BALLARAT-based McCain Foods has bought the frozen bakery business Kitchens of Sara Lee
The company, which is Australia and New Zealand, was bought from Hillshire Brands.
The agreement - valued at $82 million - encompasses KOSL's manufacturing, marketing, distribution and exporting of frozen desserts, as well as licensing rights to the Sara Lee trademark in connection with the bakery business in Australia and other areas within the Pacific Rim.
The transaction is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Steve Yung, managing director of McCain Australia/New Zealand said, "Sara Lee will be a great addition to our family of frozen foods, offering our customers an expanded range of products across desserts, meals and snack occasions. Sara Lee is a recognized and trusted brand that is highly complementary to our business.''
KOSL is a leading Australian and New Zealand frozen food company which manufactures, sells and distributes a range of Sara Lee branded products in the frozen desserts, super premium ice cream, pastries, frozen savoury meals and frozen fruit categories.
KOSL produces the majority of its products at a facility in Lisarow, New South Wales and employs approximately 500 people.
McCain is a subsidiary of McCain Foods Limited and specializes in frozen potato products, vegetables, dinners, pizza and frozen fruit for both the retail and foodservice sectors.
The company operates eight production facilities, located on five sites throughout Australia and New Zealand.