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Company Acquisition

Proventis Partners advised the BOETTGER GROUP

Kaltenkirchen, January 24, 2024 – The BOETTGER GROUP, which also includes the well-known traditional brand Cavendish & Harvey, is taking over Jahnke Süßwaren GmbH from Ragolds Invest GmbH on January 24, 2024. With the takeover, the hard candy portfolio will be expanded to include the Jahnke brand’s licorice specialties. In addition, production capacities at the Kaltenkirchen location will be significantly expanded.

The Transaction

With the takeover of Jahnke Süßwaren GmbH, which is known nationally for its licorice candies, the medium-sized BOETTGER Group is setting the course for a continuation of the successful growth path for its internationally oriented subsidiary Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH. The world market leader for premium fruit sweets is not only expanding its brand and product portfolio to include liquorice specialties, but is also gaining a second production facility in the immediate vicinity of its own location in Kaltenkirchen.

The role of Proventis Partners

Proventis Partners acted as exclusive M&A advisor to the BOETTGER GROUP and Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH. In addition to evaluating the target company, Proventis Partners supported the due diligence processes and accompanied the negotiations until their successful conclusion. The Proventis Partners transaction team consisted of Torben Gottschau (Managing Partner, Hamburg) and Leon Holtmann (Associate, Hamburg).

About Jahnke Süßwaren GmbH

Jahnke Süßwaren GmbH is a national producer of confectionery. After being founded in Hamburg Altona in the 1970s, Jahnke expanded to its current location in Kaltenkirchen in 1989. The product portfolio includes hard caramels as well as the nationally known licorice specialties.

About Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH / BOETTGER GROUP

Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH is a producer and supplier of high-quality confectionery “Made in Germany”. At its headquarters in Kaltenkirchen (Schleswig-Holstein), the company employs 160 people and produces hard caramels, primarily for the premium house brand “Cavendish & Harvey”, which is successfully sold in over 100 countries. Purchased specialty products complement the brand portfolio. Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH has been a member of the family-owned BOETTGER GROUP since 2002. The medium-sized group of companies is operationally active in various business areas in the German and European markets. This includes Berlin-based Boettger Food Ingredients GmbH, which, as a high-profile supplier of granulated and liquid sugar as well as nuts and dried fruits, is a close partner to the confectionery, beverage and food industries.

About Proventis Partners

Proventis Partners is a partner-led M&A consultancy whose clients predominantly include medium-sized family businesses, corporate groups and private equity funds. With 30 M&A advisors, Proventis Partners is one of the leading independent M&A advisors in German-speaking countries and looks back on more than 20 years of M&A experience and over 430 completed transactions. The M&A advisors with offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Zurich are active in the industrial, chemicals & materials, services, technology & media, consumer goods & retail and healthcare sectors. Exclusive membership in the Mergers Alliance – an international partnership of leading M&A specialists – enables Proventis Partners to support clients in 30 countries in the most important markets worldwide. The members of the Mergers Alliance with their more than 250 M&A professionals offer Proventis Partners and thus its customers unique access to local markets in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa.