Salinas, Calif.-based Growers Express has acquired Curran Co., Saco, Maine.
Curranâ€™s is a co-packer of Green Giant Fresh, the licensing rights to which Growers Express purchased in 2011. Curranâ€™s opened a 55,000-square-foot facility in New England in fall 2015. From that location the company can reach much of the population of the U.S. and Canada.
â€œAcquiring this top-notch organization will be of strategic significance for us as we evolve into a next generation healthful foods company,â€ Growers Express CEO Jamie Strachan said in a news release. â€œCurranâ€™s shares our values of integrity, relationships and teamwork, and has been a collaborative sales and marketing partner over the past several years. They will act as an extension of our company on the East Coast.â€
Curranâ€™s will be known as Growers Express New England-Maine Division, and Bert Roberge, formerly the managing partner of Curranâ€™s, will be the director of sales for that division.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to represent, and officially join, a company with Growersâ€™ proven industry leadership as their East Coast division,â€ Roberge said in the release.
In June Growers Express announced plans to acquire Misionero Vegetables, Gonzales, Calif.
At that time, Strachan voiced an interest in the value-added vegetable market. Curranâ€™s fits into that category, offering products including sorted, snipped and washed green beans; trimmed, floretted and washed broccoli; peeled, deseeded and cut butternut squash; and various salad blends, among other items.
Strachan indicated in the release that the acquisitions of Misionero and Curranâ€™s position Growers Express for more growth and continued quality customer service.
â€œCurranâ€™s commitment to the Green Giant Fresh brand, exceptional attention to customer service, innovative spirit and consistently high fill rates made this a perfect platform for us,â€ Strachan said in the release.