Gambit Team Leads the Way in Brewing Up a Major Sale; MARKET PLACE PERKING UP

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Gambit Team Leads the Way in Brewing Up a Major Sale; MARKET PLACE PERKING UP


Byline: SION BARRY Business Editor sion.barry@walesonline.co.uk

CARDIFF headquartered Gambit Corporate Finance has acted as lead adviser in the sale of Fairtrade coffee owner and distributor Food Brands Group. The Gambit team acted for the shareholder of the London-based business in a deal which has seen it acquired by Swedish-based Lofbergs Lila AB.

Food Brands' shareholders included Electra Partners LLP and management. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Founded in 1983 Food Brands owns and distributes a number of coffee and related brands in the UK market and has a turnover of around PS9m.

It owns the foremost UK super-premium quality Fairtrade coffee brand, Percol, a range of 11 roast and ground and eight instant coffee product lines which are widely distributed in the UK. It also owns the Rocket Fuel brand, an innovative range of caffeine enriched, guarana based hot coffee and chocolate energy drinks.

In the past 10 years, Food Brands has won more than 40 industry awards for taste and quality.

Lofbergs, a major supplier to Food Brands, is one of the largest coffee roasters in the Nordic region and is one of the world's largest importers of ecological and Fairtrade-labelled coffees.

Gambit's team, which has significant experience in the food and beverage sector and private equity transactions, was led by Geraint Rowe, Andrew Charter and Adrian Jones.

Mr Rowe confirmed the team spoke to potential purchasers in 14 countries. …

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