Allens wants everyone to eat their vegetables. The company produces frozen breaded vegetable products, along with Southern-style frozen vegetables, under the Allens, Princella, Freshlike, and Royal Prince labels. Products are manufactured at two plants in Georgia, following the 2012 sale of four frozen vegetable processing plants in New York and Wisconsin to the North American arm of France's Bonduelle S.A. Post sale, Arkansas-based Allens returned to its roots by focusing on Southern-style fare. Founded in 1926 as Allens Canning Co., family-owned and -operated Allens and its parent company All Veg LLC filed in 2013 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rival Seneca Foods agreed in 2014 to acquire Allens.
Allens and its parent company All Veg LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2013, citing debts of between $100 million and $500 million and creditors of between 1,000 and 5,000.
Change in Company Type
New York-based Seneca Foods Corporation, which makes and markets canned and bottled fruits and vegetables, agreed in 2014 to acquire Allens for $148 million. The deal includes substantially all the operating assets plus the assumption of certain liabilities.
Allens' vegetables are grown and packed in North America. The Arkansas company has manufacturing plants in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Sales and Marketing
The canned and frozen vegetable supplier serves foodservice and industrial customers nationwide. Allens also offers private labeling services, as well as co-packaging and co-branding services.
Allens has been working to return to its core competencies and pare down its operations. In 2012 Allens sold four of its six frozen vegetable operations to the North American arm of France's Bonduelle. The sale impacted approximately 400 employees at plants in Bergen, New York; Oakfield, New York; Brockport, New York; and Fairwater, Wisconsin, all of which were sold. The sale also included the Chill Ripe brand and the frozen Garden Classics brands, as well as a license to use certain brand names owned by Allens in the frozen business for a limited time.
To further focus on canned and Southern-style frozen vegetables, Allens invested in growing its expertise, capabilities, and capacity at its operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. The company also invested in technology, equipment, and other resources to enable it to bring quality products to market faster and meet growing demand.
The company has begun making value-added products. It introduced a line of canned side dishes with traditional Southern roots in 2010 -- the Southern Style brand of Hoppin' John, Seasoned Black Beans, Seasoned Blackeye Peas, Seasoned Cabbage, Seasoned Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, and Turnip Greens. The products reflect Allens' committment to its Southern customers, as well as the national consumers' growing interest regional offerings.