Glendale Foods Group has reported a 40% year-on-year increase in sales and is planning further acquisitions - a year after it was formed out of the merger between Glendale Frozen Foods and sausage manufacturer Supreme Foods.

The Salford-based group said that synergies between the different operations, the concentration of production on to one site, increased buying strength and expansion into new retail and foodservice markets had driven growth.

A company statement said that acquisitions "form a large part of current plans for growth" and that it would be "actively seeking partnership opportunities and inviting discussions if there are potential acquisition deals to be negotiated". The acquisition of some Medway Foods’ production assets in June had enabled it to add dumplings and baked cobblers to its range of food products.

Chairman John Mortimer said: "Like every other food manufacturer, we find that escalating prices have impacted considerably on production, storage and distribution costs. Across the industry it’s clear that consolidation and further acquisitions are going to take place, if food suppliers are to survive."

He said the company was "open to discussions with industry producers, as part of the strategy to continue growing our business".

Glendale has recently developed the Great British Pudding Company into a retail brand, with new single-portion consumer packaging and it is now on the shelves of supermarkets, including Tesco, Netto and Booths. Meanwhile, its Concepts food development service has allowed the firm to diversify into catering dishes and cooked meal components, supplying pub and restaurant chains and con- venience meal producers.


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