Acquired for an unknown sum, TS Bloor & Sons invested £6.5m in a state-of-the-art 37,000 sq ft factory in Leicestershire and produces up to 13,000 hams a week. The business’ range includes matured, traditionally crafted hams which are roasted, steamed or simmered in open water.
Di Walker, executive chair of Karro, said: “TS Bloor & Sons has an outstanding reputation in the market, led by managing director Charles Bloor. The acquisition is a highly strategic move for Karro Food Group as we look to bring TS Bloor’s skills and artisan knowledge, together with the supply of our own pigs from high-welfare, RSPCA-assured farms.
“We welcome Charles and his dedicated team to Karro and look forward to working with them to further develop the business.”
Charles Bloor, managing director of TS Bloor, added: “It is exciting to join forces with a market leader for the next step in the growth story at TS Bloor. As well as our existing range, we are looking forward to offering new products to our customers through the combination of Karro’s high-welfare pork supply and 130-year-old Wiltshire brine with our newly invested facilities. This will only serve to strengthen our position in the marketplace.”
Karro Food Group has an annual turnover of over £500m and employs 3,100 people in sites in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It was acquired by private equity firm CapVest from Endless in 2017.