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23 May, 2022 - 22:20 By Tony Quested

Robertet’s acquisition of Omega has all the right ingredients

East Anglia law firm Birketts has advised on the sale of Suffolk-based business Omega Ingredients to a French group for an undisclosed sum.

Omega specialises in the creation and manufacture of natural flavours, extracts and ingredients for the food and beverage industry.

It has been bought by Grasse-based Robertet Group, a highly-regarded global fragrance and flavour manufacturer which operates worldwide.

Robertet was founded in France in 1850 and is now established in over 50 countries with 2,000 employees worldwide.

Omega Ingredients was established by CEO Steve Pearce in 2001.

The Birketts’ team that advised Omega was led by Alex Nelson and Sarah Pearce (Corporate) with support from Robbie Watson (Tax), Andrew Ridout (Commercial Property), Tom Sharpe (Employment) and Melanie Harvey (Intellectual Property).  The transaction was also supported by FRP Corporate Finance.

Steve Pearce said: “We’re thrilled to begin the next chapter of our history as part of the Robertet Group. We share the same passion for naturals and products of excellence, the same vision with our CSR policies and of a strongly integrated sourcing of natural flavours and extracts.

“This was an important transaction for us and the business, so it was imperative that we instructed the right legal advice for a deal of this size. Alex Nelson and her team at Birketts handled the deal professionally from start to finish. The level of dedicated support on offer throughout the transaction was exceptional and much appreciated.”

Olivier Maubert, head of Flavour and Health&Beauty Divisions, Robertet says: “We are proud to welcome Omega Ingredients into the Robertet family. We share the same passion for natural products with a common concern for the future of the planet. 

“Omega will add their unique approach complementing the creativity of Robertet. We are impressed by the motivation and dedication of their team, very aligned with the original values of Robertet. This acquisition will help consolidate our leadership in natural flavors and strengthen the group’s position in the UK and in other markets where Omega has a good presence.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Omega Ingredients CEO Steve Pearce. Photograph courtesy of Omega.

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