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Solina Purchases Food Coatings Systems Supplier Bowman

The acquisition expands Solina’s product portfolio and provides greater access to the convenience food and QSRs market.

European savory food ingredients firm Solina has purchased UK-based food coatings systems supplier Bowman Ingredients from the Bowman Family shareholders, the company announced in a recent release.

Established in 1990, Bowman produces breadcrumbs, batters, marinades and other coating systems for food service and retail food processors. Bowman currently operates four facilities in the UK, including a dedicated gluten-free and allergen-controlled manufacturing plant. The company also expanded its presence in mainland Europe this year with the opening of a new plant in Wroclaw, Poland.

“We were continuously impressed by Bowman’s expertise and the strength of the management team. Beyond being a strong cultural fit, Bowman Ingredients is well established in the convenience food and food service QSRs (Quick Service Restaurants) which represent a strategic pillar for Solina’s future growth,” Solina CEO Anthony Francheterre said in a statement. “Working in partnership, Solina and Bowman are complementary, both in terms of product portfolio and customer base.”

Both companies said they agreed not to reveal the value of the transaction. Bowman brings in revenues of £60 million and employs 220 workers in the UK and Poland. The company also is part of two joint ventures in South Africa and Thailand.

“We are delighted to become a part of the Solina Group who clearly share the same values, passion and innovative spirit as Bowman Ingredients,” said Rory Bowman, founder, shareholder, and CEO of Bowman, said in the release. “Our management team will remain in place, and I am excited to be working with Solina to continue to lead Bowman Ingredients at such an exciting phase of our growth. We look forward to exposure to Solina’s new technologies and enhanced geographical reach.”

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