UK soup and pie manufacturer Baxters Food Group has acquired Truitt Bros, a US-based contract manufacturer of shelf-stable, thermally processed foods.
Edinburgh-based Baxters, which also manufactures sauces, chutneys and preserves, said the deal – struck for an undisclosed sum – is part of its US growth strategy.
Truitt started out as a canning business but now preserves meals in pouches using thermal processing and retort equipment. It produces more than 400 varieties of shelf-stable meals.
It operates from sites at Salem, Oregon, its HQ, and East Bernstadt, Kentucky, and has more than 500 employees. It sells its products to companies ranging from start-ups to the world’s largest brands.
Audrey Baxter, executive chairman and group CEO of Baxters Food Group, said: “Truitt Bros is an industry innovator, providing high quality customised products to a wide variety of food companies across the US.
“The acquisition is a vital part of our US and global growth strategy and offers us the opportunity to capitalise on our existing US business.
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“We will be working closely with the leadership teams at Truitt and Wornick [the US food business Baxters acquired in 2014] to develop an integrated North American business.”