Utz Quality Foods completes merger with Kitchen Cooked


HANNOVER, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utz Quality Foods, LLC today announced that it has completed the merger with Kitchen Cooked Inc. The acquisition includes the Kitchen Cooked snack brand, direct store delivery (or DSD) operations and its manufacturing operations.

The Kitchen Cooked snack brand offers a range of fan-favorite potato chips, Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels and more.

We are excited about the opportunity to add this important snack brand and set of capabilities to our portfolio,said Dylan Lissette, President and CEO, Utz Quality Foods, LLC.Since the 1930s, Kitchen Cooked has brought a strong following and a unique artisan heritage to its core markets. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, as well as their customer relationships, enhance our ability to grow our portfolio of Utz brands further west.

“We are thrilled to partner with Utz and believe this is a great way for the two organizations to come together to create an even stronger manufacturing and distribution network in Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Utz and Kitchen Cooked each have nearly a century of experience bringing great-tasting snacks to our communities, and we believe this transaction only strengthens our ability to do so in the future.said Paul Blackhurst, vice president, Kitchen Cooked Inc.

Utz Quality Foods produces a full line of snack foods available in a wide range of flavors and in convenient grab-and-go formats, available at major retailers across the United States or online at: www .utzsnacks.com

About Cuite Cuisine Inc.

Kitchen Cooked Inc., headquartered in Farmington, IL, is a leading snack food manufacturer and marketer serving central Illinois and eastern Iowa. Beginning in the 1930s, manufacturing potato chips, Kitchen Cooked Inc. expanded its product line to include Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels, tortilla chips, pork rinds and more.

For more information, visit www.kitchencooked.net or call 309-245-2191.

About Utz Quality Foods, LLC

Founded in 1921, Utz Quality Foods, LLC. is the largest family-owned, privately held savory snack company in the United States, producing a full line of products including potato chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn chips, tortillas, veggie sticks/straws, popcorn, onion rings, pork skins and more. Its brands, including Utz®gold flake®by Zapp®Dirty® Potato chips, good health®Bachman®, Bachman Jax®Wachuset®Snikiddy®Boulder Canyon®Snyder of Berlin®Tim’s Waterfall®, and Hawaiian brand® among others, are distributed nationally and internationally through grocery stores, mass merchants, club stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and other channels. Based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Utz operates thirteen manufacturing plants located in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Washington, and Massachusetts, as well as more than 1,700 DSD routes.

For more information about Utz® or its products, please visit www.utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-FOR-SNAX.


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