Dr. Schär buys first UK factory with acquisition of GDR

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

From Left to right: Bradley Grimshaw, managing director at Dr. Schär UK, Sabrina Mutschlechner, Dr. Schär Head of Corporate Business Development, Ronnie Stebbings, managing Director of GDR Food Technology and Peter Hintner, Dr. Schär Chief Operations Officer.
From Left to right: Bradley Grimshaw, managing director at Dr. Schär UK, Sabrina Mutschlechner, Dr. Schär Head of Corporate Business Development, Ronnie Stebbings, managing Director of GDR Food Technology and Peter Hintner, Dr. Schär Chief Operations Officer.

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Dr. Schär UK, the gluten-free manufacturer, has acquired Glasgow-based allergen-free, fresh bread manufacturer, GDR Food Technology.

The acquisition represents Dr. Schär’s first UK production plant.

The company said the acquisition would 'significantly boost' it’s presence in the UK market and tap into the growing demand for free-from allergen products. 

Bradley Grimshaw, managing director at Dr. Schär UK said: “We are delighted that Ronnie Stebbings and his exceptional team at GDR Food Technology Ltd have chosen to join our business.

“Dr. Schär not only stands for quality, but for developing products that are delicious and innovative. This move is set to significantly boost our presence in the UK and extend our expertise within the gluten-free bread category. We can now facilitate the launch of fresh bakery products to complement the current assortment and support us in our strategic objective of bakery leadership​."

“This deal is the first of its kind for us. It presents an exciting opportunity to get into the fresh bread market and fuels our vision of being recognised by all customers and consumers as the No. 1 brand in gluten-free."

GDR’s workforce will remain in place, including Ronnie Stebbings, who will retain his leadership role as managing director for GDR.

Ronnie Stebbings, managing director of GDR Food Technology, said: “This is incredible news for us and we are tremendously excited to be part of the Dr. Schär group. The company has led the way in the gluten-free sector, delighting shoppers with their high quality, delicious, safe and guaranteed products for years, and we can’t wait to be a part of the future success journey of Dr. Schär UK.”

Dr. Schär has 16 sites in 11 countries, offering a wide and diversified range of gluten free products and food for special medical purposes. 

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