USA – Florida Food Products (FFP), vegetable juice concentrates and derivatives manufacturer has acquired Amelia Bay, LLC., a leading provider of fresh brewed tea extracts, coffee extracts and botanicals to strengthen its position in the clean label ingredients space.

The acquisition will add a beverage platform to FFP’s broad portfolio of natural products within the meat, savory, health and wellness markets.

“I am thrilled to partner with the Crandall family who have built an outstanding clean label tea and beverage platform business”, said FFP’s CEO Jim Holdrieth.

“This acquisition supports our overall mission of becoming the industry’s leading provider of ingredients from nature that work. The combination of FFP’s natural fruit and vegetable ingredients with Amelia Bay’s coffee, tea, and botanical offering expands our ability to provide customers an innovative, great tasting, clean label beverage solution.”

Amelia Bay was founded in 1989 with a goal to develop new manufacturing technology to capture the true essence and taste of brewed tea and coffee.

Today, Amelia Bay is an industry leader for industrial scale brewed tea, coffee and botanicals that truly reflect the key ingredients and compounds they contain.

The company’s flavor chemists and R&D staff have created some of the most well-known and beloved brands in the marketplace today.

Jason Crandall, Amelia Bay’s President said, “we are extremely excited to partner with a company that has the scale and capabilities of FFP.

“This acquisition gives Amelia Bay access to new technologies and ingredients that will pave the way to creating the next generation of all natural, clean label food and beverage ingredients.”

With a mission to “improve the food we eat by producing real ingredients from nature that work”, FPP has delivered a multitude of clean label solutions through its vast manufacturing capabilities including extraction, fermentation, drying, and blending.

FFP’s latest innovations include VegStable Plus, a natural phosphate alternative for the meat industry, and a line of fermented vegetable juices that provides novel flavor and taste enhancement delivery to a wide variety of end applications, most notably plant-based foods.

MidOcean Partners, a premier middle market private equity firm focused on the business services and consumer sectors, is the controlling shareholder of Florida Food Products.

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