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Seneca Foods buys Washington-based fruit processor

By ANDREA DECKERT - 1/16/2013 1:35:18 PM

Seneca Foods Corp. has completed the acquisition of Independent Foods LLC, the Marion, Wayne County food processor said Wednesday.

Washington-based Independent Foods is a processor of canned pears, apples and cherries in the United States.  Its product suite is sold through branded and private label items to the retail, foodservice and industrial markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Officials at Seneca Foods said Independent Foods is a good fit with its existing canned fruit business.

"We are very excited about this acquisition and the addition of the Sunnyside, Wash. facility to our production facilities, and the extension of our product offerings it brings to our company," said Kraig Kayser, Seneca Foods' president and CEO, in a statement.

Seneca Foods ranked 19th on the most recent Rochester Business Journal list of manufacturers with 397 workers.

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