• 13/11/2023 - Axium Packaging announces the acquisition of Silte

    Neuilly-sur-Seine, 8 November 2023 Backed by Cerea Partners (majority shareholder) and Bpifrance, Axium Packaging, which specialises in the manufacture of PET, recycled PET, PP and PCR PP jars, bottles and closures for the Hygiene-Beauty and Agri-Food markets, announces the acquisition of Silte in Italy.
    Silte, a family-owned SME based in Budrio near Bologna in Italy, specialises in the manufacture of extrusion blow-moulded and cold cycle blow-moulded jars and bottles for the Italian Hygiene-Beauty, Cosmetics and Detergents markets.
    Founded in 1970, SILTE has sales of €7.5m and employs 25 people at its Italian production site.
    Axium Packaging, founded in 1968 and headquartered in Saint Etienne (France), specialises ...

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  • 06/09/2023 - Cerea Partners announces a record closing for its Cerea Mezzanine IV fund

    Cerea Partners announces a record closing for its Cerea Mezzanine IV fund

    At €300 million, the Cerea Mezzanine IV fund exceeds its predecessor by 50%, confirming investor interest in the 4th vintage of Cerea Partners' mezzanine funds.

    Cerea Partners, a thematic investor driven by one ambition: "better nutrition, better production, better living", is proud to announce the closing of Cerea Mezzanine IV. The fund has reached a size of €300 million, a record raising for the strategy. This achievement underlines the attractiveness of the fund's investment strategy and the continuing confidence of investors in the expertise of Cerea Partners, which now manages almost €1.5 billion in assets.

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  • 31/05/2023 - Cerea Partners takes a majority stake in AB Process Ingénierie, a French company that designs and integrates custom robotic and automated solutions, alongside the CEO and founders

    Cerea Partners, a pioneering investor and partner for companies in the food & beverage industry, today announced its acquisition of a stake in the group composed of AB Process Ingénierie and Coaxial Technologie, alongside CEO Brian Boulanger, the group’s founders, Bpifrance and regional partners Sodero and Unexo. Former majority shareholder Trajan is using the opportunity to reinvest in the new deal. This marks the third investment by the Cerea Capital III Fund, which completed its initial closing in summer 2022.
    Founded in 2008 in Landivisiau, a town in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France, by Michel Bris, Christophe Abjean and Stéphane Pluchon, AB Process Ingénierie designs and integrates cus ...

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  • 10/05/2023 - Cerea Partners presses ahead with its fast-paced development, raising 3 new funds and strengthening its teams

    Paris, 10 May 2023 – Cerea Partners, a pioneering investor and partner for companies in the food & beverage universe, has launched 3 new funds, raising almost €700 million and lifting its total assets under management to €1.3 billion.

    Cerea Partners is advancing along its trajectory of rapid expansion and has strengthened its teams by making 6 new hiring over the past 18 months.

    The management company is also sharpening its focus on the sustainable values of better nutrition, better production and better living through investments aligned with its goals of delivering sustainable development and facilitating the transition of the small and lower mid-caps it supports.

    “We’re delighted with the pr ...

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  • 04/04/2023 - Cerea Partners enters exclusive negotiations with Seventure Partners to acquire majority stake in Polaris

    Cerea Partners, the investor-partner of the food & beverage universe companies, has entered into exclusive negotiations with a view to acquire a majority stake of Polaris alongside the Company’s management and current shareholders who are reinvesting significantly in the transaction (Seventure Partners, with its Health for Life Capital™ II fund, and Picama) as well as French regional investors.
    Since its inception in 1994, Polaris has become a major and recognized player in the field of the purification and concentration of oils based on microalgae and fish, making it possible to obtain products with a high concentration of Omega 3. The French Company has a turnover of €30 million and serves the food supplements, nutra ...

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  • 09/02/2023 - ProNoïa, a major franchise partner of KFC in France, raises €85 million in financing to accelerate its development


    Pierre TRITZ, President of ProNoïa, is a successful entrepreneur who has been operating KFC restaurants under franchise since 2013.

    Headquartered in Pau (64), ProNoïa has, by the end of January 2023, 26 KFC restaurants in the South-West, in Ile-de-France and in the Centre-East region, a number that has been growing rapidly for the last 2 years, with the opening of about 15 restaurants since mid-2021.

