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    KeHE Distributors Acquires Nature's Best

    Midwest-based wholesaler invests in natural food segment

    KeHE Distributors LLC is acquiring Nature's Best, the largest privately owned wholesaler-distributor of health and natural food products in the natural products industry. 

    "I am incredibly proud of the generations of families who have built Nature's Best," said Jim Beck, CEO of Brea, Calif.-based Nature's Best. "It is rewarding that KeHE - one of the leaders in our industry - has recognized the talent and expertise of Nature's Best and is increasing their investment into the natural food segment to transform the health and lives of people around the globe."

    The deal is expected to close in August.

    Pioneers in Health

    Organic pioneers Gladys and Walter Lindberg opened a retail nutrition store in Los Angeles in 1949. The store grew into a chain that was considered the first health food "superstore" in Southern California. Acquiring Nature's Best in 1969, the family has grown the company into what it is today.

    Naperville, Ill.-based KeHE Distributors provides natural & organic, specialty & gourmet, international & multicultural, and fresh products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America.

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