Bakers Journal

Richardson International Ltd acquires Wesson

January 2, 2019
By Bakers Journal

Image courtesy of Conagra Brands

Richardson International Limited announced an agreement with Conagra Brands, Inc. for the purchase of Wesson, a leading U.S. retail brand of canola and vegetable cooking oils.

Wesson has been a choice in American homes for cooking and baking applications for more than a century.

Richardson aims to reinvigorate the brand to engage customers while continuing to live up to their promise of “Bringing Quality Ingredients to the Table.”

Already recognized as a vertically integrated leader in canola processing, this acquisition reinforces Richardson’s growth strategy for its food business. Across generations, Richardson has built deep-rooted and trusted relationships with its customers and suppliers to bring premium food
products to homes around the world.


“The rich history of both our company and the Wesson brand makes this an exciting acquisition for us,” says Curt Vossen, Richardson, President and CEO in a press release. “We believe that consumers will continue to seek out high quality foods and aligning with the Wesson brand expands our ability to meet that consumer desire.”

Richardson is also set to acquire the Wesson production facility located in Memphis, Tennessee. This 280,000-square foot manufacturing plant will complement Richardson’s food and ingredients division. “We are excited about expanding into this geography and look forward to investing in the future of this plant, the employees, and the community,” adds Vossen.

Richardson is committed to product innovation. “Our recent $30M investment to build an innovation centre focused on product development will provide a modern platform for testing solutions and exploring new ideas, creating the perfect match to develop truly innovative products to meet and exceed consumer expectations,” stated Vossen.

Richardson has an established precedent for strategic acquisitions and thoughtful investment. With plans to invest in the Memphis facility, Richardson is committed to a continued U.S. presence for marketing, manufacturing and distribution of Wesson products.

The agreement is subject to the usual closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The company anticipates the transaction to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019.

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