Astral Foods Acquires Mackenzie Limited

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Astral Foods, parent company to Chesapeake Bay Crabcakes and More, Chesapeake Bay Gourmet,and World Class Fulfillment has finalized an agreement to acquire Mackenzie Limited, purveyor of gourmet food products.

Astral Foods announced today that it successfully closed its transaction with Mackenzie Limited. As a result of this transaction, Mackenzie Limited. is a fully-owned subsidiary of Astral Foods. Astral Foods is fully owned by Atlanta-based Astral Brands, LLC.

Mackenzie Limited. will begin immediately operating under the umbrella of Astral Foods and will continue to operate under its current management structure and headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Manufacturing and fulfillment will consolidate to World Class Fulfillment, of Baltimore, Md., a wholly owned subsidiary of Astral Foods and the leading perishable food fulfillment company in the country.

“Mackenzie Limited. has a 16-year tradition as a purveyor of fine quality specialty foods,” says Steve Cohen, President of Astral Foods. “After a substantial investment in Mackenzie, we are excited to take the next step in our relationship that will enable the Company to further expand its position in the sector.”

The transaction will accelerate Mackenzie’s commitment to growth by enabling the Company to leverage Astral Foods’ infrastructure of brand creation, management, and multi-channel marketing expertise. It will also further broaden Mackenzie’s product offering and geographic coverage.

Laura McManus, former owner of Mackenzie Limited and consultant to Astral Foods says, “Mackenzie Limited is my heart and passion for fine food. I am proud of our history and excited to join Astral Foods in offering the best of the best in gourmet food.”

Furthermore, the marriage of the brands unites the professional talents of both companies to enable Astral Foods to dominate the gourmet food industry in all aspects of multi-channel marketing including catalog, brick and mortar, home shopping and online web sales.

“We are pleased to have successful closure on the transaction,” said Steve Cohen, President of Astral Foods. “Both management teams are passionate about creating and enabling superior consumer gourmet food products. Our combined teams will become a powerful force in the sector.”

About Astral Foods (http://www.astralbrands.com): Astral Foods is an innovator in the creation and management of high end gourmet food products, including manufacture and large-scale fulfillment of perishable products from their state-of-the-art plant, World Class Fulfillment, Baltimore, Md. The company was established in 1983 and has grown and multiplied being acquired by Astral Brands of Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. Astral Brands generates approximately $100 million in annual wholesale sales and has 350 employees in North America.

Contact: Linda Eckhardt

Publicist, Astral Foods, LLC

973 762 4857

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