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February 21th 2020 - Press Release

EMERAMs portfolio company Frostkrone Food Group expands into the UK, acquiring Innovate Foods

Munich, 24 February 2020 – Frostkrone Food Group, a portfolio company of private equity firm EMERAM Capital Partners ("EMERAM") and one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of frozen convenience food, has acquired the Scottish company Innovate Foods Ltd. ("Innovate Foods"), which specializes in the production of frozen finger food and snacks.

Following the acquisitions of the French snack and finger food manufacturers Piz'wich and Varenne Gastronomie in 2018 and Rite Stuff Foods last year, Frostkrone Food Group is once again expanding its product range and strengthening its leading market position in Europe.

Innovate Foods produces frozen finger food and snacks for the wholesale trade, for retailers and for the food service sector in state-of-the-art facilities. The Scotland-based company is managed by its founder Tony Dumbreck and is one of the UK's leading finger food producers.

Frédéric Dervieux, CEO of Frostkrone Group, said: “The acquisition of Innovate Foods not only expands our product offering with a diverse product range, but also provides us with a production facility in the UK. We have been nurturing close customer relations with this country for many years. And in light of the economic changes that Brexit will bring about, this acquisition will give our local customers and us the necessary security and the flexibility.”

Dr. Christian Näther, managing director of EMERAM, added: "With the acquisition of Innovate Foods, Frostkrone Food Group establishes itself as a market leader in the UK, an important end market for finger food and snacks with high organic and cross-selling growth potential. We are convinced that with its successful history and UK roots, Innovate Foods will be a strong platform for Frostkrone Food Group to secure long-term access to strategically important UK operators and wholesale customer channels realizing additional capacity in the UK.”

Since the beginning of 2017, Frostkrone Food Group has been a portfolio company of EMERAM, an independent private equity firm for medium-sized companies in German-speaking countries. EMERAM is a long-term business development partner and supports the company with the consistent implementation of its growth strategy and international expansion.

The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the transaction.