Rainforest Distribution Acquires Associated Buyers
Rainforest Distribution Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire essentially all of the assets of Associated Buyers, LLC. This combination will provide their value chain partners with increased operational efficiencies and service levels, a deeper focus on executing retail programs, and additional support for local and emerging brands. “Both Rainforest and Associated Buyers share a deep commitment to bring healthy foods, product innovation, and best-in-class service to the communities they serve. In addition to strengthening our ability to meet those commitments, this combination will further provide local and emerging food brands with a more robust platform to scale and reach the end-consumer.” said Alexander Ridings, CEO of Rainforest. “Rainforest welcomes the customers, suppliers, and team members of Associated Buyers to the Rainforest Team.” Karta Owens, President of Associated Buyers said, “Our goals have always been to be honorable, respectful, kind, and equitable with our industry partners, and we have shared in the successes and challenges of our valued suppliers and customers over the years. We are proud to have been the jumping off point for so many unique producers and brands, and to have seen communities grow up around the stores and restaurants we supplied. We’re excited for the next chapter of this journey, strengthening these partnerships through new opportunities and offerings that Rainforest can bring to the table. We couldn’t have found a better organization to carry on the mission we began with so many years ago, to support the well-being of people and our planet through the food we provide.”
Rainforest and Associated Buyers each value their long-standing industry partnerships and are excited about the opportunities this combination will create for our customers, manufacturing suppliers, and the end consumers. Rainforest expects to begin directly servicing the existing customers of Associated Buyers on February 28th, 2024.