Vibrant Foods acquires Fudco

On 8th April, our client Vibrant Foods announced the acquisition of Fudco, a leading UK premium nuts and spices business. Fudco, founded in 1979, began with a single retail store on Ealing Road, Wembley, serving quality foods to the community, and has since become the UK’s leading premium Asian foods brand; the portfolio comprises nuts, spices, dried fruits, pulses, speciality …

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Vibrant Foods acquires Everest Dairies

On 11th March, our client Vibrant Foods announced the acquisition of Everest Dairies, the UK’s largest paneer manufacturer. Everest Dairies, based at its manufacturing facility in Leicester, was founded by Haroon Shaikh and Inayat Fatiwala in 1997. Everest is the leading UK brand in its categories, with its high-quality paneer cheese (a fresh, non-aged, non-melting soft cheese commonly used in …

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Sale of Sco-Fro to Nishimoto Wismettac

On 22nd February, Nishimoto Co., Ltd (“Nishimoto”), via its subsidiary Wismettac Harro Foods Ltd (“Harro Foods”), announced the acquisition of our client, Interlock Investments Ltd and its trading subsidiary Sco-Fro Group Ltd (“Sco-Fro”). Sco-Fro is UK’s largest importer of own label noodles, frozen surimi and sushi, supplying predominantly the major retailers in UK. The company was established in 1975 by …

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Partnership agreement between Unilever and Aviko Rixona for development of manufacturing facility in Stavenhagen, Germany

On 25th September 2020, our client, Unilever, announced it is seeking a strategic partnership for the development of its manufacturing facility in Stavenhagen, Germany with Aviko Rixona, the leading producer of dehydrated potato granules and potato flakes, a subsidiary of Royal Cosun, an international agro-industrial cooperative dedicated to the manufacturing of plant-based solutions for food, feed and non-food applications and …

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William Jackson sells The Food Doctor to Euro Food Brands

On 14th July 2020, our client, William Jackson Food Group, completed the sale of The Food Doctor brand to Euro Food Brands. Terms were not disclosed. The Food Doctor was founded by nutritionists in 1999 to produce nutritionally balanced, healthy and wholesome foods. The product range includes healthy bakery products such as pitta bread and wraps as well as healthy …

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Partnership agreement between Unilever and Menz & Gasser for development of manufacturing facility in Sanguinetto, Italy

On 26th November 2019, our client, Unilever, announced it has reached a partnership agreement for the development of its manufacturing facility in Sanguinetto, Italy with Menz & Gasser, the Italian manufacturer of jams and semi-processed products. The agreement involves the acquisition by Menz & Gasser of the production plant and the expansion of production through a long-term supply contract guaranteed …

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Sale of Matthew Walker to Valeo Foods Group

On 10th October, our client 2 Sisters Food Group reached an agreement for the sale of its Matthew Walker Christmas puddings business to Valeo Foods Group, an Irish producer of branded grocery products backed by CapVest. Based at Heanor, Derbyshire, Matthew Walker is the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker with 120 years’ heritage. The business’s highly experienced team, unique capabilities …

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Sale of Chicken Tonight to Zwanenberg

On 16th September 2019 our client, Unilever, announced the sale of the Chicken Tonight brand to the Zwanenberg Food Group. Debora van der Zee, Marketing Director Unilever, said “Chicken Tonight is a recognisable and well-loved brand that has been a fixture in Dutch supermarkets for decades. Zwanenberg has been producing the product since 2017 and given the widening of their …

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Sale of Freshtime to Greencore

On 3rd September 2019, Greencore Group plc (“Greencore”) announced the acquisition of our client, Freshtime UK Limited (“Freshtime”), from John Richmond. Freshtime is a well-established supplier of food to go salads, chilled snacks and prepared produce in the UK. Its products are distributed primarily in the grocery and convenience channels and the business operates from a single facility in Boston, …

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Burton’s Biscuit Co. acquires Paterson Arran

On 2nd September, our client Burton’s Biscuit Co. announced the acquisition of Paterson Arran, one of Scotland’s leading independent food companies. Headquartered in Livingston, West Lothian, Paterson Arran produces the award-winning range of Paterson’s shortbread, along with leading foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods. The business employs around 200 people and operates two production …

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