    With the support of a motivated and experienced team, ProNoïa has demonstrated its expertise in developing franchised restaurants as well as in the financial management of restaurants and the group.

    The French market continues to be a major growth segment for KFC, which specializes in chicken-based prepara ...

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  • 07/11/2022 - Cerea takes a majority stake in Groupe Ethique & Santé, a leading player in the medical and dietary treatment of the overweight

    Cerea Partners, the investor-partner of the food & beverage universe companies, announces today that it has acquired a majority stake in Groupe Ethique & Santé, alongside the founder and CEO Rémy Legrand and group’s employees. This first investment of the Cerea Capital III Fund amounts to € 13.5 million.
    Created in 2009 by Rémy Legrand, Groupe Ethique & Santé currently operates a network of franchised locations specialized in the overweight’s treatment pending MD prescription. The group has experienced a very strong growth since its inception and reaches almost a hundred sites. These centres use the RNPC® brand (Rééducation Nutritionnelle Psycho-Comportementale or Psycho-Behavioral Nutritional Re-education) reg ...

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  • 01/08/2022 - Cerea Partners arranges the unitranche financing for the acquisition of Nutrimuscle Group

    On July 12, 2022, Cerea Partners arranged the unitranche financing for the acquisition of Nutrimuscle group by the fund Bluegem, its co-investors and the management.
    Founded in 1993, the Nutrimuscle group produces and distributes food supplements for sports nutrition and well-being, with a sales model that is almost exclusively direct to consumers through its own website.
    French pioneer of Direct-to-Consumer sports nutrition, the group has developed a complete range of sports nutrition products (proteins, amino acids, energy bars), health and wellness supplements (products for joints, immune resistance, cardiovascular health, muscle recovery and weight loss) and protein cooking ingredients. T ...

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  • 10/12/2021 - Cerea acquires Chocmod, the leader in chocolate truffles

    On 23 November 2021, Cerea completed the acquisition of Chocmod, the world’s leading producer of chocolate truffles. Ghislain Lesaffre and Antoine Fortin, former majority shareholders, are reinvesting and supporting the handover of the managerial reins to Emmanuel Bois.
    Founded in 1948 in Roncq near Lille (France), Chocmod was taken over by Ghislain Lesaffre and Antoine Fortin in 2008. It has enjoyed very strong international growth since then, which notably led to the setting up of a production unit in 2011 in Saint Jean sur Richelieu near Montreal (Canada) to serve the North American market. Today, Chocmod addresses the European, Asian, EMEA and American markets, with international business accounting for mor ...

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  • 15/09/2021 - Cerea Mezzanine Funds support the family-owned Hafner group in financing its acquisition of Naturellement Gourmand

    Founded in 1929, the Hafner group is a well-known family business specializing in the fresh industrial pastry sector (cream pastries, pies, eclairs) and ready-to-stuff pastries such as pie crusts and puff pastries. Led since 2012 by Nicolas Sesmat, the group has pursued a strategy of modernisation of its industrial facilities and acquisitions, which has enabled it to become a major player in its markets with 3 production sites in the Loire, Savoie and Yvelines regions, as well as a small production plant in Canada.

    On July 28, 2021, Hafner acquired Naturellement Gourmand. This transaction will enable Hafner to (i) become the French leader in fresh pastries packed under protective atmosphere through the integration of Naturellement Go ...

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  • 27/07/2021 - Cerea Dette II takes part in the senior acquisition financing of Babcock Wanson

    On July 8, 2021, Cerea Dette II invested in the senior acquisition financing of Babcock Wanson, on the occasion of the group's takeover by Kartesia from FCDE.
    Founded in 1896, Babcock Wanson ("BW") is a European leader specializing in industrial heating equipment and solutions, designed in particular for the food & beverage sector which accounts for 40% of the group’s turnover.
    The group benefits from a unique European positioning thanks to (i) the design and manufacture of a complete range of boilers and burners designed for small and medium-sized industrial installations, (ii) a one-stop-shop solution combining equipment and services (installation, maintenance, rental, etc.) provided through a network of 200 techn ...

