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Signature
Foods

Status
Realised
Country
Netherlands
Strategy
Mid Cap
Sector
Consumer
Entry
Jan-16
Exit
Mar-21
Fund
IK VII

Leading manufacturer of spreadable salads in the Benelux

Signature Foods is a leading branded and private label food franchise in the fresh packaged convenience categories of spreads, dips and (side) salads. The company is the market leader in the Benelux, with a growing Northern European footprint across Poland, France, the UK, Germany and the Nordics, and has a unique portfolio of brands (Johma, Délio, Hamal, Le Cobourg, Westland, Maga, Heks’nkaas and Pluck).

Through its six business units, Signature Foods produces a variety of chilled products, which are sold across multiple channels – retail (branded and private label), traditional, foodservice and exports.

IK acquired Signature Foods from AAC Capital in January 2016, through the IK VII Fund. In March 2021, IK agreed to sell to Pamplona Capital Management.

Our Value Creation Strategy

During our ownership, we worked alongside the management team to:

  • Leverage strong brands and private label positions;
  • Grow and develop adjacent categories in core markets;
  • Drive international expansion both organically and through acquisitions;
  • Realise cost savings from operational initiatives; and
  • Rebrand from Salad Signature to Signature Foods in December 2018.

Investment Team

Frederik Jacobs

Director
Amsterdam