In a public statement, The OSI Group indicated its majority stake acquisition of the Netherlands food processing firm, Baho Food. Baho Food, a leading manufacturer, and processor of convenience foods, delicatessen meats, cheese, and snacks, distributes products throughout nearly 20 European countries. The merger needs European regulatory approval.
With 60 years experience, Baho Foods maintains manufacturing and processing facilities in Germany and the Netherlands. These subsidiaries come under the banner of Q Smart Life, Bakx Foods, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, and Gelderland Frischwaren.
OSI Group President and Chief Operating Officer David G. McDonald, commenting on the acquisition of Baho Foods, “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe,” the company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”
With the merger, Baho Food Managing Director, John Balvers and his staff will collaborate with OSI Group management to ensure a smooth transition and develop a long-term growth plan for both organizations.“I am excited about becoming part of the larger OSI Group,” OSI has outstanding relationships with both its customers and suppliers. Baho Food, as part of the OSI Group, will be well positioned to leverage on the experience and capabilities of OSI. With our combined strengths we will be even better able to support our customers in realizing their strategy and offer them a broader product portfolio. ”
Adding to its portfolio of food processing and manufacturing acquisitions, The OSI Group announced its purchase of the Tyson Foods, Inc. food processing plant in Chicago, Illinois. With the acquisition, the former Tyson plant becomes the second facility for The OSI Group in Chicago, allowing the firm to expand its capacity. .
OSI Group Senior Executive Vice President Kevin Scott commented, “This facility enhances our capabilities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers, we are excited to have this facility as part of the broader OSI Group manufacturing network.” He believes the expanded capacity will allow The OSI Group to better serve the needs of its customers throughout the United States.