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Fact Sheet

Overview

Hilton Food Group plc is a leading specialist food packing business supplying major international food retailers including Tesco, Ahold, Albert Heijn, ICA, Rimi, Coop Danmark and Woolworths from state of the art facilities located in six European countries and Australia.  Founded in 1994, Hilton began its business operating a beef and lamb central meat packing facility in the UK. In the last 25 years the business has grown rapidly through its strong customer relationships to become a major dedicated packer of red meat and fish in Europe and red meat in Australia. We also operate joint ventures in Australia with Woolworths and in Portugal with Sonae. In 2019 we invested in a vegetarian product manufacturer.

With over 4,700 employees, Hilton has factories across Europe and Australia. The Group opened its factory in the UK in 1994, the Netherlands in 2000, Sweden and Ireland in 2004, Poland in 2006 and Denmark in 2011, packaging beef, lamb and also pork. We have been working with Woolworths in Australia as part of a joint venture since 2013. Growth has been achieved by geographical expansion and product range extensions as well as through the underlying growth in the market achieved by Hilton’s retail customers. In 2017 we acquired Seachill, a fish producer based in Grimsby, UK.

The core of the product range incorporates fresh items such as roasting joints, steaks, chops and minces which are prepared and packaged according to customer specifications. Hilton’s value-added lines include the barbecue ranges, ready to cook, marinated meats and convenience products, such as meat cuts accompanied by serving sauces.

Industry Background

A key development in the market for meat and fish has been the shift by consumers in the latter half of the twentieth century from shopping at high street stores to shopping at increasingly large, price competitive, one-stop supermarkets.

The packaged meat and fish industry has therefore been rationalised into a small number of large scale international operators who can meet the volume, product and packaging innovation requirements of international multiple retailers.

Supermarkets have focused on sales of private label goods, electing to work with fewer, more efficient suppliers, such as Hilton, with whom they can work closely to guarantee traceability, quality and supply.

Strategy

Existing Customers

  • Customer sales growth
  • Extra capacity and sales growth
  • Product extensions
  • New product development

New Customers

  • Proven model for new countries
  • Global sourcing expertise
 

Board of Directors

Experienced Management Team with a Successful Track Record

  
Executive Chairman Robert Watson OBE
Chief Executive Officer Philip Heffer
Chief Financial Officer  Nigel Majewski

Non-Executive Directors

  
Non-Executive Director John Worby
Non-Executive Director Christine Cross
Non-Executive Director Angus Porter

 

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