Bakkavor ready meals

International food group Bakkavor has built its US ready meals capabilities with the acquisition of North Carolina-based fresh prepared foods manufacturer B. Robert’s Foods.

Bakkavor did not disclose the terms for its purchase of the private label supplier, which employs approximately 240 people.

Agust Gudmundsson, CEO of Bakkavor Group, said: “B. Robert’s is a highly respected company, with a long standing reputation of providing high quality products with market leading innovation for its customers.

“The acquisition reinforces our commitment to seek growth opportunities within the US market and complements our existing operations in California and Pennsylvania.  We are excited to be working with the team in Charlotte on the next stage of the development of our business.”

B. Robert’s has been supplying convenience food to US retailers for over 20 years. The Charlotte-based firm calls its products “chef prepared, restaurant quality meals”, with its products including fresh meals, salads dips and spreads. It also sells directly into the food service industry.

John Gorman, president & CEO of Bakkavor USA, added: “I am delighted that we have found a business that shares our passion for quality and innovation. I look forward to working with our new team in Charlotte and building further on the great business they have created in recent years.”