Cacique Inc., Los Angeles, acquired El Sol Foods, a Gilbert, Ariz.-based producer of homestyle salsas. The acquisition signals Cacique’s entrance into the salsa category, and allows the company to extend its portfolio of authentic, high-quality Hispanic foods.

Distribution of the new Cacique salsa products will begin regionally in the western United States this May, with nationwide rollout beginning this summer.

Cacique homestyle salsas are handcrafted with fresh produce using a small batch, cold process that preserves homemade, authentic Mexican flavors. Cacique Salsas will be available in nine varieties, including Homestyle, Mild, Medium and Hot, as well as in multiple specialty and organic homestyle selections.

"For more than 45 years, family, quality, integrity and authenticity have been the pillars of the Cacique brand. El Sol shares similar values and an unwavering commitment to making the best-tasting salsa in the market, so it's an excellent strategic fit for Cacique. We couldn't be more delighted to welcome El Sol into our family," says Gil de Cárdenas, chief executive officer. "We're excited to further diversify our portfolio to offer even more key components consumers need to make authentic Mexican meals, and we intend to leverage our expertise and resources to build on El Sol's track record of success."