Müller Dairy has confirmed that it has acquired Nom Dairy UK Limited, which has a state of the art yogurt production facility in Telford, Shropshire.
The move secures employment at the site and will provide a platform from which Müller Dairy can develop its presence in the UK private label yogurt market, to the benefit of customers and the British dairy industry.
It builds on recent acquisitions in the UK by Müller UK & Ireland Group including the fresh milk processor Robert Wiseman Dairies and a chilled desserts facility at Minsterley, Shropshire. The Group is also building Britain’s largest butter manufacturing facility at Market Drayton, Shropshire, with first production expected in the autumn.
Heiner Kamps, Chief Executive Officer of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller said:
“This acquisition underlines our commitment to growing our presence in the UK, which along with Germany and the US, is a core market for Müller.
“We believe that there are strong opportunities in the UK private label yogurt sector and the Telford facility will help us to realise our plans to provide customers with great products in this important market. “
Ronald Kers, Chief Executive of Müller UK & Ireland Group said:
“We want to be the biggest and best dairy company in the UK and by acquiring this excellent facility we can increase the range of private label yogurt products made with milk from British farms, which in turn can reduce the UK’s dependence on imported dairy products.
“We are ambitious for the future and we very much look forward to working with the team at Telford and our customers to realise the significant potential of this facility.”
Located on a 24 acre site at Donnington Wood, Telford, the Nom Dairy UK facility has a turnover of £43m per annum.
Ends… 04 September, 2013
Notes to Editors
About Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller:
The holding company manages the business of its subsidiaries in the dairy segment from headquarters in Luxembourg.
These subsidiaries have their own strong brands: Müller, Müller Wiseman, Weihenstephan, Sachsenmilch and Käserei Loose. Private labels and basic dairy products, such as butter, UHT milk, lactose powder and whey protein, complete the portfolio. In addition to the milk-processing subsidiaries, the packaging company Optipack, the company’s own logistics firm Culina and Müller Naturfarm, one of the largest fruit-processing companies in Germany, also belong to the group company.
The activities of the HK Food Group, one of the leading convenience food companies in Germany, also come under the umbrella of the group company. The product range includes leading brands in the chilled gourmet salad segment, sauces and fish specialties, such as Homann, Nadler, Livio and other Homann Group brands. The Nordsee fish restaurant branch business is also part of the group.
Under the management of CEO Heiner Kamps, Stefan Müller, Dr. Henrik Bauwens and Dr. Kiyan Nouchirvani, the group companies generate annual revenues of around €4.7 billion and have around 21,000 employees.
About Müller UK & Ireland Group
The Müller UK & Ireland Group is wholly owned by the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller. It has 21 sites nationwide and employs around 6,000 people across 3 businesses; Müller Dairy, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Müller Minsterley.
Müller Dairy is based in Market Drayton and is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, with major brands such as Müller Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice. Müller Wiseman Dairies processes and delivers almost a third of the fresh milk consumed in Britain every day and is famous for its black & white cow-print branding.
The most recent addition to the group is Müller Minsterley, the chilled desserts facility near Shrewsbury at which the Cadbury chilled desserts, including Cadbury Mousse, Trifle and twin-pot products, are made, which Müller sells under an exclusive licence from Cadbury.
The group recently announced a £17m investment to build the UK’s largest butter plant at Market Drayton to be commissioned by Autumn 2013.