Ornua acquires cheese ingredients company

1 Feb 2017

Irish dairy products company Ornua is to acquire F.J. Need, a cheese ingredients company. Established over 40 years ago, the family-run company includes a cheese cutting, grating and slicing facility.

Ornua acquires cheese ingredients company

Irish dairy products company Ornua is to acquire F.J. Need, the Cheshire-based cheese ingredients company. Established over 40 years ago, the family-run cheese company includes a cheese cutting, grating and slicing facility, two cheese brands and a distribution fleet. The company says the acquisition is central to Ornua’s strategy of further strengthening its core businesses in Germany, North America and the UK.

F.J. Need supplies a range of British and Irish cheese ingredients to the foodservice and food manufacturing sectors. Ornua has been a supplier to F.J Need for many years and the acquisition will strengthen this important supply channel, it said. F.J Need’s cheese production facility currently produces 16,000 tonnes per annum. Ornua believes that there is significant potential to expand this capacity to take advantage of the rapidly growing foodservice market for cheese ingredients both in the UK and in international markets. This potential for expansion into new sectors, including leveraging Ornua’s existing export routes to market, is said o be a key benefit identified by Ornua in concluding the transaction.

“This acquisition will be another important milestone in Ornua’s growth as a global supplier of quality dairy products,” said Kevin Lane, CEO of Ornua. “We are buying an excellent family dairy business which allows us to significantly strengthen our presence in the UK ingredients sector. The complementary nature of our customer bases and the potential to further scale the business makes this a strong fit for Ornua. We are looking forward to working with Paul and Tracey Need to grow the business in the coming years.”

The F.J. Need acquisition will be the latest in a series of investments by Ornua, targeting new routes to market for Irish dairy products. The last two years has seen Ornua invest in acquisitions and significant capital expenditure in Africa, China, Germany, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK and the US. It comes soon after the recent acquisition of US powder ingredient business CoreFX.