LJM Victoria has acquired Victoria-based OZ Connect Traders (OCT), a primary food packer that transports more than 10 million raw food packaged products annually for Australia’s food retailers and food exporters.
Within the past 12 months, LJM also established joint ventures with Multipack in Sydney and New Zealand’s brand-activation specialist Hoop to expand significantly its co-packing footprint in Australia and New Zealand.
LJM, employing more than 500 people across seven sites in New South Wales and Victoria (50,000 sqm including Multipack LJM), moves approximately 60 million packaged products across 1000 SKUs annually for national and global FMCG, food, beverages, spirits, and pharmaceuticals companies.
Lance Miles, director and founder at LJM, said the Australian co-packing space is rapidly expanding.
“The acquisition of OCT places us in a prime position to capitalise on market growth to become Australia’s premium primary and secondary co-packer. We are scaling up in a new area – blending, filling, and packing raw foods,” Miles said.
“The ability to pack raw foods in a climate controlled, refrigerated and frozen product/conditions combined with a highly automated secondary co-pack plant, offers the market a unique opportunity. Becoming an all-encompassing supplier enables clients to reduce reliance on imported product and minimise their supply chain.”