Tetra Pak strengthens ice cream offering with Big Drum acquisition

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04 Oct 2017 --- Tetra Pak is strengthening its product offerings for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a supplier of filling machines for the industry. The deal further extends the company’s ability to provide end-to-end solutions for food and beverage companies around the world and reinforces its global leadership in the sector.

Tetra Pak already provides a full range of ice cream equipment, including raw material storage, mix preparation, continuous freezing and inclusion systems, as well as production solutions for molded and extruded ice cream products. The acquisition of Big Drum will strengthen the company’s presence in the “filled” ice cream segment, including tubs and cones, which represent approximately half of the global packaged ice cream market. 

Monica Gimre, Executive Vice President, Processing Systems at Tetra Pak says: “This acquisition means we can now provide an even more extensive range of product solutions for ice cream manufacturers and expand our collaboration with them. This, in turn, will allow us to deliver even greater value, by securing efficiencies in technical service across a number of different lines, and offering portfolio-wide support to their product development and marketing activities.”

Big Drum, which is based in Edertal, Germany, is a leading provider of medium-to-high capacity filling machines for the global ice cream market. It is a highly-respected supplier to major brands and is recognized for its innovation, quality, and performance. 

Hans-Peter Trosse and Matthias Ruppert, Managing Directors of Big Drum, jointly note: “We see significant growth opportunities through Tetra Pak. We are convinced that we will be able to provide stronger support to our customers, thanks to Tetra Pak’s worldwide presence, extensive sales and service channels, technical support and expertise in food manufacturing.”  

Following the acquisition, all Big Drum managers and employees will remain with the company at their current location.

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Company Overview

Tetra Pak is the world's leading company for food processing and packaging solutions. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With close to 22,000 employees based in over 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, PROTECTS WHATS GOOD," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere

Products

At Tetra Pak we are specialists in complete solutions for the processing, packaging and distribution of food products. Our solutions are specifically designed to be as economical with resources as possible. Dairy products, juices and nectars, ice cream, cheese, food and vegetables and pet food are examples of products that can be processed or packaged in Tetra Pak processing and packaging lines. We focus on keeping the consumption of all raw materials and energy to a minimum during both the manufacturing process and distribution. The processing solutions are also designed to treat the products gently.

Our products are divided into several categories:

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Processing equipment
Filling machines
Distribution equipment
Service products
R&D

Our customers need faster, better and cheaper developments to reduce their operational costs and to increase performance in order to remain competitive. We invest in technology and new products in response to customers, consumer and market dynamics.

Environmental sustainability

We are committed to running our business in an environmentally sound and sustainable way. We set goals for continuous improvement in our development, sourcing, manufacturing, and transportation activities. As part of that commitment, we take a long-term and lifecycle view, continually improving environmental performance, communicating openly with our stakeholders and reporting regularly on our performance. Read about our environmental performance.

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For more than 45 years, we have helped customers, governments, international and community-based organisations and farmers to provide milk and other nutritious drinks in schools around the world. Read about Food for development and our school milk projects.

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