PAI Partners to acquire Addo Food Group and Winterbotham Darby to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform

09 Nov 2020

PAI Partners (“PAI”), a leading European private equity firm, today announces the simultaneous acquisitions of Addo Food Group (“Addo”), the UK’s leading chilled savoury pastry producer, and Winterbotham Darby, one of the most innovative and dynamic chilled food suppliers in the UK, to create a leading UK Chilled Food platform.

As market leaders in their respective categories, Addo and Winterbotham Darby have experienced strong growth in recent years driven by supplying high quality own label and branded products to UK grocery customers in addition to the convenience, foodservice and B2B sectors. Both companies benefit from high calibre management teams with a strong track record in product innovation, operational excellence, and building long-term customer relationships.

By bringing the two businesses together under one platform, both management teams will benefit from the sharing of best-practices, NPD and supply chain initiatives, in order to continue to deliver the best possible results for customers and consumers, especially within innovation, category insight, quality and service.

The management teams, led by Deborah Bolton CEO of Addo and Steven Higginson CEO of Winterbotham Darby, will remain in place, with the operations of the two businesses continuing to be run separately. Paul Monk, who is currently the Executive Chairman of both businesses, will stay on as Executive Chairman of the newly created platform.

Colm O’Sullivan, Partner at PAI Partners, commented: “We are delighted to be investing in these two leading UK chilled food businesses and very excited to start working with the existing management teams to continue to grow their businesses and support them in doing what they do best – delivering innovative, high quality products to consumers.”

Paul Monk, Executive Chairman of the newly formed platform, commented: “By bringing Addo and Winterbotham Darby together, there is a genuine opportunity to create the best added value chilled foods company in the UK. That is certainly our ambition and I am delighted to have the support of PAI Partners in pursuing this objective.”

The completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. PAI Partners was advised by Stamford Partners (M&A) and A&O (legal).

Media contacts

PAI Partners
Head of Communications:
Matthieu Roussellier
Tel.: +44 (0) 207 297 4674

Greenbrook Communications:
James Madsen / Fanni Bodri
Tel.: +44 (0) 207 952 2000

Winterbotham Darby
Eden Green PR: Caroline Burgess-Pike
Tel.: +44 (0) 7742 766 640

Addo Food Group
Cartwright Communications: Holly Hill
Tel: +44 (0) 7738 355 316