Gathered Foods Sells Ohio Plant to Ahimsa Companies
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VANCOUVER, BC, July 9, 2024 ~ In a recent announcement, Gathered Foods, a leading pioneer in plant-based proteins, has sold its dedicated plant-based production facility, Trellis, to the newly formed holding company for plant-based brands, Ahimsa Companies. This sale marks a significant move for both companies and the plant-based industry as a whole.

The facility, located in Heath, Ohio, was commissioned in 2020 and is exclusively focused on producing top-quality plant-based foods. It has been awarded the BRC 'AA' designation, the highest possible rating for food and product safety by the British Retail Consortium. Additionally, it holds non-GMO Project verification and vegan, halal and kosher certifications, along with multiple allergen-control programs.

Ahimsa Companies, one of Gathered's largest stakeholders, will continue to operate the manufacturing plant as a plant-based production hub. This acquisition is part of Ahimsa's strategy to consolidate and vertically integrate within the plant-based industry. Group CEO Matt Tullman leads Ahimsa Companies and is excited about the potential of this strategically located facility.

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"The plant is a core asset in our consolidation strategy," said Tullman. "We are keen to optimize and utilize it in support of the broader industry." Ahimsa Companies plans to continue co-manufacturing for current and new customers while also manufacturing proprietary products for its portfolio holdings.

Joel Gfeller, President of Gathered Foods, expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership with Ahimsa Companies. "We have dedicated tremendous energy and effort to bringing the factory to life and establishing this crucial infrastructure for the industry," he said. "We look forward to working alongside Ahimsa to support its next stage of growth and to advance our collective mission of enabling plant-based production in the U.S."

Gathered Foods will continue its focus on developing exceptional ingredients and finished goods for the industry. Its world-class pilot plant/innovation center in Vancouver, B.C., Cultivated Food Labs, remains one of its most prized assets, complemented by its world-renowned technical team.

The sale of Trellis is a testament to the growth and potential of the plant-based industry. With Ahimsa Companies at the helm, this facility will continue to play a crucial role in advancing the production of plant-based foods in the U.S. Images of the facility are available for viewing on Gathered Foods' website.
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