American agribusiness and food company Cargill announced Wednesday that it has purchased cake decorations supplier Leman Decoration Group, expanding its offerings of decoration solutions to the bakery sector.
Leman Decoration serves artisanal, small industrial and the home baking segments. Cargill said the firm will become part of its Global Gourmet and Distribution organization and focus on gourmet customers in Europe and other global markets.
“By adding Leman Decoration Group to the Cargill family, we’re able to support our gourmet and industrial customers at every step in their journey – from concept to finished product,” Inge Detmeyere, managing director, Cargill Chocolate Europe, said in a company release. “Our dedicated Gourmet business will be a true one-stop shop for all their chocolate needs, inclusions, decorations, couverture chocolate, and now also, an extensive range of special decorations, all backed by a unique platform for sound customer service, including extensive R&D and printing capabilities, and the combined expertise and resources of two world-class organizations.”
The newly acquired company’s portfolio includes cake decorations, chocolate printings, sugar-based decorations and wafers. Leman Decoration’s customers span across 55 countries. Under the terms of the transaction, Cargill will acquire Leman Decoration’s manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Mauritius and Thailand. 450 workers at the sites will join Cargill.
Cargill purchased Belgian chocolate and sweets decorations maker Smet in 2019. The deal added two manufacturing site’s to the company’s decorations footprint.
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