Asda bought outright two multi-million pound meat manufacturing firms – Kober and Forza AW – in which it previously owned a stake.
The two Yorkshire-based companies were sole Asda suppliers since 2011. Entrepreneur owner of the sister companies, Smith-Hilliard, now runs a protein division for Asda.
The businesses were added to the portfolio of Asda’s subsidiary International Procurement and Logistics (IPL) based in Normanton.
IPL ceo Nick Scrase said: “We have had a hugely successful partnership with Max Smith-Hilliard over the last five years which has driven significant savings and created a world-class business which we are proud to be bringing into the IPL family.”
Forza, based in Normanton, produces cooked meats and Kober, based in Cleckheaton, produces bacon, steaks and joints.