Thai seafood processor reaches deal to buy tuna seller Bumble Bee Seafoods

Markets Associated Press

Thai Union Frozen Products is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion.

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The Thai company says Friday that the purchase of Bumble Bee, which is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, should be completed by the second half of 2015,

Its statement said Thai Union has annual sales exceeding 100 billion baht ($3 billion), and San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods generates annual sales of approximately $1 billion.

The Thai company already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major U.S. provider of packaged seafood.