Pasta Evangelists acquired by Barilla

On 14th January, our client Pasta Evangelists, a UK-based specialist in D2C fresh, artisan pasta and sauces, was acquired by Barilla, the world’s leading pasta company. Founded in 2016, Pasta Evangelists has grown very quickly since its inception thanks to its disruptive ‘omnichannel’ approach, supplying consumers directly via its own website and dark kitchens, as well as serving retailers across …

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Wessanen to acquire Little Lunch

On 15th October, it was announced that Wessanen and the shareholders of Little Lunch have signed an agreement for the purchase of 100% of the business. Founded in 2014, Little Lunch has developed into the market leader in the German market for organic soup. Over the years, the range has grown and now also includes meal makers and sauces. All …

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Partnership agreement between Unilever and Aviko Rixona for development of manufacturing facility in Stavenhagen, Germany

On 25th September 2020, our client, Unilever, announced it is seeking a strategic partnership for the development of its manufacturing facility in Stavenhagen, Germany with Aviko Rixona, the leading producer of dehydrated potato granules and potato flakes, a subsidiary of Royal Cosun, an international agro-industrial cooperative dedicated to the manufacturing of plant-based solutions for food, feed and non-food applications and …

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Partnership agreement between Unilever and Menz & Gasser for development of manufacturing facility in Sanguinetto, Italy

On 26th November 2019, our client, Unilever, announced it has reached a partnership agreement for the development of its manufacturing facility in Sanguinetto, Italy with Menz & Gasser, the Italian manufacturer of jams and semi-processed products. The agreement involves the acquisition by Menz & Gasser of the production plant and the expansion of production through a long-term supply contract guaranteed …

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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 Belazu Ingredient Company to William Jackson Food Group

On 27th November 2018, the William Jackson Food Group announced the acquisition of our client, Belazu Ingredient Company (“Belazu”) from George Bennell, Adam Wells, Charlie Hodges and other members of the management team. Headquartered in London, Belazu employs around 160 people and supplies fine dining restaurants, casual dining chains, major retailers and leading UK food manufacturers with premium, authentic Mediterranean …

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Kiddylicious acquired by Lotus Bakeries

On 26th July 2018, Lotus Bakeries (“Lotus”) announced the acquisition of our client, Kiddylicious, the innovative British food company that creates delicious, nutritious, portion-controlled snacks and meals for growing babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Founded by Sally Preston in 2009, Kiddylicious is the fastest growing brand in the UK baby food market and has become a must-stock brand for all major …

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William Jackson sells Aunt Bessie’s to Nomad Foods

Our client, William Jackson & Son Limited, today announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell Aunt Bessie’s Limited to Nomad Foods Limited, the leading frozen foods company, for approximately £210 million. Aunt Bessie’s is a leading frozen food company in the UK where it manufactures, distributes and sells a range of branded frozen food products. The Aunt …

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