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Meat co-op Danish Crown has acquired Sweden-based charcuterie firm Ingemar Johansson as part of plans to expand along the supply chain.

Already approved by Sweden’s competition watchdog, the deal, struck for an undisclosed sum, fits what Danish Crown calls its 4WD growth strategy, where the cooperative wants to add to its “strong position within slaughtering pigs and cattle with new activities within processing and breeding”.

Ingemar Johansson, based just north of the Swedish city of Gothenburg, was founded in the 1950s and produces traditional Swedish charcuterie, alongside sausage and chorizo products.

Danish Crown's Swedish arm, KLS Ugglarps, slaughters pigs, cattle and lamb and processes the animals into a range of products, including charcuterie. It has two charcuterie manufacturing facilities, located in Billesholm and Malmö.

"KLS Ugglarps is developing very sensibly and today appears as the market leader in the Swedish market. Over the years, we have acquired several smaller companies in Sweden within processing and successfully integrated them into the existing set up," Danish Crown group CEO Jais Valeur said. "Our Swedish organisation has both the capabilities and the resources to continue on that path, so there is absolute perspective in the acquisition of Ingemar Johansson."

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