Golden State Foods acquires Snap Fresh Foods

by Eric Schroeder
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Snap Fresh Foods' brands include Krispkut, Farmer Bill's, Dashboard Diner, Salad Shakes and Sproutman.

IRVINE, CALIF. — Golden State Foods, one of the largest diversified food processors and distributors in the United States, has acquired Snap Fresh Foods, a New Zealand-based provider of salad greens, vegetable mixes, baby-peeled carrots, fresh sprouts, dressings and condiments. The acquisition includes two facilities in New Zealand that service that region as well as export to China.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“We look forward to expanding our regional produce food service business into the fast-growing retail sector with such a strong and successful brand as Snap Fresh Foods,” said Neil Cracknell, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Golden State Foods. “The addition of Snap Fresh provides great growth opportunities for GSF, particularly in the retail salads segment, while providing new products and capabilities to our existing food service customers in the region.”

Snap Fresh Foods’ brands include Krispkut, Farmer Bill’s, Dashboard Diner, Salad Shakes and Sproutman. Golden State Foods is acquiring the processing assets of Snap Fresh Foods’ brands, and the company’s farm suppliers will continue its existing operations and contract exclusively to Golden State Foods.

Established in 1947, Golden State Foods has approximately 4,500 employees worldwide and services more than 100 customers and 125,000 stores on five continents from its 44 facilities. Golden State Foods’ core businesses include the processing of liquid products, meat, produce, dairy and other services for the Q.S.R. industry.
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