Skippy's maker buys Boulder-based Justin's

Posted at 11:42 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 13:42:35-04

Hormel Foods Corp., the Austin, Minn.-based maker of Skippy, bacon and Spam, has acquired Boulder-based nut butter company Justin's for $286 million.

"It's a great family business, wonderful people," said Peter Burns, president and chief executive officer of Justin's. "We've gotten to know them, their core competencies. They own a great brand and are proficient in the natural and organic space."

Justin's will continue operating in Boulder as a subsidiary of Hormel, said Justin Gold, the namesake and founder of the maker of nut butter spreads and squeeze packs, and chocolate peanut butter cups.

Hormel officials were unavailable for a phone interview Wednesday.

In a call with analysts on Wednesday morning, Hormel executives said they expect Justin's to have net sales of $100 million in the fiscal 2017 year and grow in the low double digits from there, said James P. Snee, president and chief operating officer.

The company paid $286 million for Justin's, Jody H. Feragen, Hormel's chief financial officer, said during the call. The purchase price will be financed mostly with cash on hand, supplemented by a short-term draw from its credit facility, she said.

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