PARSIPPANY, NJ. – B&G Foods, Inc. has acquired the frozen vegetable manufacturing operations of Growers Express, LLC, Monterey, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition includes a sublease for a portion of a manufacturing plant in Yuma, Ariz., and a lease for a warehouse in San Luis, Ariz., as well as inventory and equipment. Approximately 155 employees of Growers Express will join B&G Foods, according to the company.
“By increasing the variety and volume of Green Giant frozen vegetable products produced at internal manufacturing facilities, we expect to reduce inefficiencies, reduce costs and reduce supply chain risk for certain Green Giant frozen products,” said Casey Keller, president and chief executive officer of B&G Foods. “We also believe that this acquisition will enhance our innovation efforts for the Green Giant brand and improve our speed to market for new innovation.”
B&G Foods also repurchased the master license agreement for certain Green Giant fresh vegetable products as part of the deal. In 1995, Growers Express became a fresh produce supplier to the Green Giant brand.
In addition to fresh produce, Growers Express manufactures and markets such frozen vegetable products as Green Giant Riced Veggies and Green Giant Veggie Spirals.“We are extremely thankful for all the team members who developed one of the largest riced and spiralized frozen vegetable production facilities globally,” said Mark Dendle, CEO of Growers Express. “Our blue-ribbon team has collaborated with B&G Foods on product innovation and quality since 2016, benefiting from the strategic position of our facilities and delivering to the highest quality and food safety standards.”