On Aug. 28, Red Duck Foods announced it has been acquired by Beaverton-based BG Specialty Sales.
Red Duck co-founder Jessica Zutz Hilbert will continue to work on the brand under the new ownership managing sales and marketing as she has for the past eight years.
“Beyond that, I will be, and will always be, a cofounder of Red Duck, and I look forward to my continued stewardship of that role,” said Jessica, who cofounded the business with classmates Shannon Oliver and Karen Bonner.
The transaction brings together two premium, condiment-centric food businesses with roots in Oregon.
“Combining two local food brands known for their commitment to quality and simple, honest ingredients is good business,” said Domonic Biggi, CEO of BG Specialty Sales. His late grandmother Rose Biggi founded Beaverton Foods in 1929, and he has spent his career in the specialty foods industry.
Since Red Duck Foods launched three products into six stores in Eugene in May 2013, the company’s product line has grown to 11 different products distributed throughout North America in over 5,000 stores.
“It’s been such a privilege to build our business from the ground up, and we are so proud to have reached this point,” said Jessica. “The past several months have been tough in our industry and for small businesses across the country. We are thrilled to have such a positive outcome for not only our local food community, but also our local business community.”
The two companies were brought together by business advisory firm Meriwether Group.