The deal, has seen the German company take a stake in Polish fruit processor Zarecki Foods, of which J.O. Sims is a co-founder with Polish entrepreneur Marcin Sosnicki. J.O. Sims and Zarecki produce food ingredients for breakfast cereals, fruit bars and baked goods while Bösch Boden Spies is a full-service business to business supplier of preserved fruits and nuts as well as functional ingredients for the retail and food industry.
J.O. Sims holds the exclusive marketing rights for the apple products in the UK and Ireland and the partnership with Bösch Boden Spies will aid distribution of products across Continental Europe, it said.
J.O.Sims managing director Christopher Sims, said: “We are pleased to welcome Bösch Boden Spies on-board as our new partner, unleashing the potential of Zarecki Foods in Europe.
“This new exciting partnership will offer enormous potential for the future processing of food ingredients. With the excellent processing competence of Zarecki Foods and the vast experience of Bösch Boden Spies, we will be able to expand the service offers for our customers”
Bösch Boden Spies managing partner, Dirk Schmidt, said: "After 107 years as a classic broker of preserved fruits and nuts, we are opening a new chapter in the history of Bösch Boden Spies and expanding our portfolio to include the processing of our food ingredients.”
J.O. Sims is based in Spalding, Lincolnshire and farms over 1,000 acres of cherry and apple orchards worldwide and said it is the UK's largest supplier of cranberries and wild blueberries.
Zarecki Foods is located in the heart of the largest apple growing area in Europe and is focused on sustainable cultivation and processing high-quality apple products achieving the BRC AA standard in quality and food safety.