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Bel Group Acquisition to Create a Major Global Player in the Healthy Snacks

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Bel Group Acquisition to Create a Major Global Player in the Healthy Snacks

Bel Group Acquisition to Create a Major Global Player in the Healthy Snacks
August 03
09:58 2016

The Bel Group, the French cheese processor, is in exclusive negotiations with LBO France to acquire the MOM Group. Under the proposed deal, the Bel Group would take a majority interest in MOM, with MOM’s current management remaining as a shareholder.

The MOM Group, majority owned by LBO France since 2010, has achieved unequalled business growth in France and the United States. While building on its historical Materne® and Mont Blanc® brands sold in France, the MOM Group created the fruit squeezers category and developed strong leadership positions with its Pom’Potes® and GoGosqueeZ® brands in both France and the United States. Over the past five years, MOM has doubled in size, achieving sales of €362 million in 2015. The company employs 1,300 people and owns four production sites, including two in France and two in the United States. It aims to use its industrial knowhow and capacity for innovation to gain international leadership positions through its brands.

With brands The Laughing Cow®, Kiri®, Mini Babybel®, Leerdammer®, and Boursin®, Bel is the world leader in single-serving cheese portions, selling its brands in nearly 130 countries.

The deal would enable Bel and MOM to fashion together a major global player in the healthy snacks segment, founded on strong and innovative brands, and very highly complementary product ranges and territories.

The Laughing Cow Light Mozarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil

The Laughing Cow Light Mozarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil

The deal will be submitted to both companies’ labour-representation bodies for consultation and to the competent competition authorities for approval. It will also be subject to the usual closing conditions, with a view to completing the transaction by the end of 2016. The acquisition would be financed by Bel’s own financial resources and by issuing additional debt without undermining Bel’s financial health.

Antoine Fiévet, chairman and chief executive of Fromageries Bel, comments: “This deal alongside MOM Group’s management represents an historic opportunity for Bel to accelerate the building of a major player in single-serving healthy snack portions, in step with the group’s strategic ambitions. The perfectly complementary nature of the product ranges is ideal for meeting growing consumer expectations and the nutritional challenges facing many, many countries. Focusing the teams on a limited number of brands with strong international potential, and combining the industrial expertise and innovative capabilities of Bel and MOM creates an extraordinary foundation for growth.”

Michel Larroche, chief executive of MOM Group, says: “For MOM, a partnership with Bel offers a unique opportunity to accelerate the growth of our healthy, fruit and dairy snack brands, by leaning on the Bel Group’s extraordinary international reach. Our partnership with Bel will help create a French headquartered, healthy snack-food company that will be uniquely positioned and supported by international brands.”

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