SOURCE: Versant International

November 27, 2012 08:30 ET

Grocers Direct Forms New Partnership With Hip Chick Farms; Expands Presence Into the Natural Marketplace

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - 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."

About Versant International
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Versant International is a diversified financial investment company that evaluates acquisition and investment opportunities with a focus on businesses of profitable and growing, environmentally responsible, companies. Versant International uses a superior team of financial research experts and in-house environmental responsibility analysis to make recommendations for strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit our website at www.versantinternational.com

About Grocer's Direct
A portfolio company of Versant International, Grocers Direct, LLC. is a Newport Beach, CA based food brokerage and distribution firm. The Company concentrates on emerging brands in the natural and organic foods arena. Grocers Direct brings with them valuable partnerships, creative marketing and deep industry relationships. For more information, please visit our website at www.grocers-direct.com

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