Posted on February 14, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Grocery delivery giant acquires Calif. organic produce pioneer

GrubMarket continues West Coast expansion with acquisition of Organic Harvest Network

Grocery delivery service GrubMarket Inc. said it has acquired Organic Harvest Network (OHN), an organic produce aggregator and distributor.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

San Francisco-based Grubmarket, founded in 2014, sources from farms and food producers to sell products online for delivery to consumers, retailers, restaurants and other food manufacturing businesses.

OHN, founded in 1988 and originally certified organic by CCOF in 2004, represents individual organic growers to retail and wholesale buyers.

OHN is responsible for the growers’ crop planning, sales, marketing, logistics, invoicing, resolution of claims, and the collection of funds through its proprietary online software platform.

“GrubMarket recognizes the corporate values and history of Organic Harvest Network, and they respect our focus on maintaining the exceptional quality and integrity of all of the organic farms we work with, which are among the first organically certified farms dating back to the 1980’s,” said OHN Founder Giuseppe Salvato.

OHN’s headquarters will remain in Richmond, Calif., and the company will continue to be led by Salvato and business partner Peter Oszaczky.

Grubmarket also operates So Cal Farm Network (SCFN) in Vernon, Calif., which was certified organic last month by Organic Certifiers Inc.

SCFN delivers organic produce to distributors, retailers, foodservice providers, and CSA programs. The company sources from more than 45 organic and sustainable farms in California.

Grubmarket had raised over $28 million from 22 investors in an equity offering, according to a securities filing in May, the same month that it had acquired VIP Wholesale, a produce and specialty food supplier based in San Diego.

In December, Grubmarket acquired organic online grocery delivery company Doorganics in Grand Rapids, Mich., which serves customers in the Midwest.

And last month, Grubmarket acquired EJ Food Distributor and Eating with the Seasons, both of which are located in Northern California.

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