Ruiz Food Products, Inc., a frozen food manufacturer specializing in Mexican food products, announced it acquired the assets of Culinary International, LLC, a contract manufacturer of ready-to-eat frozen and refrigerated Mexican foods.  

Ruiz Foods acquired the assets of Culinary International through its subsidiary RG1 Holding Co., LLC, and it immediately takes over manufacturing operations of Culinary International’s 75,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Vernon, California, and its nearby 43,200-square-foot dry goods and cold storage facility.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The acquisition will provide Ruiz Foods with additional flexible manufacturing capacity on the West Coast.  

“Culinary International has been a respected and valued supplier for over six years and we are very proud of this long-term relationship,” said Dan Antonelli, president and CEO of Ruiz Foods.  “Their expertise in producing retail and foodservice frozen Mexican products will enhance our capacity for flexible manufacturing on the West Coast. Our commitment to our customers is paramount to our operations and this acquisition will enhance our customer service levels as we leverage our core values of innovation, safety, quality, teamwork, integrity, and respect.”

Robert Sabahat, CEO of Culinary International, will help lead the transition to Ruiz Foods and Sean Minooei, who has capably overseen manufacturing operations at the Vernon facility will continue to provide operational oversight as Director of Operations.

About Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
 Ruiz Foods Products, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation co-founded by Fred Ruiz and his father, Louis, in 1964. Kim Ruiz Beck, the elder daughter of Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Fred Ruiz, is Chairman.  Dan Antonelli is President and CEO. Ruiz Foods is dedicated to premium quality, authentically prepared frozen foods selling to all channels of distribution: retail, convenience store, clubs, vending, industrial, and food service. El Monterey brand is the No. 1 selling frozen Mexican food in the United States and Tornados, the company’s snack brand is a leader on the convenience store roller grill. Additional brands include Artisan Bistro and Plantivore.  Ruiz Foods employs over 4,000 Team Members in five facilities located in the U.S.