Fontaine Santé Foods in Canada Acquires Ferndale-originated Garden Fresh Gourmet

Garden Fresh Gourmet, a chips and dips company founded in Ferndale in 1998, has been acquired from the Campbell Soup Co. in New Jersey by Montreal’s Fontaine Santé Foods. The transaction includes Garden Fresh Gourmet’s plants in Ferndale and Grand Rapids, which employ more than 600 people. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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Fontaine Santé Foods has acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet. // Photo courtesy of Fontaine Santé Foods

Garden Fresh Gourmet, a chips and dips company founded in Ferndale in 1998, has been acquired from the Campbell Soup Co. in New Jersey by Montreal’s Fontaine Santé Foods. The transaction includes Garden Fresh Gourmet’s plants in Ferndale and Grand Rapids, which employ more than 600 people. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Garden Fresh Gourmet was created in 1998 and was purchased by Campbell for $231 million in 2015. The acquisition brings Fontaine into the American market.

“This is a strategic acquisition that is aligned with our business plan. It adds similar and complementary expertise to our group while also supporting our expansion into the American market for our two companies,” says Mélissa Latifi, lawyer and group president.

“We have two goals with this acquisition: to develop and diversify the range of our product offerings and, at the same time, to maintain our small-scale production quality. Our products are satisfying the current demands of consumers.”

Products from Garden Fresh Gourmet are available throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Fontaine makes hummus, refrigerated dips, salads, hors-d’œuvres, pestos and vegetable pâtés.

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