One of France's leading pork processing groups, co-operative Cooperl Arc Atlantic, has acquired  Brittany counterpart Unicopa's charcuterie arm, Brocéliande, after talks lasting five months.
 
Cooperl Arc Atlantic has until now being a relatively modest player in salted meats with an annual output of 23,000 tonnes.

However, with the addition of Brocéliande's four manufacturing plants, Cooperl Arc Atlantic will generate a EUR300m turnover in this segment and becomes the leading supplier on the French market of retailers' own brands.

The Brocéliande plants employ 1,160 staff and turn out 53,000 tonnes of product each year.
 
Cooperl Arc Atlantic, formed out of the 2008 merger of co-operatives, Cooperl and Arca, now has a turnover approaching EUR2bn and employs 4,500 staff.

It proceses just over 6m pigs annually supplied by 2,200 associate breeders.

Commenting on the deal, Cooperl Arc Atlantic's president Guy Dartois said: "The purchase of Brocéliande completes our range of activities, ham being the missing link."