16th May 2023, London UK: International foodservice operator, BonCulina, has today acquired Anglia Crown Ltd, a specialist prepared meal provider for hospitals and care homes in the UK. BonCulina managing director David Garland will take responsibility for overall control of the business.
BonCulina is an international expert at providing foodservice solutions, which include Smart Catering, a full contract catering solution, Plug & Play, a flexible catering offer and the innovative BonCulina Anytime which enables a hot meal option to be available 24 hours a day.
David Garland explains. “Acquiring Anglia Crown was the next logical step for BonCulina. We looked at a number of opportunities and Anglia Crown was the best fit. They have licensed our patented technology for their packaging for several years and it was the right time to increase our involvement with the business. We’ve identified some good opportunities for growth which are in line with our own ambitions in the UK, and we’re excited to work with them. We are keen to build on Anglia Crown’s 30-year sector knowledge and experience as we enter the UK healthcare market.”
Anglia Crown Ltd was founded in 1992 and has an annual turnover of around £16.5Million. It is an award-winning, chilled and frozen prepared meal manufacturer for healthcare and complementary markets. Supplying a range of multi and single portion dishes to patients, residents, and customers, last year it celebrated its 30th birthday. Based in Colchester, the 4600 square metre facility employs more than 180 people and manufactures approximately 40,000 chilled and frozen meals every weekday. Alongside manufacturing a full range of hot meal options across all food groups, it has developed a front-running reputation in vegan meal manufacturing.
Anglia Crown was previously sold from foodservice giant Bakkavor in July 2018, in a management buyout by directors Paul Howell and Andrew Lone
The acquisition of Anglia Crown is BonCulina’s second in the UK and follows its procurement of Hot Food Vending company, Bon Appetit in April 2021.