Beaverton Foods acquires wasabi grower

by Eric Schroeder
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BEAVERTON, ORE. — Beaverton Foods is expanding its presence in the wasabi food products category with the acquisition of Florence, Ore.-based Pacific Farms, a family-owned and operated manufacturer of specialty gourmet condiments.

“Our use of wasabi has been growing, so the Pacific Farms’ acquisition made sense for us to continue to grow our business to become the category leader,” said Domonic Biggi, executive vice-president of Beaverton Foods. “This acquisition makes Beaverton Foods the largest processor of real wasabi products in North America. We will be taking real wasabi and making high quality products. Most products now available in the marketplace are made with mustard flour, horseradish powder, fillers and artificial colors — not real wasabi.”

Pacific Farms began growing wasabi in 1992, and now ships its real wasabi paste to restaurants, food distributors and individual consumers throughout North America.

Beaverton Foods is the largest producer of non-refrigerated horseradish and specialty mustards in the United States. The company also offers a variety of gourmet sauces, garlic, spices, and other specialty condiments packaged under the Beaver, Inglehoffer, Napa Valley and Tulelake brands. In addition to its own brands, the company develops, produces and co-packs a broad range of products for other companies.

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