Carbery Group expands more into US with new buy
A West Cork company is expanding as it recently added a US company to its stable.
Carbery Group, the ingredients, flavours, and award-winning cheese producer, has acquired the savoury flavour and ingredient supplier Innova Flavors from Griffith Foods Worldwide.
The new company will be an addition to Synergy, Carbery’s international flavours business. Acquiring Innova brings a new range of savoury solutions to customers who partner with Synergy on the creation and growth of their product portfolios. Known in the US for their sweet flavours, extracts and essences, this strategic purchase expands the savoury capabilities of Synergy US and complements Synergy’s offerings worldwide.
“Our primary purpose is to add value for our farmer shareholders,” commented TJ Sullivan, Chairman of Carbery Group. “Through a series of acquisitions in the UK, the USA, Europe, South America and Asia, we have successfully built Synergy, our international flavours business. This new acquisition brings new opportunities with customers and markets that will strengthen the returns across our whole business.”
The company also opened their expanded cheese facility towards the end of 2020, and diversified into producing mozzarella for international markets.
Jason Hawkins, CEO of Carbery Group, commented: “Our business was resilient throughout Covid-19, Brexit and the challenges of the last few years. Stability is important for us, but we also need to consider strategic opportunities for us to grow, to strengthen our offerings for our customers and maximize what we can deliver for our shareholders. Acquiring Innova Flavors will enhance our business in the US, but also in Asia and Central and South America. The deal will bring opportunities right across our platforms of dairy, taste and nutrition.”
Innova supplies customised savoury flavours and ingredients to customers around the world. Their manufacturing facilities are based in the Chicago area, as is the HQ of Synergy US.
“This acquisition offers significant benefits to Synergy customers by providing them access to a proven range of flavours to meet the growing demand for natural flavourings and savoury ingredients, and these products complement Synergy’s current offerings,” commented Rod Sowders, President and CEO of Synergy Flavors Americas.
“In addition, our global footprint and history of investment in acquisitions will allow Innova customers to benefit from the deep flavour expertise and global reach of our organisation.”
Carbery Group is headquartered in Ballineen and is owned by four Irish dairy co-operatives and employs almost 800 people. Carbery operates from ten locations including Ireland, the UK, the USA, Brazil, Italy, Indonesia and Thailand.