Irish food and ingredients manufacturer Kerry Group has acquired US-based Da Vinci Gourmet and Crystals International for a total of US$62m.

Da Vinci Gourmet manufactures branded flavoured syrups, confectionery sauces and tea concentrates.

Crystals International is a leading specialist manufacturer of natural fruit and vegetable flavours for the drinks, confectionery and dairy sectors.

Kerry MD Hugh Friel said: “The acquisition of Da Vinci Gourmet consolidates Kerry’s leadership position in the gourmet coffee segment, complementing the Stearns and Lehman businesses acquired in 2002.”

Kriel added that combining Crystals with Mastertaste strengthened the flavour division’s position in beverage flavours.