Sale of Van Geloven to Towerbrook Capital

Our client, Lion Capital has today announced the sale of Van Geloven, the Netherlands-based frozen food producer with leading positions in the Netherlands and Belgium, to TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. (“TowerBrook”) together with management. Tilburg-based Van Geloven supplies a full range of frozen convenience snacks and foods across a diverse brand family, including the iconic Mora brand – the most …

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Sale of Kerryfresh to the management team

In February, our clients Kerry Foods and Kerryfresh, agreed the sale of Kerryfresh to its management team for an undisclosed sum. Kerryfresh is the leading UK direct-to-store supplier of chilled product, focussed on the independent and convenience store segment. The sale was in line with Kerry Foods’ ongoing strategic re-positioning programme and we were delighted to have acted as sole …

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Colgate-Palmolive disposal of Genie & Scel-O-frais

Our client, Colgate-Palmolive, has sold the Génie and Scel-O-Frais brands to Bolton Group for an undisclosed consideration. Génie and Scel-O-Frais are heritage French household brands with strong reputation and consumer awareness in the hand-wash laundry detergents and plastic film segments respectively. The disposals are in line with Colgate-Palmolive’s strategy to focus on its core strategic brands and product portfolio.

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SFK Food acquired by Solina Group

On 27th August, our client, Odin Equity Partners, announced their intention to divest their food ingredient business, SFK Food, to the Solina Group. SFK Food is the leading innovative blend developer and supplier of spices, herbs, marinades and functional ingredients in Denmark for the meat, fish and poultry industries. SFK Food has long-standing relationships with both retail and industry customers …

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Acquisition of Diana Group by Symrise

On 12th April our client, Symrise, announced its proposed acquisition of Diana Group, from Ardian for €1,300 million, subject to Workers’ council approval and clearance by antitrust authorities. Diana is a world leader in natural functional solutions for the food, pet food, nutraceuticals, aquaculture and cosmetics industries, and technology leader in plant cell culture, dedicated to the production of active …

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Atlantic Foods Group acquired by Flagship Food Group

On 22nd May, our client Atlantic Foods Group Ltd, a leading supplier and manufacturer of menu solutions to the UK foodservice market with annual sales in excess of £50 million, was acquired by the USA based company Flagship Food Group LLC. Flagship Food Group has an annual turnover in excess of $200 million supplying frozen, shelf-stable, and fresh products into …

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Ella’s Kitchen combines with US group Hain Celestial

On 2nd May, our client Ella’s Kitchen Group Limited, the multi-award winning British baby food business, announced its acquisition by The Hain Celestial Group Inc, a leading natural and organic consumer products company, and the owner of Earth’s Best, the pioneering US brand of organic baby food products with sales of over US$150m. The combination of Ella’s Kitchen and Earth’s …

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Sale of United Coffee to UCC

On 23rd April, our client CapVest Ltd, announced the sale of United Coffee (formerly Drie Mollen) to UCC Holdings Limited. United Coffee is the largest independent coffee business in Europe with leading market positions in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain and a growing presence in France and Scandinavia. The transaction is expected to be completed in the early summer. …

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Sale of Cloetta’s Belgian distribution business

We were pleased to advise our client, Cloetta AB, on the sale of its Belgian distribution business to German confectioner, Katjes International, as part of its strategy to focus on core brands and key markets following the merger with Leaf in December last year. Katjes will continue to sell and distribute Cloetta owned brands in Belgium.

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Sale of Premier Foods’ Irish grocery brands

On 12 December 2011, Premier Foods announced that it had signed an agreement with The Boyne Valley Group to sell its four Irish Brands comprising Chivers, Gateaux, McDonnells and the Erin licence (“the Irish Brands”) for a gross cash consideration of €41.4 million.

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