Flagship Food Group Acquires Albuquerque-Based Sauce Plant

Flagship Food Group Acquires Albuquerque-Based Sauce Plant

LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2013 -- Flagship Food Group announced today that it has acquired certain assets of ZD Bottling, LLC, a manufacturer of sauces and salsas based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Drawing from its heritage in the restaurant industry, ZD Bottling has consistently been on the forefront of combining innovation with unique, healthy ingredients to create great food products for both food service and retail accounts. The company manufactures the 505 Southwestern® line of all natural, gluten-free salsas, green chile sauce, and other products.

Rob Holland, CEO of Flagship, commented, "After a long and beneficial relationship with ZD Bottling as a supplier, we are thrilled to be bringing the business into the Flagship family so that we can extend our capabilities in sauces, soups, and salsas for all of our customers."

Roy Solomon, founder of ZD Bottling and 505 Southwestern® said, "Flagship has done wonderful things with the 505 brand since they purchased it several years ago. They've grown sales exponentially, but they've stayed true to our core values of quality and healthy products. I know they will continue to do good things for the people of ZD and the Albuquerque community."

Indeed, Flagship has invested heavily in the 505 line, helping to fuel double-digit growth in the brand over the past few years. Earlier this year, the company launched two new products, a Fiesta Sauce, and the 505 Southwestern All American Salsa, benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

"Salsa is something that is used in many 'All American activities' – from tailgates to parties to 4th of July to picnics. When you use All American Salsa, you can feel good about supporting those who have given so much for our country while enjoying a great product, made in the USA. How patriotic!" commented Mike Megale, President of Flagship's retail division.

Two new 505 products are slated for launch in late 2013, including a Chipotle Honey Salsa. The product combines the company's tried and true salsa with one of its fasting growing products, Chipotle Honey Green Chile Sauce.

About Flagship Food Group®
Flagship Food Group is a diversified food and consumer products company based in Los Angeles, CA, USA, with an annual revenue in excess of $300 million. It employs over 600 people supplying frozen, shelf-stable, and fresh products into both the retail and food service markets. Flagship also offers food packaging and logistics services for corporate customers worldwide.