Bolthouse Farms has secured space on Starbucks shelves across the country with a deal to buy a Rancho Cucamonga-based producer of cold-pressed juices.
The Bakersfield-based carrot and juice maker announced Tuesday it has arranged to purchase the brand and business of 283-employee Evolution Fresh from the Seattle-based coffee retailer. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition, Bolthouse’s second since being sold about three years ago to a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, does not necessarily mean its other products will be available at Starbucks locations. But the carrot company didn’t rule out that possibility as it works to finalize the deal in the third quarter and integrate Evolution Fresh into its operations.
Founded in 1995 and picked up by Starbucks 16 years later, Evolution Fresh sells primarily organic products ranging from citrus and apple juices to watermelon, cucumber and celery beverages. Its use of the cold press…