CLB Coopers advises Fruitapeel in sale to Puratos

CLB Coopers advises Fruitapeel in sale to Puratos

The Corporate Finance and Tax teams at CLB Coopers have advised the management of Fruitpeel in the acquisition by international company, Puratos.

Fruit and confectionary sauce manufacturer, Fruitapeel, was founded in 2006 by Terry and Debbie Haigh; it is headquartered in Simonswood, Merseyside and has around 70 employees. The company supplies customers from artisan producers and farm shops to multi-million turnover ice cream, dessert and cake manufacturers.

Belgium-based Puratos is a manufacturer of premium bakery, patisserie and chocolate ingredients for the baking industry. It was established in 1919 and its products & services are available in more than 100 countries. Puratos UK was founded in 1977 and is based in Buckinghamshire.

The acquisition is designed to strengthen Puratos’ position in the UK bakery industry and enables the company to enhance its offering to existing customers. The deal also enables Puratos UK to develop its expertise in fruit sourcing and production of preservative-free fillings.

Corporate Finance and Tax advice was provided to Fruitapeel by the CLB Coopers’ teams, with Andrew Feeke and Simon Carruthers (Corporate Finance) and Rob Wardle & Amanda Sayle (Tax) supporting the company’s management throughout the transaction.

Andrew Feeke, Senior Director at CLB Coopers, added, “The deal is a culmination of plans that, working closely with Fruitpeel, were put in place to realise the value from the growth the company has achieved over the past twelve months, and with a firm focus on its long-term strategic goals. We wish the business every continued success in what looks set to be a very exciting future”.

Terry Haigh said, “I could not be happier with what Puratos has to offer for the future of Fruitapeel. Puratos not only brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment, it also provides the manufacturing experience to compliment a business that has been built on quality and customer service. This is truly an exciting time for the business and for our customers.”

Julia Darvill, Puratos UK’s General Manager, said the deal offers a genuine win-win scenario for both businesses and their respective customer bases. “Moving forward, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive product and service range”.

The corporate team at the Manchester office of Mills & Reeve, led by Partner, Chris Ross, advised Puratos on the deal. Fruitapeel was advised by Peter Allen, Helen Mather and Ryan Brown at Manchester law firm, Kuits.

Ross said, “There are excellent synergies between the two companies and, following Fruitapeel becoming part of the Puratos business, the company has an excellent platform from which to achieve its ambitious growth plans in the UK”.

Peter Allen of Kuits commented, “This was a highly significant and transformative deal for Fruitapeel and its shareholders and we were delighted to be able to use our specialist food and beverage sector experience to support their move into what will be a very exciting time for the development of the business”.

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