Pilgrim’s Food Masters begins operations after acquisition of Kerry’s Meats and Meals business

Sep 28, 2021 — Pilgrim’s Food Masters began operations following the closing of Pilgrim’s Pride’s acquisition of Kerry Group plc’s Consumer Meats and Meals business, announced earlier this year. Pilgrim’s Food Masters is a manufacturer of refrigerated products offering ready meals solutions.

Its brands include household favorites such as Richmond, Fridge Raiders, Rollover, and Taste & Glory.

The company will continue to produce high quality ready-to-use food solutions from its manufacturing sites in the UK and Ireland.

In June, Kerry Group initially agreed to sell its Consumer Foods’ Meats business in the UK and Ireland to Pilgrim’s Pride for a cash consideration of 819 million euros (US $ 976 million).

At the time, Kerry said the deal should further strengthen Kerry’s focus as a crucial supplier of business-to-business ingredient solutions to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.

According to Kerry, the proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes and further strategic development of the Taste & Nutrition business.

Nick Robinson, CEO of Pilgrim’s Food Masters, will continue to lead the group’s 4,500 team members in the UK and Ireland.

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Under the Pilgrim’s Food Masters banner, the group will continue to innovate and help retailers unlock new opportunities to drive sales through trusted brands and products, the company notes.

Nick Robinson, CEO of Pilgrim’s Food Masters, will continue to lead the group’s 4,500 team members in the UK and Ireland.

Pilgrim’s Food Masters will remain UK based with team members at 11 locations, including facilities in UK and Ireland and an extensive distribution network in both countries.

“We have a strong track record of growth and, as Pilgrim’s Food Masters, we have the foundations of an already very successful business. As one of the UK and Ireland’s leading food companies, we remain committed to the communities and customers we serve, ”says Robinson. “As Pilgrim’s Food Masters, we will maintain our unwavering commitment to quality, service and value, and impact on the environment. “

Pilgrim’s employs approximately 59,200 people and operates protein processing and prepared food facilities in 14 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

Edited by Gaynor Selby

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