Manitoba Harvest signs Acosta for U.S. distribution

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils announced an agreement with Acosta, Inc. (Acosta’s Natural Specialty Sales division) to become its primary food broker in the U.S.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, a global leader in hemp foods, announced an agreement with Acosta, Inc. (Acosta’s Natural Specialty Sales division) to become its primary food broker in the U.S. The Acosta team will work closely with Manitoba Harvest to provide sales representation and support for their growing U.S. business.

“Acosta is one of the largest food brokerages in the U.S. and is uniquely positioned in the natural specialty sales category,” said Mike Fata, CEO for Manitoba Harvest. “With an exceptionally knowledgeable sales staff and state-of-the-art technology support, Acosta will help get our products on more store shelves and share our story with many more consumers.”

Acosta is a full service broker specializing in a number of verticals, including natural, grocery, specialty and drug, and they represent the No. 1 or 2 brands across most product categories. Acosta’s focus for Manitoba Harvest will be on growing their existing customer base and uncovering new retail opportunities that complement its core products—shelled hemp seeds, Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Beverage, hemp oil, hemp butter and hemp protein powders. Manitoba Harvest’s U.S. sales have grown 40-50% per year for the past three years. With Manitoba Harvest’s new U.S. sales team in place, a national broker network is a key piece in Manitoba Harvest’s continued growth in the U.S. market.

“Acosta's Natural Specialty Sales division is excited to be working with Manitoba Harvest,” said Mike Anderson, President of Natural Specialty Sales at Acosta. “We’re eager to grow the network of a brand that places such high importance on offering nutritious foods and educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices. We believe the brand is well positioned in the natural foods category and poised to grow its market share.”

Manitoba Harvest began using Acosta as its primary U.S. broker beginning June 1.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils
Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the world’s largest vertically-integrated, farmer owned hemp food manufacturer. Manitoba Harvest is proud to offer award-winning products like Hemp Pro 70® (hemp protein concentrate), Hemp Bliss® Organic Hemp Beverage, shelled hemp seed, and hemp oil. In addition to their own popular brand of hemp foods, Manitoba Harvest supplies many other leading consumer brands with functional hemp food ingredients. For more information visit www.manitobaharvest.com or http://www.facebook.com/manitobaharvesthempfoodsandoils.

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