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  • 20/07/2021 - Cerea Dette II invests in Omni-Pac Group senior acquisition financing, the first « Green LBO » on the French market

    Founded in 1977 in Brittany, France, Omni-Pac Group (previously Cellulose de la Loire « CDL »), is a leading European producer of moulded fibre packaging and responsible solutions, targeting mainly the poultry (the Group’s historical activity), fruits and vegetables and medical markets, as well as new applications.

    CDL achieved strong growth in the past few years, completing in the process two major build-ups bearing attractive commercial and industrial synergy potential: Germany-based Omni-Pac, acquired in 2016, and UK-based Moulded Fibre Products, acquired in 2020. These two acquisitions have made CDL a pan-European player, which has since been rebranded as Omni-Pac Group.

    Omni-Pac Group is one of the three market leader ...

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  • 16/06/2021 - Cerea Mezzanine II exits Megg Invest (Omni-Pac Group)

    The Cerea Mezzanine II Fund has fully exited Megg Invest on the occasion of the company's sale to Latour Capital.

    In 2014, Cerea Mezzanine II financed Motion Equity Partners' acquisition of Celluloses de La Loire (CDL) alongside the management team led by Renaud Malarre. Driven by its excellent knowledge of the company and close relationship with the management team, Cerea Mezzanine II provided a unitranche bridge solution enclosing guaranteed funds which enabled the buyer to secure exclusivity for the takeover of the group from Cerea Capital. At closing, Cerea Mezzanine II arranged and underwrote a mezzanine financing issued by the holding company Megg Invest.

    Founded in 1977 in Brittany, France, CDL produces packaging ...

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  • 11/06/2021 - Cerea Dette II co-arranges senior acquisition financing for Nutrisens group

    On the 28th of April 2021, Cerea Dette II co-arranged a senior acquisition financing for health nutrition provider Nutrisens, on the occasion of Sagard's takeover of the group.

    Nutrisens is a French and European leader in health nutrition, supplying medical establishments (hospitals, retirement homes, pharmacies) with a wide range of nutritional products dedicated to the needs of elderly and/or vulnerable individuals suffering from dysphagia (swallowing disorders) or undernourishment.

    The group meets its clients' requirements through two complementary activities, namely medical nutrition (mixed dishes and jellied waters for individuals suffering from dysphagia) and clinical nutritio ...

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  • 07/06/2021 - Cerea Mezzanine IV first closing exceeds previous fund size and reaches over 85% target size

    Cerea Partners completed the first closing of its 4th Mezzanine fund at the end of April. The Fund has reached more than 85% of its target size, with an investment capacity of approximately €215 million exceeding the size of the 3rd fund.

    Cerea relied on the loyalty of its historical LPs, but also on the trust of new French and European investors. This round is mainly made up of institutional investors (banks, insurance companies...) but also includes a number of family offices.

    This successful fundraising confirms strong investor confidence in Cerea Partners following its acquisition by its partners in 2019.

    In line with Cerea's three previous Mezzanine funds, Cerea Mezzanine IV will invest in French and Europ ...

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  • 31/03/2021 - Icko Apiculture group speeds up its development

    Owned by Cerea, Pierre Ickowicz and the management team since the end of 2018, Icko Apiculture concludes its 3rd acquisition in 2 years in order to expand its footprint across France.
    Icko Apiculture is the European leader in the distribution of beekeeping Equipment and consumables. Created in 1947, Icko is committed to supporting beekeepers and to protecting bees.
    The Group distributes the widest range of products available in its market, with more than 4,500 references, and is expecting to achieve a turnover of €40 million in 2021.
    With the support of Cerea, Icko's management team is pursuing an active build-up policy. After Beeopic in 2019 and Centre d'Apiculture in 2020, Leygonie Apiculture ...

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  • 26/01/2021 - Cerea Partners provides financing for the buyout of Plantex Group

    By supporting Mérieux Equity Partners in the buyout of Plantex Group, Cerea Partners demonstrates once again the breadth of its sector focus and its commitment to the health / functional food segment.

    On 18th December 2020, the Cerea Mezzanine III fund arranged a mezzanine debt to finance the acquisition of Plantex Group by Mérieux Equity Partners alongside long-time shareholders.

