Great Jones, a marketer of premium cooking products, was acquired by global cookware company Meyer Corporation in a move the companies reported aims to bring together Meyer’s innovative product and operational expertise with Great Jones’s passion for equipping and empowering home cooks.
New York City-based Great Jones, founded in 2018 as a direct-to-consumer brand, is best known for such patented designs as its enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, The Dutchess, as well as for its colorful bakeware and glassware. The company’s name is inspired by cookbook editor Judith Jones and pays homage to New York City, where it will remain headquartered, according to Meyer.
Meyer, based in Vallejo, Calif., produces more than 125 product collections distributed in over 30 countries under such brands as brands such as Hestan, Ruffoni, Farberware, Anolon, Circulon, KitchenAid, Rachael Ray, and Anyday.
Meyer previously has partnered with Great Jones as a supplier and minority investor in previous Great Jones fundraising.
Great Jones CEO and co-founder Sierra Tishgart, a James Beard-winning former journalist, has led the company through retail expansion; product diversification, including entry into appliances; strategic partnerships, including a new ingredients marketplace; and fundraising.
Great Jones will be operated as a subsidiary of Meyer, with Tishgart remaining CEO and taking on the expanded role of Meyer’s executive creative director. The Great Jones team will stay on board, leveraging Meyer’s operational support for product expansion and international retail development, according to Meyer.
“I have long admired Meyer’s expertise in our category, and I’ve had the personal pleasure of getting to know the Meyer family and team over several years,” Tishgart says. “I am ecstatic about the opportunities their support will unlock for Great Jones. We’ve operated as a small team of less than 10 throughout the company’s four-year history, and this collaboration will strengthen our technical capabilities and secure our reach for many, many years to come.”
Stanley Cheng, founder and CEO of Meyer Corporation, said, “Meyer is founded on product innovation that makes cooking more enjoyable. With the addition of Great Jones and its distinctive product portfolio, Meyer continues this culture of innovation and delight for our consumers. We are also pleased to have Sierra’s creative leadership across the Meyer portfolio and are energized by the opportunities ahead.”