Lantmännen Unibake cements footprint in Australia

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Lantmännen Unibake is acquiring Australian pastry manufacturer Bakery Du Jour. Pic: ©Getty Images/ziche77
Lantmännen Unibake is acquiring Australian pastry manufacturer Bakery Du Jour. Pic: ©Getty Images/ziche77

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Lantmännen Unibake is acquiring Australian pastry manufacturer Bakery Du Jour for an undisclosed amount to secure its presence in that market.

The global bakery company has exported pastry products to Australia since 2006.

The acquisition of the family-owned Bakery Du Jour now supports Lantmännen Unibake’s growth with locally produced products.

The Melbourne-based bakery was founded more than 20 years ago to supply pastry products to Australian retailers and foodservice customers.

It utilizes traditional European techniques in the preparation of croissants, Danish and French pastries. In addition to its core range of branded products, it also specializes in contract manufacturing.

Attractive market position

“Bakery Du Jour has a strong, customer-focused company culture with highly engaged people, an attractive market position as well as business model,”​ said Werner Devinck, CEO of Lantmännen Unibake

“In order to grow Bakery Du Jour further and realize its full potential, we have been looking for a strong business partner with the necessary skills, experience and industry experience. With Lantmännen Unibake we have found that,”​ added Fernando Gaspar, owner of Bakery Du Jour.

The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and until finalized, both companies will continue to operate independently.

Lantmännen Unibake – part of the Lantmännen cooperative owned by 25,000 Swedish farmers – operates 35 bakeries around the world and exports its products to more than 60 countries. Its brand portfolio includes Hatting, Schulstad, Schulstad Bakery Solutions, Schulstad Royal Danish Pastry, Bonjour.

Earlier this year, Lantmännen Unibake UK announced it was investing £4.4m to upgrade its Milton Keynes factory as part of ongoing growth plans.

Related topics: Cakes & Pastries, Manufacturers, Markets

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