Mills & Reeve advises UNIVEG on acquisition of Empire World Trade

Mills & Reeve has advised worldwide fruit and vegetable supplier UNIVEG on its acquisition of UK-based fruit company Empire World Trade (EWT). 

UNIVEG is part of the UNIVEG Group, with its headquarters in Belgium and an annual turnover in excess of €3bn (£2.5bn).

EWT is a UK importer and distributor of fruit and is located in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The joint businesses will be known as UNIVEG UK and will be managed by Alan Forrester and Mike Harpham as joint managing directors. David Pratt, as former managing director of EWT, will become a director of UNIVEG UK.

The Mills & Reeve team was led by corporate finance partner Anthony McGurk.