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Greencore Extends Offering With £56 Million Acquisition

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Greencore Extends Offering With £56 Million Acquisition

Greencore Extends Offering With £56 Million Acquisition
September 05
10:46 2019

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience foods in the UK, has completed the acquisition of Freshtime UK for an enterprise value of £56.0 million. 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, Lincolnshire. In the 12 months ended December 20181, Freshtime generated revenues of £66.0 million and profit before tax of £5.6m. Gross assets at 31 December 2018 were £22.0 million.

The acquired business will extend Greencore’s presence in food to go salads and chilled snacking and Freshtime’s strong customer base is highly complementary to the Group’s existing portfolio. Freshtime’s production facility is well invested, with an established local supply chain and capacity for future growth. The Group already distributes a large proportion of Freshtime’s products through its Direct to Store network, reflected as revenue from the distribution of third party products.

Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore, comments: “Freshtime is an excellent strategic fit for Greencore. It is a business and a customer set that we know very well and it provides us with an exciting opportunity to enhance our product offering, add further capacity to our manufacturing network, and help drive growth and value for shareholders. We look forward very much to welcoming the Freshtime team to Greencore.”

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