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South Mill Champs acquires fruit supplier, World Fresh Produce

South Mill Champs acquires fruit supplier, World Fresh Produce Fresh produce Food and Beverage Business

South Mill Champs, one of the largest mushroom processors in North America, has recently acquired World Fresh Produce, a fresh fruit grower and sourcing business in New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania-based South Mill Champs did not disclose the acquisition price. World Fresh Produce conducts its business supplying citrus fruits, pears, apples, and kiwifruit grown on its own farms and also sourced overseas from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

According to the statement released by South Mill Champs, the acquired company has “offshore, direct-from-grower, supply relationships” that result in “efficient and consistent supply” for customers, while providing “growers access to key markets in North America.”

Michael Richmond, vice president of sales at South Mill Champs, expressed the company’s alignment with World Fresh Produce’s dedication to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. South Mill Champs operates mushroom cultivation and processing facilities in various locations and has distribution facilities across the US.

The company supplies the retail, foodservice, and wholesale channels, as well as serves mushroom processing customers. Michel Matouk, the founder of World Fresh Produce, will become South Mill Champs’ vice president of global sourcing, commenting on the acquisition, he said, “With World Fresh Produce now part of the South Mill Champs family, we are even better positioned to meet the diverse needs of customers across North America.”

In 2021, South Mill Champs expanded further in the mushroom market with the acquisition of The Mushroom Company. The group was formed in 2017, bringing together South Mill of Pennsylvania and Canadian firm Champ’s Mushrooms. This strategic acquisition enhances South Mill Champs’ position in the food and beverage industry, adding variety to its product line and expanding its reach within North America.

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