12 November 2013

AAK and Premier Foods agree a three-year, exclusive, oils and fats collaboration and product co-development

Arhus Karlshamn (AAK UK) has announced a new 3-year agreement with Premier Foods for the supply of vegetable oils, fats and related food ingredients as part of Premier Foods' 'Invest to Grow' programme.

Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK UK) has been selected by Premier Foods, one of Britain’s largest branded food producers, to be its long term co-development partner for the supply of vegetable oils, fats and related food ingredients as part of a new, three-year collaboration. This partnership is a result of Premier Foods ‘Invest to Grow’ programme, which has enabled new opportunities to strengthen and grow relationships with key suppliers.
AAK and Premier Foods have worked together for over 20 years, but this exclusive collaboration will allow true co-development opportunities and will bring exciting, next generation innovations, ideas and technologies for the consumer and generate shareholder value. Martin Craven, Managing Director of AAK UK, explains:

“Innovation is vital for the food manufacturing sector if it is to continue to produce nutritious and affordable food for a growing population in a very competitive environment. Health, sustainability and manufacturing efficiency are key concerns.  We believe that these can be most effectively addressed in the context of a committed partnership between supplier and manufacturer. We are delighted therefore to have been chosen for this exciting collaboration by Premier Foods.”

Mark Hughes, Group Procurement Director of Premier Foods said: “We need the best suppliers to help us achieve our vision to be the Best in British Food, The development of long-term partnerships is an excellent way to ensure we can continue to innovate in support of our brands. We are looking forward to working more closely with AAK, whose relevant technical skills are of highest possible calibre and whose products and technologies can be found in every food category across every region of the world.”

As one of Britain's largest food producers, Premier Foods is committed to being ‘The Best in British Food’ - delivering the taste the British love, with food that's made in Britain by people who understand British consumers.  Premier Foods supply a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain's best loved brands, including Ambrosia, Batchelors, Bisto, Hovis, Loyd Grossman, Mr. Kipling, Oxo and Sharwood’s. The company employs around 9,000 people operating from over 35 sites from across the country.

AAK is the world’s leading manufacturer of high value-added speciality vegetable oils and fats. The business is organised into three areas: Food Ingredients, Chocolate & Confectionery Fats and Technical Products & Feed. AAK’s head office is in Malmö, Sweden, which acts as a central meeting place for the whole Group. The business has procurement and sales offices in key locations around the world. In addition to the UK, AAK has production facilities in Denmark, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Uruguay and the USA.


For further information, please contact:

Premier Foods
Richard Johnson, Group Corporate Affairs Director   +44 (0) 1727 815 850
Maitland, Tom Eckersley     +44 (0) 20 7379 5151

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Judith Murdoch, Communications and CSR Director +44 (0) 1482 332173
Julie Leydon, AAK Press Officer    +44 (0) 1482 649343

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