J&B Group:

A business success built on integrity and respect

Almost forty years ago, when Bob Hageman first entertained the idea of starting his own company, he was growing tired of working for people with negative attitudes who mistreated employees and customers. He thought, “There has to be a better way.”

Bob shared his thoughts with Joe Dehmer, owner of Dehmer’s Meats in St. Michael, Minnesota. And, together – in 1979, Joe and Bob decided to team up, establish J&B Group, and buy a refrigerated sausage truck that Bob could use to make deliveries. 


Today, Bob Hageman is Chairman of J&B Group and his son, Mike Hageman serves as CEO. The company has grown to become an innovative leader in the retail and foodservice industries a combination of wholesaling, branded products, custom food service cutting, cold storage and transportation of a variety of meat, poultry, seafood and deli food products.

What contributed to the evolution of J&B Group, which generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue today? It can be summarized in one powerful word: Respect.

Bob Hageman lives life by the Golden Rule: “Treat people like you would like to be treated yourself,” he says. Every action and every decision is based on this core value.