Gzella Becomes Part of Sokolow

POLAND - The Sokolow Group - one of the leading companies in the Polish meat market - has announced its intention to buy the companies belonging to the Gzella Meat Group, a well-known and valued meat producer in the northern part of Poland.
calendar icon 15 February 2018
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The deal will be executed based on a conditional investment agreement with the intention to strengthen the market position of the merged company and their brands on the Polish as well as the international markets.

Boguslaw Miszczuk, the President of the Management Board of Sokolow S.A., said: "Our mission is to be a valuable partner for our customers and the consumers.

We do that by providing them with products in premium quality, that meet their expectations and needs and comply with the ongoing changes in dietary trends.

The acquisition of Gzella Meat Group is another step to meet these objectives and it will enlarge the potential growth of the Sokolow Group remarkably."

The Gzella Meat Group was founded more than 33 years ago in Osie, where the main plant of the group is still situated.

Due to its innovative production technologies Gzella is considered as one of the most modern meat processing factories in Europe with a capacity of more than 6,000 tons a month.

The group employs around 1,000 people and runs its own logistics facilities and a network of nearly 250 stores operating under the ‘Delikatesy Mięsne Gzella’ brand. They are mainly located in northern and central Poland.

Miroslaw Gzella, founder and main shareholder of the Gzella Meat Group, said: "When we decided to sell the Gzella Meat Group, we started looking for an investor with an established market position and a good reputation, which could bring Gzella the best possibilities to maintain and develop the current activities.

"Being a part of Sokolow means we will have the best possibilities to strengthen our market position, through continuously improvements of the Gzella profile and an even wider range of premium products."

Sokolow - a part of the Danish Crown Group - is the most recognizable brand in the meat industry in Poland. For years it has been the pioneer of bold changes and raising standards, which has been appreciated through awards like, ‘Favorite Polish Brand 2017’, numerous medals for its products, and prestigious title as ‘Solid Employer of the Year 2017’.

Going forward the Sokolow products will be offered to costumers and consumers through the distribution channels of the Gzella Meat Group. At the same time the range of Gzella products will gain access to the wide distribution network of Sokolow S.A., which consists of 39 distribution centers and 51 Sokolow stores.

"Sokolow is an industry investor with vast experience and the most advanced know-how in the industry. Thanks to the investment of such a reliable partner, the business I created will gain the necessary resources to strengthen our competitiveness and efficiency even more, and it is a priceless impulse to create innovative growth and expansion into new markets," said Mr Gzella.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Polish competition authorities.

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