8 October 2018 Virto Group (“Virto”), a leading company in the production and distribution of deep-frozen vegetables, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Oerlemans Foods Group (“Oerlemans”), a privately owned producer and supplier of freshly frozen vegetables and fruit in the Netherlands.
With this acquisition Virto further strengthens its position in the growing international market for freshly frozen vegetables and fruit. Joining forces with Oerlemans provides significant synergies in several areas and allows Virto to meet the increasing customer demand.
Javier Virto, CEO of Virto: “This acquisition of Oerlemans allows us to further improve and reinforce our product range and service offerings to current and potential customers.”
Raoul Vorage, CEO of Oerlemans: “Joining forces with Virto, the industry leader in the field of quality, availability and innovation, is a true recognition of our hard work to find the best solutions for our customers.”
This acquisition will create a global player with 400+ million euros sales and a footprint in the 4 main European harvest areas - Spain, France, Benelux/Germany and Poland. This will secure not only the availability and quality of fresh raw materials, but also scale up the product range in terms of variety, quality and volume.
This operation allows both companies to combine synergies through all the specialist areas within each of the businesses. As a result, Virto will incorporate new products such as fruits, strengthen its organic range and Oerlemans will include a wide range of Mediterranean products into its portfolio which will allow the combined Group to better serve their customer needs.
With a combined 13 Centers of Excellence spread out over four countries, and a commercial presence in 10 countries, the Group will be able to continue to improve and develop new products and concepts. Additionally, the close proximity to the Rotterdam and Gdansk harbours will allow the Group to further improve its logistics capabilities.
About Virto Group
Virto is a leading company and the benchmark in the production and distribution of deep-frozen vegetables for retail, foodservice and industry. Since 1984, it has been producing an extensive range of vegetables, pulses, mixes, rice, pasta, cereals and vegetable-based dishes. It has 10 specialty centers: three in Navarra, two in Murcia, Badajoz, Segovia, La Rioja, Zaragoza, Portugal and has commercial offices in 8 countries. It controls some 40,000 hectares of crops with a turnover of 300 million euros.
About Oerlemans Foods Group
Oerlemans was founded in 1977 and is a producer and supplier of freshly frozen vegetables and fruit. Next to the domestic markets in Northwest Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Oerlemans exports to more than 50 countries worldwide. Oerlemans focuses primarily on the development and production of private labels for the retail channels but also has a strong position in the foodservice channel with the Oerlemans brand. The company has around 700 employees spread over 4 locations and generates around 90 million euros sales. The head office and production in the Netherlands are based in Waalwijk. In Poland Oerlemans operates two production facilities and has an office in Warsaw.
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