Canadian private equity firm Yellow Point Equity Partners has invested in Foley’s Candies Ltd, a Vancouver-based maker of fine quality chocolate and confectionary products. No financial terms were released. Brian Hurl, president of Foley’s, said the deal will help the company to accelerate growth and expand its product and service offering. The investment is the second made by Yellow Point’s fourth mid-market fund, Yellow Point Equity Partners IV, which raised $150 million in late 2015. The fund’s debut investment, announced in September, was Calgary-based Edo Japan, a fast-casual Japanese restaurant franchisor.
Yellow Point Invests in Foley’s Candies
JULY 5, 2016 – Yellow Point Equity Partners is pleased to announce the closing of an investment in Foley’s Candies (“Foley’s”), a Vancouver-based chocolate manufacturer.
Foley’s has been producing fine quality chocolate and confectionary products for more than 40 years. The company focuses on the bakery ingredient, bulk retail and private label chocolate industry segments. It employs exceptional quality and safety standards, and prides itself on its flexible manufacturing capabilities and strong customer service. Foley’s has grown to become one of Canada’s largest chocolate producers and has also developed a robust set of customers in the US.
“I had several goals in mind when selecting an equity partner” said Brian Hurl of Foley’s. “I was looking for a group that I could trust, that had experience with similar transactions and that would provide support while leaving our team free to run the business’ day-to-day operations. Yellow Point came highly recommended and the transaction process has confirmed their reputation. As a result of this partnership we now anticipate having more flexibility to accelerate our business’ growth and expand our product and service offering.”
“Foley’s has achieved impressive growth in recent years, and customers continue to be attracted to the company’s delicious products and service-oriented model” said Brian Begert, Managing Partner of Yellow Point. “Foley’s is an excellent fit as the second investment in Yellow Point’s fourth fund, which had its final close in late 2015. We are continuing to seek companies which have solid market positions, strong management teams and interesting growth prospects.”
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