June 28/Sparks, Md./Business Wire -- McCormick & Company Incorporated has signed an agreement to purchase 100% of the shares of Kamis S.A., a privately held company based in Poland with distribution into Russia and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. The completion of the agreement is expected to occur by September 2011 subject to regulatory approval.

Kamis is a brand leader in spices, seasonings, mustards and other flavor products in Poland. Annual sales of the business are approximately 300 million Polish zloty (approximately $105 million). McCormick has agreed to acquire the company for approximately 830 million Polish zloty (approximately $291 million).

The addition of the Kamis business extends McCormick’s strong presence in Western Europe into Poland and other markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Alan Wilson, Chairman, president & CEO of McCormick, stated, “This acquisition is an excellent opportunity for McCormick to expand its portfolio of leading brands in Europe. Kamis is a brand leader in Poland where seasonings, mustard and other flavor products are in high demand. More than a third of consumers in Poland purchase seasonings at least every two weeks. Across its entire portfolio, Kamis is growing sales at a mid-single digit rate. The management and employees of Kamis have built a strong business and we look forward to working with them to develop and launch new products in other categories, accelerate penetration of other Central and Eastern European markets and expand in the food service channel.”

Malcolm Swift, president McCormick Europe, Middle East and Africa, added, “This acquisition complements McCormick’s strong brands in the U.K., France and other parts of Western Europe, as well as its recently announced joint venture in Turkey. The agreement to acquire Kamis is in line with McCormick’s growth strategy in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, there is a strong fit between McCormick, a recognized flavor leader in the region, and Kamis which has a solid reputation for high-quality products and professionalism in Central and Eastern Europe.”

Wilson further stated, “An important part of McCormick’s growth strategy is to expand our presence in emerging markets where consumers have an increasing demand for branded packaged foods and an increased interest in new flavors. We have had excellent progress with this growth strategy and today have a strong presence in China, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey, as well as a foothold in several smaller markets. Our portion of sales from emerging markets has grown from 6% in 2006 to 9% in 2010. With the addition of Kohinoor in India and Kamis in Poland we expect our percentage of sales from emerging markets to exceed 12% in 2012.”


From the June 28, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.