Versant International Inc. (OTCQB: VINTB), a diversified financial holding company focused on investing in environmentally responsible, profitable and growing companies, owns and operates Grocers Direct, which is similar to companies like The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI).

Recently, Grocers Direct announced a new partnership with Hip Chick Farms to broaden its food offerings with chicken meatballs, chicken wings and chicken fingers made in small batches from the best all natural ingredients. The company hopes that this new deal will help enhance its presence in the all natural foods industry.

Versant International Inc. ( OTCQB : VINTB ), a diversified financial holding company focusing on investments in environmentally responsible, profitable and growing companies, is pleased to announce that one of its subsidiaries, Grocers Direct LLC, is now in partnership with Hip Chick Farms.

Well-rooted in family tradition, Hip Chick Farms was started in 2011 by Jen and Serafina Johnson on their family farm in Sebastopol, CA. With over 20 years of culinary experience, Jen is the chef and the creative lead for Hip Chick Farms. Their line of products includes chicken meatballs, chicken wings and chicken fingers, made fresh in small batches then flash frozen to preserve taste and texture. Serafina heads up business operations, and works closely with Sonoma County farmers to create lasting partnerships that support the local economy and ensure only the best ingredients go into Hip Chick Farms products.

Glen Carnes, CEO of Versant International, stated, “Grocers Direct is proud to work with Hip Chick Farms, a company deeply committed to creating products that contain only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Their products and philosophy are a perfect fit for our growing portfolio of superior natural products; we look forward to further growing and developing their brand in the natural marketplace.”.


Versant International Inc. (otcqb:VINTB), a diversified financial holding company focusing on investments in environmentally responsible, profitable and growing companies, announced today that one of its subsidiaries, Grocers Direct LLC., has a new partnership with Whale Tails Tortilla Chips.

In 2006 Ric and Terry Kraszewski started Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, a premium brand of organic tortilla chips that are shaped like a whale’s tail, an idea grown from their Southern California roots and their deep connection to the ocean. This kosher product is made from Non-GMO corn, and is gluten-free, low in sodium with zero trans fat and no preservatives. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, which come in three unique flavors, and two convenient sizes, works closely with the Wyland Foundation, the creator of the unique artwork for its bags. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips donates 10% of its profits to this charitable organization, which helps children and families around the nation rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The bags used in packaging Whale Tails chips are also completely degradable, regardless of how they are disposed.

Glen Carnes, CEO of Versant International, stated, “Whale Tails Tortilla Chips is a perfect fit for the Grocers Direct portfolio, which has a specific focus on those companies that adhere to the highest standards of quality, as well as economic and environmental responsibility.”

In recent years, U.S. retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages have far outpaced that of conventional groceries. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, the natural and organic food market is expected to reach nearly $80 billion by 2015, with demand for gluten-free products projected to grow at a 25% CAGR through 2015.


IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012  /PRNewswire/ — Versant International Inc. (otc VINTB) has completed its newest acquisition with Grocers Direct, LLC. This is Versant’s second acquisition this summer, to add to its growing portfolio of fiscally solvent and growing companies. Grocers Direct, LLC., A Newport Beach based food brokerage and distribution firm, concentrates on emerging brands in the natural and organic foods arena.

Grocers Direct brings with them valuable partnerships, creative marketing and industry relationships, opening the door for Versant’s International clients like Mamma’s Best Foods, who have already been green-lit for 200 new specialty grocery stores in the Pacific West Region, including Clark’s Nutrition and Natural Foods Markets, Mother’s Market & Kitchen, Gelson’s Markets, Sprouts Markets and Whole Foods.

Leading the charge will be Grocers Direct’s new Director of Retail Sales, Amy Roczey . Roczey brings an extensive background in advertising and project management, with experience in the management of large accounts including Albertsons, part of SUPERVALU INC. as well as maintenance of media schedules for clients like Trader Joe’s and Jenny Craig.
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