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Give & Go adds on with close of sale to Thomas H. Lee

Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp, formerly a portfolio company of OMERS Private Equity (OPE), has closed its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners, a U.S. private equity firm. The financial terms of the deal, announced in April, were not released; however, a recent report by Reuters put the value at close to US$800 million. Concurrent with the sale to Thomas H. Lee, Give & Go, a Canadian maker of baked goods, acquired Create-a-Treat Ltd and NAFTA Foods and Packaging Inc. The Brampton, Ontario-based companies make edible craft products for celebrations and holidays. They will form a new Give & Go division called Create-a-Treat. OPE acquired Give & Go in December 2007.


Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. Completes Sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners

Give and Go Also Completes Simultaneous Acquisition of Create-a-Treat Ltd., and NAFTA Foods and Packaging Inc.

August 03, 2016

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp. (“Give & Go”) announced today that is has completed its sale to affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”).

Founded in 1989, Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. is a market leader in the North American bakery industry delivering value-added, branded and private label programs across a range of consumer segments including Mini-Treats, Cupcakes, and Better For You Snacking. Give and Go’s well-known offerings include its bestselling two-bite® and Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe® brands, as well as its Mason St. Bakehouse™ and The Worthy Crumb Pastry Co.™ brands. Give & Go maintains best-in-class, proprietary in-house manufacturing and product innovation capabilities through its four production facilities located in Toronto, Canada.

Concurrent with the closing of the acquisition by THL, Give & Go completed the acquisition of Create-a-Treat Ltd., NAFTA Foods and Packaging Inc., and related entities (together, “NAFTA CAT”). NAFTA CAT will form a new division inside Give and Go, simply called “Create-a-Treat.”

Based in Toronto, NAFTA CAT is a market-leading manufacturer of edible craft products for celebrations and holidays throughout the year. NAFTA CAT is the largest North American manufacturer of gingerbread house kits, and makes and sells cookie kits and a variety of cookies. NAFTA CAT sells under the Create-a-Treat and Orbit brands, as well as under private label brands. NAFTA CAT operates three custom-built manufacturing facilities in Toronto, Canada.

Both Give & Go and NAFTA CAT sell predominately through the in-store bakeries of North American retailers and grocers. Together, Give and Go and NAFTA CAT will be able to leverage the combined service, innovation, manufacturing and distribution resources to better serve their foodservice and retail grocery customers. The executive team of NAFTA CAT will be assuming leadership roles at Give & Go.

Joel Flatt, CEO of Give and Go, commented, “We are excited about our new partnership with THL whose extensive experience in the consumer goods sector will be a terrific asset for the Company as we continue to invest in innovative new products and accelerate our acquisition strategy. NAFTA CAT is an excellent example of the type of acquisition we are seeking in order to grow our platform and provide our customers with better service and more integrated offerings across a broad range of baked goods categories. I am confident that we found the perfect partners to aggressively expand and scale the Give & Go platform.”

Jeff Swenson, Managing Director of THL, said, “Joel Flatt and the Give & Go management team have created a winning portfolio of on-trend, value-added solutions for their customers in the in-store bakery. The company has been a pioneer in innovation across sweet baked goods categories. We look forward to partnering with Joel and are excited to invest behind opportunities that will further strengthen Give & Go’s leading customer value proposition.”

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About Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. is one of the world’s oldest and most experienced private equity firms. The firm invests in growth-oriented businesses, headquartered principally in North America, across three broad sectors: consumer and healthcare, media and information services, and business and financial services. Since its founding in 1974, THL has raised over $20 billion of equity capital and invested in more than 130 businesses with an aggregate purchase price of more than $150 billion. THL strives to build great companies of lasting value and generate superior investment returns. For more information, please visit

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Matt Benson/Robin Weinberg/Devin Broda

Photo courtesy of NAFTA Foods and Packaging Inc