    Established in 1990, Plantex specializes in the production of natural plant extracts dedicated to the nutraceutical (food supplement), agrifood, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and animal nutrition markets.

    Derived from approximatively 250 European (thyme, lemon balm, lemon, black radish, etc.) and exotic (vanilla, ginger, gua ...

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  • 17/09/2020 - Cerise & Potiron brings in Cerea Partners as a new equity partner

    On July 30th, 2020, Cerea Partners, acting through its Cerea Mezzanine III fund, invested in a sponsorless transaction alongside Mr. Eric Chetail and his management team aimed at strengthening their control of Cerise & Potiron group and embarking on a new development phase for the company.
    An emblematic brand in Lyon and its surroundings, Cerise & Potiron group is a network of city-center grocery stores dedicated to fruits and vegetables. The stores are mainly located in the Rhône-Alpes region. Founded in 1985, the group first developed under the Provifruits banner, before being taken over in 1999, with the support of Prosol, by its current manager, Mr. Eric Chetail. Mr. Chetail led a major strategic breakthrough by ...

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  • 25/06/2020 - Cerea supports the growth of Axium, the PET & R-PET plastic packaging solutions specialist

    On 25th June 2020, Cerea Partners, acting through its Cerea Capital II fund, acquired the family-owned Axium group, the PET (recyclable) & R-PET (recycled) plastic packaging solutions specialist, in a primary LBO transaction. The group CEO and his team have reinvested significantly, while Bpifrance acquired a minority stake in the company.
    Based in France, Axium mainly designs and manufactures plastic packaging solutions for the food, healthcare and beauty sectors. The group's products are divided between flasks, plugs, and boxes. Most of the materials used in the process (PEP and PP plastics) are 100% recyclable and recycled.
    Created in 1968, Axium is headed by Yves Cury, the founder's son. The group has ...

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  • 03/06/2020 - Cerea acquires Pagès Group, the automation solutions' specialist

    On 28th May 2020, Cerea and the company's management finalised the acquisition of Pagès Group, the specialist for high performance automation systems. Innovafonds, the previous shareholder, significantly reinvested in this new operation.
    Since its inception in 1984, the group has developed a unique expertise, renowned globally, in robotic In-Mold Labeling (IML) systems, thus placing it as the global leader in this niche market.
    Under the initiative of Yannick Ains, the group's CEO, who succeeded Philippe Olichon in 2016, the group has progressively expanded its solutions and services offering, first with the acquisition of Polymac in the Netherlands in 2018 and then, with the acquisition of Process Industries in France in 2 ...

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  • 14/05/2020 - Cerea Partners is committed to promoting gender parity in the private equity industry

    By signing the France Invest charter, Cerea Partners is setting ambitious goals to further gender parity within its organisation and portfolio companies.
    Cerea Partners, the leading investor in the food & beverage value chain, has signed the France Invest charter in a reflection of its commitment to promoting gender parity.
    Women already account for 22% of the partners at the asset management company, which acquired its independence last autumn. Cerea Partners truly believes that increasing the number of women within an organisation is a responsible performance-driver. With this in mind, it is asserting its commitment to actively promoting gender parity within its organisation and at the companies it supports. ...

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  • 10/12/2019 - Cerea Private Debt financially supports the buyout of Maison Routin

    On November 20th, Cerea Private Debt, with the Cerea Mezzanine III Fund, arranged and underwrote the mezzanine debt to finance the buyout of Maison Routin by Apax Partners Development.
    Building on century-old expertise in the production of flavouring syrups and beverages from its location in the French Alps, and on the work of its team of 160 employees, Maison Routin has recently undergone a transformation driven by its emblematic "1883" brand, supplied to businesses and found in coffeehouses, bars and restaurants in more than 80 countries. It generates approximately €60m in revenue, of which 40% from international markets.
    Maison Routin will also continue to operate as a well-known player in the French and ...

