The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a Melville, NY-based leader in the natural and organic food industry, has acquired the Linda McCartney brand of frozen meat-free meals from the H.J. Heinz Co. The late wife of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was a committed vegetarian, and her frozen entrees and pizzas, while not currently certified organic, contain no genetically modified organisms, hydrogenated oils, animal enzymes or rennets.

“We now have the premier meat-free brand, which will further support our expansion of natural and organic products,” says Hain Celestial President and CEO Irwin D. Simon. “Acquiring the Linda McCartney range of vegetarian products reinforces our commitment to growing in this marketplace. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the McCartney family in expanding the Linda McCartney frozen meat-free business in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, as well as throughout North America.”

The McCartney family has issued the following statement: “We are delighted to be joining together with Hain Celestial, a leading light in organic, natural products, to produce an even better range of foods than we have ever made before. We believe that the visions of both our companies fit perfectly with our desire to encourage more and more people to eat pure, vegetarian food. It was this desire that motivated Linda when she started Linda McCartney Foods originally, and we hope to continue her good work and, in doing so, her legacy.”

Entrees in the line include Butternut Squash Ravioli, Cheese Enchiladas with Mexican Style Corn Risotto, Southwestern Style Rice & Beans, Mushroom & Spinach Pizza, and Portobello Mushroom Barley Pilau. If you cannot find them in your local natural and organic food store, you may order them through Amazon.com by clicking here.