Hilton Food Group eyes additional growth and extra takeovers

  • Hilton provides main supermarkets together with Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose
  • The firm reported pre-tax income skyrocketed by 64.2% to £48.6m in 2023

Hilton Food Group is planning additional geographic growth and potential takeover offers after income jumped by practically two-thirds final yr.

The meals packaging firm, which provides main supermarkets together with Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose, reported bumper pre-tax income progress 64.2 per cent to £48.6million in 2023.

Its UK seafood arm returned to working profitability thanks to cost hikes and new enterprise contracts after being closely impacted the earlier yr by surging value inflation and provide chain disruption.

Tasty results: Hilton Food Group which supplies major supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose, reported pre-tax profits accelerated by 64.2 per cent to £48.6million in 2023

Tasty outcomes: Hilton Food Group which provides main supermarkets together with Tesco and Waitrose, reported pre-tax income accelerated by 64.2 per cent to £48.6million in 2023

Hilton’s core meat phase additionally carried out strongly amid quantity progress within the Asia-Pacific area and a ‘resilient outturn’ throughout the UK and Europe.

In the British Isles, the agency’s income elevated by 3.7 per cent at fixed forex ranges to £1.33billion as uncooked materials worth rises offset declining volumes.

At the identical time, gross sales in Europe have been bolstered by larger demand for straightforward meals throughout Scandinavia and Central Europe, in addition to the acquisition of Dutch smoked salmon processor Foppen.

Steve Murrells CBE, chief government of Hilton Foods, mentioned: ‘Over the previous yr, we have remained centered on executing our technique, which has resulted in a great efficiency towards a difficult market.

‘I’m significantly happy with the ends in our seafood class, returning to full-year working profitability following a profitable turnaround.’ 

Much of Hilton’s current growth has come from takeovers, with Foppen adopted by catering butcher Fairfax Meadow and plant-based meals producer Dalco.

While it’s trying to develop additional by buying firms, the enterprise can be contemplating having a foothold in additional international locations and searching for tie-ups with distinguished manufacturers.

Last yr, the Huntingdon-based agency agreed a tie-up with Walmart to produce meat and seafood to the American retail large’s Canadian hypermarket shops.

It was the primary takeover struck below the management of Murrells, who joined as CEO final yr following the departure of co-founder Philip Heffer.

Prior to becoming a member of Hilton, Essex-born Murrells, 58, ran the Co-Operative Group between 2017 and 2022 and held senior positions at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Danish meat firm Tulip, which later modified its identify to Pilgrim’s Pride.

Adam Vettese, analyst at eToro, mentioned: ‘Recovery has been a little bit of a slog for Hilton Food Group, however they appear to be turning the nook with a little bit extra meat on the bone on this newest set of outcomes.’

Hilton Food Group shares have been 2.1 per cent up at £8.72 on Wednesday morning and have climbed by round 1 / 4 over the previous 12 months.