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Amora Maille, also written as Amora-Maille, is a French company and brand that manufactures condiments. The company is a subsidiary of Unilever and the leading condiment maker in France. The company operates two major brands, Amora and Maille.
Amora Maille was formerly headquartered in Dijon, France.
In 1999, the company had around 1,000 employees and operated plants in the communes of Dijon, Chevigny, Appoigny, Carvin and Vitrolles. The company also had a sales operation in Belgium at the time. A mustard museum was located at the Amora Maille plant in Dijon.
In 2008, Amora Maille announced that it was closing three of its plants in Dijon, laying off more than half of their workers, and concentrating their operations in Chevigny. The Dijon plant closed in 2009, some production was exported to Poland, and as of 2018 part of the company's production takes place in Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur.
Acquisition by Unilever
In 1999, it was announced that Amora Maille was to be acquired by the multinational consumer goods company Unilever. Unilever paid $739.3 million for the company, equivalent to 460 million pounds or 716.5 million euros. The company was sold by a division of the French banking group Paribas SA, the Paribas Affaires Industrielles LBO Fund, and several other investors.
The acquisition was estimated to increase Unilever's share of the European culinary market from 9% to 12%.
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