Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp, acquired last year by U.S. private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, has bought the business of United Baking Co Inc and its affiliates Uncle Wally’s LLC and Vision Enterprises LLC. No financial terms were released. Based in Shirley, New York, Uncle Wally’s is a pure-play maker of premium muffins. Toronto’s Give & Go said the deal represents the first expansion of its manufacturing footprint in the United States. It added that Uncle Wally’s products will complement its own portfolio of thaw-and-sell products. Thomas H. Lee acquired Give & Go last August from OMERS Private Equity.
Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. Completes Acquisition of Uncle Wally’s Bake Shoppe
February 21, 2017
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. (“Give & Go”) today announced it has completed its acquisition of the muffin business of United Baking Co., Inc., and its subsidiaries Uncle Wally’s LLC and Vision Enterprises, LLC (collectively, “Uncle Wally’s”).
Based in Shirley, New York, Uncle Wally’s is a leading pure-play manufacturer of premium muffins. Uncle Wally’s product portfolio features a broad range of flavors, sizes and packaging formats, and its products are sold through grocery stores and clubs across the U.S.
Founded in 1989, Give & Go 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 & Go’s well-known offerings include its bestselling two-bite® and Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe®, and Create-a-TreatTM brands, and well-positioned Mason St. BakehouseTM, and The Worthy Crumb Pastry Co.TM brands. Give & Go maintains best-in-class proprietary in-house manufacturing and product innovation capabilities through its seven manufacturing facilities in Toronto.
Both Give & Go and Uncle Wally’s sell predominately through the in-store bakeries of North American retailers and grocers, and the Uncle Wally’s muffin program is a key complementary addition to Give & Go’s portfolio of thaw-and-sell products. The acquisition will allow both organizations to leverage the collective service, innovation, manufacturing expertise, and distribution resources to better serve their customers. In particular, Uncle Wally’s is now able to leverage Give & Go’s management infrastructure along with its salesforce and customer relationships in the ISB channel. The leadership team of Uncle Wally’s will be joining Give & Go and assuming new roles in the combined company’s manufacturing, sales and marketing organizations.
Joel Flatt, CEO of Give & Go, commented, “Since partnering with Thomas H. Lee Partners in mid-2016, Give & Go continues to focus on improving its scale and product line both organically through our proven innovation capabilities as well as through selective acquisitions. The acquisition of Uncle Wally’s represents the first expansion of our manufacturing footprint in the U.S. Uncle Wally’s adds a key in-store bakery program to our offering and allows us to be closer to our U.S. customers. We look forward to building on the combined capabilities of both of our companies to continue to strengthen our value proposition for our customers.”
Lou Avignone, CEO of Uncle Wally’s, adds “We are very excited to join forces with Give & Go. Over our 20-year history, Uncle Wally’s tremendous growth and leadership in the muffin category has been supported by our premium quality muffins and deep customer relationships. Give & Go, as a leader in the in-store bakery market, shares our passion for producing the finest quality products.”
For more information on Give & Go, its products, and its capabilities, please visit our website: http://www.giveandgo.com/.
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Photo courtesy of Uncle Wally’s Bake Shoppe