Milcobel makes mozzarella move with takeover of cheese shredder Kaasbrik

By Jim Cornall contact

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Milcobel's Langemark mozzarella production facility. Pic: Milcobel
Milcobel's Langemark mozzarella production facility. Pic: Milcobel

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Dairy cooperative Milcobel has announced the takeover of cheese shredding and packaging company Kaasbrik, located in Limburg, Belgium.

This takeover is in line with the Milcobel strategy to increase customer-focus and create more added value to be able to achieve a better milk price for its member dairy farmers. With this takeover, Milcobel strengthens its position as one of the leading global companies with regard to producing, processing and marketing mozzarella.

Kaasbrik, which has approximately 30 employees, a volume of 10,500 tons of cheese and a turnover of €40m, has positioned itself as a specialist with a strong market position in shredding mozzarella during the past 30 years.

In addition, it also specializes in shredding, packing and marketing other hard and semi-hard cheese (e.g. Cheddar and Emmental) for the professional B2B market. It provides a range of shredded solutions, due to its experience in mozzarella and custom-made and flexible solutions regarding cuts, packaging, size and price.

Milcobel said the move further expands its own-brand portfolio with the cheese-shredding brands of Kaasbrik and Pizzaiolo. Kaasbrik has customers in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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Nils van Dam, CEO, said, “Our takeover of Kaasbrik will enable us to further strengthen our position as a significant player on the global mozzarella market. Milcobel and Kaasbrik complement one another extremely well. Mozzarella is a difficult high-quality product that requires the necessary expertise, for which we have found an ideal partner in Kaasbrik.”

Francis Relaes, managing director of the Milcobel Dairy Premium Ingredients business, said, “This acquisition links up perfectly with the strategic plans that we laid down in our business unit last year. Kaasbrik enables us to further optimize our degree of service and customer orientation. Interesting synergies are being created regarding export markets such as Asia, where mozzarella consumption is on the rise and where Milcobel has already built up a strong market position during the past years.”

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