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Online grocers Door to Door Organics and Relay Foods have agreed to merge, with plans to operate under a new brand — to be disclosed later this year — that will serve 63 markets across 18 states and Washington, D.C.
In connection with the merger, the companies have closed an additional $10 million in equity financing from The Arlong Group and existing Relay shareholders. Further, each company has attained B Corp certification by meeting social, environmental and corporate responsibility standards.
“I’ve long been impressed with the success of Relay Foods and their ability to intertwine smart growth and best-in-class technology with an unwavering commitment to local food, sustainability and the simplification of meal planning,” said Door to Door CEO Chad Arnold. “Our goal is the same: to inspire, empower and reward consumers to live the healthy, aspirational food lives they envision. By joining forces, we hope to achieve that goal even faster, all while delivering the best online grocery experience possible.”
Door to Door and Relay will maintain offices in Louisville, Ky., and Charlottesville, N.C., respectively, as well as teams in all current markets of operation. Both will continue as separate, customer-facing businesses until the integration is complete and the new branding is announced.
“Door to Door Organics’ lean, scaled approach has enabled them to set the industry standard for strategic expansion and product curation, and to grow an incredible network of customers, producers, and suppliers,” said Relay CEO Zach Buckner. “The combination of both companies’ logistical expertise, amazing employees and back-end technology, fueled by our shared passion for healthy, fresh, local foods, will no doubt benefit all current and future customers.”
Founded in 2009, Relay Foods helps customers in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and North Carolina make more healthful food choices that also support local communities and the environment.
Since its inception in 1997, Door to Door Organics has logged millions of deliveries containing fresh, high-quality, organic, natural and local food directly to homes and businesses throughout 16 states in the West and Midwest, and on the East Coast.