Katadyn North America Inc. (Minneapolis), a subsidiary of water filtration company Katadyn Group (Zurich, Switzerland), has acquired the assets of TyRy Inc. (Rocklin, Calif.), a producer of freeze-dried and dehydrated instant meals. Terms were not disclosed. Ty-Ry sells the Natural High, Richmoor, AlpineAire Foods, and Gourmet Reserves brands, in addition to co-packing services for dry food goods. In Europe, Katadyn owns a leading brand of dehydrated food, Trek ‘n Eat. “Katadyn now offers everything outdoor enthusiasts require for their camp kitchen," said Shawn Hostetter, president of Katadyn North America. The food business will operate as Katadyn North America Foods LLC. Worldwide, Katadyn Group employs nearly 170 people, including this acquisition. Demand is growing despite a slow economy,” Hostetter told SNEWS.com in November: “When times get tough, water filters and dehydrated foods sell really well.”
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