Salty snack manufacturer Utz Brands Inc. continued its national expansion by announcing that its subsidiaries have agreed to buy the assets of Clem Snacks Inc. and J&D Snacks Inc. in the first quarter of this year.
Terms were not disclosed.
The two companies are third-party store delivery distributors of Utz products. Clem is out of Brooklyn, New York, with approximately 100 routes in New York City and Long Island. J&D has served the Bronx, New York, since 1996 with approximately 25 routes.
These combined routes in the New York area will enable Hanover-based Utz to accelerate share gains across this geographic region, a release noted. Since going public in 2020, Utz has grown its reach and expanded its product offerings through acquisitions, including the addition of Chicago-based snack food maker Vitner’s; Nebraska-based filled-pretzel brand H.K. Anderson; and Michigan-based R.W. Garcia Holdings and RW Garcia, maker of tortilla chips, crackers and corn chips.
“We are excited to build on the solid foundation and stellar reputation that the Clem and J&D teams have built,” Steve Liantonio, Utz’s senior vice president, national sales operations, said in the release. “These two key distribution partners have been representing and distributing Utz’s brands in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, New York, over the last 25 years, and we look forward to working closely with our independent operator network to expand and grow our expansive portfolio of brands in this vibrant and diverse market.”