LOVELAND, Colo. — Ka-Pop! Snacks, makers of Ancient Grain Popped Chips & Puffs, and Bubba's Fine Foods, makers of Paleo & Keto-friendly snacks, granolas and private-label goods, announced a merger agreement yesterday. The merged company, operating as Awakened Foods, is launching a new division for private label and co-manufacturing named Awakened Food Crafters.
Awakened Food Crafters said it will address the gaps in the health food manufacturing marketplace by providing high-end customer service and consistent, high-quality products. Awakened Food Crafters said it brings a leadership team with more than 70 years of CPG and food manufacturing experience to the table with a wide variety of production and innovation capabilities.
"In a recent survey we conducted, we found that well over 50% of natural food brands were dissatisfied with their current co-manufacturer," said Dustin Finkel, CEO of Awakened Foods, parent company to Awakened Food Crafters. "Often its because their co-man is unable to work with high-growth brands with rigorous standards. That's not the case with Awakened Food Crafters. We are also branded business owners living that same experience. We have designed our entire team and manufacturing facility around the belief that we need to accelerate capabilities in health, taste and quality for fast-growing partners."
Awakened Food Crafters said it meets rigorous certification requirements, including SQF Level 2 certification, and offers Gluten-Free, Vegan, NonGMO Project, Nut Free and Kosher certifications. They also provide clients full R&D support, strategic consulting and broad production capabilities across snacks, granolas, extruded products, banana chips and popped chips.
"Our philosophy is that making and sharing food is a sacred privilege. We take that responsibility incredibly seriously, and we bring that same commitment to our co-manufacturing and private label clients. Our capabilities for natural food brands, big and small, are truly unique in the industry. Additionally, our central location and top-tier food safety and quality standards make Awakened Food Crafters a fantastic solution for so many in the better for you industry," remarked Jeff Schmidgall, COO of Awakened Foods.