The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Ella’s Kitchen Group Limited and the formation of the Global Infant, Toddler & Kids Division under Hain Celestial US. Ella’s Kitchen is a manufacturer and distributor of premium organic baby food under the Ella’s Kitchen® brand and the first company to offer baby food in convenient flexible pouches. Ella’s Kitchen offers a range of 80 branded organic baby food products principally in the United Kingdom, the United States and Scandinavia.
Ella’s Kitchen generated approximately $70 million in sales in calendar year 2012 and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial’s earnings in fiscal year 2014 by $0.05 to $0.08 per diluted share. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, will become Chief Executive Officer of the new Global Infant, Toddler & Kids Division at Hain Celestial US, with responsibility for Hain Celestial’s Earth’s Best® brand as well as the newly acquired Ella’s Kitchen® brand. Paul will report to John Carroll, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Hain Celestial US.
“We are very excited by the strategic acquisition of Ella’s Kitchen, which complements our Earth’s Best line of infant, toddler and kids products. Our Earth’s Best team has much to be proud of, having grown the brand from less than $15 million in sales in 1999 to over $150 million today, as the first and only full line of organic baby food products with a wide variety of offerings including jars, pouches, formula, cereal, smoothies, snacks, soups, meals and frozen products, diapers and wipes,” said Irwin D. Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial. “We plan to grow the Ella’s Kitchen brand by leveraging our distribution platform in the European Union and the United States with the addition of Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food product offerings. We also see the opportunity to expand in the UK market with new feeding and personal care products under the Ella’s Kitchen brand. We welcome Paul Lindley, the founder of Ella’s Kitchen and his team, who together with our accomplished Earth’s Best team should accelerate the growth of both brands in our new Global Infant, Toddler and Kids Division. We strive to “Change the Way the World Eats” and bringing together Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen brands should enable us to bring our natural and organic nutritional feeding offerings to a global consumer base.”