Brynwood Partners-backed Buitoni Food Co. agreed to buy the North American Buitoni business from Nestle USA. Buitoni is a national brand in the refrigerated pasta, sauces and cheese categories. The deal includes the rights to the Buitoni brand in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean region. The deal is expected to close in the next 30 days, subject to U.S. regulatory review.
Brynwood Partners VIII L.P. (“Brynwood VIII”) announced today that its newly-formed portfolio company, Buitoni Food Company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the North American Buitoni® business from Nestlé USA, Inc. (“Nestlé”). The transaction, which includes a 240,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Danville, VA, is expected to close within the next 30 days, subject to customary U.S. regulatory review. Terms and conditions of the deal are not being disclosed.
Buitoni Food Company will be headquartered in Stamford, CT and the Danville, VA manufacturing facility, with its approximately 525 full-time employees, will continue to support the business. Buitoni is a leading national brand in the refrigerated pasta, sauces and cheese categories. The transaction includes the rights to the Buitoni brand in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean territories. Buitoni Food Company will continue to manufacture Nestlé Toll House cookie dough products from the Danville, VA facility under a long-term supply agreement.
“We are delighted to announce the formation of Buitoni Food Company,” said Henk Hartong III, Chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners. “We are thrilled to add the famous Buitoni brand, and its delicious pastas, sauces and cheeses to our investment portfolio. Buitoni has a rich history and Italian heritage that has delighted consumers for over 100 years. The Danville, VA facility will enable us to quickly invest in new culinary and eating trends so that we can build on the strong foundation of current Buitoni offerings. We look forward to innovating and growing the Buitoni brand as more consumers seek out high quality meals that can be easily prepared at home.”
“On behalf of everyone at Brynwood Partners, I would like to sincerely thank the Nestlé team for working with us on another corporate carve out. This marks the eighth transaction we have completed with Nestlé, and we look forward to continuing our relationship,” said Ian MacTaggart, President, CFO and COO of Brynwood Partners. Since 2003, Brynwood Partners has acquired the Flipz, DeMet’s Turtles, Treasures, Stixx, Juicy Juice, Bit O Honey, Nutrament and Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta brands from Nestlé. With this acquisition, Brynwood Partners, a leader in the middle market corporate carveout space, has now acquired 55 brands from 20 different corporate sellers since its founding in 1984.
Brynwood Partners was represented by Holland & Knight LLP on legal matters.
About Brynwood Partners:
Brynwood Partners, founded in 1984 and based in Greenwich, CT, is an operationally-focused private equity firm that makes control investments in North American-based lower middle market companies. The firm targets non-core brands or companies operating exclusively in the consumer sector.
Brynwood Partners currently manages more than $1 billion of private equity capital for its limited partners, which include U.S. and international pension funds, fund-of-funds, endowments, foundations, high net worth family investment offices and financial institutions. For more information on Brynwood Partners, please visit www.brynwoodpartners.com.