Sargento acquires Portionables

Sargento acquires Portionables

Sargento acquires Portionables

Sargento Foods, Inc. said Wednesday that it will expand its product line with the purchase of Portionables, Inc. a Bellingham, Wash., food products producer.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Portionables operates plants in Bellingham, Wash., and North Sioux City, S.D. It is a manufacturer of frozen sauce and other value-added food products.

The Plymouth cheese products manufacturer plans to use Portionables' expertise, particularly in individually quick frozen products, to further enhance its new product portfolio for the company's food ingredient and food service businesses.

"Portionables offered us an exciting and unique opportunity to secure best-in-class product development expertise and manufacturing," Sargento Foods chairman and CEO Lou Gentine said in a statement. "We believe that high quality sauces and meal solutions where cheese and other fresh ingredients are integral to the recipe offer significant opportunities to better serve the expanding product needs of our customers."

Portionables products are used in restaurants, cafeterias and on dinner tables throughout North America. Principal products include sauces, soups, desserts, side dishes, and fruit and vegetable purees for both the food service and food ingredient sectors across the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Current sales and management responsibilities at Portionables will remain under the guidance and direction of Portionables' president and founder Patrick Calliari. Calliari will report directly to Gentine.

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