YORK, MAINE — Specialty food producer Stonewall Kitchen has acquired Spruce Naturals L.L.C. from Kendall Cook. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Spruce Naturals is the parent company of Napa Valley Naturals, which is a brand of certified organic extra virgin olive oils, culinary cooking oils, Italian balsamic vinegars and aged wine vinegars, as well as Montebello, an artisan brand of organic pastas imported from Italy.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Napa Valley Naturals and Montebello brands to our family,” said John C. Stiker, chief executive officer of Stonewall Kitchen. “Napa Valley Naturals is the No. 1 selling olive oil item within the natural foods channel, as well as the No. 1 brand of balsamic vinegars and wine vinegars, according to SPINS data. Similarly, Montebello is the No. 2 brand of shelf-stable pasta in the natural channel, experiencing rapid growth. Delicious stand-out products within their line such as the Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Expeller Pressed Avocado Oil, and Grand Reserve Balsamic Vinegar perfectly complement the specialty food categories we currently offer.”
The acquisition of Spruce Naturals is the second such deal Stonewall has made in 2018. Earlier this year the company acquired Tillen Farms brand of pickled vegetables and cocktail cherries. In May, the company secured the license for the Legal Sea Foods brand for a line of seafood sauces.
“We have made significant strides toward achieving our vision of becoming the premier specialty foods platform in North America,” Mr. Stiker said. “With our expertise in brand building, product development and omni-channel distribution, we are excited to continue to grow our business both organically and through additional selective acquisitions, with the goal of bringing our guests the best tasting and highest quality specialty foods.”
Stonewall Kitchen was founded in 1991 by partners Jonathan King and Jim Stott. The company originally began by selling jams and jellies at local farmers’ markets and over time expanded to include sauces, condiments, crackers and baking mixes. The company now has more than 6,000 wholesale accounts, a catalog and online division, a cooking school and cafe in York, and nine retail company stores across New England.