Snacks manufacturer KNPC Holdco (Kar’s Nuts) has completed a merger with confectionary producer Morley Candy Makers (Sanders).

The merger is expected to create a platform which will offer a wide range of premium trail mix, nuts and confectionary products across three brands.

Sanders CEO Brian Jefferson said: “As we explored strategic opportunities for Sanders, it was critical to identify a partner who truly understood and valued our brand and our employees.

“We are extremely excited about this merger as we feel confident that it will preserve cherished Sanders products, bring a new level of creativity to our offerings that are sure to delight customers and continue to take care of our employees.”

“It was critical to identify a partner who truly understood and valued our brand and our employees.”

The merger will also enable Sanders to distribute its products nationally, as well as offer Kar’s Nuts additional production and product innovation capabilities.

Sanders noted that it will operate as its own division within the combined company, and the workforces of both companies will be retained.

Kar’s Nuts president Nick Nicolay said: “Sanders is a successful company with a legacy of customer loyalty and quality products. As we consistently evaluate growth opportunities, this merger is ideal for Kar’s Nuts as we expand our reach in the snacking industry.

“We look forward to the Sanders family joining the Kar’s Nuts family and continuing to offer products that consumers across the country appreciate and enjoy.”