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  • 06/11/2019 - Cerea acquired by its team

    Cerea Partners has been acquired on 25th October 2019 by its management team. The firm was previously owned by Unigrains, its sole shareholder since its inception in 2004. Following this transaction, the team now owns 87.0% of the management company's share capital. Two historic Limited Partners of Cerea funds, MACSF and SMABTP, have lent their support to the team and now own, respectively, 8.7% and 4.3% of the management company. The transaction will not affect day-to-day business as its 26 employees will continue to channel Cerea funds through new investments and on-going coverage of the 44 companies currently under portfolio.

    The transaction is fully endorsed by the Cerea team and has been welcomed by the Limited P ...

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  • 24/10/2019 - Cerea Dette II makes two new investments in Spain

    Cerea Dette II makes two new investments in Spain, financially supporting the transfers of Palacios and Pastas Gallo groups.
    With these two new investments, the Cerea Dette II Fund totals 3 investments in the Spanish territory, in line with its international expansion.
    These two investments also form the 9th and 10th private debt investments of Cerea Partners since the beginning of the year.
    Cerea Dette II financially supports the Spanish fund MCH in the buyout of the Palacios group from Carlyle
    Founded in 1960, the Palacios group produces ready-made meals and fresh, convenient food and frozen Spanish specialities. Spanish leader in the omelette, chorizo, pizza a ...
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  • 10/10/2019 - Cerea Private Debt arranges a mezzanine financing for the acquisition of Groupe Frio

    Cerea Private Debt arranges a mezzanine financing for the acquisition of Groupe Frio by Azulis Capital and its management team
    Established in 1993, Groupe Frio is a provider of refrigeration equipment, with market leading positions in France and across Europe in wine cellars, its historical business, with such established brands as La Sommelière, Climadiff and Avintage.In addition to this category, the company supplies domestic and professional refrigeration equipment through its Frigelux and Interfroid Services brands. Based near Le Mans, France, Groupe Frio is active in 60 countries, with 30% of its revenues generated outside of France.
    Building on its strong presence in all key distribution channels (supermarket ...

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  • 02/10/2019 - Cerea Capital II sells its majority share in Krampouz to SEB Group

    The transaction was finalised on 30th September 2019.
    Krampouz specialises in designing, manufacturing and marketing high-end ready to use catering appliances.
    Major specialist for professional crepe makers and waffle makers, the company is also a well-known player in the outdoor catering equipment sector (stainless steel plancha, etc.)
    Products are marketed to catering professionals at 55% gross revenue, the private and public sector at 45%, in France at 69% and export at 31%.
    Deeply rooted in Brittany, Krampouz is labelled Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant ("A Living Heritage Company") and member of the Produit en Bretagne ("Made in Britany") Association.
    Created in 1949 by the ...

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  • 26/07/2019 - Cerea Partners to be acquired by its Management team

    Unigrains gives priority to the project of Cerea Partners"s Management Team
    Paris, July 26th, 2019 - Unigrains, the agri-food and agro-industry specialized investor, has signed an agreement with the Management of Cerea Partners, associated with institutional investors, for the sale of its third-party management subsidiary.
    The agreement covers 100% of Cerea Partners shares and its three activities: Buyout, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt.In the context of this project, the Cerea Partners Management Team would become the majority shareholder of the company, alongside French institutional investors, who are longstanding investors in its Funds. The new capital structure would enable Cerea Partners to:consol ...

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  • 16/06/2019 - 12ème investissement de Cerea Dette II : Financement de la reprise du Groupe Codorniu par le Fonds Carlyle

    12ème investissement de Cerea Dette II : Financement de la reprise du Groupe Codorniu par le Fonds Carlyle. 

    Le Fonds Cerea Dette II a participé au financement de l'acquisition par Carlyle du groupe espagnol Codorníu aux côtés de la famille fondatrice. Les fonds Cerea Dette réalisent ainsi leur deuxième investissement en Espagne. Fondé en 1551 par la famille Raventos et plus ancienne société privée d'Espagne, le groupe Codorníu est un des leaders de la production de Cava (vin pétillant) et de vins sur lesquels il détient des parts de marché importantes.
    Présent en Espagne et à l'international, Codorníu produit et distribue une dizaine de marques réputées et positionnées sur les segmen ...
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  • 16/04/2019 - Cerea Dette II arrange un refinancement de 10 M€ pour la Compagnie des Desserts

