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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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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Minority investment in Peter’s Yard by Lotus Bakeries

Our client, Peter’s Yard, makers of Swedish style artisan sourdough crispbread, has received a minority investment from Lotus Bakeries, the Belgian-based producer of sweet and healthy snacks. The capital investment will allow the company to build brand awareness, expand the consumer base and product range and scale the team.

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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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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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Sale of Greencore cakes and desserts business to Bright Blue Foods

Our client, Greencore Group plc (‘Greencore’), the leading international convenience food business, today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its cakes and desserts business in Hull to Bright Blue Foods Ltd (‘BBF’), one of the UK’s leading ambient cake manufacturers. BBF was acquired in September 2015 by private equity investor, Endless LLP. The combined company will have …

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Sale of Monviso to Cerea Capital

On Friday 19th January, our client, PM & Partners, announced the sale of the Italian manufacturer of bakery products Monviso, to Cerea Capital, the French private equity investor. Monviso is a leading Italian manufacturer of bread alternatives including rusks, crispbread, breadsticks and pastry with an increasing focus on health and wellness (eg gluten-free, low-salt, no added sugar, palm-oil free). Products …

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Tangerine Confectionery sells Butterkist to KP Snacks

Our client, Tangerine Confectionery, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group, today announced the sale of its popcorn business, Butterkist to KP Snacks, part of the Intersnack Group, Europe’s leading producer of savoury snacks operating in around 30 European countries. Butterkist, an iconic brand with a 100 year old heritage, is the clear number one popcorn player in the UK’s …

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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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