History

History

BHJ has a long history as an international supplier of meat and fish raw materials for the food and pet food industries. BHJ is headquartered in Denmark and is a subsidiary of The Lauridsen Group, Inc. (LGI), a US company. We have processing facilities and offices in Asia, Europe, North America and South America where we employ a total of more than 900 employees.

More than 50 years of increasing value in the meat and fish industries
BHJ was founded in 1969 with the primary objective of sourcing and processing raw materials from Danish slaughterhouses and fish producers for the food and pet food industries. During the 1970s, BHJ expanded into meat trading activities, manufacturing of functional animal proteins for food, processing lines for the meat processing industry, and transport services. Internationalization set in during the 1980s with the establishment of subsidiaries and an international network of suppliers. 

At the end of the 1990s, BHJ decided to focus on the core business areas, and non-core activities were divested. BHJ was listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in 1998 and de-listed in 2004, when LGI acquired the company. Until the end of 2014, BHJ was a company with two successful business areas: BHJ Ingredients focusing on functional proteins and stock ingredients, and BHJ Meat and by-products focusing on distribution and processing of raw materials for the food and pet food industries. 

Today however, BHJ's Ingredients business has been merged with Proliant – another Lauridsen company – into a new worldwide brand – Essentia Protein Solutions.

Consequently, BHJ’s core business now is meat and fish raw materials for the food and pet food industries.


1969

Foundation of BHJ based on processing of meat raw materials sourced from local slaughterhouses in Denmark.

 

1970s

Diversification into meat trading, functional animal proteins, transport services and meat processing lines.

 

1980-2000

Internationalization through worldwide establishment of subsidiaries and supplier networks.

Divestment of non-core activities.

 

2004

LGI acquires BHJ.

 

2008

Acquisition of Corsa Petfood (ES).

 

2010

Establishment of digest plant in Løkken (DK).

 

2011

Establishment of pet food plant in Kuślin (PL).

Acquisition of pet food plant in Fort Dodge (US).

Establishment of pet food plant in Calgary (CA).

 

2012

Acquisition of Protein Inc. (US).

 

2013

Acquisition of Carnicas Urgell (ES).

 

2014

Establishment of pet food plant in Grimsby (UK).

Expansion of Farmfood in Løgstør (DK).

 

2015

Establishment of pet food plant in St. Joseph (US).

 

2016

Acquisition of MARP (BR).

 

2017

Establishment of digest plant in Cardona (ES).

 

2018

Acquisition of Wanganui Coldstorage Limited (NZ).

Establishment of BHJ LLC (RU).

 

2019

Acquisition of Günther Janssen Handels GmbH (DE).

 

2020

Acquisition of Organo-Pet Kft. (HU).