Australia: Universal Robina purchases Snack Brands Australia for $460 million

Australia: Universal Robina purchases Snack Brands Australia for $460 million

Philippine food and beverage manufacturer Universal Robina has expanded its business in Australia by acquiring Snack Brands Australia for $460.86 million. URC International Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Universal Robina, will purchase 100 % of the shares in the Australian company.

Snack Brands Australia manufactures potato and corn snacks under brands such as e CC’s, Cheezels, French Fries and Kettles. The company produces 200 million packets per year with its products claimed to be in 74% of Australian households.

The Snacks Brand Australia is Universal Robina’s latest foray into the Australasian market, the firm having purchased New Zealand‘s leading snack maker Griffin’s Food Limited for $700 million in 2014.

Commenting on the deal, a Universal Robina spokesperson said: "URC [Universal Robina Corporation] plans to create a wider footprint in the Oceania region with SBA providing a solid anchor in the highly competitive Australian fast moving consumer goods and retailing market”.

Snack Brands CEO John Musgrave added: “What this achieves for the business is to take Australian manufactured product, with its distinct food security advantage, into Asian markets with the benefit of an established distribution force. It means there are no intended job losses but instead a stronger growth path with a new partner and the prospects of adding new URC product categories from New Zealand to our local markets. It is also expected to be a positive for many of Snack Brands suppliers such as potato and corn growers”.

Source: Snack Brands Australia / Reuters