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Synergies for UK frozen food firms

Ardo UK, Ashford, Kent

Ardo UK, Ashford, Kent

Two of the UK’s specialist frozen food suppliers brought together by the merger of Ardo and Dujardin are now being managed by Stephen Waugh, Regional Managing Director – UK & Denmark.

Ardo UK, a leading frozen fruit and vegetable business based in Ashford, Kent, will work closely with Rosemary & Thyme, the country’s main provider of frozen herbs and ingredients, which is based in Eye, Suffolk. The two companies have a combined turnover of £82m.

By working together the two businesses will benefit from fantastic opportunities and Stephen Waugh said: “This is a very positive step for the UK teams as it will allow both Ashford and Eye to work closely together in order to maximise our presence in the market. Each company has been very successful bringing quality products to specific markets. We want to ensure we will identify and implement new product categories and channels within the UK, through exploring the synergies between the two companies.”

The merger is being rolled out in stages, beginning with the Food Ingredients sector, which is headed by Rosemary & Thyme’s Managing Director Paul Farrow.

Paul said: “This is an exciting time for both companies, enabling us to deliver a superior service to all our combined customers as well as bringing added value to our shareholders."

Currently, both companies are running separate IT systems, with this earmarked as the main technological improvement planned for 2015.

Ardo UK Ltd is part of international Belgian Ardo Group, Europe’s largest supplier of frozen fruit and vegetables. It supplies frozen fruit and vegetables to the UK’s leading supermarket chains and to the catering trade. Dujardin’s Rosemary and Thyme is a dedicated provider of frozen herbs and ingredients to the UK Industrial market.

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