The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthy Way of Life™, has announced the acquisition of Churchill Food Products Limited, a manufacturer and distributo r of food-to-go products in the United Kingdom. Located in Nottingham, Churchill's production is expected to complement Hain Celestial's existing Daily Bread™ brand. The Company completed this acquisition as part of its plan to return to profitability in the United Kingdom, which is expected to occur in fiscal year 2011.
"The addition of Churchill's expands our customer base for food-to-go offerings in the United Kingdom," said Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial. "We view this as a strategic acquisition to broaden our customer base and our Daily Bread branded products. Our combined technical and innovation teams will bring us the capability of developing more exciting and healthy food-to-go products."
"I am very excited to be joining the Daily Bread senior management team. I believe that this initiative will enable us to provide a more robust, progressive and innovative business, and I am also proud to be working with the UK's greenest food producer," said Tony Pritchard, Managing Director of Churchill Food Products Limited.
With this acquisition completed, a strategic review of the two businesses will begin with the goal of maximizing synergies. Consultations with employees will take place regarding any proposed plans developed during the strategic review.
Terms of the acquisition, which closed on June 15, 2010, were not disclosed.
The Hain Celestial Group
The Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, WestSoy®, Earth's Best®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Cafe™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Granose®, Realeat®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread™, Lima®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Tushies®, TenderCare® and Martha Stewart Clean™. Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way
of Life™" since 1993. For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.
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