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May's Brand History

In the late 1960s, the May’s brand was established, named after Palama Meat Founder Donald Lau’s wife. In the early 1970s, May’s introduced its first retail product, the Picnic Patty. Based upon an existing formula for school patties, the Picnic Patty was packed in a plastic patty bag for convenience and cost savings.

About the same time, Palama introduced Teriyaki Patties, Teriyaki Chicken, and Teriyaki Beef to the retail market. For over 40 years, these products had defined and set the standard for teriyaki flavoring. Even today, these closely guarded secret formulae set the standard for excellence in quality and taste.


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