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2024-07-5

IK Partners enters exclusive negotiations to sell Mademoiselle Desserts to the Emmi Group

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IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK VIII Fund has entered into exclusivity to sell its stake in Mademoiselle Desserts (“the Company”), a leading European manufacturer of frozen pastries, to the Emmi Group (“Emmi”). Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Established in 1984 and headquartered in Montigny-le-Bretonneux in France, Mademoiselle Desserts has rapidly grown to become a leading European manufacturer of premium frozen pastries, including mini beignets, mini muffins, choux-based pastries, tarts, flans and pastry bases.

From its 12 production facilities in France, Benelux and the UK, Mademoiselle Desserts serves over 900 customers in more than 45 countries globally. The Company employs approximately 2,000 people who collaborate closely with its customers to develop bespoke desserts meeting the highest food standards.

In partnership with IK since 2018, Mademoiselle Desserts has achieved several strategic objectives and successfully executed the acquisitions of: Pâtisserie Michel Kremer in 2018; Les Délices Des 7 Vallées in 2019; Planète Gourmet in 2021; and Galana in 2023. These acquisitions have enabled the Company to expand internationally, particularly in the US and Europe, while enhancing its product portfolio towards mini products.

IK also supported the Company with an operational excellence programme centred around purchasing, site specialisation and logistics. Investments in production lines were also made to further expand the business’s capacity. These initiatives, coupled with the expertise of the management team, have resulted in substantial growth and expansion for the group.

Didier Boudy, CEO of Mademoiselle Desserts, commented: “We would like to thank IK for all their support in the past six years. This period has seen us navigate several significant global crises, but we have managed to emerge as a stronger business through the dedication of our own employees and the expertise and financial backing of IK. We are very excited about the next chapter which will see us working closely with Emmi.”

Rémi Buttiaux, Managing Partner at IK and Advisor to the IK VIII Fund, said: “Since investing in Mademoiselle Desserts in 2018, we have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and expertise of the entire team. Together, we have implemented organic growth initiatives and executed several bolt-on acquisitions, solidifying the Company’s position as one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of frozen pastries and desserts. We wish Didier and his team continued success for the next stage of their already impressive growth story.”

For further questions, please contact:

IK Partners
Vidya Verlkumar
Phone: +44 (0) 7787 558 193
vidya.verlkumar@ikpartners.com

Mademoiselle Desserts

Mademoiselle Desserts is a leading frozen bakery player in Europe. Founded in 1984, the Group has grown through an active build-up strategy in France, the UK and Netherlands. It operates 12 production sites and employs approximately 2,000 people. For more information, visit http://www.mademoiselle-desserts.com

IK Partners

IK Partners (“IK”) is a European private equity firm focused on investments in the Benelux, DACH, France, Nordics and the UK. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €16.5 billion of capital and invested in over 180 European companies. IK supports companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well-positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit ikpartners.com

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