Hilton acquires Fairfax Meadow, the leading meat supplier to the UK foodservice sector

NEWS LONDON 29/10/2021

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Hilton Food Group, the international multi-protein food business, today announces its wholly owned subsidiary, Hilton Foods Limited has acquired 100% of the share capital of Fairfax Meadow Europe Limited, the leading meat supplier to the UK foodservice sector from Argent Holdings Limited.

Fairfax Meadow was established over 40 years ago and supplies some of the largest businesses in the UK hospitality and travel sectors. The business operates from four meat processing and packing facilities in Derby, Milton Keynes, north London and Southampton. The business is now recovering strongly following the impact of Covid-19, as the UK hospitality and travel sectors fully reopen.

The acquisition of Fairfax Meadow will improve access for Hilton to the out-of-home channel, harnessing existing partnerships and contributing to further sustainable growth for the business. This development into the foodservice sector will ensure that Hilton is the protein partner of choice for customers across more mealtimes and meal occasions.


Fairfax Meadow Managing Director, Penny Tomlinson, commented:

“I’m delighted that Fairfax Meadow will be joining Hilton Food Group. Fairfax Meadow is built on a foundation of longstanding, strong, customer and supplier relationships which we will continue to develop as we move forward together. Philip and the team at Hilton have followed our progress closely over the past few years and by joining forces now, we will have the right platform and investment for the next phase of Fairfax Meadow’s growth.

“With Hilton’s retail supply chain expertise, quality management and leading sustainability standards, together with our longstanding reputation for butchery and foodservice excellence, this is a fantastic opportunity. I am excited for the next stage of our development as I continue to lead Fairfax Meadow within the Hilton family and to seeing the positive impact for our teams, our customers and our suppliers. I want to thank Argent Food Group for their support in making Fairfax Meadow the UK’s favourite foodservice catering butcher.”


Hilton’s CEO, Philip Heffer, added:

“I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of Fairfax Meadow, the leading meat supplier to the UK foodservice sector. This transaction is all about growth. With its award-winning reputation, Fairfax Meadow represents a great opportunity for Hilton to expand into an adjacent and growing foodservice sector in the UK. It is another step towards our goal of becoming the protein partner of choice for every meal occasion – offering high quality, affordable, and rigorously sourced proteins for customers and consumers here in the UK and across the world.

“We look forward to leveraging Hilton’s expertise, reputation and investment to grow and expand the Fairfax business, and we plan to offer Hilton’s broad product range, including sous vide, seafood and alternative protein products, to Fairfax’s customers.”


Kind regards


Penny Tomlinson

Managing Director