AdvancePierre Foods acquires Barber Foods

by Keith Nunes
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CINCINNATI — AdvancePierre Foods has acquired Barber Foods, Portland, Maine, a processor of value-added chicken products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“As the food industry continues to consolidate and bigger players emerge, it was the right time for Barber Foods to join forces with a growing industry leader like AdvancePierre,” said David Barber, president of Barber Foods. “Our products are a terrific complement to their existing line, and we share similar philosophies about our priorities of food safety, quality, service and productivity leading to growth. It’s a great fit.”

AdvancePierre Foods is the result of a 2010 merger between the Advance Food Co., Advance Brands and Pierre Foods. The company is a manufacturer of value-added protein and handheld convenience products.

“By adding the Barber brand to our existing line of value-added poultry offerings sold under the Fast Fixin’ and Fast Classics trademarks, we have a whole new avenue for retail growth,” said Chris Kiser, president of the brands division for AdvancePierre Foods. “The enhanced portfolio of products strengthens our leadership position in this key category.”

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