20 Jan 15

Vandemoortele acquires LAG

Vandemoortele acquires LAG (Lanterna-Agritech), a leading player in the frozen bakery products in Italy.

LAG, the market leader in frozen focaccia and bread in Italy, will be acquired by Vandemoortele, a leading player in European frozen bakery products. After the acquisition of Agritech by Lanterna in 2012, the combined entity was renamed LAG and embarked upon a growth path.

With this acquisition, Vandemoortele strengthens its bakery products business in Italy and extends its product range with typical Italian products such as focaccia and ciabatta.

Paolo Soldateschi of LAG comments: “Vandemoortele is a strategic partner to strengthen our growth plans for Italy and we are also excited by the prospect to export our authentic focaccia from Genoa across Europe and the world.”

“We are impressed by the passion for the product and by the strong performance of LAG in the Italian market. We see clear opportunities for further growth.” adds Jules Noten, CEO of Vandemoortele. LAG employs around 300 people with production operations in Genoa, Ravenna and Padua and an annual turnover of 87 million euro in 2013.

Vandemoortele employs 29 people in its Milan office in Italy and 4,700 people across the group with an annual turnover of around 1,3 billion euro in 2013. Parties confirm that the closing of the transaction is scheduled at the end of January 2015. LAG ownership is currently shared by its management and private equity funds Yarpa and LBO France.

No details related to the transaction have been disclosed. Jean Vandemoortele, Chairman of Vandemoortele, comments: "This acquisition is fully in line with the growth strategy of Vandemoortele and comes on top of our investments in new factories in Lyon and Poland, as previously announced” . Vandemoortele considers the issuance of a new retail bond as part of its financing of this growth plan.

About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Plant-Based Food Solutions. We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products. 

In 2022, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.7 billion with 4,600 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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