CSM preparing to sell BakeMark
April 9, 2017
By Bakers Journal
April 9, 2017, ATLANTA, Ga. — CSM Bakery Solutions, a global leader in bakery ingredients, products and services, on Friday announced its intention to sell its BakeMark business.
The company has retained Harris Williams & Co., an investment banking group, to help facilitate the sale.
The sale is in line with CSM’s strategy to focus on its core business in Europe and North America, according to CSM president and CEO Marianne Kirkegaard.
“Since its formation in 1998, BakeMark has operated as a free-standing distribution company and, in that time, built a strong and successful heritage,” she said. “This divestiture will allow us to grow our business in Europe and North America by focusing on our value added bakery products and ingredients portfolio and allow BakeMark, under new ownership, to further strengthen their already strong capabilities and reputation as the industry’s supply and distribution market leader in North America.”
Based in Pico Rivera, Calif., BakeMark is a wholly owned CSM subsidiary that provides distribution services through a network of 25 distribution centers across the United States and Canada. BakeMark delivers a diversified line of products, ingredients and supplies to the food industry under brands that include Westco, Trigal Dorado and BakeSense.
Several weeks ago CSM separated its BakeMark operations from the core business and began operating it as a stand-alone entity with its former leader, Jim Parker, assuming the role of president and CEO. The sale of the business is a logical next step, according to Kirkegaard.
“In BakeMark we have an experienced leadership team that will do very well under new ownership,” she said. “This is the ideal time to make that happen.”
About CSM Bakery Solutions
CSM Bakery Solutions is a global leader in bakery ingredients, products and services for retail and food service markets as well as artisan and industrial bakeries. As one of the baking industry’s largest players, with revenues of approximately $3 billion and more than 45,000 global customers, CSM offers a broad portfolio of well-recognized brands. CSM serves customers in 100-plus countries, providing specialized ingredients (dry mixes, fillings, icings, glazes, mélange, toppings, batter, frozen dough and more) and finished products (cakes, donuts, muffins, brownies, cookies, specialty bread, viennoiserie and more). CSM’s mosaic of heritage bakery brands includes some of the industry’s most trusted names: BakeMark, Brill, MeisterMarken, Multifoods, Waldkorn, and Westco, to name but a few.
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