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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William Jackson sells The Food Doctor to Euro Food Brands

On 14th July 2020, our client, William Jackson Food Group, completed the sale of The Food Doctor brand to Euro Food Brands. Terms were not disclosed. The Food Doctor was founded by nutritionists in 1999 to produce nutritionally balanced, healthy and wholesome foods. The product range includes healthy bakery products such as pitta bread and wraps as well as healthy …

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BOL Foods receives capital investment

Our client, BOL Foods, has completed a growth capital investment from a group of private investors. BOL Foods was founded in 2015 by former leaders at Innocent Drinks with the aim of making it easy for busy people to eat well. Since an epiphany in 2017, BOL has been on a journey to inspire people to eat more plants, removing …

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Sale of TRS Foods to Exponent Private Equity

On 25th November 2019, the sale of our client TRS Foods (“TRS”) to Exponent Private Equity was completed. TRS, founded in 1959 by TR Suterwalla, and since 1972 owned and managed by his five sons, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of South Asian ethnic foods which are sold under the TRS brand in the UK and internationally. The TRS …

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Sale of Matthew Walker to Valeo Foods Group

On 10th October, our client 2 Sisters Food Group reached an agreement for the sale of its Matthew Walker Christmas puddings business to Valeo Foods Group, an Irish producer of branded grocery products backed by CapVest. Based at Heanor, Derbyshire, Matthew Walker is the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker with 120 years’ heritage. The business’s highly experienced team, unique capabilities …

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Sale of Chicken Tonight to Zwanenberg

On 16th September 2019 our client, Unilever, announced the sale of the Chicken Tonight brand to the Zwanenberg Food Group. Debora van der Zee, Marketing Director Unilever, said “Chicken Tonight is a recognisable and well-loved brand that has been a fixture in Dutch supermarkets for decades. Zwanenberg has been producing the product since 2017 and given the widening of their …

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Sale of Freshtime to Greencore

On 3rd September 2019, Greencore Group plc (“Greencore”) announced the acquisition of our client, Freshtime UK Limited (“Freshtime”), from John Richmond. Freshtime is a well-established supplier of food to go salads, chilled snacks and prepared produce in the UK. Its products are distributed primarily in the grocery and convenience channels and the business operates from a single facility in Boston, …

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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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Sale of Young’s Seafood to Karro Food Group

On 1 July, our clients, principally Bain Capital, Lion Capital and HPS Investments have reached an agreement for the sale of Young’s Seafood Limited to Karro Food Group, the UK-based pork supply company backed by CapVest. Established in 1805, Young’s is the leading fish & seafood player in the UK with sales of over £545m in 2018 and the number …

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