French prepared salads group Florette has acquired UK counterpart, Salads To Go, for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase takes the number of Florette’s production sites in Europe to ten.

Set up in 2000, Salads To Go operates from a 50,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art, processing plant in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, equipped with eight production lines. It has an annual turnover of around GBP33.3m (US$50.8m).

The company’s directors, Julie Bolton and Stephen Rogers, are to continue at the helm.

“Florette already has a UK subsidiary, Soleco Ltd., based in Lichfield, Staffordshire and the acquisition of Salads To Go strengthens its position in the UK which is a very strong growth market,” a spokesperson for Florette told just-food today.

In 2007, Salads To Go invested GBP1m in technology for drying salad leaves. Last year, it diversified, acquiring a prepared fruit business.

Florette is part of the Normandy-based Agrial co-operative group, which generates an annual turnover of close to EUR1.9bn.

Agrial’s brands also include Elle-et-Vire dairy products, Coeur de Lion cheeses and Valtero meats.