The company said that the proposed acquisition covers the installation in Bleskensgraaf, including the production lines, land, buildings, machinery and recipes. The staff of about 50 will be transferred to DeltaMilk.
Teunis Sterk, chairman of DeltaMilk, said: “We’re pleased with this agreement in principle with FrieslandCampina. The acquisition will soon provide us with a modern production plant operated by highly qualified and experienced staff. The acquisition of Bleskensgraaf represents a ‘forward integration’ in the dairy chain, and we want to further develop the plant into a highly professional, customer oriented cheese production outlet that seeks to acquire a distinctive position on the Dutch cheese market.”
Cees ‘t Hart, CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina, said: “The sale of our cheese activities in Bleskensgraaf was a specific condition we had to meet to gain the European Commission’s approval for the merger between Friesland Foods and Campina. However, the sale of the plant to DeltaMilk will provide Bleskensgraaf with a basis for the further development of its activities while allowing FrieslandCampina to satisfy the European Commission’s competition conditions.”
Source: Food Business Review
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