    Cerea Dette II a arrangé un financement de 10 M€ destiné au refinancement d'obligations convertibles existantes.Créée à Lézignan-Corbières (Aude) dans les années 80, La Compagnie des Desserts (« CDD ») est spécialisée dans la production et la distribution de glaces artisanales et de pâtisseries surgelées à destination des restaurants indépendants et des chaînes de restauration et d'hôtellerie, avec un modèle hybride unique en France associant les activités de fabricant et de distributeur.Le Groupe est par ailleurs l'un des rares acteurs du secteur à disposer d'une empreinte européenne significative, réalisant 45 % de son chiffre d'affaires à l'international, avec un développement réussi en Esp ...
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  • 29/03/2019 - Cerea Partners commits to the fight against climate change and joins the Climate Initiative 2020

    Cerea Partners, the Investor-Partner of Agrobusiness companies, has committed to the fight against climate change by becoming a signatory of the Climate Initiative 2020. This initiative is the fight collective commitment of the French private equity industry in favor of responsible and transparent management of greenhouse gas emissions of portfolio companies.

    By joining this initiative, Cerea Partners is teaming up with its private equity peers in a long-term commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the companies it invests in.

    With Agrobusiness at the center of its investment activity, Cerea Partners has always been attentive and vigilant to the environmental impact of the companies it sup ...
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  • 27/03/2019 - Cerea Dette II accompagne la reprise du Groupe Italcanditi par Invest Industrial

    Le fonds Cerea Dette II a réalisé son 9ème investissement en participant au financement de l'acquisition par Investindustrial du groupe Italcanditi, dans le cadre de la mise en place d'une nouvelle dette senior. Cerea Dette réalise ainsi son deuxième investissement en Italie.

    Fondé en 1963 par Angelo Goffi, le groupe familial italien Italcanditi est un transformateur d'ingrédients et fabricant de préparations à base de fruits confits, confitures, crèmes et marrons glacés à destination des industriels de l'agroalimentaire (boulangerie-viennoiserie-pâtisserie et industrie laitière). Le Groupe est leader sur ses principaux marchés en Italie (N°1 sur les fruits confits, confitures et marrons glacés et N°3 sur ...
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  • 14/02/2019 - Cerea Partners finance la reprise de Maison Pradier et Roberta par La Croissanterie

    Le Fonds Cerea Mezzanine III a arrangé le financement mezzanine mis en place dans le cadre du rapprochement entre Le Goût du Naturel (LGN), holding de La Croissanterie, et le groupe Rush, propriétaire des enseignes de restauration Maison Pradier et Roberta.

    Fondée en 1859, Maison Pradier est une enseigne de restauration rapide (assise et à emporter) haut de gamme, historiquement spécialisée dans les pâtisseries. Depuis sa reprise par M. David Lascar en 2011, l'enseigne a connu un développement rapide (18 restaurants à date à Paris et sa périphérie) basé sur une offre premium répondant à l'ensemble des moments de consommation et une image moderne et attractive. En 2014, Rush a fait l'acquisition de Ro ...

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  • 02/01/2019 - Icko Apiculture, the european leader in apicultural supplies and equipment, accelerates its development with Cerea Partenaire

    The family business founded in 1947 and led by Pierre Ickowicz, grandson of its founder, opens its capital to Cerea Capital II

    Based in Bollène (Vaucluse, France), Icko Apiculture is a family business specialized in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and marketing of beekeeping supplies and equipment for BtoB (resellers, professional beekeepers, gardening stores) and BtoC (amateur beekeepers) clients.

    Icko Apiculture's broad and diversified offer covers all the needs of a beekeeper: beeswax, nutrition products, beehives, tools and equipment, packaging, etc... More than half of Icko Apiculture's sales are from its proprietary brands including COMBIZ (clothing), RUCHECO (hives), CANDIMIEL (nourishment) or ICK ...

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  • 13/12/2018 - Recrutments at Cerea Partners

    Cerea Partners, the investor-partner for Agrobusiness companies, announces the recruitment of Sébastien Robinand as Investment Manager in the Private Debt team and of Ludovic Valentin-Pereira as Investment Director in the Capital team. 

