Flowers Foods has announced an agreement to acquire Papa Pita Bakery, a manufacturer and distributor of bagels, tortillas, breads, buns, English muffins and flat breads. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
Papa Pita currently operators a 270,000 square foot facility in West Jordan, Utah, and its brands include Papa Pita, Great Grains, Bubba’s Bagels and Maya’s Tortillas. In addition, the company has a significant co-manufacturing business as well as direct-store distribution in the western US.
“Papa Pita began as a family business and is an inspiring example of the American dream. Its leaders have grown the company strategically through product and category expansions,” commented Ryals McMullian, President and CEO of Flowers Foods. “Additionally, its focus on exceptional product quality and operational excellence aligns strongly with the Flowers culture. Papa Pita has been an important co-manufacturer of Flowers products for many years, and I’m thrilled about the opportunity to realize manufacturing and distribution synergies, in addition to expanding our geographic reach and welcoming the passionate Papa Pita team to Flowers.”
Papa Pita will continue to operate out of its Utah facility, increasing the company’s presence in the western US.
“Our success has been a direct result of the dedication of our hard-working team members, their ability to think big about what’s possible, and a constant focus on how we can grow,” said Farzad Mohebbi, President and CEO of Papa Pita. “Flowers shares these same traits, making our partnership a great fit.”
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