Hain Celestial purchases United Kingdom-based food supplier

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Hain Celestial purchases United Kingdom-based food supplier

Lake Success-based company Hain Celestial Inc. announced Tuesday the purchase of a United Kingdom-based prepared food supplier.

Orchard House Foods Limited was acquired by Hain Celestial United Kingdom, a European branch of the company, for an undisclosed amount.

“We are excited about the acquisition of Orchard House, which expands our presence in the on-trend fresh category with prepared fruit, drinks and desserts,” Hain Celestial founder, President and CEO Irwin D. Simon said in a statement. “Orchard House provides us with the opportunity to expand fruit product offerings into continental Europe, as well as new product development with cold pressed juice and branded fruit product offerings in the United Kingdom.”

Orchard House supplies food service providers, on-the-go food outlets, and retailers with prepared fruit, juices, fruit desserts and ingredients.

“Along with the acquisition comes innovative new processing technology to expand the shelf life of fresh fruit and juices,” Simon said. “We also believe there may be opportunities to leverage Orchard House’s expertise into new branded product offerings in fruit, juice and bars under the Ella’s Kitchen, Hartley’s, Johnson’s Juice Co. and Sun-Ripe brands.”

The acquisition needs clearance from the Competition Market Authority in the United Kingdom, Hain Celestial said, and Orchard House will operate independently until that clearance is received.

Hain Celestial expects to make an extra $60 million to $65 million in sales for the 2016 fiscal year with the acquisition, the company also said.

Headquartered at 1111 Marcus Ave., Hain Celestial is the provider of popular brands such as Almond Dream, Terra, and Celestial Seasonings.

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