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Hain Celestial acquires natural sweeteners company

December 5, 2017
Food & Drink

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., through its Hain Daniels spreads business, has acquired Clarks UK Ltd., a maple syrup and natural sweetener brand in the United Kingdom. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Based in Newport, South Wales, Clarks produces natural sweeteners under the Clarks brand, including maple syrup and honey as well as carob, date and agave syrups. The company generated approximately £7 million (about $9,461,550) in net sales in 2016, and Hain Celestial said it expects Clarks to be accretive to its earnings in fiscal 2019.

“I welcome our new colleagues within Clarks to the business and see significant opportunities to further develop the natural sweeteners category,” said James Skidmore, chief executive officer of Hain Daniels. “The strength of the Clarks brand puts it in a strong position to capitalize on the growing consumer trends towards more natural and healthier foods.”

Hain Daniels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hain Celestial, manufactures such brands as Sun-Pat peanut butter, Gale’s honey, Robertson’s marmalade and Hartley’s jam in the United Kingdom.
“We look forward to working with Clarks in expanding the brand’s development in the United Kingdom and continental Europe,” said Irwin D. Simon, founder, president and chief executive officer of Hain Celestial. “The Clarks brand and products are a strategic fit with the Hain Daniels spreads business for various natural sweeteners applications to complement our health and wellness portfolio of brands as consumers continue to seek to reduce their sugar intake and look for better-for-you alternatives to refined sugar.”

By Rebekah Schouten

Source: Food Business News

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