The Hale Group, Ltd., the leading consulting firm serving the food industry, announced yesterday that it has acquired The Compendium Group, Inc., a leading marketing research firm. Laura MacPhail, President of The Compendium Group, has joined The Hale Group, Ltd. as a Principal and will continue to build the market research services group.

The Compendium Group, Inc. conducts consumer and trade research focused on strategic issues in the food industry. The firm's client base includes manufacturers, operators, distributors and associations.

"While The Hale Group and The Compendium Group worked as close strategic partners during the past few years, we believe our clients' needs are best met by providing market research services in-house," said Bill Mason, Managing Director of The Hale Group. "By acquiring The Compendium Group and retaining Laura as a Principal, we continue to strengthen our client services across all aspects of the food system."

For over 15 years, The Hale Group has served as a management consulting company dedicated to serving clients in the food industry. The firm combines extensive management consulting, market research and operating management experience to provide clients with both consulting and implementation capabilities. For more information about The Hale Group, call (978) 777-9077 or visit our website at www.halegroup.com.