Prepared food supplier Tulip sold in £290m deal

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has announced that it has signed a contract to acquire Tulip Limited, a local prepared foods supplier.

The transaction, unanimously approved by Pilgrim’s Board of Directors and funded with cash on hand, values Tulip Limited at £290 million.

Among its sites across the UK, Tulip owns a factory in Ruskington, which employs 450 people and produces Scotch eggs, cocktail sausages and a range of seasonal products.

Jayson Penn, Pilgrim’s global chief executive officer said: “We are pleased to strengthen our European foods platform with the acquisition of Tulip Limited, which positions Pilgrim’s as a leading global prepared foods player.

“The transaction represents the logical next step in our evolution to expand our geographical footprint, enhance our value-added portfolio and reduce volatility across our business with a more stable margin profile.

“Tulip Limited’s integrated production platform, consumer ready innovation capabilities, well-invested assets, established customer relationships and strong leadership team will solidify Pilgrim’s platform for growth in the attractive UK market.”

“We welcome the talented Tulip Limited team members and management team, led by Andrew Cracknell, to the Pilgrim’s family, and we look forward to working together to drive growth and deliver value for our stakeholder.

Andrew Cracknell, CEO of Tulip Limited added: “Pilgrim’s is acquiring an industry-leading farming operation, a strong team of dedicated people and a network of well-invested manufacturing sites.

“Our companies share a rich heritage in agriculture and food production with aligned values that put people and customers at the heart of all we do. The Tulip Limited leadership team and I look forward to working with our new colleagues to build upon the fantastic progress made within the business and realise our combined growth opportunities as we enter an exciting new phase.”

Tulip Limited is the largest pig producer in the UK, with nearly £1 billion in annual sales and more than 6,000 team members.

Under terms of the agreement, Danish Crown will continue to supply Danish pork to Tulip Limited under a long-term supply agreement, allowing Tulip Limited to continue to provide products from continental European producers to customers and consumers.