On Sept. 11, Chicago-based Conagra Brands Inc. revealed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its direct store delivery (DSD) snacks business to Utz Quality Foods LLC. The sale includes the Tim’s Cascade Snacks, Hawaiian Snacks, Erin’s, Snyder of Berlin and Husman’s brands. Conagra Brands acquired the DSD snacks business in October 2018 as part of its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed before the end of the calendar year. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We continue to reshape our portfolio and focus our resources on priorities that support Conagra’s business strategy and create value for shareholders,” says Sean Connolly, president and CEO of Conagra Brands. “While Conagra has a large and growing snacks business, we do not currently operate with a DSD model. We believe this business will have more opportunity for growth under Utz, an established DSD operator.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to add these important brands and capabilities to our portfolio,” says Dylan Lissette, CEO of Utz. “These brands bring a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to further grow our brand portfolio further west.”