Orkla to create one strong food company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the integration of Hamé and Vitana

Orkla to create one strong food company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the integration of Hamé and Vitana

OSLO, 04-Oct-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The companies are both owned by Orkla but have been run as separate entities. Vitana has been a part of Orkla since 2013, and Hamé since 2016. The integrated company will be named Orkla Foods Česko a Slovensko.

“Vitana and Hamé are two successful companies, but together they will form an even more competitive organisation. By integrating them we can build a stronger organisation than each company can do alone,” says Johan Wilhelmsson, Executive Vice President, CEO Orkla Foods International.

Starting now, the companies will gradually be integrated, function by function and process by process.

“By becoming an even stronger company, we can be an even better home for many beloved brands. This means better capacity to innovate and develop them in a strong Czech- and Slovakian-based food company,” says Wilhelmsson.

The new organisation will be led by Pawel Szcześniak, today CEO of Vitana. A new Company Management team will be appointed by 9 October.

Vitana became a part of Orkla in 2013 as a part of the Rieber & Søn acquisition. Hamé was acquired by Orkla in 2016.

Orkla Foods Česko a Slovensko will be one of the largest food companies in both the Czech Republic ad in Slovakia, and it will also have operations in Hungary, Ukraine and Russia and export to even more markets. The company will be leading in several ambient and chilled categories.

SOURCE: Orkla

Håkon Mageli
Group Director, Corporate Communications & Corporate Affairs
hakon.mageli@orkla.no
+ 47 928 45 828

Kari Westersund
SVP Communications
kari.westersund@orkla.no
+47 92 85 61 92

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