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May’s Hawaii sold


    May’s Hawaii, a manufacturer of processed, flavored meats and poultry, has been sold by its parent company.

May’s Hawaii, a manufacturer of processed, flavored meats and poultry, has been sold by its parent company.

Palama Holding Co. has sold May’s to Gouvea’s & Purity Foods Inc., a maker of independently branded Portuguese sausage and other meat products, for undisclosed terms.

“Just like our melting pot state, we continue to set new traditions by coming together,” said Bill Loose, chairman of the board of Palama Holding Co., seller of May’s Hawaii, in a statement.

“We are thrilled that May’s will be joining Gouvea’s & Purity, bringing together the beloved food traditions of Hawaiians, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, mainlanders and everyone in between. It’s all these delicious traditions that make Hawaii such a special place.”

The acquisition is in line with Gouvea’s & Purity Foods’ mission “to sustain a thriving company so that we can provide the flavors of Hawaii to the people of Hawaii and the mainland, always delivered with the spirit of Aloha,” Gouvea’s principals said, in a statement.

Separately, Gouvea’s announced it will be launching a new brand, Hawaiian Factory Fishcake, in January.

May’s was established in the late 1960s. Palama Meat Co. founder Donald Lau named the brand after his wife.

Gouvea’s was established in 1933 by Jacinto Gouvea, who passed the company to his son Walter, who in turn passed it on to Milton Gouvea and his children. Family friend Bill Atherton purchased the company in 2006.

Al Rego and his brother Leonard, of Leonard’s Bakery, bought Purity Foods and rebranded it in 1957. Al Rego’s grandson Scott Stevenson now owns the company.


Correction: Parent company Palama Holding Co. has sold May’s Hawaii to Gouvea’s & Purity Foods Inc. A previous version of this story said the parent company was sold.

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