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Manna Beverages & Ventures Intends to Acquire Co-Packer Nor-Cal Beverage

Sept. 28, 2023
Nor-Cal Beverage Co. reportedly is the largest independent beverage co-packer of teas, ads, chilled juices, waters and energy drinks west of the Mississippi River.

Manna Beverages & Ventures (MB&V) has announced its intent to acquire California-based independent beverage co-packer Nor-Cal Beverage Co., according to a release from Louisville, Ky.-based MB&V.

Nor-Cal co-packs a wide variety of beverage products, including teas, ades, chilled juices, waters and energy drinks, and it is the largest independent co-packer of those products west of the Mississippi River, the release notes. MB&V expects to expand the opportunity to leverage Nor-Cal’s existing resources and tools to a wider audience, and bring its current customers a wider range of services and solutions.

Nor-Cal operates facilities in Anaheim and West Sacramento, Calif. The West Sacramento facility was built in 1974 but renovated from the ground up in 2008, according to Nor-Cal’s web site. The Anaheim plant was purchased by Nor-Cal in 2001, but was built in the 1940s and once owned by Bing Crosby.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MB&V is an affiliate of Manna Capital Partners.

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Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.