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Kavli, which has a factory in Gateshead, acquires St Helen's Farm Limited
THE food company behind the Primula cheese brand has bought a goat's milk business as it looks to continue its expansion.
Kavli, which employs about 100 people at its factory in Gateshead, has acquired St Helen's Farm Limited.
The dairy, based in the Vale of York, has about 40 workers, and produces goats' milk, cheese, cream, butter, yoghurts and ice cream for UK supermarkets.
The Norwegian-owned Kavli Group says the deal will increase its presence in the UK dairy market and lift its UK turnover to more than £40m.
Paul Lewney, Kavli UK managing director, said: “We are a good business fit in terms of customers and markets and we are committed to building on the previous successes to grow the business.”
Kavli, which also has a plant in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, makes a range of Primula cheese spreads and snacks and chilled pâté for the Castle MacLellan brand, and was advised on the deal by Newcastle-based KPMG.
Chris Stott, KPMG partner, said: “St Helen’s operates in a growing niche part of the dairy industry and the brand stands to receive a boost as part of the Kavli Group, which can help support growth through its relationships with retailers and customers.”
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