THEY’RE hoping to create the perfect blend.
A Huddersfield coffee supplier could be bringing more jobs to the town following its takeover by an international coffee group.
Bolling Coffee, which employs 42 people and is based at Meltham, has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Irish-based firm Bewley’s.
And the new owners have pledged to back Bolling by investing in the business.
The takeover of Bolling Coffee is Bewley’s second UK acquisition in 18 months following its purchase of London-based Darlington’s Coffee in 2011.
Bolling Coffee, founded in 1979, has annual revenues of about £7m and has developed an enviable reputation as a leading specialist roaster.
The company, based at Bent Ley Road, supplies more than 600 customers at 1,500 outlets with bespoke coffees and branded products under the Grumpy Mule name as well as service, training and marketing support.
Bolling managing director Ian Balmforth said Bolling and Bewley’s had very similar approaches to the marketplace.
They were both committed to sourcing the highest quality sustainable coffees from producers while focusing on excellence “at every point of customer contact”.
He said: “Combining the two companies provides a very exciting opportunity for Bolling to grow further given that Bewley’s has already established a presence in London.”
Bewley’s managing director Jim Corbett said: “Bolling has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s foremost coffee companies with skilled management, great customers and strong growth prospects.
“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Bolling team to open a new chapter in the company’s future.
“Bolling brings us UK nationwide sales and service capability, a UK roasting facility and considerable further expertise for our customers and the wider UK coffee market.
“Bewley’s will support Bolling’s further growth with significant ongoing investment in production capability, sales and marketing.”
Oliver Hoffman and Alex Baskeyfield, of the corporate finance team at accountancy firm Mazars in Leeds, advised Bolling Coffee on the deal.
Mr Baskeyfield, corporate finance manager at Mazars, said: “Bolling has a great reputation as one of the UK’s foremost coffee companies and has a bright future underpinned with great customers.
“I have really enjoyed working with the company and believe it will go from strength to strength within the Bewley’s group.”
Bolling Coffee, founded by Ian Balmforth’s father, Clive, supplies coffee shops, restaurants, high-end retailers and delicatessens with premium coffees, coffee machines, training, engineering and accessories.
It has won fine food awards for its coffees sourced from growers in countries including Rwanda, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Panama and Tanzania.
Bewley’s is a market leading provider of coffee to the food service and retail sectors in Ireland, the UK and the US.