IRWINDALE, Calif. and VILLENEUVE-D'ASCQ, France, Feb. 23, 2017 (PRNewswire) — Bonduelle on Thursday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ready Pac Foods, the U.S. producer of convenience fresh meal solutions, salads and fresh cut produce. The transaction is expected to close by the end of March 2017 following routine regulatory reviews and approvals. Upon closing, Bonduelle will acquire 100 percent of the common stock of Ready Pac Foods and plans to run the business as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
The acquisition will help fuel the growth of both companies in the fresh food space. Bonduelle will expand its fresh business, one of the fastest growing categories in vegetables, to the U.S., a market in which it has limited presence. The move will make the U.S. the largest country of operation for Bonduelle. Ready Pac Foods will benefit from a greater level of investment in its growth, innovation and global reach. In addition to shared business goals, the companies also share strong cultural ties including corporate social responsibility and key core values.
"We were impressed with the strength of Ready Pac Foods operational excellence, commitment to innovation, and talented management team," said Bonduelle Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Christophe Bonduelle. "Our interest in Ready Pac Foods was not only because of its attractive product segment and rapid growth, but the value the company delivers to their customers and their committed workforce."
Ready Pac Foods and Bonduelle share a common purpose — to help people live healthier lives through innovative fresh food products. Ready Pac Foods' portfolio of products complements existing Bonduelle products throughout the world. Bonduelle's leadership and expertise in agro-industry, along with its global presence and knowledge, will help Ready Pac Foods grow to its full potential and beyond.
"Ready Pac Foods has seen significant growth over the last several years and joining forces with Bonduelle validates our current business approach," said Ready Pac Foods Chief Executive Officer, Tony Sarsam. "This is a fantastic new chapter for our 3,500 Associates and a great step forward. We are thrilled with this investment in our company strategy, and know Ready Pac Foods is going to be right at home with the Bonduelle family of companies."
Sarsam, who joined Ready Pac Foods in 2013, led the company to significant growth and profitability through his focus on expanding fresh prepared meals and driving operational excellence. Upon closing, Sarsam will continue to lead Ready Pac Foods, reporting directly to Christophe Bonduelle. There will be no changes to Ready Pac Foods leadership team.
During its nearly 50-year history, Ready Pac Foods has earned the reputation as a pioneer and leader in the fresh food industry, introducing many firsts in innovation. These include bringing European lettuce blends to the U.S. market, developing the "pillow pack" to maintain peak freshness, and inventing the triple wash system which is the industry standard today. Ready Pac Foods introduced the first-ever single-serve, complete meal salad, the original Bistro Bowl, thereby creating the category, making the company the No. 1 market share leader today.
Bonduelle, with more than $2 billion in revenue, is a well-respected, family-owned company, with seven generations of the Bonduelle family involved since its founding in 1853. The French company owns four brands of canned, frozen and fresh vegetables with presence in 100 countries around the world.
About Ready Pac Foods
Home of the original Bistro Bowl complete meal salad, Southern California-based Ready Pac Foods has been giving people the freedom to eat healthier for nearly 50 years as a premier producer of convenience fresh foods and fresh cut produce. With processing facilities throughout the United States, Ready Pac Foods manufactures a complete range of products featuring fresh produce and protein under the company's Bistro, Ready Snax, Cool Cuts and elevĀte brands. Offerings include fresh-cut salads, fruits, vegetables, snacking and complete meals available where consumers buy groceries and in restaurant chains across North America. For more information, visit www.readypac.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
BONDUELLE, a family business, was established in 1853. Its mission is to be the world reference in "well-living" through vegetable products. Prioritizing innovation and long-term vision, the group is diversifying its operations and geographical presence. Its vegetables, grown over 128,000 hectares all over the world, are sold in 100 countries under various brand names and through various distribution channels and technologies. An expert in agro-industry with 54 industrial sites or its own agricultural production, BONDUELLE produces quality products by selecting the best crop areas close to its customers. Visit http://www.bonduelle.com/en/.