(April 24, 9:52 a.m.) GreenLine Foods Inc., Bowling Green, Ohio, the largest provider of fresh-trimmed microwaveable packaged green beans, bought the largest grower-shipper of fresh herbs in the U.S.

GreenLine’s parent company, New York-based private equity firm Riverside Co., purchased Compton, Calif.-based HerbThyme Farms for an undisclosed sum, according to a news release.

“We are happy to have HerbThyme join GreenLine and see the addition as a way to sprinkle in a new offering to our product mix,” said Jeff Twyman, GreenLine’s chief executive officer, in the release. “In addition to adding herbs to our product line, we see opportunity for new products that will bring together herbs and fresh vegetables in convenient, high-quality products.”

HerbThyme, which was created in 2001, offers 16 types of herbs and herb blends to retail and foodservice customers. It has more than 500 acres of conventional production and 100 of organic and ships more than 5 million pounds of fresh herbs annually.

The company has four farms in California and operates packing and distribution facilities in Compton; Claremont, N.H.; Orlando, Fla.; and Montreal, Quebec.

GreenLine ships 63,000 cases of produce a week from its manufacturing and distribution centers in Bowling Green, Vero Beach, Fla.,; Las Vegas, Chester, N.Y.; Rock Hill, S.C.; and Hanover, Pa.

Its line includes green beans, wax beans, bean blends, sugar snap peas, fresh green beans, hydroponic lettuce, asparagus and potatoes.