Westin Foods Acquires Dominex

Private label food manufacturer Westin Foods announced this month that it acquired a majority interest in Florida-based Dominex LC.

The result will be the creation of Dominex Natural Foods, a part of the Westin Health and Wellness division that includes the Superberries food brand.

“Our mission is to continue to provide our consumers and retail clients with consistent, high quality, good for you food products and services,” Westin Foods CEO Scott Carlson said in a news release announcing the deal. “This is the philosophy Westin Foods was founded upon and is known throughout the food industry.  We are excited about the opportunity to grow the health and wellness segment of our business and are confident about the many great opportunities ahead.”

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The company will be headquartered in Omaha, Neb., where Westin Foods’ corporate offices are located, but Dominex Natural Foods will maintain offices in St. Augustine, Fla., the release said.

Dominex has been a leader in eggplant-based food offerings for retail, foodservice, club and ingredient channels the past 25 years, the release said. It has an array of all-natural, vegetarian frozen items with more than 4,000 retail and natural food stores in its distribution network, as well as its foodservice channel.

 “While Westin Health and Wellness has a long and ever present commitment to health and wellness via it’s Superberries food brand, Dominex brings to the table another loyal customer base, both consumer and retail,” Westin Chief Operating Officer Brad Poppen said in the release. “Dominex currently offers quality vegan and vegetarian eggplant appetizers and entrées which allow us to expand our presence in the retail and foodservice arena.”

Dominex President John McGarvey has become the president of Dominex Natural Foods since the acquisition April 1.

“In the months ahead, we will be launching an innovative line extension that will join our brand’s legacy with the expertise of Westin Foods to deliver delicious products that will incorporate vegetables beyond eggplant,” McGarvey said in the release. “Our customers are going to love what we have in store.”

Westin Foods has divisions including Westin Packaged Meats, which specializes in fully cooked bacon, and bacon bits, and Mario Camacho Foods, which specializes in olives and olive oil.

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