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7 October, 2020 - 23:34 By Tony Quested

Hertfordshire food coating specialist acquired by Solina

Hertfordshire food coating specialist Bowman Ingredients Holdings Limited (Bowman) has been acquired by Solina for an undisclosed sum.

Bowman specialises in the production of coating systems for customers in the global food processing industry, supporting many of the world’s leading food brands. With more than 220 staff, Bowman works with processing firms and food solutions suppliers to develop bespoke coating products such as marinades, batters and breadcrumbs, for a variety of retail and foodservice markets. 

With its international network of manufacturing facilities including bases in South Africa, Thailand and more recently, Poland, Bowman’s expansion has been significant, generating revenues in excess of £60m.

Leading law firm Birketts, acted in the sale. James Austin, Alex Nelson and Sarah Branwhite (Corporate) led the transaction, with assistance provided by John Kahn (Tax), Stacy Aspden (Property), Abigail Trencher and Jennifer Leeder (Employment), Nelllie Jackson (Intellectual Property) and Rob Willoughby (Trusts). Grant Thornton’s Cambridge team were the lead corporate finance and tax advisors.

Rory Bowman, CEO at Bowman commented: “Solina and Bowman’s product offering and customer base perfectly complement each other, but the international elements and a customer base of global brands meant the sale was complex. 

“Birketts’ legal team were great at dealing with all the issues and being able to call upon a range of expertise from across the firm resulted in a smooth and efficient process and, most importantly, a positive outcome for the business and shareholders alike.”

James Austin, Birketts, concluded: “We are delighted to have assisted the owners of Bowman in this sale. This will mark an exciting phase in Solina’s growth, and we have no doubt that a combination of the two companies will find further success. With the current management team remaining at the helm we feel confident that the future for the company looks very bright indeed.”

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