Gimv appears to us as the right partner to achieve our ambitions, given the scale of its European network and its insight into the strategic challenges we face in our industry.
Michel Vanhove - Chairman
La Comtoise develops and supplies tailor-made cheese solutions to industrial food processing groups, which are integrated into prepared foods such as breaded escalopes (cordons bleus), grilled ham and cheese sandwiches (croque-monsieur), sandwiches and hamburgers.
EUR 33 million
When ambition meets ambition
La Comtoise is positioned in the buoyant and resilient snacking and processed food segments and has been on a steady growth path for a number of years. With top-quality R&D capabilities and efficient production facilities, it develops tailored products for existing and prospective customers capable of adapting to the most demanding requirements in terms of organoleptic properties, while meeting the highest standards of production processes. Being backed by 2 local investors since 2015, La Comtoise now has new growth ambitions. And that is where we met. This deal indeed perfectly fits into the investment philosophy of our Connected Consumer platform, which has a good knowledge of the agrifood sector through investments in this area across France and Europe.
Together, we build a leading company
The company has realized an impressive growth and is now doubling its production capacities to 24,000 tonnes a year. The company has the ambition to step up its growth with the development of new solutions, notably in cheese sauces. It will thus address a new clientele, particularly out-of-home catering. La Comtoise also intends to strengthen its international presence. We are looking forward supporting the company through our extensive business network across Benelux and DACH countries.