JF Hillebrand completed the purchase of Meerendonk last week

JF Hillebrand completed the purchase of Meerendonk last week

JF Hillebrand has upped its presence in the Netherlands and Belgium through the purchase of Meerendonk Advanced Logistics.

The transaction, announced late last week, sees JF Hillebrand's Benelux division take control of Meerendonk, which has offices in Ridderkerk and Antwerp. Founded in 1985 by current owner Michel van den Meerendonk, the company operates in the importation of wine for both importers and retailers in the two countries.

“All of Meerendonk’s 22 staff will now join the JF Hillebrand team,” a spokesperson for Hillebrand told just-drinks late last week. “This takes the total head count in Benelux to 46 full-time employees.”

Hans Schipper, MD of JF Hillebrand Benelux, added: “There are a great many synergies between our businesses, with many of their activities seamlessly connecting to our activities. In addition, their expertise in areas such as customs clearance will be a great extension of our service portfolio.”

Financial details behind the purchase were not disclosed. 

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