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Glanbia’s $300m deal for US flavours group looks expensive but should help boost profits

Shares in the Kilkenny-based nutrition group fell slightly this week after it announced the largest deal in the company’s history

Hugh McGuire, chief executive, Glanbia:

Hugh McGuire certainly isn’t wasting any time putting his stamp on Glanbia, the performance nutrition giant.

Having taken over as chief executive of the Kilkenny-based company in January this year, McGuire was quick to sign off on his first major acquisition, with Glanbia announcing last week it had struck a mega $300 million deal to buy Flavour Producers, a US flavours and extracts business.

Depending on the performance of the Californian company, the final price ...