UK sausage producer Riverway Foods has been acquired by German meat company Tönnies Group with the aim of expanding its market share in the UK.

Riverway Foods was founded in 1971 in Harlow, Essex, and across the following decades, the company grew successively. The company markets its products to retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

S.C. Crosby (Wholesale Butchers) Ltd was opened by the company in 1982 with its first shop including a fresh counter, and later moved into a new shop opposite Smithfield Meat Market.

Carsten Jacobsen, managing director responsible for the Tönnies UK market said: “Together with the Crosby family, we want to expand our market share in the UK. Riverway Foods quality products fit together with our other Becketts and Direct Table products.”

Tönnies is a German global multi-tier food industry business which was founded in 1971 as a family-owned company. Its core activities are centred on the slaughtering, butchering and processing of pigs, sows and beef cattle.