Olam Food Ingredients acquires US seasoning business Olde Thompson

The global Olam Food Ingredients (“OFI”) business has confirmed acquisition of US private label spices and seasonings manufacturer Olde Thompson at an enterprise value of $950 million, reports Neill Barston.

According to the Singapore-headquartered company, its latest move for the American specialist business, which includes ranges for snacks and bakery markets, is part of its wider strategy of enhancing its market presence.

The acquisition will also reportedly be transformative for OFI’s spices business, which is  growing part of the company’s overall portfolio across sustainable food and beverage ingredients.

OFI CEO A. Shekhar said: “This transaction builds on our long 15-year partnership with Olde Thompson and is a logical move to combine our ‘back-end’ strengths in global origination and sustainable supply chains, with Olde Thompson’s ‘front-end’ capabilities in providing retail spice solutions to many major US retailers.

“Growing our offerings of private label solutions is right at the heart of OFI’s strategy – and within that spices is one of the most attractive and growing categories, especially in the US.

This will enable us to offer consumers a comprehensive range of bold, authentic, natural taste and flavours with end-to-end traceability.” Established in 1944, Olde Thompson is a leading manufacturer of private label spices, seasonings, baking ingredients and spice-related housewares in the US. It has led and benefited from the increased penetration of private label in the spices and seasonings.

OFI is the new operating group, created after the re-organisation of global food and agri-business Olam International, with revenues of S$12.5 billion and sales volume of 3.8 million metric tonnes in 2020 , as well as the growing demand for healthy, natural, organic, clean-label spices and ethnic, savoury flavours.

With two highly automated bi-coastal facilities in Bayonne, New Jersey and Oxnard, California, Olde Thompson has built a significant formulation, blending, packaging and distribution capacity to serve customers across the US.

It has also built longterm relationships with a diverse group of blue-chip retail customers across the club, mass, grocery, discount and dollar store channels. CEO of Olde Thompson David Sugarman said: “The acquisition of Olde Thompson by OFI is a terrific outcome for all of our key stakeholders.

For our customers, this partnership pushes Olde Thompson to the forefront of sustainable innovation as it provides access to OFI’s extraordinary international sourcing capabilities and spice expertise that will allow us to provide a new level of traceability and transparency to the marketplace.

Our employees will benefit from additional resources and opportunities that will accelerate our growth and their careers even further.”

Greg Estep, CEO of OFI’s spices business said: “Our global origination and sustainable spice supply chain along with Olde Thompson’s expertise in private label is going to be truly complementary and transformative for our spices business.

We can now deliver greater value to our customers by combining Olde Thompson’s reach and capabilities in blending, product formulation and packaging to our seed and field management programmes, ingredient processing capabilities and the differentiated transparency and traceability that our AtSource platform delivers.

“I am very pleased that Olde Thompson’s senior executive leadership will continue at the helm, supported by dedicated teams who are domain experts in the retail space and committed to operational excellence and customer service.”

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