MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill has reached an agreement to sell its Dressings, Sauces and Mayonnaise (DSM) business to Ventura Foods, based in Brea, California.
Cargill DSM makes products such as mayonnaise, tartar sauce, flavored dressings, and sauces for national foodservice companies and distributors. The business operates from one standalone facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and two facilities integrated within the broader operations of Cargill’s Fats & Oils Group in Gainesville, Georgia, and Sidney, Ohio.
Cargill will continue to produce and market a wide selection of oil and shortenings products used in everything from cookies and crackers, to retail brand cooking oils and zero trans-fat frying oils used by quick-service restaurants. Cargill is one of the leading suppliers of salad and cooking oils, high stability oils, Omega-3 oils, frying oils and shortenings; cake and icing shortenings, confectionery and specialty fats; and tortilla shortenings.
“We remain very committed to being a leading provider of oils and shortening to North American consumer package goods companies, retailers, foodservice companies and food distributors. The sale of our DSM business will allow us to operate more efficiently, and bring more and better offerings and services to our customers,” said Cargill Fats & Oils North American Regional Managing Director Gonzalo Petschen.
Ventura Foods is a leading producer of custom and proprietary dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, oils and other flavorings. The company has grown significantly over the past five years, serving leading foodservice companies, restaurants and retailers. In addition to its proprietary products produced for customers, Ventura Foods’ consumer brands available at retail include Marie’s dressings, LouAna oils, Dean’s dips and Gold n’ Soft spreads.
Included in Ventura Foods’ acquisition of Cargill’s DSM business are Cargill’s Port St. Lucie facility and the DSM assets at its Sidney and Gainesville facilities. Cargill will retain ownership of both the Sidney and Gainesville plants, where it will continue to own and operate its North American Fats & Oils business. Cargill’s DSM assets from Sidney and Gainesville will be relocated to Ventura Foods’ facilities in Chambersburg, Penn., and Fort Worth, Texas. Cargill will provide contract manufacturing services for 15 to 18 months to Ventura Foods to ensure continuity for its customers and a smooth transition to Ventura Foods.
Cargill’s 46 employees at Cargill’s DSM Port St. Lucie plant will be offered employment by Ventura Foods. Many of the 52 Cargill DSM employees in Gainesville and 197 Cargill DSM employees in Sidney will be retained by Cargill for 15 to 18 months during the Cargill-Ventura Foods co-manufacturing agreement. Cargill employs approximately 1,600 employees in Ohio, 800 in Georgia and 270 in Florida in various businesses, including food ingredients, beef, bio industrial, animal feed, and crop marketing.
“The acquisition of Cargill’s DSM business furthers Ventura Foods’ strategy to grow, strengthen and diversify. It adds greater depth to our already strong capabilities and another platform for innovation,” said Chris Furman, Ventura Foods president and CEO. “We are highly confident in our ability to successfully integrate this important business and look forward to continuing the excellent work of Cargill’s DSM team. We look forward to welcoming a number of the talented and experienced Cargill DSM employees to the Ventura Foods family.”
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016. Terms were not disclosed.