TheEnid (Okla.) News & Eaglereported that local processor Advance Food Co. agreed to purchase the operating assets ofWhitaker Foods , Evansdale, Iowa, for an undisclosed amount.

“This acquisition is an important step in our company’s desire to bring the very best in value-added products to our customers,” Mark Allen, Advance president, said in a press release announcing the acquisition. “The Whitaker Foods product lines are very complimentary to our existing products, creating a synergy that will help Advance Food Co. reach our goal of becoming the unconditional leader in our product categories.”

Founded in 1954, Whitaker processes retail frozen ready-to-cook breaded pork, beef and chicken items for the supermarket and club store channels. Advance Foods Senior Vice President Peter Dillingham told theNews & Eaglethat Advance did not buy the Iowa facility, but production is moving to Enid.

Advance is a leading national manufacturer of value-added beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey products for the foodservice industry.