Natsu Foods sells its stake in Marco Polo Foods to French group Foodiz
Frankfurt am Main, 04 March 2022. ACXIT Capital Partners acted as financial advisor to Natsu Foods GmbH & Co. KG (“Natsu Foods”), one of Europe’s leading providers of fresh convenience food, on the divestment of its 49.5% stake in Marco Polo Foods SAS (“Marco Polo Foods”), France’s largest industrial manufacturer of fresh and frozen sushi products, to French convenience food platform Foodiz.
All shares of Marco Polo Foods held by Natsu Foods were acquired by Foodiz’ group company, 2B’Fresh SAS (“2B’Fresh”), Natsu Foods’ former joint venture partner and now 100% shareholder in Marco Polo Foods. The transaction will help to support the growth of Foodiz, which aside from 2B’Fresh and Marco Polo Foods also includes the group companies Le Petit Cuisinier SAS and Deli +.
For Natsu Foods, the disposal of Marco Polo Foods represents another important milestone with regards to its future strategic direction, which focuses on the production of high-quality fresh convenience food products in Germany and the BeNeLux-region.
About Natsu Foods
Natsu Foods is the nucleus of Natsu Group, a leading producer of branded and private label fresh convenience food products, offering ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat products including sushi, sandwiches, wraps, soups, lunch pots and salads. The group supplies leading supermarket chains, discounters, airlines, petrol stations, travel retailers and on-demand delivery services in 12+ European countries. With its roots dating back to 2004, Natsu Group, consisting of Natsu Foods GmbH & Co. KG, Fabry’s Food & Snack GmbH & Co. KG and Qizini Group BV, currently employs more than 1,000 employees at four production sites in Germany and the Netherlands.
About Marco Polo Foods
Marco Polo Foods SAS is the leading manufacturer of fresh and frozen sushi products in France. Headquartered in Contres, France, the company supplies supermarkets across the country via direct delivery and warehouse distribution. Marco Polo Foods SAS was founded in 1999 and currently employs more than 200 people.
Foodiz is a French convenience food platform headquartered in Croix, France, offering innovative and disruptive B2B and B2C meal solutions. The group consists of the companies 2B’Fresh SAS (distribution company focused on the direct store delivery of ultra-fresh products throughout France), Marco Polo Foods SAS (producer and distributor of fresh and frozen sushi in France), Le Petit Cuisinier SAS (producer of innovative ready-meals) and Deli + (marketer of in-store food corners that operates under the Happy Yummy brand). Foodiz was established in 2019 and currently has more than 400 employees.
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