Thursday 23 October 2014 8:22 pm

Cranswick gobbles up Yorkshire cooked poultry product firm

Joseph Millis is Deputy Night Editor at City A.M.

Joseph Millis is Deputy Night Editor at City A.M.

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YORKSHIRE-based food-maker Cranswick yesterday announced the acquisition of premium cooked poultry producer Benson Park. In a statement, Cranswick, a major pork producer, said: “This strategic acquisition moves Cranswick into a new protein sector broadening both the group’s prod­uct range and its customer base.” Hull-based Benson Park employs 90 people and in the year to 31 August saw revenues grew strongly to £41.1 million. It supplies ingredients to customers who operate in the “food to go” sector of the retail multi-channel, conven­ience and food service markets. The transaction will be funded from Cranswick’s existing debt facilities and is expected to be “modestly earnings enhancing” in the current financial year. Adam Couch, the chief executive of Cranswick, which is also based in Hull, said: “A key component of the group’s long term growth strategy is to develop new product channels in its core UK market both in pork and other proteins.”