The Wenger Group has acquired Esbenshade Farms feed mill and its Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, properties along with all Esbenshade’s swine operations.
At the same time, Kreider Farms acquired all Esbenshade’s shell egg operations and the related customer base.
The Esbenshade family has been involved in agriculture operations for over 55 years and recently decided to exit most of their operations.
When considering a potential buyer, Glenn Esbenshade said they were looking for similar core values and a passion for supporting agriculture. He said Wenger and Kreider displayed both.
“It is apparent they truly care about farmers and operate with integrity with team members, farmers, customers, and suppliers,” said Ebenshade.
The Wenger Group, Inc. is a Northeast family-owned food, agricultural products, and agricultural services operation headquartered in Pennsylvania.
The company offers animal nutrition and feeds; specialty protein production; processing, and marketing; on-farm protein production services; and grain, fertilizer and ingredient procurement.
Barry Shaw, Wenger’s chairman, said the feed mill together with the sow operations will enable the company to serve its existing customer base in new ways as well as support growth with key players in the Mid-Atlantic pork packing industry.
“We want the Esbenshade team members, producers, customers and suppliers to have a great experience with our operations and will work hard to ensure that occurs,” said Shaw. “We are also glad for the opportunity to incorporate Esbenshade’s assets and legacy in our family-owned business, which is now almost 80 years old.”
Kreider Farms is a family farming business encompassing approximately 3,000 acres and supplies retail and wholesale customers with farm-fresh milk, ice cream, eggs and more.
“We share the same family values and the same dedication to quality and service,” said Ron Kreider, Kreider’s chairman. “We look forward to welcoming Esbenshade employees and egg customers into our family.”