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Paine Schwartz Acquires Urban Farmer

San Mateo, Calif.-based Paine Schwartz Partners has acquired Urban Farmer (urbanfarmer.net), Manteno, Ill., a fully integrated manufacturer of better-for-you plant-based specialty dough products. Terms were not disclosed.
Urban Farmer’s product lines include pizza crusts, topped pizzas, flatbreads, breadsticks, cheese bread, tortillas, empanadas and sandwich buns. Its rapidly expanding blue-chip customer base includes the leading better-for-you pizza brands and major retailers across North America, which it serves across its Urban Farmer brand, co-manufacturing and private-label sales channels. The company’s state-of-the-art gluten-free facilities meet the highest levels of food safety protocols and have the capabilities to scale and meet evolving customer needs.
Urban Farmer’s management team, led by CEO John Keigher, will continue leading and developing the business under Paine Schwartz ownership. Keigher said, “This is an exciting time for Urban Farmer with this investment from Paine Schwartz. We’ve grown Urban Farmer through our focus on plant-based clean ingredients, innovation and key investments in our manufacturing capabilities. With consumer demand for healthy and convenient food rapidly increasing, our company is poised to reach new levels of growth. The Paine Schwartz team brings significant food chain and specialty food manufacturing experience along with a focus on, and commitment to, ESG and sustainability, all of which align with our values and the resources to help us achieve our goals. We look forward to working closely with them to continue building out our customer base and expand our leading market share.”
Kevin Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Paine Schwartz, said, “We are pleased to establish a new investment platform with Urban Farmer, a pioneer in the fast-growing better-for-you specialty dough category. With its highly on-trend, versatile product offering, state-of-the art facilities and impressive customer base, Urban Farmer has a strong foundation from which to build on its leading segment share. Together with John and the rest of the Urban Farmer team, we look forward to driving further growth and scale by delivering innovative products and capitalizing on opportunities created by macro New Food Economy trends, as consumers increasingly eat at home and focus on health and wellness.”
Paine Schwartz, a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, has made previous investments in Sunrise Growers, Meadow Foods and Lyons Magnus.

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