March 2, 2017
West Liberty Foods, L.L.C., intends to acquire the assets of Crystal Lake Farms and Free Ranger in a deal that includes both breeding stock and processing plant assets. The deal will allow West Liberty Foods to produce free range, slow growth chickens.
West Liberty Foods started in Iowa in 1996 and has grown to include six locations in three states with more than 2,700 employees.
Crystal Lake Farms, which is based in Decatur, Arkansas, produces all-natural, pasture-raised chicken products that are non-GMO verified. It's Crystal Lake Free Ranger is a slower growing chicken that thrives both indoors and out.
“The acquisition of Crystal Lake Farms and Free Ranger is another exciting step for West Liberty Foods,” says Ed Garrett, CEO for West Liberty Foods. “This expansion of our business will allow us to meet the growing consumer demand for humanely grown, pasture raised poultry.”
“I am excited about the transaction and with West Liberty Foods and the manufacturing expertise they deliver,” said Blake Evans, president of Crystal Lake Farms. “The company will continue to innovate around the breed, feed, and growing environment.”
Source: West Liberty Foods
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