— River Valley Holdings, a Syracuse-based Grocery Merchandising and Distribution company, has just announced its acquisition of Garden Spot Foods. Now a wholly-owned subsidiary of River Valley Holdings, Garden Spot is a distributor of natural and organic products throughout the United States, reports www.rivervalleyfoods.com. The acquisition was completed on January 21, 2017.
"We are very pleased to welcome Garden Spot to our team," said River Valley Holdings spokesperson Garrett Redmond. "With 30 years of experience in natural and organic Food Distribution, they have a great reputation in the food industry. They're considered a pioneer in the organic food business, and they have a diverse, multi-channel customer base that includes gourmet food stores and supermarkets. With their history of providing great service and products, they've developed strong, trusting relationships with consumers and vendors alike."
Garden Spot's core distribution area covers the northeastern United States, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. They also reach customers across the country and internationally through their website Gluten-Free Mall. The website sells dry and frozen gluten-free products that can be shipped around the world. The company will continue to operate out of their facility in New Holland, PA as an independent division of River Valley, and they will keep the name Garden Spot Foods, LLC.
River Valley plans to continue developing the Shiloh Farms and PureLiving brands that Garden Spot is known for. These brands include over 200 items of unique natural products which are widely distributed throughout the country.
Founded as a wholesaler of frozen foods in 1985, River Valley Holdings has since developed a focus on in-store service as a major part of their business. After acquiring Cavallaro Foods in 2004 and Nichols Distributing in 2014, the company has expanded into specialty foods and snacks. Their product base currently includes many natural, organic, gluten-free, Asian, kosher, and other specialty products. "With our emphasis on high-quality specialty foods, Garden Spot will be a great asset to our business," commented Redmond.
River Valley's focus on service is designed to help retailers succeed with River Valley's products. Capabilities they offer include full-service merchandising, multi-temperature distribution, category expertise, and marketing support. "Service to retailers is an important part of our business model," explained Redmond, "and we are continuously developing new tools and new ways to serve our vendors and customers. We chose to acquire Garden Spot in part because of the excellent service they are known to provide."
About River Valley Holdings
River Valley Holdings, Inc. is a growing wholesaler and distributor headquartered in Syracuse, NY since 1985. The company distributes more than 11,000 specialty, natural, gluten free, international, ethnic, frozen and other grocery products to more than 600 retail customers throughout the eastern US. Other subsidiaries of River Valley Holdings include Cavallaro Foods and Nichols Distributing. The family-owned and operated company places great value on its relationships with both customers and vendors. The company is known for its state-of-the-art technology and offers a variety of customized service levels including full-service DSD.
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