Tuesday, June 30, 2015

News: Underwoods takes further bite into southern market


The Underwood Meat Company, the Rotherham-based supplier of high quality fresh meat products to the catering industry, has completed the purchase of the Kent-based Manor Farm Sausage Company Limited for an undisclosed sum.

The company, which has its head office and a manufacturing facility on Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham and sites in Godalming in Surrey and in Chesterfield, provides a wide variety of raw meat products to a range of blue-chip groups and independent catering customers throughout the UK.

The Manor Farm Sausage Company trades as Norsted Manor Meats and is a specialist butchery business based in Orpington, Kent. The business is expected to complement Underwoods Meat Company's expanding southern operation.


In 2013, a deal with Country Park Foods saw Underwoods acquire its Bramley Foods subsidiary. The deal resulted in Underwood Meat Company expanding into a new site on Chesterfield's Holmewood Industrial Park. In 2014, it acquired St Albans-based wholesale butcher business, Butlers, for an undisclosed amount.

Matt Ainsworth, corporate partner and real estate partner Tom Hall, both at the Sheffield office of law firm Irwin Mitchell advised Underwood Meat Company on the latest transaction.

Ainsworth said: "Underwood Meat Company is an exciting business which continues to grow both organically and through acquisition. The addition of the Manor Farm Sausage Company represents another excellent purchase for the company which will no doubt enable it to continue building both market share as well as its reputation for high quality products and customer service.

"Irwin Mitchell has built up a strong and close working relationship with Underwood Meat Company and we look forward to supporting the business in the future."

The Underwood Group is also expanding its retail operation with associated company, Underwood's Butchers Shop set to open a new store in Barnsley in August.

Underwood Group website

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