Hilton to build Polish factory after Tesco deal

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Hilton Food Group is to build a factory in Poland, after securing a five-year supply deal with Tesco
Hilton Food Group is to build a factory in Poland, after securing a five-year supply deal with Tesco

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Meat processor Hilton Food Group has revealed plans to build a £5.5M (€6M) factory in Poland, after signing a five-year supply deal with Tesco to provide the supermarket with fresh food.

The factory will produce sandwiches, pizzas, soups and ready meals, with manufacturing planned to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Hilton has also agreed to sign a further five-year supply deal to continue supplying Tesco’s central European stores with pre-packed meat.

Commenting on the deal, Hilton chief executive Robert Watson said: “We have a long and successful history of working with Tesco, one of the world’s biggest retailers. This agreement represents an opportunity to enter a growing food segment of the market.

‘Enter a growing food segment’

“We look forward to seeing the positive effect our tried and tested business model will have on this relationship, which will be supported by our flexible and versatile approach to meeting local requirements.”

Hilton would continue to look for further opportunities for geographic expansion, said Watson.

Tesco Central Europe ceo Matt Simister added: “I’m delighted that we are extending our deep group-wide partnership with Hilton to bring new manufacturing investment and capability to Poland.

“Our collective experience and expertise will bring new, innovative and high quality fresh and convenient products to our customers in central Europe”

Success with its pizza businesses

Hilton said it had seen success with its pizza businesses in Poland and Sweden in its trading update for the 52 weeks to January 1 this year.

Commenting at the beginning of the year, Hilton said: “The group’s financial position remains strong, positioning us well for further expansion. Hilton remains well placed to deliver continued growth over the medium term and will continue to explore further opportunities to develop our business in both domestic and overseas markets.”

The company also planned to build a new meat processing facility in Australia, to supply beef, lamb and pork products to retailer Woolworths’ stores in Queensland and New South Wales.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Hilton confirmed reports that it was in talks to buy another company,​ believed to be seafood processor Icelandic Seachill.

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3 comments

Local food from the UK please.

Posted by Chris Bond,

I do hope that all your European produced food will clearly show country of origin as I only want to buy British food, produced, processed, packaged and distributed by British companies. I thought Tesco supported British farmers, this sounds like a change to take advantage of 'cheaper' products produced and processed by lower cost EU countries. Shame on you Tesco!

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Greedy Move!

Posted by Ian Cherruault,

Clearly a wrong choice for UK manufacturing. If this factory supplies Eastern Europe, it can make sense but if we find in the future polish pizzas or whatever else in UK stores, it's a complete social, economic and environmental nonsense!

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Wrong Move !

Posted by Clive Teobald,

Tesco what's wrong with using BRITISH FOOD sourced locally and processed in the UK ??? In the coming future, you will need to demonstrate cutting AIR MILES and REDUCING CARBON. The fossil fuels consumed in flying these goods back to the UK and then 'trucking' them from the Airport to the Tesco Distribution Centres, then 'trucking'them to the Tesco Stores Nationwide does NOTHING for reducing carbon emissions and CO2 levels. WAKE-UP YOU FOOLS !!!

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