Grimmway Farms, the family-owned US vegetables supplier, has acquired a clutch of assets from local peer Generation Farms.

California-based Grimmway Farms, which says it is the largest producer of organic veg in the US, has snapped up processing facilities and assets in southern Georgia and northern Florida. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Generation Farms set up an operation in Lake Park in 2013 and, since then, has had acreage across north Florida and Georgia. The company supplies carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, blueberries and watermelon.

Grimmway Farms said it “will continue to supply many of Generation Farms’ long-term customers in the region”. Generation Farms also grows, packs and ships onions from its an operation in Vidalia in Georgia but that asset is not included in the transaction.

“We are committed to providing our customers with high quality vegetables year-round and we seek to improve logistical efficiencies through our regional operations. Generation Farm’s diverse processing capabilities and productive land base provide a unique opportunity to grow our regional carrot programme and expand our organic division,” Eric Proffitt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Grimmway Farms, said.

The deal is the second time the company has expanded in the south east of the US in little more than a year. In February 2018, Grimmway, which also says it is the world’s biggest producer of carrots, opened a packing facility in Georgia, allowing the company to ship conventional carrot products from mid-December through May.

Grimmway Farms’ brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv.

Generation Farms was formed in 2016 when two grower-shippers – Coggins Farm and Produce, plus Stanley Farms – joined forces.