Campbell Soup to sell European chips business for about $80 mln

Campbell Soup Company has agreed to sell its European chips business to Valeo Foods for about $80 million. Barclays and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advised Campbell on the transaction. Valeo Foods is a portfolio company of CapVest Partners LLP.

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CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) announced it has signed an agreement for the intended sale of its European Chips Business to Valeo Foods, a portfolio company of CapVest Partners LLP, for approximately £66 million (approximately $80 million based on current exchange rates). Campbell’s European Chips Business includes UK-based Kettle Foods Limited and Netherlands-based Yellow Chips B.V. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including the relevant regulatory approvals and consultation with employee representative bodies. Campbell will use the proceeds from the divestiture to reduce debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, Campbell will retain the Kettle Brand business in the United States and all other geographies except for Europe and the Middle East. Campbell intends to grow the Kettle Brand as an important part of its Snacks portfolio, which also includes the Cape Cod, Emerald, Goldfish, Lance, Late July, Milano, Pepperidge Farm, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and Snyder’s of Hanover brands.
Based in Norwich, England, Kettle Foods Limited makes hand-cooked crisps, popcorn, rice snacks and vegetable-based chips. Its primary brands are KETTLE Chips and Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn. The sale also includes Netherlands-based Yellow Chips, a producer of high-quality vegetable and organic potato chips under private label snacks and its own premium brands, including Go Pure.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Campbell was advised by Barclays and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food that matters for life’s moments.” For generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and affordable snacks, soups and simple meals, and beverages. Founded in 1869, Campbell has a heritage of giving back and acting as a good steward of the planet’s natural resources. The company is a member of the Standard and Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoupcompany.com or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.

About Valeo Foods Group
With operations in Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe and sales to approximately 90 countries, Valeo Foods is one of the fastest growing international ambient foods producers and distributors with annual sales of approximately €850 million, before the currently proposed acquisition of Kettle Foods. Valeo Foods owns a portfolio of popular consumer brands, many of them iconic household names in their markets, including Barratt, Rowse Honey, Fox’s Glacier Mints and XXX Mints, Jacob’s, Batchelors, Odlums, Shamrock, Kelkin, Robert Roberts, Pedro and Balconi. In total, Valeo Foods has 68 international brands.

The Group is a leader in sweet treats, health and wellness, baking and meal ingredients, out-of-home beverages and foodservice and has 21 locations across Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe