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December 2, 2021updated 07 Dec 2021 11:39am

Ireland’s O’Brien Fine Foods acquires UK peer Bearfields of London

Bearfields is an established ham producer employing more than 100 people at its base in East London.

O’Brien Fine Foods, an Ireland-based producer of cooked meats, has acquired UK peer Bearfields of London for an undisclosed sum.

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Dublin-headquartered O’Brien is behind brands including the Brady Family, Homebird, and Green Farm. The company also supplies retailers such as Tesco, Lidl and Dunnes on an own-label basis. It employs more than 500 people in facilities in Timahoe, County Kildare, Rathowen, County Westmeath and Rathcairn, County Meath.

Bearfields of London is a family-run business which can trace its roots back to 1906. It is an established ham producer employing more than 100 people at its base in East London.

It counts discount retailer Lidl and club store Costco amongst its customers, as well as pub and café groups, catering businesses and independent retailers, supplying both branded and own-label raw and cooked ham.

John O’Brien, managing director of O’Brien Fine Foods, said: “In Bearfields of London, we’ve found a strategic partner and a business of real substance that shares many of our strengths and values.

“This acquisition allows us to enter the UK market with an established and successful business and we look forward to working to develop the brand and offering further through investment in the business and the people.”

Steve Bearfield, managing director of Bearfields of London, said: “The merger means we’re becoming part of a larger business. With the expertise of John and his team, we can capitalise on this scale for our employees, suppliers and customers.”

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