Henderson Foodservice add brand to its ranks

Foodservice wholesale “delighted” with BD Foods acquisition

Henderson Foodservice has announced that its much-anticipated acquisition of BD Foods has been completed.

The Henderson Group, which is based in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, has agreed that its newest member will continue to operate as a standalone business – retaining its corporate name and identity.

Established in 1993 by the Bowe family and located in Glaslough, Monaghan, BD Foods (Barbarrie Duckling Limited) supplies a wide range of fresh, frozen and dry goods to the premium foodservice sector throughout the island of Ireland.

Damien Barrett, Managing Director of Henderson Foodservice, said his team was delighted to welcome the staff and management, saying that both companies had excellent synergy and a similar approach to business, employee relations and customer service.

Barrett said: “The acquisition is an exciting time for us as a business. BD Foods is a terrific company with a strong reputation and, like the Henderson Group, is a family run business with a positive work ethos and is a significant employer in its locality.

“Our purchase of BD Foods will strengthen our product portfolio at Henderson Foodservice specifically in the hotel and high-end restaurant business. It also presents substantial opportunities for us to increase our customer base across the island of Ireland.”

The acquisition is in line with Henderson Foodservice’s future strategy and expansion which includes a £25 million investment in new facilities, staff and business development.

Ron Whitten, Chief Financial Officer added: “This exciting acquisition is a key milestone in the investment strategy for the Henderson Group that will help drive growth in new markets. We look forward to investing in the business to create product and distribution synergies that will complement both companies.”

BD Foods Managing Director Paul Bowe said: “Going forward this is an excellent move for our staff and management team and will enable the company to progress and expand more quickly and efficiently which will ultimately benefit both staff and customers.

“Many of our customers started out with us over 20 years ago and are still trading with BD Foods. As part of Henderson Group we believe we can further grow those relationships and better service our customers both new and established.”

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