US-based pork producer Clemens Food Group has acquired local peer Kunzler & Company.

The deal will add three more processing facilities to Clemens’ portfolio. One of the plants is located in Lancaster in Pennsylvania and two are in Tyrone township in the same state.

Clemens said it will continue to offer products under the Kunzler brand.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The company declined to answer further questions.

According to Clemens, the “strategic purchase reinforces our commitment to delivering exceptional products” with another Pennsylvania-based pork provider with “similar core values”.

Brad Clemens, president of Clemens said: “The decision to acquire Kunzler stems from both organisations’ earned industry reputations, as both are viewed as trusted providers of high-quality products to the marketplace.

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“As Chris Kunzler [deceased chairman of the Kunzler’s board] sought a successor to carry forward his family’s legacy after more than 123 years, I’m honoured Clemens Food Group emerged as their ideal steward as there are many similarities between our cultures and commitment to excellence.”

“From this day on, we look forward to becoming one team and are excited about the future ahead.”

Founded in 1895, Clemens is a sixth-generation, family-owned company headquartered in Hatfield, Pennsylvania state.

Employing more than 5,000 people, Clemens says it is the fifth-biggest pork processor in the US. The company owns the pork meat brands Hatfield, Farm Promise, Premium Reserve, and Prima Porta.

In July last year, Clemens sold a factory to US-based turkey bacon producer Godshall’s Quality Meats.

The plant in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, added to employee-owned Godshall’s Quality Meats’ three existing sites in the same state – its original facility in Telford where the business was founded by Marvin Godshall in 1945, and two others in Souderton and Lebanon.

The 53,000-square-foot processing plant sat on ten acres and was operated by Clemens until late 2022.