Cargill has acquired Leman Decoration Group, which is expected to “significantly broaden” its offerings in the decorations space, enabling the company’s cocoa and chocolate business to better serve gourmet customers in Europe and around the world.

Leman Decoration Group is a leading supplier of cake decorations across the bakery sector, including the artisanal, small industrial and home-baking segments, and food service.

The new acquisition will see customers benefit from decoration technology, enhanced production capabilities and a wide-ranging product portfolio.

Inge Demeyere, managing director Cargill Chocolate Europe, commented: “By adding Leman Decoration Group to the Cargill family, we’re able to support our gourmet and industrial customers at every step of their journey – from concept to finished product.

 “Our dedicated Gourmet business will be a true one-stop-shop for all their chocolate needs, inclusions, decorations, couverture chocolate and now also, an extensive range of special decorations, all backed by a unique platform for sound customer service, including extensive R&D and printing capabilities, and the combined expertise and resources of two world-class organisations.” As part of the transaction, all Leman Decoration Group facilities, including its three state-of-the-art manufacturing sites in Belgium, Mauritius and Thailand, and its nearly 450 employees, will join the Cargill family, reporting into its dedicated Global Gourmet and Distribution organisation.