Utz Quality Foods LLC has completed the merger with Kitchen Cooked Inc. The acquisition includes the Kitchen Cooked snack food brand, direct store delivery operations and its manufacturing operations. The snack food brand brings with it a range of potato chips, Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels and more.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to add this important snack food brand and set of capabilities to our portfolio,” said Dylan Lissette, CEO for Utz. “Since the 1930s, Kitchen Cooked brings a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage in its core markets. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to grow our Utz brand portfolio further west.”
Utz Quality Foods produces a full line of snack foods in a wide range of flavors that come in on-the-go and take-home sizes. Its products are available in retailers across the U.S.
“We are excited to partner with Utz and believe that this is a great way for the two organizations to come together to create an even stronger manufacturing and distribution network throughout Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Utz and Kitchen Cooked have almost a century each of experience in bringing great tasting snacks to our communities, and we believe this transaction only strengthens our ability to do so going forward,” said Paul Blackhurst, VP of Kitchen Cooked Inc.