Isla Delice, a leading halal food company in France, has acquired Belgium’s Hoca Meat Products.
Isla Delice is backed by UK private equity firm Perwyn, that bought it last year from its two founders Jean-Daniel and Frederique Hertzog, and financial investor IDI.
Perwyn said in a statement late September that Isla Delice’s acquisition of Hoca is in line with its plans for international expansion, and that it complements its ongoing organic growth.
Hoca Meat Products’ CEO Christophe Hoste will continue to manage the company as part of the wider Isla Delice group.
Hoca specialises in halal meats and sausages. It operates two production facilities near Kortrijk in Belgium. It is halal-certified by the Societe Francaise de Controle de Viande Halal (SFCVH), according to its website.
Isla Delice employs around two hundred people across two facilities in France. Its products are halal-certified by L’Association Rituelle de la Grande Mosquee de Lyon (ARGML), it says on its website. ARGML is recognised by Malaysia’s JAKIM as a foreign halal certification body, according to the national agency’s February 2019 list.
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