Thai Union Group to buy 40% stake in Avanti Feeds’ shrimp processing unit


BANGKOK: Thai Union Group Pcl, the world’s largest canned tuna maker, said on Tuesday it would spend 1.25 billion Indian rupees ($18.80 million) to buy a 40 percent stake in the shrimp processing unit ofAvanti FeedsBSE -0.62 % Ltd.

The purchase of the stake in Avanti Frozen Foods Private Ltd will add production capacity to meet growing demand, the Thai firm said in a statement.

The deal will also help to offset a hit to shrimp production in Thailand, where output is still less than half of the level seen in 2013 before the outbreak of early mortality syndrome, Thai Union saisd.

India’s shrimp farming sector has not been affected by a serious disease outbreak, it added.

Avanti Frozen Foods was set up in 2015 to focus on shrimp processing in India for export and domestic markets. It is building a new plant at Yerravaram in East Godavari District, about 80 km from the existing plant at Gopalapuram, to triple capacity to 75 tonnes a day from 25 tonnes now.

Thai Union aims to boost profits as a result of the stake purchase in the first year, the company said.

Thai Union has said it was looking for further acquisitions to help it achieve a revenue target of $8 billion by 2020 after the company scrapped a $1.5 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Bumble Bee Seafoods in December.