The Bonduelle Group has announced the acquisition by its North American subsidiary, Bonduelle North America, of three processing plants and a packaging centre for frozen vegetables belonging to the U.S. firm Allens.

With this acquisition, the Bonduelle Group becomes one of the main players in prepared vegetables in North America and pursues its growth outside of the European Union, according to the company. The acquisition includes the Chill Ripe and Garden Classic brands as well as the right to use the Allens and Veg-All brand names for a period of 18 months. The transaction is expected to be complete at the end of March.