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Calavo to buy Renaissance Food Group SANTA PAULA, CALIF. — Avocado marketer Calavo Growers, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Renaissance Food Group, L.L.C., Rancho Cordova, Calif. Renaissance Food operates six processing facilities throughout the United States and produces, markets and distributes a range of products for produce, deli, meat and food service departments. The company’s products include fresh-cut fruits, readyto-eat vegetables, grab-and-go salads, snacks, deli-style sandwiches, wraps and party trays. Calavo said Renaissance Food’s fiscal 2011 revenues are expected to exceed $100 million. “Our acquisition of Renaissance Food Group and its outstanding Garden Highway brand represents a transformational step forward for Quality Assurance Sifters Protect Your Products & Reputation Our precision sifters are custom designed to match your stringent requirements. We have an exceptional line of BISSC certified sifters to meet your food production and quality assurance applications. Gentle gyratory action, an unparalleled focus on sanitation, easy access for inspection and maintenance, dependable, safe, quiet, vibration free designs to protect your products, people, reputation and plant. Let us show you the right unit for your application, with quality assurance second to none. Calavo,” said Lee E. Cole, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Calavo. “R.F.G. will be a key growth driver of our company’s expansion in the fresh refrigerated packaged goods category in both the retail produce and deli departments.” Mr. Lee added that Garden Highway’s national processing and infrastructure, which produces fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, provides an “ideal platform for accelerated growth in Calavo’s current product lines, continued product development in the Garden Highways line, as well as numerous further expansion opportunities as Calavo continues to evolve in coming years.” Founded in 1924, Calavo markets and distributes prepared avocado and other food products, including refrigerated fresh salsa and guacamole hummus. FBN U.S. Foodservice acquires Great Western Meats ROSEMONT, ILL. — U.S. Foodservice has purchased Great Western Meats, a food service distributor of fresh-cut portion meats in central Florida. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Great Western Meats has a distribution warehouse and meat-cutting facility in Orlando, Fla. The warehouse will integrate into the U.S. Foodservice distribution center in Port Orange, Fla., in July. The meat-cutting facility will continue to operate and provide product to U.S. Foodservice customers in Florida under the Stock Yards brand name. Additionally, U.S. Foodservice’s meat cutting facility in Clearwater, Fla., will close on June 24 with that volume being transferred to Great Western Meats’ facility, which will be renamed Stock Yards — Florida. FBN 913-682-2291 Product Protection & Production Sifters Since 1858 28 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® June 7, 2011

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Food Business News - June 7, 2011
House bill cuts food safety funding
Enhancing water’s value
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
Web Contents
Editorial - Quest for ‘whole truth’ on food prices in France
MyPlate steps up in simple fashion
Breaking down MyPlate by food groups
Lawmakers look to halt sale of Lazy Cakes
McCormick to enter joint venture in India
Cal Pacifi c acquires SunOpta frozen fruit assets
Cargill Kitchen Solutions expanding in Iowa
F.M.I. hires new v.p. of food safety programs
Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for $4.3 billion
AdvancePierre Foods buys Barber Foods
Cargill acquires German chocolate business
Calavo to buy Renaissance Food Group
U.S. Foodservice acquires Great Western Meats
Clear sailing for Hain
Seneca Foods earnings down sharply in 2011
April red meat production down 4% from year ago
Sbarro now exploring alternatives to bankruptcy plan
Sherman Miller promoted to c.o.o. at Cal-Maine Foods
Nestle Health Science to acquire pharmaceutical maker
Emerging markets propel Heinz’s fi scal 2011 earnings
U.S.D.A. lowers cooking temp for some meat cuts
Campbell Soup focusing on volume sales, brand building
Buyout fi rm to acquire California Pizza Kitchen
Sanderson Farms suffers second-quarter loss
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
House bill cuts food safety funding
House panel seeks reduction in W.I.C. funding in fiscal 2012
Seeking middle market opportunities
Clear and concise
Ingredient solutions help keep it simple
Identifying natural partners for stevia
$tevia $upplier$ $eek profi t$ through international growth
Brain health for baby boomers
Bottled water volume, market share grew in 2010
Study recommends children should avoid energy, sports drinks
V8 introduces energy beverages
Smucker, Starbucks raising coffee prices
Nestle launches Aguas Frescas bottled beverage
Jamba introduces coconut water-based beverages
Enhancing water’s value
Gluten-free grains momentum
Balance Bar adds Café line
Pasta Prima launches two ravioli lines
Land O’Frost debuts Wrap Kit
Franz introduces artisan bread
Kraft launches Newtons Fruit Thins
Farley’s & Sathers adds ‘Splashers’
Häagen-Dazs introduces 2011 flavors
Mars updates Kudos granola bar line
Lifting of Russian export ban pressures world wheat market
Ingredient Markets
Packaging formats focus on convenience
Technology enables ultrasonic sealing
Ingredient’s small size aids in salt reduction
AKFP now offers arrowroot starch, pea starch
Tate & Lyle to resume U.S. sucralose production
Non-dairy ingredients achieve pareve certifi cation
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