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China's WH Group to buy Romanian meat producers in Europe push
September 26, 2017 / 12:55 AM / 2 months ago

China's WH Group to buy Romanian meat producers in Europe push

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The world’s largest pork supplier WH Group Ltd said on Tuesday its Smithfield Foods Inc unit would buy two packaged meats manufacturers in Romania, further expanding the Chinese group’s operations in Europe.

A woman looks at products of WH Group, the largest pork company in the world, on display at a news conference on the company's annual results in Hong Kong, China March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

U.S.-based Smithfield has agreed to buy a 100 percent stake in Elit SRL and Vericom SRL for an undisclosed sum, the Chinese pork producer said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse.

The deals are conditional on obtaining anti-monopoly approval from the relevant regulatory authorities, it added.

Elit and Vericom operate three packaged meats manufacturing facilities and five distribution centers in Romania. They sell about 25,000 metric tons of packaged meats each year to 12,000 customers through a nationwide distribution network.

In August, WH Group through Smithfield acquired Pini Polska, Hamburger Pini and Royal Chicken in Poland, as part of its efforts to expand in Europe.

Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Richard Pullin

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