France-based chilled food group Stalaven has acquired a 33% stake in Les 3 Gourmands, maker of ultra-fresh salad products and chilled starters.

With four French facilities and a Polish manufacturing site, family-run Stalaven is on-target for sales of EUR210m (US$297m) this year.

The stake in the smaller family business Les 3 Gourmands offers Stalaven access to a more centralised location, to the east of Orleans, while complementing its existing products with an extensive range of premium starters.

With 85% of its sales in multiple retailers the Herrmann family, which owns Les 3 Gourmands, will benefit from Stalaven's presence in smaller, specialist outlets.