PAI Partners to acquire Winterbotham Darby to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform

On 9 November, our client, PAI Partners (“PAI”), a leading European private equity firm, announced the simultaneous acquisitions of Addo Food Group (“Addo”), the UK’s leading chilled savoury pastry producer, and Winterbotham Darby, one of the most innovative and dynamic chilled food suppliers in the UK, to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform. Market leaders in their respective categories, …

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PAI Partners to acquire Addo Food Group to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform

On 9 November, our client, PAI Partners (“PAI”), a leading European private equity firm, announced the simultaneous acquisitions of Addo Food Group (“Addo”), the UK’s leading chilled savoury pastry producer, and Winterbotham Darby, one of the most innovative and dynamic chilled food suppliers in the UK, to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform. Market leaders in their respective categories, …

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Burton’s Biscuit Co. acquires Paterson Arran

On 2nd September, our client Burton’s Biscuit Co. announced the acquisition of Paterson Arran, one of Scotland’s leading independent food companies. Headquartered in Livingston, West Lothian, Paterson Arran produces the award-winning range of Paterson’s shortbread, along with leading foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods. The business employs around 200 people and operates two production …

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Finsbury Food Group acquires Ultrapharm

On 3 September, our client, Finsbury Food Group plc (“Finsbury”), acquired Ultrapharm Limited (“Ultrapharm”), a Free From bakery manufacturer. The acquisition of Ultrapharm supports the Group’s ongoing strategy to further diversify its product capability into high growth areas. Established in 1993, Ultrapharm employs more than 240 staff across manufacturing sites in the UK and Poland. As a specialist ‘Free From’ …

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Flamingo Horticulture acquires Butters Group

On 18 September, our client, Flamingo Horticulture Group (“Flamingo”), a portfolio company of Sun European Partners, acquired Butters Group, a leading UK-based supplier of indoor and outdoor plants and flowers for an undisclosed consideration. The Butters Group has an operation in Spalding, Lincolnshire with over 300 staff working across their flower, plant and nursery divisions. Butters has operated highly successfully …

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Lion Capital acquires Grenade

On 6 March, our client, Lion Capital, acquired Grenade, a fast-growing player in the active nutrition and sports nutrition categories for £72m. The UK sports nutrition market has experienced double digit growth in the past 10 years, and has transitioned from niche to mainstream, largely driven by the increased consumption of high protein products. Between 2010 and 2015, the number …

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Calder Foods acquired by Flagship Europe

On 14th October, our client, Flagship Europe Limited, acquired 100 per cent of the share capital of Calder Foods (Manufacturing) Limited, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of chilled food to go products. Based in Carlisle, and established over 20 years ago, Calder Foods produces sandwich fillings, salads, sauces, marinades, dips and mayonnaise under their own brands, Love Fresh and …

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Bridgepoint acquires Peyman

On 1st June 2016, our client Bridgepoint acquired Peyman, the Turkish packaged dried fruit, nuts and seeds producer, from its founders and Esas Holding for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1995 and headquartered in Istanbul, Peyman is a leading player in the Turkish snacks market focusing on the highest growth sub-segment – dried fruits, nuts and seeds (‘DFNS’) – an …

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The Food Doctor acquired by William Jackson Food Group

Our client, William Jackson Food Group (“William Jackson”) has moved into healthy snacking with the purchase of The Food Doctor. Terms were not disclosed. The Food Doctor was founded in 1999 to produce “nutritionally balanced foods” and currently has listings at Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Amazon as well as specialist health retail outlets. The company also has a Harley Street …

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Rebel Kitchen investment in Unoco

Our client, Rebel Kitchen, has acquired a majority stake in Unoco (Better Fresh Ltd) for an undisclosed consideration. Unoco is a UK leader in premium, raw coconut water. The acquisition will complement Rebel Kitchen’s existing product range.

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