    Sébastien Robinand, 32, Investment Manager, Private Debt
    Prior to joining Cerea Partners in 2018, Sébastien Robinand spent 7 years in the Structured Finance team of La Banque Postale handing corporate private debt and leveraged loans, after two first experiences in M&A with Sorbonne Finance and in credit analysis with Banque Palatine.

    Sébastien holds a degree from EMLV and studied at Linnaeus University - School of Business & Economics - Sweden.

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  • 07/12/2018 - Cerea Partners completes a year of record investment in Private Debt

    €M 217 invested to finance the development of 15 companies over the last 12 months

    Cerea Partners, the investor-partner of French and European Agrobusiness companies, invested €M 217 in private debt to finance the development of 15 companies over the last 12 months. This is a record level of activity for the Private Debt team which acted as arranger or co-arranger on most of the transactions.

    The dynamic deployment follows the fundraising of Cerea Partners's two latest Private Debt vehicles, currently being invested:
    Cerea Mezzanine III, raised at the end of 2016 with an investment capacity of €M 200, finances and accompanies development projects, buyouts or shareholder restructurings thr ...

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  • 30/10/2018 - Cerea Capital II enters exclusivity for the sale of La Comtoise to Gimv

    Antwerp (BE) / Louhans and Paris (FR), 30 October 2018 - Created in 1994 in Louhans (Saône-et-Loire) by Michel Vanhove, La Comtoise develops and supplies tailor-made cheese solutions to industrial food processing groups, which are integrated into prepared foods such as breaded escalopes (cordons bleus), grilled ham and cheese sandwiches (croque-monsieur), sandwiches and hamburgers. Backed by Cerea Capital II and Unigrains since 2015, La Comtoise has achieved impressive growth to reach a turnover of EUR 33 million with a headcount of 37 people.

    La Comtoise is positioned in the buoyant and resilient snacking and processed food segments and has been on a steady growth path for a number of years. With top-quality R&D capabilities and ef ...

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  • 25/10/2018 - Linxis Group's dairy division is acquired by its management and Cerea Capital II

    Cerea Capital II, alongside the management and Unexo, has acquired, from Linxis Group, owned by the IK VIII Fund advised by IK Investment Partners, the three companies of its cheese and dairy division: Chalon-Mégard, Tecnal et Simon Frères.

    Linxis Group, formerly Bretèche Industrie, is a supplier of equipment for the agri-food, pharma and cosmetics industries. It has ceded the three companies of its dairy division to focus on its equipment activities for bakery and beauty/health sectors.

    The dairy division, renamed Synext Group, is the French leader in cheese equipment (for hard cheeses, such as Comté and Beaufort, as well as soft cheeses, such as Brie or Feta) and the global leader for butter equipment. Based ...

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  • 17/04/2018 - €M 300 first closing for Cerea Dette II

    Fund reaches target size in less than 7 months Cerea Partners raises more than 1 billion euros in 3 years 
    Cerea Partners, the investor-partner of Agrobusiness companies, held the first closing of Cerea Dette II. With more than €M 300 in commitments, the Fund surpasses its predecessor and reached its target size at the first closing in under 7 months of fundraising. The hard cap is maintained at €M 350 in order to respect the Fund's positioning and a final closing is expected shortly.

    Subscribers are all institutional investors including insurance companies, pension funds, funds of funds and banks. Unigrains, sponsor of Cerea Partners, as well as all the original investors continue to support th ...

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  • 18/01/2018 - For its first operation in italy, Cerea Capital II acquires Monviso

    Cerea Capital II, managed by Cerea Partners, alongside the company's management and supported by Capzanine and Cerea Mezzanine, has acquired, from PM&Partners, Monviso, an Italian manufacturer of crackers, bread substitutes and sweet and savory biscuits.

    With 130 employees and 4 facilities in northern Italy, Monviso had sales of approximately €M 36 in 2017, more than one third of which from exports. It is composed of two branches, Monviso (biscotto salute, bruschetta line, breadsticks, crackers and recently cookies under its own brand for retailers and in co-packing mainly for gluten-free) and Tonon (sweet and savory biscuits for retail exports, catering and ice cream manufacturers).

