Dunbia denies 2 Sisters merger has stalled
Published:  18 August, 2016

Both Dunbia and 2 Sisters Food Group have remained tight-lipped about a possible merger between the two meat-processing giants, despite claims that talks are on the brink of collapse. 

A spokesperson from Dunbia moved to dispel rumours that talks have stalled, telling Meat Trades Journal “the process is ongoing” for the multi-million pound merger.

But Dunbia’s statement will only heighten speculation following a report in the Belfast Telegraph on 16 August that communication between the two companies had broken down.

Clive Black, director at Shore Capital, said the business will “watch [the developments] with interest to see how matters pan out.”

A spokesman from 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We do not comment on market rumour and speculation.”

News of a possible deal between Dunbia and 2 Sisters Food Group, which would represent a major consolidation in the UK’s meat industry, was first reported by this site in March 2016. This came after an unnamed source told our sister title, the Grocer, that merger talks were underway.

Dunbia has reportedly been on the lookout for a potential buyer, with JBS – the Brazilian meat company that bought Moy Park for £988m – rumoured to be interested in January. However, Dunbia dismissed the reports as “pure speculation”.