FruitSmart Inc., Grandview, Wash., announced the integration of Carolina Innovative Foods Ingredients (CIFI). Based out of Nashville, N.C., CIFI will operate as an affiliate of the FruitSmart food ingredient platform. According to FruitSmart, the strategic growth move is designed to support its ongoing commitment to its global and domestic partners, including increasing its overall service and product lines in response to an ever-evolving food and beverage industry.

FruitSmart said CIFI began the integration phase in March of this year. The companies together provide an even larger portfolio of high-quality fruit and vegetable ingredients. Furthermore, having a bicoastal processing presence provides current and future customers with supply options with the same quality and service.