German dairy giant Müller is weighing up options for the salad division of its subsidiary Homann.

Müller said it is considering bringing in a strategic investment partner for the unit but will also consider selling the operation.

Dissen-based Homann, which can trace its roots back to 1876, produces what Müller describes as delicatessen lines such as remoulades, spreads, dressings and sauces under brands such as Nadler and Hamker. The company employs around 2,800 people – around 1,000 of whom work in its salads division.

Müller has been restructuring Homann for more than a year. Last March, it announced it was closing a herring facility in the German town of Sassnitz and moving production to Poland as it was not economically viable.

Now the supervisory board of the dairy giant has decided to take action to either boost Homann’s salad arm through an injection of investment capital or to divest it.

In a statement sent to just-food, a Müller spokesperson said: “For some time we have been intensively dealing with the question of how we can design the salad category in such a way that it can sustainably contribute positively to the results of the Homann Group and thus also to the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller.

“The supervisory board of the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller has now decided to explore the possibilities of a strategic partnership and, alternatively, a sale of the salad category. The goal is the successful further development of the Homann salad category.”

Homann became a subsidiary of Müller after the dairy company formed the HK Food Group with local entrepreneur Heiner Kamps in 2007.