Multi-merger forms new specialist business, Findlater & Co 

Newly appointed managing director, Oliver Sutherland, will lead the new business

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17 July 2017 | 0

Findlater Wine and Spirits has merged with Robert Roberts, Batchelors Coffee Company and Odlums Ingredients to form a new specialist food and beverage business, Findlater & Co.

The new business which has an expected turnover in excess of €100 million, will boast a product portfolio that includes market-leading brands such as Lavazza, Robert Roberts, Bollinger, Antinori, Jadot and Glendalough Distillery, as well as professional food brand, Odlums Ingredients.

Operating from a state-of-the-art facility in Tallaght, Findlater & Co will manufacture and distribute premium products in coffee, wines and spirits, along with professional bakery and culinary ingredients, to the out-of-home (OOH) channel, including foodservice and hotel/restaurant/café (HoReCa) segments.

In a press statement, the new company said: “Underpinning the Findlater & Co business is a new end-to-end operational structure that provides customers with bespoke solutions from personalised manufacturing to marketing support and branded goods. This model is scalable, flexible and can be tailored to meet individual customer’s needs.”

Findlater & Co also claims to bring “a uniquely specialised offering to the OOH channel”.

Leading the business is newly appointed managing director, Oliver Sutherland, who brings extensive experience in the food industry to this role.  Sutherland was chief commercial officer at Valeo Foods Group and, most recently, chief strategy and business development officer at the company. He joined Valeo Foods Group from Nestlé Ireland where he was managing director.

Sutherland said of the merger that “not only does this improve our competitive edge, but it also offers our customers a number of new ways that we can support their growth”.

The Findlater name boasts a rich and storied heritage dating back to 1823, when Alexander Findlater established his first whiskey store in Dublin.

His great-great-grandson Alex Findlater was chairman of the business until 2000. Welcoming the announcement, Findlater said the merger “reinforces our long-standing commitment to product excellence and first-class service”.

Findlater & Co is a part of the Valeo Foods Group. The business employs 75 people at its headquarters in Tallaght.

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