1,500 Pounds of Headcheese
Jones is proud of what her mom made and wants to see it reach the masses. To date, Glorious Malone’s has sold headcheese to almost every state in the country. The business produces roughly 1,500 pounds of headcheese every week.
When Jones first became owner she said it was difficult. She’s revamping and improving the business so the next owner doesn’t have to face the same hurdles.
She said it’s all about having faith in God, and oneself and manifesting the things we want in life.
“Everything will always work out the way it’s supposed to…good or bad,” she said.
She had the vision to make her family business as big as it can be not just for herself and her family but for her community too.
“I work from a space where I really want to do great things. I see myself as carrying this [business] forward. I’m very proud of what has came before for me.”– Daphane Jones
“Anything is possible if you believe it and work towards it,” she added.
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Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.