The Kerry Group is to expand its sweet ingredients and flavours business in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with the proposed acquisition of SuCrest.

The group has entered into an agreement to buy the German firm, which has production and development facilities in Hochheim, Germany and Vitebsk, Belarus, as well as a sales office in Moscow. SuCrest produces sweet ingredients, such as caramel pieces, ’brittle and crunch’ toppings, creams, pastes and glazes, which it supplies to many industries, including bakery.

Kerry said the combination of its existing ingredients portfolio with the SuCrest business would "broaden Kerry’s technology, customer and geographic base in EMEA markets".