OUR COMPANY HISTORY
"Our father, Manuel Martins, started Silva Sausage in 1967. His goal? Share his traditions and techniques with others. Food was the way he connected with people."
- Rick Martins
Our father, Manuel Martins, started Silva Sausage in 1967. His goal? Share his traditions and techniques with others. Food was the way he connected with people.
He began selling Italian sausage, Spanish-style Chorizo and his legendary Portuguese Linguiça to the community in San Jose. He was committed to excellence — it wasn’t unusual for him to sleep at the factory overnight to monitor each batch, each step in the production process.
People noticed. With Manuel’s hard work, Silva Sausage became synonymous with quality, delicious sausage. It became a fixture in grocery stores and restaurants around the Bay Area and beyond. Dad’s dream came true: Silva Sausage was one of the west coast’s premier sausage houses. When he passed away, it was important for us to continue his legacy and maintain his high standard.
Our products can be found in the best
restaurants, hotels and grocery stores.
We’re still family-owned, operating out
of a new facility in Gilroy, CA. We’ve
been using the same traditional
sausage-making techniques and
high-quality ingredients for over 50
years. Tradition is our recipe.
Rick & Fernando Martins
2019 Gilroy California