PE-backed Raymundos buys Desi Natural Dahi

Raymundos Food Group LLC, a portfolio company of AUA Private Equity, has acquired Bethpage, New York-based Desi Natural Dahi, a milk and yogurt distributor. The seller was Derle Farms Inc. No financial terms were disclosed.


NEW YORK, NY – September 25, 2018 – AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC (“AUA Private Equity”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of the assets of Desi Natural Dahi from Derle Farms, Inc., a family-owned milk and yogurt distributor. The transaction was completed on behalf of AUA Private Equity portfolio company Raymundos Food Group, LLC (“Raymundos”).

Desi, based in Bethpage, NY, develops and markets branded Indian yogurts (Dahi) and cheese (Paneer) which is predominantly sold through ethnic retailers. Desi has established itself as the #1 Indian Dahi brand in the U.S. The company enjoys the widest brand awareness, highest net promoter score, and widest distribution among any Dahi brand in the U.S.

The acquisition of Desi positions Raymundos as the owner of both the leading brand of Dahi Indian yogurt as well as the leading brand of Flan in the U.S. Moreover, the Raymundos platform will derive value from (i) a broader product portfolio that adds cross-selling and product innovation opportunities; and (ii) an expanded customer base and additional distribution channels with significant growth potential.

Andy Unanue, AUA Private Equity’s Managing Partner, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have completed the acquisition of Desi, allowing Raymundos to expand its product offering, develop additional customer channels, and achieve economies of scale that will deliver alpha to our partners.” Steven Flyer, lead Partner on the Desi transaction, added: “The Desi acquisition is strategic for Raymundos, as our company now owns two leading ethnic-oriented refrigerated brands targeting two of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. (Hispanic and Indian). The transaction also helps advance the Raymundos platform further into the better-for-you category.”

The transaction was led by Partner Steven Flyer, Principal Kyce Chihi, and Senior Associate Ari David.

About AUA Private Equity Partners:
AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC is a New York-based, operationally-focused, lower middle-market investment firm providing strategic capital to companies in the consumer products and services sectors with a particular focus on family-owned businesses or companies benefiting from the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population. AUA Private Equity makes equity investments of $20 to $75 million in companies that generate in excess of $5 million in EBITDA. AUA Private Equity currently manages approximately $275 million* of capital.

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