Date: 19th October 2017
Fuchs Group acquires UK’s Bart Ingredients
Fuchs Group, Germany’s largest spice producer, has acquired 100% of the shares of Bart Ingredients, the second largest branded herbs and spices company in the United Kingdom, from the private equity firm Langholm Capital LLP, with effect from 19 October 2017 for an undisclosed sum.
Under Langholm ownership the business has been transformed significantly with an award winning brand position, bespoke customer relationships together with enhanced and leading processes.
The United Kingdom is the third largest market for herbs and spices in Europe. By acquiring Bart Ingredients, the Fuchs Group continues their international growth strategy and significantly enhances their market position in the UK.
Over many years, Bart have played a leading role in the development of the UK market including introducing organic and Fairtrade products and most recently the acquisition of OTP Foods allowing development of wet ingredients.
Bart Ingredients stands for the highest quality and offers premium branded as well as private label products for the UK retail market. In the last fiscal year, the company generated a total revenue of £25m and employs more than 180 people.
“The acquisition of Bart Ingredients complements our existing portfolio of businesses and secures more market coverage in line with our growth strategy. In our discussions with Bart it is clear that the philosophies and people of both companies are well matched.” commented Nils Meyer-Pries, CEO of the Fuchs Group.
“We are delighted to be joining the Fuchs family. We have admired their leadership in our industry and believe that our strategies are totally aligned. We look forward to developing our business as part of The Fuchs Group” says David Collard, CEO of Bart Ingredients.
The Bart Ingredients Company was founded in 1963 by Reg and Jo Bartlam. The Bristol-based company
specialises in the production of Cooks’ Ingredients, including herbs, spices, seasonings, home baking, sauces and pastes, offering over 500 products to consumers. Over the past years, Bart Ingredients has consistently strengthened their position in the market and is, with a revenue of over £25m, the second largest branded herbs and spices producer in the UK. In 2013 Bart brand was relaunched with the award winning innovative “spoonkler” and is the premium brand in the market.
The Fuchs Group The Fuchs Group, whose headquarters are in Lower Saxon Dissen, is the largest German herbs and spices producer and largest privately held herbs and spices company worldwide. Founded in 1952 by Dieter Fuchs, the Fuchs Group offers grocery retailers, food service players and the food industry a wide range of over 7,000 products including spices, delicacies and innovative food technology. The range includes brands such as Fuchs, Ostmann, Ubena, Bamboo Garden and Kattus. 2.800 employees in eight countries on four continents work hard to ensure the highest quality from the raw goods to the finished product.