Headquartered in Wilton, specialty diet e-commerce website Direct Eats announced May 17 it has acquired the business and brands of Abe’s Market, a competing distributor.

A Direct Eats press release said the merger will position “Direct Eats as the standout leader in the ecommerce space for organic, natural and specialty food products.”

“The combination will not only add a significant number of new products to Direct Eats’ already robust inventory of more than 20,000 natural food and beauty items; it also will open the newer Direct Eats to a wider audience — one that has grown on Abe’s Market since 2009,” the press release said.

David Hack, Weston resident and owner and founder of Direct Eats said, “We’re really excited for this acquisition. The Direct Eats team is prepared to welcome the Abe’s customers to the site, and we know they’ll be extremely excited with our unmatched value proposition of best food, best prices, best selection, and always free shipping with no membership fee.”