FrieslandCampina finalizes second acquisition in the USA

The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company, acquires the activities of Best Cheese Corporation USA., importer and vendor of specialty cheeses in the United States. Together with the acquisition of Jana Foods, announced earlier this month, this agreement will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position on the American consumer market.

Headquartered in New York’s Westchester County, Best Cheese Corporation is an importer and vendor of fine quality specialty cheeses including well-known brands as Parrano, Robusto, Melkbus and different Gouda styles made from cow, goat or sheep milk.

Roel van Neerbos, President FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy: “As a part of our transformative strategy, we continue to focus on delivering the best product to serve consumer’s needs. The Americas is a strategic growth market for us. By acquiring Best Cheese and Jana Foods we will be able to grow our cheese business in the region further.”

Willem Jan Rote, former owner Best Cheese says: “The combination of Best Cheese’s USA position as an established specialty cheese vendor and the strength of FrieslandCampina as the leading supplier of Dutch Cheese, will take the success of our brands Parrano, Robusto and Melkbus to the next level.”

Best Cheese will be fully integrated into the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy U.S.A.-business. The former shareholders of Best Cheese, amongst other the Dutch Investment Company Antea, will not continue to be involved with the business. In August, FrieslandCampina announced the acquisition of the activities of Best Cheese Holland, which is now part of FrieslandCampina. Financial details about this transaction will not be disclosed.

Royal FrieslandCampina daily provides millions of consumers spread all over the world with dairy products containing valuable nutrients from milk. With an annual turnover of 12 billion euro, FrieslandCampina is among the largest dairy companies in the world. FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products, such as dairy beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts, in a large number of European, Asian and African countries through its own subsidiaries. Apart from this, dairy products are exported throughout the world from the Netherlands. Products are also supplied to professional buyers, such as cream and butter products to bakeries and catering businesses in Western Europe.

FrieslandCampina sells ingredients and semi-finished products for producers of infant nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector all over the world. FrieslandCampina has locations in 34 countries with a total of 23,675 employees at the end of the year 2017. The products of FrieslandCampina find their ways to over a hundred countries. The company has its central office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The activities of FrieslandCampina have been divided into four global market-oriented business groups, being Consumer Dairy, Specialized Nutrition, Dairy Essentials and Ingredients. The company is fully owned by Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A., which has 12,707 member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium and is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world. For additional information, please visit our website: www.frieslandcampina.com

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