Dr. Oetker Buys Frozen Pizza Business

The Dr. Oetker plant in London always planned on expanding and a recent acquisition may make that plan come to fruition.

On Wednesday, McCain Foods announced it has sold its North American frozen pizza business to the German company.

Terms of the deal have not been released.

The sale allows for Dr. Oetker to use the McCain brand in Canada for two years and take over operations in New Brunswick and New Jersey. Employees there are being offered jobs with Dr. Oetker.

In an email, a Dr. Oetker spokesperson had this to say about the deal’s affect on London:

“Today’s news builds momentum for the North American growth strategy that Dr. Oetker initiated with the opening of the London plant last spring. Operations in London are continuing business as planned. In fact, Dr. Oetker is already in the process of bringing on additional employees for the second shift of the London facility.”

The London plant makes 77,000 pizzas a day and created 74 jobs when it was officially opened in May.

At the opening, Executive Director of Dr. Oetker Canada Dr. Christian F. von Twickel would not confirm the number of future employees.

“The number of employees will always be growing with growing capacity. That’s what we built this place here for, to grow here,” he says.