Carbery Group announces trading results

Carbery Group has announced a strong operational and financial performance in its 2013 annual results.  The Group saw an 11.9% increase in their 2013 turnover to €318.3m (2012: €284.6m) and an increase of 23% in PBT to €13.0m (2012: €10.6m).

Carbery Food Ingredients, which comprises of its nutritional ingredients business and its flavour and taste business, Synergy, performed well for the Group. Carbery’s continuing focus on high value nutritional applications brought about direct benefits to its ingredients division, while investment in R&D and process, based on its Optipep hydrolysed whey technology, resulted in a range of new products being brought to market during the year.  These new products were targeted to the infant formula and clinical nutrition sectors

Carbery also made significant investments in new infrastructure and partnerships internationally. In 2012 the Group entered into a joint venture in Southern Brazil, with local multinational, BRF, to build and run a new whey processing plant on the site of BRF’s large cheese facility at Rio Grande do Sul State. Completion of this facility is expected in 2014 with plant commissioning scheduled for Q4.

Dan MacSweeney, CEO of Carbery Group says, “This joint venture gives us access to large volumes of fresh whey which we will convert into valuable nutritional ingredients, using Carbery’s expertise. We are very excited by the potential of this development for the rapidly developing Latin American food and beverage markets.”

Synergy had another robust year with business continuing to see strong organic growth. Key highlights for the year included the opening of a new flavour facility at Wauconda, Illinois, and a new manufacturing facility in Thailand to serve the emerging markets of South East Asia. Synergy UK are currently completing construction of new state-of-the-art sensory laboratories at their High Wycombe site.

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