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European Plant-Based Processor Cultured Foods Acquired by U.S. Wellness Company

Dec. 12, 2023
CV Sciences Inc. plans to bring Cultured Foods products, which sell in 15 European countries, to the U.S. and grow its own distribution throughout Europe.

Cultured Foods, a manufacturer and distributor of alternative, plant-based vegan foods, has been purchased by CV Sciences Inc., a consumer wellness company specializing in hemp extracts and other natural ingredients and products, according to an announcement by CV Sciences. Cultured Foods will operate under CV Sciences as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Cultured Foods’ curated plant-based products are currently sold in 15 European countries, and this acquisition creates an opportunity to import them to the U.S. In addition, Cultured Foods’ Warsaw, Poland, base of operations gives CV Sciences an opportunity to grow its distribution network and become a more globally focused health and wellness company.

All of Cultured Foods’ employees will transition to CV Sciences employees, the announcement said, and Joseph Dowling, CEO of CV Sciences, said that the company’s “immediate plan is to leverage our B2B distribution network and bring convenient and sustainable plant-based foods into the US natural product channel while working with Cultured Foods to grow their business in the European market.”

Upon closure of the deal, Barbara McWhorter, founder of Cultured Foods, will continue as the general manager of the European manufacturing and distribution business.

About the Author

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.

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