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Glisten, the snack foods manufacturer with 650 staff in Leeds, Blackburn, Bolton, Skegness, North Wales, Newport, Liphook, London and Swindon, is to be acquired by Raisio of Finland for £20m.
Glisten has acquired Snacks Unlimited of London and Lindum Snacks of Lincolnshire for £1.5m, with the transfer of 34 staff.
Glisten has acquired Dormen Foods, the Swindon-based savoury snacks manufacturer, for an initial £7.5m.
Glisten is considering plans to expand its confectionery products division in Blackburn by about 25%, which could create new jobs.
Glisten has acquired Lyme Regis Fine Foods, the Hampshire-based fruit bars and cereals supplier with about 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Glisten is to acquire Halo Foods, the manufacturer of cereal, energy and diet bars with 450 staff at three sites in Wales, for £5.6m.
Glisten has acquired a toffee production line in North Shields from House of York for £0.1m.
Glisten has acquired certain assets of Penguin Confectionery of Carlisle from House of York for £0.4m, while other manufacturing assets are being sold to JF Packaging for £0.3m.
Glisten has acquired F Fravigar, the Skegness-based confectionery manufacturer with about 100 staff, for £6.5m.
Glisten has acquired Sunya, the chocolate confectionery manufacturer, from Renshaw Scott for £0.8m, and production will transfer to its Blackburn factory.
Glisten is planning to double capital expenditure in its Blackburn-based confectionery business to £0.5m this year.
Glisten, the Blackburn-based specialist foods company, is planning a flotation on Aim, and will then undergo a £7.5m management buy-in.