Springdale / AR. (tsn) Tyson Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its pizza crust business to an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital. The two companies hope to complete the deal in September.
The sale includes TNT Crust, a business founded in 1981 that produces partially-baked and self-rising pizza crusts for frozen pizza manufacturers and foodservice customers. The more than 400 team members employed at two manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are expected to continue with the company under the new owner.
«TNT Crust is a solid business supported by a great team, however, our strategy is focused on expanding Tyson Foods’ leadership position in protein,» said Sally Grimes, Group President, Prepared Foods. «We’re pleased Peak Rock Capital plans to continue operating the business and provide continued opportunities for the workforce. We intend to work closely with them to ensure a smooth ownership transition for everyone, including our team members and customers.»
Tyson Foods is also divesting some other bakery operations. It recently completed the sale of its Sara Lee® Frozen Bakery and Van’s® businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg + Company.
Goldman, Sachs + Co. is acting as Tyson Foods’ financial adviser on the sale. Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein (meat).