Hain Celestial: Strategic Acquisition In Ireland
CULLY & SULLY LIMITED
Expands Chilled Foods with Range of Branded Soups and Ready Meals
Melville, New York- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthy Way of Life™, today announced the acquisition of Cully & Sully Limited ("Cully & Sully") in Ireland.
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Cully & Sully is a marketer and manufacturer of natural chilled soups, savory pies and hot pots, all under the Cully & Sully® brand, with a range of approximately 20 products. Cully & Sully supplies all major food retailers in Ireland. The founding management team of Cullen Allen (Cully) and Colum O'Sullivan (Sully) will continue to manage all aspects of Cully & Sully reporting to Rob Burnett, Chief Executive Officer, Hain Daniels Group.
"We are pleased to be expanding our international presence into Ireland with Cully & Sully, a leading chilled brand that has delivered consistent, profitable growth since 2004," said Irwin D. Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial. "Cully & Sully's branded soup is similar to our New Covent Garden Soup Co.® brand in the United Kingdom. We are excited about the prospects to expand our presence into the Irish marketplace with our Hain Celestial and Daniels brands and to expand Cully & Sully chilled fresh soups into the United Kingdom. We see a tremendous opportunity for chilled soups as consumers move away from canned soups and into fresh chilled soups. We also welcome two energetic, creative entrepreneurs, Cully and Sully, to the Hain Celestial Europe team. We hope to utilize Cully and Sully's knowledge and expertise for Hain Daniels and here in the United States as we move chilled fresh soups to the North American marketplace," continued Irwin Simon.
"Since the inception of Cully & Sully, we've always been about natural, good tasting and honest food, where quality and traditional cooking techniques are paramount," commented Cullen Allen. "Joining the Hain Daniels Group will provide us with the opportunity to broaden our product offerings into other categories and to expand the Cully & Sully brand into the United Kingdom," added Colum O'Sullivan.
"As leaders in the chilled category in the United Kingdom, we're excited to be leveraging the Hain Daniels footprint with the creative talent and product offerings of Cully & Sully to further our growth prospects," concluded Rob Burnett.
The acquisition is expected to be neutral to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2012 and to be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2013. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Cafe™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe's Best®, Cully & Sully®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®, Farmhouse Fare®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread™, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Earth's Best TenderCare® and Martha Stewart Clean™. Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way of Life™" since 1993. For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.
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