SALISBURY, Md. — Perdue Farms has announced that it has purchased Natural Food Holdings, including the well-known Niman Ranch brand.
Niman Ranch has been operated under the name Natural Food Holdings by LNK Patners, a private equity group, since 2011. Terms were not disclosed.
Natural Food Holdings is a leading manufacturer and marketer of all-natural freh and prepared protein products.
The Niman Ranch brand covers a complete line of pork, beef, lamb, cage-free eggs and a variety of smoked and cured meats. All products are sourced from animals raised to high welfare standards and without any antibiotics through a network of U.S. family farms.
“This represents the next chapter in our growth through premium proteins and trusted brands,” said Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue. “The Niman Ranch brand continues our commitment to raising animals without antibiotics or artificial growth stimulants, and to responsible food and agriculture.”
Perdue added, “With the long, family-owned heritage of our company, we understand and respect what Niman Ranch represents. All Niman Ranch livestock will continue to be raised by the same small family farmers and ranchers, following the same protocols, and with the same focus on sustainability.”
“We are excited to become part of Perdue,” said Jeff Swain, Natural Food Holdings’ chief executive officer. “With Perdue being a family-owned business and the Perdue commitment to responsible food and agriculture, it was the perfect fit to help us continue to grow and prosper while staying true to our brand’s mission.”
Through the acquisition, Perdue also acquired the Prairie Grove brand and the SiouxPreme Packing plants in Sioux City and Sioux Center, Iowa.