US meat snacks firm Wild Zora Foods is expanding into convenient, freeze-dried meals with the acquisition of local peer Paleo Meals to Go.
Both companies are based in Loveland, Colorado.
The deal – for an undisclosed sum – comes four years after Wild Zora Foods, established by husband and wife Josh and Zora Tabin, launched its first product, the Original Meat & Veggie Bar.
Paleo Meals To Go was was founded in 2013 by mother-and-son team, Dawn Anderson and Ty Soukup. Its product line includes gluten-, grain-, milk- and soy-free savoury meals such as Bedrock Beef Chili and Caldera Chicken Curry.
Josh Tabin said: “Paleo Meals To Go was an obvious choice for us when we decided to expand our product line through acquisition.
“Their commitment to using only real ingredients with no added chemicals or preservatives, aligned perfectly with our mission and our existing customer base. These new products help us make the leap from snacks to complete meals.”
Wild Zora distributes its products online via its own e-commerce site, Amazon, and select authorised re-sellers. They are also available in some retail store chains across the US including Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and REI. The company plans to offer Paleo Meals To Go products across all of its distribution channels.
Wild Zora is bringing production of Paleo Meals To Go freeze-dried products in-house at its Loveland facility where it plans to modify the recipes to use only grass-fed and sustainably-raised meat mixed with organic fruits and vegetables.
Anderson will stay with Wild Zora and continue working on creating meal products.
She said: “Under our previous manufacturing model, we couldn’t produce affordable products with organic and sustainably-raised, grass-fed beef, and the only thing available on the market was conventional meat, so we used only conventionally-grown and raised products.
“With Wild Zora’s production capacity and know-how, we’re thrilled to finally see our products move to that next step and broaden the appeal to more health-focused consumers.”