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Hormel Foods Buys Organic Brand

27 July 2015, at 12:00am

US - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced the closing of its acquisition of Applegate Farms.

Applegate® is the number one brand in the natural and organic value-added prepared meats category.

As a growing number of consumers choose natural and organic products, this purchase provides Hormel Foods and the Applegate brand a faster path to expanded offerings in this high-growth category.

Applegate will operate autonomously as a stand-alone subsidiary in the company’s Refrigerated Foods segment.

The 2015 annual sales for Applegate are expected to be about $340 million. The purchase price is approximately $775 million. Including estimated deal costs and fair value adjustments, the deal is projected to be neutral to Hormel Foods earnings per share in fiscal 2015 and accretive by approximately 7 to 8 cents per share in fiscal 2016.

Hormel Foods expects this acquisition to be accretive to company growth targets.