Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Labriola Baking Company on Sale to J&J Snack Foods

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September, 2017. Peakstone served as exclusive financial advisor to Labriola Baking Company, in connection with its sale to J&J Snack Foods, Corp., a leader and innovator in the snack food industry with a $2.4 billion public market capitalization. The transaction is Peakstone’s fifth closed sale in 2017 to a multi-billion public company and represents our ability to access large strategic buyers on behalf of our clients.

Labriola Baking Company is a premium baker of breads and artisan soft pretzels, located in Alsip, IL.  Labriola Baking began in 1993 as a local delivery bakery in the Chicago suburbs and grew into a nationwide provider of superior prebaked breads, rolls, and soft pretzels for retail instore bakery and foodservice outlets. The company was sold by an investor group that was led by Plaza Belmont of Kansas City, which focuses on food related investment.

J&J Snack Foods manufactures and distributes nutritional and affordable branded niche snack foods and beverages to foodservice and retail supermarket outlets nationwide. Jerry Law, J&J’s Senior Vice President, commented, “Labriola was built upon high quality, authentic products.  We have been a longtime admirer and we’re eager to have Labriola join our J&J Snack Foods family of brands and bakeries. We look forward to marrying Labriola’s quality product offerings with our current portfolio, thus providing additional opportunities for our customers and consumers.”

Peakstone’s dedicated Food & Beverage industry team executed a highly targeted marketing process that resulted in a rapid mandate-to-close timeline. This group completes numerous transactions in the F&B sector each year.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For additional information about this transaction, contact:

Cathy Jaros, Managing Director, 312-262-7735,
Stephen Sleigh, Managing Director, 312-346-7318,

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