History of Quality

Success through quality food since 1983.

In 1983, Orion was founded with a vision of providing restaurant-quality food to the on-the-go consumer. At that time, home pizza delivery competition was growing at a rapid rate, but there was no real focus on the consumer who desired that same quality food away from home.

We worked hard to make the original vision a reality, and in 1986 the Hot Stuff Pizza brand was born. The first licensed Hot Stuff location opened in Webster, SD, on December 17, 1986, and today there are more than 800 Hot Stuff Pizza franchises and licenses operating in the United States, with dozens of others in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Pizza and beyond—the evolution of our brands.

Orion's growth didn't stop with pizza. The food service company continued to expand into other services and industries throughout the 1990s, with the introduction of recognized brands as Smash Hit Subs, Eddie Peppers Great Mexican Food, and Chix Chicken.

A variety of other specialty food brands were also created for specific industries, such as the U.S. military, including Game Time Sports Grill, Chopz, and more. Orion currently offers numerous brands across a variety of industries, including convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, military bases, hospitals, colleges and universities, bowling alleys, and more. We also offer a large number of private label and specialty food manufacturing options for those who wish to utilize our high-quality food products yet retain their own branding.

Our leadership today.

Today, we are proud to continue to expand our business with the leadership of CEO Steve Watkins providing "Quality Products Through Quality People™".

Interested in learning more about our great products, brands, and food service solutions? Contact us today or give us a call at 1-800-336-1320.