The Horizon Group of Cos., Canada, purchased the business and assets of Ontario Natural Food Co-op.

The Canada-based distributor, re-named Ontario Natural Food Co. Inc., joins Horizon Group's regional distribution facilities serving customers across Canada. It brings with it more than 40 years of experience as an organic and natural food wholesaler in eastern Canada, a customer base approaching 1,500, plus Black River Juice and another proprietary natural food brand. It will continue to operate its 115,000-square-foot distribution facility in Mississauga, supplying more than 4,500 grocery, refrigerated, frozen, bulk and household items to organic and natural food retailers and buying clubs.

"We've had a long history of growth and formed deep relationships in the organic and natural food sector,” says Randy Whitteker, general manager. “As a response to a changing market, I know our customers and vendor partners will benefit greatly from this development."

"[I] look forward to working with new colleagues and exploring the opportunities that a greater, combined strength will present," adds Terri Newell, Horizon Group vice president.