Dole Europe has announced the acquisition of Helsinki, Finland-based Fafi Fresh Cuts Oy, a group founded by private investors in 2010 that only started operating in June this year.
The purchase will, according to Dole Europe president Johan Linden, add to a decade of growth in fresh-cut out of the group's Swedish plant, which has been based on product quality and innovation.
"With this acquisition, Dole is further investing in this growing category," Linden noted. "The acquisition of Fafi Fresh Cuts will be the start of new growth for Dole fresh cut products in Finland.
"Dole has already been servicing the Finnish market with its high-quality fresh cuts from its Swedish plant for a number of years," Linden added. "With the new production set up, the transfer of production and category expertise, Dole customers in Finland will benefit from shorter lead time, increased flexibility as well as a broader product assortment of short shelf-life products."
The new operation will report to Stefan Grahn, general manager of Dole subsidiary Saba Fresh Cuts in Helsingborg, Sweden.