ConAgra Takes Blake's

Acquires natural, organic frozen meals maker

ConAgra Blake's (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

OMAHA -- ConAgra Foods Inc. has acquired Blake’s All Natural Foods, a family-owned company that makes natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles, pasta dishes and other entrees.

“We are thrilled to have Blake’s All Natural Foods join ConAgra Foods. Blake’s is a great addition to our existing frozen meals business and provides more choices to a growing group of people buying natural and organic foods. ConAgra Foods will help Blake’s grow and offer its wholesome food to more people across the country,” said Sean Connolly, ConAgra Foods’ CEO.

“Blake’s is really excited to join the ConAgra Foods team as it will allow us to build on the momentum we’ve created over several years and continue to meet the growing demand for our meals,” said Chris Licata, president and CEO of Blake’s All Natural Foods. “Natural and organic food has clearly earned a place in American households, and we will continue to make the same meals that the Blake family has made for people over four generations.”

Blake’s All Natural Foods has approximately 60 employees based in Concord, N.H. Licata will continue to lead the Blake’s business from its headquarters in Concord.

The companies did not disclose the terms of this all-cash deal.

Omaha-based ConAgra Foods is one of North America's largest packaged food companies with branded and private-branded food, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Brands include Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many other brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to commercial and foodservice customers.