"Atlantic's commitment to sustainability, nutrition, accessibility and social responsibility are all values that deeply resonate with our team," said President and Co-Founder of Above Food, Martin Williams. "With five generations of agriculture experience at the helm of Above Food, we have a seed-to-fork mentality that shapes every product and partnership. We identified significant synergies between our two companies, and the decision to join forces was an easy one."
The partnership will allow Above Food’s seed-to-fork platform to sustainably produce affordable, nutritious foods, using Atlantic’s global production facilities in North Carolina, USA, and in Thailand.
"We see an opportunity to help alleviate the environmental toll being taken on our oceans, as well as to provide consumers with alternatives they can feel good about," said Lionel Kambeitz, executive chairman and CEO of Above Food. "Atlantic Natural Foods has done an incredible job responding to the need for sustainable and high quality plant-based meals and alternative seafood, and we look forward to continuing that work together."
Related: Craving Convenience Danone Corporate Venture Arm Acquires Majority Stake in Harmless Harvest PepsiCo Sells Juice BrandsAtlantic’s portfolio of brands includes Loma Linda, which makes plant-based ready-to-eat meals; Tuno, which offers plant-based seafood; and Neat, which offers plant-based egg replacements.
"Above Food's seed-to-fork approach in plant-based foods is something we were independently building towards, as we believe owning the entire value chain is the only way to drive the scale of change necessary in the food system and create a true long-term business model," said J. Douglas Hines, chairman of Atlantic Natural Foods. "Feeding the global population sustainably with high quality, nutritious, plant-based foods is how we will drive true change to address healthier foods with a healthy planet."