Hilton Food Solutions acquires minority stake in UK sausage brand to expand product portfolio 

UK – Hilton Food Solutions, a subsidiary of UK-listed food packaging business Hilton Food Group, has acquired a 25% stake in Alf Turner Sausage Company to expand its offering to customers across the world. 

Hilton Food Solutions specialises in exports and global imports to the EU and UK and exports to Australasia. 

The company also supplies food products to foodservice, retail, manufacturing, wholesale, and e-commerce customers.  

Founded in 2010 by Paul Turner, Alf Turner operates out of three licensed manufacturers: Addo Food Group in Nottingham, Black Country Snacks in Walsall, and Leonards Ingredients in Uckfield.  

Having launched products across multiple categories in retail and wholesale, Alf Turner plans to diversify into different channels while continuing to expand its portfolio.  

Hilton Food Solutions says the 25% shareholding purchase would improve its access to the direct-to-consumer channel and ensure it was the partner of choice for customers across the world.  

Hilton Food Solutions managing director, Peter Hounsome noted that the new investment is all about diversifying across different channels as well as the products we can offer consumers.  

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“This is another step towards our goal of being the partner of choice for customers across the UK and on a global scale.” 

Hilton Food Solutions is a member of the Hilton Food Group group of companies and has access to ten European processing sites and three Asia Pacific sites.  

It recorded an operating profit of just over £2m on turnover of £71.6m in the 53 weeks ending 2 January 2021. 

McCormick UK expands Peterborough factory’s storage capacity 

Meanwhile, herbs and spices supplier McCormick UK has invested millions in dry powder silos and liquid tanks for ingredients storage at its new Peterborough food factory. 

The investment undertaken in partnership with European Process Plant (EPP) involved the installation of Shick Esteve silos for storage of ingredients such as starches, sugar and salt. 

Weather-resistant Shick Esteve outdoor silos are made in-house from weather-resistant aluminum alloy designed to be maintenance-free and to not deteriorate over time. 

A further series of stainless steel liquid tanks have also been incorporated to store liquid additions before processing.  

In addition to the storage system, EPP installed a bespoke Shick Esteve solution to deliver stored ingredients to the process kitchens, where the product is made.  

EPP also installed a minor ingredients system to transport additional ingredients when required. 

Once fully operations, the site is expected to employ approximately 300 people and it is on track to become McCormick’s first Net Zero Carbon Building. 

Headquartered in Baltimore in the US, McCormick & Company Inc. claims to be the largest spice company in the world. 

The organisation’s household flavour brands include Schwartz, Frank’s RedHot and French’s.  

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