Indianapolis Fruit & Piazza Produce Acquires Cibus Fresh
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indiana-based Cibus Fresh, a foodservice company that specializes in high-quality and made-to-order packaged convenience foods, has been acquired by Indianapolis Fruit and Piazza Produce (IF&P Foods), which will expand the company’s grab-and-go offerings to include chef-curated sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads, salads, snack packs, and parfait cups.
In addition to the expanded line that this acquisition will offer, an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art FDA- and USDA-inspected kitchen facility certified with the Federal Grant of Inspection will also be included. This makes sure that optimum food safety and regulation is adhered.
“By combining Cibus Fresh’s unique approach to fresh convenient foods with our extensive expertise in produce and specialty foods distribution, we’re primed to exceed our customers’ expectations with new offerings, quality and speed of delivery,” IF&P’s President and CEO Greg Corsaro shared.
IF&P became one entity in 1997 when the two companies merged—Indianapolis Fruit distributed to individual grocers and grocery chains, and Piazza Produce distributed to foodservice establishments, according to a press release. Both focus on fresh, including organic. Local and culturally specific product segments are also a focus for the companies. After acquiring Cibus Fresh, over 60 new food varieties will be added to the IF&P Foods lineup, as the companies move forward with innovative creations.
“We’re thrilled to become a part of the IF&P Foods family,” said Kurt Layer, Co-Founder of Cibus Fresh. “Having access to more resources means we can get even more creative in the design and delivery of our culinary creations. Together we can advance the convenience food industry in ways we could never do alone.”
Cibus Fresh’s employees will stay with the company, including Co-Founders Kurt Layer and Bill Pitrelli.
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