Aryzta buys German bakery Klemme for €280m


Food group Aryzta has acquired German bakery Klemme for €280 million.

The Zurich-based company said the acquisition will “substantially transform Aryzta’s European manufacturing footprint and greatly enhance its channel diversification and product capability in the region”.

Klemme, established in 1991, operates seven bakeries with multi-product manufacturing capabilities. It has about 1,400 employees and reported revenues of €229 million for 2012.

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian said the deal would “transform Aryzta’s capability in Europe and enhance our strategic positioning with greater access and relevance to large retail and food service customers”.

Once the deal is complete, Aryzta will become a major player in the growing German in-store bakery sector and a partner manufacturer for well-established European retailers in the specialty bakery sector.

The purchase will “substantially rebalance” Aryzta’s under-representation in European large retail and provide new growth opportunities. It will also increase the cost and extend the timing of the company’s transformation initiative. – (Bloomberg)