French vegetable producer Bonduelle is expanding its North American operations through the acquisition of a frozen foods factory from Canadian retailer Sobeys.

The factory is located in the Canadian province of Alberta and borders the US. It has a capacity to produce 15,000 tonnes of frozen vegetables. The facility is Bonduelle’s eighth production site in Canada. 

The location will enable the group to grow its presence in Canada “and will be the group’s first production tool located in the west of North America, permitting a commercial expansion in this area,” a spokesperson for Bonduelle told just-food.

The deal includes the assets of the factory as well as a long-term, exclusive supply contract with Sobeys “for several product lines”.

The deal is expected to close in November.