• Cyril McAree

Findlater Wine and Spirits Merges With Robert Roberts, Batchelors Coffee Company and Odlums Ingredie

Findlater Wine and Spirits has merged with Robert Roberts, Batchelors Coffee Company and Odlums Ingredients to form a new specialist food and beverage business, Findlater & Co, it has been announced. The new business, which will operate from a state-of-the-art facility in Tallaght, will manufacture and distribute premium products in coffee, wines and spirits, along with professional bakery and culinary ingredients, to the out-of-home (OOH) channel, including foodservice and hotel/restaurant/café (HoReCa) segments.

Underpinning the Findlater & Co business is a new end-to-end operational structure that provides customers with bespoke solutions from personalised manufacturing to marketing support and branded goods. This model is scalable, flexible and can be tailored to meet individual customer’s needs.

Findlater & Co is the result of the merger of the Findlater Wine and Spirits Group, Robert Roberts, Batchelors Coffee Company and Odlums Ingredients, and brings a uniquely specialised offering to the OOH channel.

Leading the business is newly appointed managing director, Oliver Sutherland, who brings extensive experience in the food industry to this role. Mr Sutherland was Chief Commercial Officer at Valeo Foods Group and, most recently, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at the company. He joined Valeo Foods Group from Nestlé Ireland where he was Managing Director.

Commenting on the new business, Mr Sutherland said: “Findlater & Co is an exciting new out-of-home channel supplier bringing a range of premium specialist food and drink products to the market, including a number of instantly recognisable brand names.“Our team is passionate about further strengthening the product portfolio, offering unique and competitive solutions to customers founded on a significant increase in service capability. Not only does this improve our competitive edge, but it also offers our customers a number of new ways that we can support their growth. Front and centre of our business strategy is offering consumers a better-quality product and a more convenient service, consistently flexible to accommodate their needs.”

The Findlater name boasts a rich and storied heritage dating back to 1823, when Alexander Findlater established his first whiskey store in Dublin. His great-great-grandson Alex Findlater was chairman of the business until 2000. Welcoming today’s announcement, he said: “The merging of Findlater Wine and Spirits into Findlater & Co is an exciting new development for our family brand that has been in business for nearly two hundred years.

“This merger reinforces our long-standing commitment to product excellence and first-class service. Moreover, it allows the business to reach more customers than ever before and ensures that we continue to be associated with premium products and excellent standards in quality and service.” Findlater & Co is a part of the Valeo Foods Group. The business employs 75 people at its headquarters in Tallaght.

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