Harvest States, the grains and foods division of CHS Cooperatives, has agreed to acquire Rodriquez Festive Foods, Inc., a Ft. Worth, TX manufacturer of wheat and corn tortillas, tortilla chips and a full line of authentic prepared Mexican foods.  The transaction is scheduled to close January 2001, subject to successful completion of due diligence review and necessary approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Harvest States currently produces Arizona Brand®, Cruz®, El Gran Deli®, La Canasta® and Paradiso® tortillas and Arizona Brand® and La Canasta® tortilla chips at plants in suburban Minneapolis, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz.  With the acquisition of Rodriguez Festive Foods, Harvest States will have combined annual sales of tortillas, tortilla chips and prepared Mexican foods of over $65 million.

"Rodriguez Festive Foods has a rich history, excellent employees and well established Mexican food products.  We're very pleased that Rodriguez Festive Foods will be joining our growing Mexican food business," said Jim Tibbetts, senior vice president for Harvest States. 

"We look forward to continuing the many relationships developed over the years by the Rodriguez family," said Joel Bachul, vice president and general manager of Harvest States' tortilla and chip businesses.  "We are committed to providing the highest quality products and services to our new retail, wholesale, foodservice and institutional customers. The addition of manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ft. Worth will also help us increase our service to our existing regional and national customers."

CHS Cooperatives (www.CHSCo-ops.com), with headquarters in suburban St. Paul, Minn., is a producer to consumer cooperative system owned by farmers, ranchers and their local cooperatives from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest, and from the Canadian border to Texas.  Harvest States, its integrated grains and foods division, is a leading manufacturer of flour and corn tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa, prepared foods and other complimentary products with production facilities in suburban Minneapolis, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz.