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Rosen's Diversified will merge with American Foods Group 

Publication: Automatic Merchandiser
Date:
Monday, August 1 2005


Rosen's Diversified Inc., which owns Skylark Meats Inc. which includes O'Brien & Co. Inc., has agreed to merge its RDI subsidiary Rosen Meat Group with American Foods Group. The new company, to be called American Foods Group and headquartered in Alexandria, Minn., will consist of all of American Foods Group Inc.'s current operations, along with RDI's meat processing companies. RDI's agricultural chemical distribution and fertilizer business units are not part of the agreement.

The parties expect the merger to close by late August, following due diligence by the companies. Combined total sales for the two companies last year were over $1.5 billion. Terms of the agreement were not announced. Tom Rosen, CEO of RDI, and Carl Kuehne, CEO and owner of American Foods Group, will serve as co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers of the new company, along with Greg Benedict, chief operating officer and Robert Hovde, chief financial officer.