3i Group PLC: Panelto Foods joins European Bakery Group

London / UK. (thf) 3i Group PLC announces that Panelto Foods, an Irish bakery group specialised in bake-off artisan breads, will join European Bakery Group, establishing the UK and Ireland platform within the pan-European bakery group. The company is headquartered in Tilburg (NL).

European Bakery Group is a pan-European bakery platform and was formed in May 2023 with the combination of Dutch Bakery, a leading bakery group specialised in home bake-off bread and snack products, and Coolback, a leading German-based bakery group specialised in bake-off bread. Dutch Bakery, Coolback and Panelto Foods will be key pillars of the European Bakery Group going forward.

Panelto Foods has a leading position in the UK and Ireland across its key product categories of pre-packed thaw and display rolls, bake-off sandwich breads and rolls, and bake-off loaves as well as baguettes. The company benefits from state-of-the-art production facilities and has long-term relationships with key retailers in its markets, driven by its high-quality products, product innovation and leading service levels.

The enlarged group will benefit from a complementary product assortment and customer base across Europe. The combination will enable European Bakery Group to capitalise on its capabilities to offer an innovative, high-quality and comprehensive product assortment to its customers, which is produced sustainably and with natural ingredients at its core.

Statements of the involved actors

  • Brian O’Grady, CEO Panelto Foods, said: «We are delighted to be joining European Bakery Group. Together, we will be able to reach new markets, capitalise further on the growth opportunities within the UK, Ireland and Europe and benefit from the size and scale of the combined platform.»
  • Raoul Vorage, CEO European Bakery Group, said: «Panelto Foods is an excellent fit for European Bakery Group with complementary product assortments and geographies. We look forward to partnering with Panelto Foods and continue to execute on the international growth strategy of European Bakery Group.»
  • Bastiaan Peer, Partner 3i, said: «The combination of Coolback, Dutch Bakery and Panelto Foods firmly establishes a high-quality pan-European platform in the fragmented European private label market for bake-off bread, which has been at the core of our original investment thesis. With Panelto Foods, European Bakery Group further expands its footprint, diversifies its customer base, and further strengthens the platform for continued organic as well as inorganic growth.» The transaction is subject to customary merger clearance.

About the involved actors

About 3i Group PLC: 3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market Private Equity and Infrastructure. Its core investment markets are northern Europe and North America.

About European Bakery Group B.V.: European Bakery Group is a pan-European bakery platform specialised in bake-off bread and snack products. The company is headquartered in Tilburg and currently operates nine bakeries across the Netherlands and Germany.

About Panelto Foods Unlimited Company: Headquartered in Longford, Ireland, Panelto Foods is an industrial manufacturer of frozen par-baked bread products, specialising in pre-packed thaw and display rolls, bake-off sandwich breads and rolls, as well as artisan bake-off loaves and baguettes. Founded in 2004, and undergoing a major expansion in 2018 with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, Panelto has grown into a key player in the UK and Ireland bake-off bread market. The company employs more than 300 employees across two state-of-the-art bakeries with a total of three production lines, which produce more than 5 million bread items per week.

About Dutch Bakery: Dutch Bakery has a leading position in the market for bake-off bread and bread-based snacks with a comprehensive product portfolio. The company was founded in 1936 and operates bakeries in Alkmaar, Budel, Eindhoven, Rijen, Tilburg and Waalwijk. The company specialises in home bake-off (bread) products, including (mini) baguettes, kaiser rolls, croissants, bapao buns, sausage rolls, multi-layered cake and pastry with sausage filling. The products of Dutch Bakery are primarily sold to major food retailers, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

About Coolback: Coolback was founded in 1999 and is based in the Berlin area, with its headquarters in Nuthe-Urstromtal, Germany. The company is a producer and seller of private label frozen, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), bio and gluten-free bake-off goods to customers across food retail and foodservice. Coolback employs more than 600 full-time employees across three facilities in Hoppegarten, Jänickendorf and Luckenwalde, Germany, which together produce more than 1.2 billion baked goods per year. The company produces a variety of product configurations primarily consisting of frozen and ambient bake-off goods including (specialty) rolls and artisan products, mixes as well as (filled) baguettes.