BENSENVILLE, ILL. — Fortune International LLC, a processor of seafood, meats and gourmet products, announced on March 31 the acquisition of D’Artagnan, a premium meat and poultry supplier to leading foodservice operations in the United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Fortune said the acquisition provides a geographic footprint into D'Artagnan's markets along with adding new relationships with leading retailers. The company also said that it could directly offer new products to consumers as part of D'Artagnan's growing e-commerce business.
"We are excited to welcome Ariane [Daguin] and her talented team to our platform as the preferred supplier to top restaurants and retailers in the US," said Sean J. O'Scannlain, president and chief executive officer of Fortune International. "In joining together, we combine Fortune's strength in fresh seafood with D'Artagnan's in free-range meat, offering customers their protein needs across virtually any market. We also look forward to building upon D'Artagnan's successful direct-to-consumer e-commerce services. Ariane and her team have created a spectacular business and a best-in-class brand in our industry, and we are honored she has elected to join our growing Fortune family."
D'Artagnan was founded in 1985 and focused on distributing organic, antibiotic and hormone-free meats years before “clean-label” and farm-to-table offerings were on trend. Based in Union, NJ, the company has approximately 260 employees and over 80 trucks working from five primary operations located in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas.
“I am excited to partner with and join Fortune, which is a company as committed to its customers and uncompromising service as we have always been,” said Ariane Daguin, founder, owner, and CEO of D'Artagnan. “We have come a long way from our humble beginnings, 38 years ago. I am extremely excited for D'Artagnan's future and want to thank our customers and vendors for their support through all these years.”
Daguin will remain D'Artagnan as the company will continue operating as a Fortune Fish & Gourmet subsidiary.
This is Fortune's 13th transaction since starting its acquisition strategy 10 years ago. It recently purchased Green Bay, Wis.-based Meat Processors Inc. (MPI) in September 2021.