Hain Celestial buys Empire, largest kosher poultry producer in U.S.


JTA – The Hain Celestial Group has bought Empire Kosher Poultry Inc., the largest kosher poultry producer in the United States.

Hain Celestial, one of the country’s largest sellers of natural and organic foods, had owned roughly 20 percent of EK Holdings Inc., Empire Kosher Poultry’s parent corporation, before announcing on March 4 that it had purchased the remaining 80 percent.

Empire generated more than $100 million in net sales in 2014. “Empire expands our Farm to Table product offerings, a growing category that appeals to those seeking ‘the pure foods trend,’ including our core natural and organic consumers,” Irwin Simon, the president and CEO of Hain Celestial, said in a news release. “We plan to expand the product offerings into deli, fresh prepared foods and other grocery categories.”

Simon is the son of a kosher butcher from Nova Scotia.