Meyer Natural Foods, Lexington, Ky., and Loveland, Colo., announced it is acquiring Howard, S.D.-based Dakota Beef, one of the largest and oldest certified organic beef brands in North America.

As part of the transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, Meyer Natural Foods has secured a long-term supply of organic Angus calves born on Dakota Beef’s historic, 150,000-acre, open-range organic ranch in Oregon.

“We are pleased to offer our retail and foodservice customers a gourmet line of USDA-certified organic beef with the Dakota Beef brand,” said Chris Boudinet, co-president of Meyer Natural Foods. The acquisition of Dakota “complements our existing portfolio of natural, premium and heart-healthy products under the Meyer Natural Angus and Laura’s Lean Beef brands,” added Boudinet.

Bob Meyer founded Meyer Natural Foods 20 years ago with a vision to consistently provide the industry’s highest quality, best tasting beef with a commitment to environmentally sound practices, humane animal treatment and personal integrity. Today, under the leadership of co-presidents Boudinet and Mike Day, the company’s product lines continue to meet the original vision while delivering on the evolving needs of retailers, foodservice operators and consumers.

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