Company Press Release
Online grocers Door to Door Organics and Relay Foods today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will deliver an unparalleled online grocery experience to consumers. The combined company – which plans to operate under a new brand to be disclosed later this year – will leverage each entity’s innovative spirit, uncompromising customer service and operational and technological excellence to serve consumers in 63 markets across 18 states and Washington, D.C. In connection with the merger, the companies also announced the closing of an additional $10 million in equity financing provided by The Arlon Group and existing Relay stockholders.
The merger brings together two of the most innovative players in the online grocery space to create a single, industry-leading company with broad reach, market-leading technology and uncompromised customer experience. Further, each company has attained B Corp certification by meeting high standards for social, environmental and corporate responsibility.
Founded in 2009 by CEO Zach Buckner, Relay Foods helps customers in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and North Carolina make healthier food choices that also support their local communities and the environment. By providing a simple, online ordering system and convenient delivery or pickup options, Relay Foods makes shopping for healthy and sustainable groceries easy for busy families.
“I’ve long been impressed with the success of Relay Foods and their ability to intertwine smart growth and best-in-class technology with an unwavering commitment to local food, sustainability and the simplification of meal planning,” said Door to Door Organics CEO Chad Arnold. “Our goal is the same: to inspire, empower and reward consumers to live the healthy, aspirational food lives they envision. By joining forces, we hope to achieve that goal even faster, all while delivering the best online grocery experience possible.”
Since its inception in 1997, Door to Door Organics has made millions of deliveries of fresh, high-quality, organic, natural and local food directly to homes and businesses throughout 16 states in the West, Midwest and East Coast. The company’s personalized, contextual shopping platform offers customers easy ways to plan, shop for and cook healthy meals. Like Relay Foods, Door to Door Organics has more than 200 local farming partners or suppliers.
“Door to Door Organics’ lean, scaled approach has enabled them to set the industry standard for strategic expansion and product curation, and to grow an incredible network of customers, producers, and suppliers,” said Buckner. “The combination of both companies’ logistical expertise, amazing employees and back-end technology – fueled by our shared passion for healthy, fresh, local foods – will no doubt benefit all current and future customers.”
Door to Door Organics and Relay Foods will maintain offices in Louisville and Charlottesville. In addition, Door to Door Organics and Relay Foods will maintain teams in all markets in which they operate today. Both companies will continue to operate as separate, customer-facing businesses until the integration is complete and the new brand is announced later this year.
About Door to Door Organics
Door to Door Organics is an organic, online grocery service empowering its customers with new, easier ways to shop, plan and cook family meals, and to make healthier food choices that also support their local communities and the environment. The company delivers fresh, high-quality, organic, natural and local food directly to homes and offices throughout the West, Midwest and East Coast. For more information, visit www.doortodoororganics.com or find us on Facebook.
About Relay Foods
Relay Foods is an innovative, online grocery company with a mission to bring the best in local produce, sustainable foods and everyday groceries directly to customers. With simple online ordering and convenient delivery or free pick up in neighborhoods around the city, Relay Foods is changing the way people get their groceries, simplifying the process, and raising the standards for local quality. Founded in Charlottesville, Va., in 2009, Relay Foods has quickly grown to serve much of Virginia, the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas, and the Triangle region of North Carolina. www.relayfoods.com
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