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Citadele increased total financing to Food Union group up to 15 million, granting new factoring and leasing limits

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Expanding its collaboration with one of the market leaders in the manufacturing of dairy products in the Baltics, Citadele has signed an agreement with Food Union to increase factoring line of credit for its subsidiaries in the Baltics by 6.8 million Euro and the total financing to Food Union amounts to almost 15 million Euro.

“We are very happy to support the growth of Food Union group, one of the leading ice cream producers in Europe. As for Baltic bank, it is important for us to continue support local businesses, to ensure that economic activity in the region doesn’t stop and new investments continue,” emphasises Johan Akerblom, CEO at Citadele bank.

“Food manufacturing is a dynamic and extremely challenging sector in which close relationships based on mutual trust are important for achieving results. Our experience thus far with Citadele has been very successful, so expanding our partnership by increasing factoring limits for the leading ice cream manufacturers in the Baltics was a logical next step,” says Normunds Staņēvičs, CEO Europe at Food Union group.

The increase of a factoring line of credit will free up financial resources of Food Union companies to expand their operations.

The Food Union group is an international ice cream and fresh dairy product manufacturer and distributer which operates in eight European countries, and is the leading player in the ice cream market in the Baltics and Denmark. The Food Union group is also developing its business in Asia.

The main subsidiaries of the Food Union group in the Baltics are AS Rīgas piena kombināts (Latvia), Valmieras Piens (Latvia) and SIA Premia FFL (Latvia), together taking the leading position on the Latvian ice cream and fresh dairy product markets. In Estonia, the Food Union group is represented by Estonia’s leader in the ice cream market AS Premia Tallina Kuhlmoone, while in Lithuania it is represented by AB Premia KPC, which is the second largest ice cream distributor.

About Citadele Bank

Citadele’s mission is to modernise the banking sector and offer more opportunities to clients and businesses throughout the Baltics.

Alongside classic banking services, Citadele offers its clients a range of services based on next-generation financial technology, including its modern app, contactless and instant payments, and finally, being the first in the Baltics to introduce opening of an account with a selfie, payment rings and payments to mobile numbers.

Citadele is the second largest bank in Latvia by assets. The Citadele group is managed from Latvia. Its subsidiaries and branches operate in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

About Food Union group

Food Union is the largest dairy processing company in Latvia, as well as the leading ice cream manufacturer in the Baltics. The Food Union group is comprised of the three largest milk processing and ice cream manufacturing businesses in Latvia—Rīgas piena kombināts, Valmieras piens and Rīgas Piensaimnieks (merged with RĪGAS PIENA KOMBINĀTS in February 2020)—Estonia’s largest ice cream manufacturer Premia, Lithuania’s Premia, Denmark’s largest ice cream manufacturer Premier Is and ice cream delivery service Hjem Is, Norway’s ice cream manufacturer Isbjørn Is, and ice cream delivery service Den Norske Isbilen, Romania’s ice cream manufacturer Alpin57Lux, Belarus’ Ingman Ice Cream and Russia’s Hladokombinat No.1. In 2018, Food Union opened two dairy product and children’s food product manufacturing sites in China. In 2019, the Food Union group in Europe reached a turnover of 277 million Euro. The Food Union group employs more than 3,100 people.

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