US sandwich-to-soup firm Sandridge Food Corp has acquired a majority interest in RMH Foods, a manufacturer of fully-cooked, refrigerated and frozen entrees.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, leverages Sandridge’s strategy to produce “innovative solutions for a growing customer base that demands fresh, great tasting food”, it said. The collaboration will also strengthen Sandridge’s ability to create and distribute a wider variety of products that allow for reduced sodium and no preservatives.

“We are truly excited to begin our relationship with RMH Foods,” said Sandridge CEO Mark Sandridge. “We both are third generation family businesses, our core values are aligned, and both families have the commitment to create clean label, great tasting food.”

Located in Morton in Illinois, RMH Foods produces co-packed, private-label and branded fully cooked refrigerated and frozen entrees to retail.

Sandridge’ said RMH’s ‘Sous Vide’ technology will help to expand its offerings by providing the capability to enter a new business segment that will now include “centre of the plate” entrees, it said – a complement to Sandridge’s line of fresh soups, salads, sides and sauces.

Under the agreement, RMH Foods will become a part of Sandridge Food Corp.