US-based OSI Group has announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in Baho Food, a Dutch company that manufactures meat products and other food items for foodservice and retail industries.

The deal is still subject to regulatory approvals.

Baho Food operates facilities in Germany and the Netherlands with its five subsidiary companies, namely Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods, and Q Smart Life.

“Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe."

These firms sell a range of deli meats, convenience foods and snacks across 18 European countries.

OSI Group president and chief operating officer David G McDonald said: “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe.

“The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”

Baho Food managing director John Balvers will remain with the company along with his entire management team, and work with senior OSI leaders.

Balvers said: “OSI has outstanding relationships with both its customers and suppliers. Baho Food, as part of the OSI Group, will be well-positioned to leverage on the experience and capabilities of OSI.

"With our combined strengths we will be even better able to support our customers in realising their strategy and offer them a broader product portfolio. This transaction will accelerate our growth strategy and support us in jointly realising our goals.”

OSI Group supplies value-added protein items and other food products to foodservice and retail brands. It has more than 60 facilities in 16 countries.

Its global headquarters is located in Aurora, Illinois, US.