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ConAgra Foods Buys N.H.’s Blake’s All Natural Foods

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ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, has acquired Blake’s All Natural Foods, a family-owned New Hampshire company that makes natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles and pasta dishes, among others.

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly said, “We are thrilled to have Blake’s All Natural Foods join ConAgra Foods. Blake’s is a great addition to our existing frozen meals business and provides more choices to a growing group of people buying natural and organic foods. ConAgra Foods will help Blake’s grow and offer its wholesome food to more people across the country.”

ConAgra Foods’ portfolio of brands in frozen food aisle includes Alexia, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s, Banquet, Kid Cuisine, Bertolli, Odom’s Tennessee Pride and P.F. Chang’s.

“Blake’s is really excited to join the ConAgra Foods team as it will allow us to build on the momentum we’ve created over several years and continue to meet the growing demand for our meals,” said Chris Licata, president and CEO of Blake’s All Natural Foods. “Natural and organic food has clearly earned a place in American households, and we will continue to make the same meals that the Blake family has made for people over four generations.”

Blake’s All Natural Foods has approximately 60 employees and is based in Concord, New Hampshire. Licata will continue to lead the Blake’s business from Concord.

According to IRI data, the natural and organic frozen single-serve meals category grew by more than 33 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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