ACXIT Capital Partners exclusively advises casualfood GmbH and its shareholders on the strategic partnership with ORIOR AG
Frankfurt, 26th October 2018. ACXIT Capital Partners exclusively advises casualfood GmbH (“casualfood”), one of Germany’s leading operators of innovative travel catering concepts, and its shareholders on the strategic partnership with Swiss food and beverage group ORIOR AG (“ORIOR”).
In a first step, ORIOR is acquiring a 35% interest in casualfood, giving it a strong foothold in a highly specialized niche of the fast-growing food service to-go market. Under the terms of the share purchase agreement, ORIOR’s interest in casualfood will be increased in several stages over the next few years. casualfood will operate as an independent centre of competence within the ORIOR International segment. Its two founders Stefan Weber and Michael Weigel will stay with the company as shareholders and managing directors and will continue to pursue the strategic objectives of the last few years.
“casualfood has grown rapidly in recent years. With ORIOR, we have found the ideal partner to further develop our company, expand the networks and ramp up our international expansion within Europe”, said Stefan Weber, Managing Partner of casualfood. “casualfood’s DNA remains unchanged. Retaining the greatest possible entrepreneurial freedom was a prime consideration for us in selecting a new partner”, added Michael Weigel, Managing Partner of casualfood.
“This acquisition brings us in direct contact with the consumer. That gives us exceptional opportunities to detect and latch on food trends with far more speed and agility than before and then funnel that knowledge into new brand and product concepts. At the same time, casualfood strengthens our competencies in the food service business, expands our presence on the European continent and enhances our innovation power. casualfood’s management team is also a perfect match for ORIOR, given its pioneering spirit, its unconventional hands-on philosophy and profound entrepreneurial mindset.”, said Daniel Lutz, CEO of ORIOR.
About casualfood GmbH
casualfood develops and operates innovative food concepts for airports, stations and motorways under its slogan, “The taste of travelling”. Its 11 different catering and store concepts serve a wide-ranging portfolio, from high-quality fast food to an Italo-American deli concept. The company’s proprietary concepts – such as QUICKER’s, NATURAL, MONDO, MONDO Bianco, Hermann’s, Mayer’s, Kilkenny, GOODMAN & FILIPPO and Brezel Lovers – and the Kamps and ServiceStore DB brands which are run as franchises are a common sight at transport hubs.
About ORIOR AG
ORIOR is an internationally active Swiss food and beverage group that combines craftsmanship with a pioneering spirit and thrives on entrepreneurship and strong values. The centres of competence have established leading positions in fast-growing niches in Switzerland and abroad. With Rapelli, Biotta, Ticinella, Albert Spiess, Fürstenländer Spezialitäten, Fredag, Le Patron, Pastinella, Culinor and Vaco’s Kitchen, ORIOR has built an impressive portfolio of brands and companies.
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