Valeo Foods Group acquires German confectionery business
Schluckwerder Holding GmbH is Valeo’s eighteenth acquisition bringing total annual sales to €1.2bn
12 January 2021
Subject to regulatory approvals, Valeo Foods Group is set to acquire Schluckwerder Holding GmbH, a leading specialist producer of confectionery products popular throughout Germany and internationally, from German mid-market private equity firm Novum Capital.
Following this latest transaction, Valeo Foods’ annualised revenues will increase to approximately €1.2 billion, which the group states will further consolidate its position as a major international food business across its three business units in the UK, Continental Europe and Ireland.
Following the purchase of Schluckwerder, revenues at Valeo Foods’ European business unit will increase to approximately €283 million. Its UK business unit currently has revenues of over €583 million with a further €319 million generated in Ireland.
Established in Ireland in 2010 as a portfolio business of CapVest Partners LLP, Valeo Foods has expanded significantly in recent years through acquisition-led growth and is the producer and distributor of leading ambient food brands including Kettle crisps, Rowse honey and Jacob’s biscuits.
Schluckwerder, founded in 1956, is the leading German producer of specialist high quality confectionery, including the 175-year-old ‘Lübecker marzipan’ brands, Erasmi and Carstens. These brands, which are produced using higher quality standards than other marzipan-based products, have been distinguished by EU protected geographic designation status since 1996. Schluckwerder also produces nougat, chocolate rings, fondant, crocant and praline treats popular with consumers across Germany. Additionally, Schluckwerder operates a successful private label business and counts leading German and international retailers among its customers. Over 25% of Schluckwerder’s products are sold outside Germany.
Schluckwerder operates three modern production facilities in Lübeck and Adendorf and has 480 employees, bringing Valeo Foods’ total workforce to approximately 4,500.
Welcoming the transaction, Seamus Kearney, Group CEO, Valeo Foods, said: “Schluckwerder is a great business that is supported by an extensive team of excellent people and it significantly strengthens our presence in Continental Europe. Its purchase represents the continued realisation of our strategy of building a major international food business where we see further attractive opportunities for expansion.”
In December 2020, Valeo Foods completed the acquisition of It’s All Good, the UK’s leading tortilla chip manufacturer with the premium tortilla brand, Manomasa. It’s All Good joins Kettle Foods, Tangerine Confectionery and Big Bear Confectionery as part of Valeo Foods’ expanding Snacking division.