Smucker buys Sara Lee

Published 10:49 pm Friday, January 6, 2012

“Business as usual” will continue at Suffolk’s Sara Lee coffee manufacturing facility after the company’s coffee operations were purchased by the J.M. Smucker Company.

The all-cash sale, announced in October, was completed Tuesday. The sale includes Sara Lee’s liquid coffee concentrate business sold under the licensed Douwe Egberts brand, as well as a variety of roast and ground coffee, cappuccino, tea and cocoa products sold in foodservice establishments throughout the country.

“We were pleased to complete this transaction, which adds the market-leading liquid coffee concentrate business to the Smucker portfolio,” said Richard Smucker, chief executive officer. “The transaction further strengthens our position as a leading North American coffee company, provides new coffee technologies, and adds significant scale to our foodservice business.”

Email newsletter signup

Smucker said nearly 475 new employees were acquired during the transaction. It was not clear how many work at the Suffolk facility on Progress Road, which produces liquid coffee for foodservice operations.

“We were very excited to welcome the employees from the Suffolk manufacturing facility into our Smucker family,” said Maribeth Badertscher, vice president for corporate communications for the J.M. Smucker Company.

In existence for more than 110 years, the J.M. Smucker Company specializes in fruit spreads, peanut butter, ice cream toppings and other products. Its family of brands includes Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Eagle Brand, Hungry Jack and many other food products.