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  • 18/12/2017 - Cerea Partners completes the acquisition of Organic Alliance alongside a reinforced management

    Organic Alliance is a leading BtoB specialist in 100% organic, fresh and ultra-fresh products through its two main subsidiaries, Pronatura and Vitafrais. As an implicated and responsible actor, Organic Alliance animates a network of thousands of food producers and transformers, anchored in their traditional territories in France and abroad.

    Led by Lionel Wolberg and with more than 250 employees, the group has achieved strong historical growth and saw sales of roughly €M 230 in 2016.

    Since its creation in 1987, Pronatura, which was acquired by Naxicap Partners and Lionel Wolberg in 2014, has enjoyed strong dynamism driven by market growth and the deployment of a virtuous strategy based on close proximity to product ...

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  • 25/10/2017 - Cerea Partners acquires Store Novation, the french leader in point- of-sale advertising solutions for the Food Industry, alongside its management

    Cerea Capital II has acquired, from Azulis Capital, Store Novation (with its two main subsidiaries Sitour and Caractères), a French leader in point-of-sale advertising solutions (signage, price labeling, merchandising, and in-store theater material), mainly for large-scale food retailers.

    With sales of nearly €M 40 and roughly 150 employees, Store Novation offers a wide range of over 3 500 products to more than 7 500 clients (distributers and advertisers). Specialized to accompany large food business brands and their distributors, the group is active in France and exports to more than 50 countries.

    Store Novation has seen strong organic growth since the management was strengthened in 2013 with the arrival of Ev ...
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  • 07/09/2017 - Recruitements at Cerea Partners

    Simon Baccelli is appointed Director, Cerea DetteTwo new Associates for Cerea Capital
    Cerea Partners, the partner for Agrobusiness companies, has recruited Simon Baccelli as Director in the Cerea Dette team as well as Paul de Castries et de Laurent Brossaud-Monty, both Associates with Cerea Capital.

    Michel Chabanel, CEO of Cerea Partners declared: "The first generation the Cerea Dette programme, launched in 2015, has seen a solid investment pace and the arrival of Simon in the team will strengthen sourcing and execution capabilities. As for Cerea Capital, I am also delighted to welcome Paul and Laurent, who will play a key role in the analysis and carrying out of investment opportunities."
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  • 15/02/2017 - Sagard acquires Ipackchem three years after the spin-off carried out by Cerea Capital and Bpifrance

    Ipackchem was created in 1987 by Jean-Philippe Morvan as a division of Air Products Group and is a leading global manufacturer of barrier packaging. Its products are mainly used in the transport and storage of aromas, fragrances and agrochemical products, for which permeability, contamination and evaporation constraints are critical.

    At the time of the spin-off organised by Cerea Capital in 2014, the company was present in Europe through three facilities in France, the United Kingdom and Hungary. Its operations have since expanded to South Africa through an acquisition and more recently to Brazil with the inauguration of a greenfield plant, in line with its strategy to serve its main customers in all their geographies. The ...

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  • 02/02/2017 - Cerea Capital and Bpifrance enter the capital of GPS Group to support the acceleration of its growth

    Cerea Capital II and Bpifrance reorganize the capital and financial structure of GPS Group and take a stake in the company.

    Cerea Capital II has completed its fourth investment, participating in the reorganization of the capital and financial structure of GPS Group, in partnership with Bpifrance and the company's management. Ingefin, a longstanding partner of GPS Group has accompanies the structuration and execution of the operation.

    Based in Bordeaux, GPS Group is specialised in industrial packaging logistics, used for the transport of viscous or liquid materials such as natural and synthetic rubber as well as food products. It provides a complete and outsourced lease concept for reusable metal crates, includin ...

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  • 09/01/2017 - Cerea Partners raises €M 693

    Cerea Capital II holds final close on €M 225 
    €M 200 investment capacity for Cerea Mezzanine III 
    The double final close comes shortly after that of Cerea Dette I on €M 268 in April 2016, above its initial objective, and provides Cerea Partners with the means to achieve its ambition of being the privileged investor-partner for Agrobusiness companies seeking to accelerate their growth.

    The funds received strong support from European institutional investors including insurers, pension funds, funds of funds and banks as well as some private investors. Unigrains, sponsor of Cerea Partners, continues to support the team and provided 16% of the capital raised.

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