Choco Support - Squarefield

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Squarefield acted as exclusive financial advisor to Blendwell on the sale of Choco Support to Menken Orlando

On December 21, 2023, our client Blendwell Food Group B.V. (‘’Blendwell’’), a portfolio company of Gimv, reached an agreement with Menken Orlando for the sale of 100% of the shares of Choco Support B.V.. The acquisition of Choco Support will strengthen Menken Orlando’s position in the category of chocolate-coated products and chocolate clusters

Menken Orlando and Choco Support both operate within the European retail and B2B market segments. Expanding the product range and leveraging synergies between the companies will enhance their offering of innovative products and product concepts. This strategic move aligns with Menken Orlando’s ambition to achieve healthy growth and strengthen its position in the chocolate products market.

Choco Support is part of the Blendwell Food Group, which also includes Snack Connection. Having recently explored various strategic directions, Blendwell has decided to fully focus on the core of their business. This involves the procurement, processing, blending, and packaging of nuts, seeds, and dried tropical fruits.

The sale of Choco Support was overseen by Squarefield, a Food & Agri focused corporate finance advisor with offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Antwerp. The sale of Choco Support demonstrated Squarefield’s ability to execute swift carve-out processes tailored towards strategic buyers.

Choco Support

Choco Support is a quality leader for chocolate- and sugar-coated products in B2B and B2C markets across North-West Europe. The Company’s strong market position derives from its expansive product range, coupled with its unrivalled quality, based on specific process know-how. The Company has two production facilities in Geldermalsen and Leerdam, the Netherlands.

“We are delighted to have found a new home for Choco Support as a complementary part of Menken Orlando and have full confidence that the operational synergies will provide an attractive platform for Choco Support to grow further. It has been a pleasure working with Squarefield on the transaction, their deep industry knowledge and global network allowed them to quickly attract the relevant international strategic interest. We would like to thank the Squarefield team for the excellent deal execution, realizing this transaction smooth and fast.”

Patrick Franken – Partner at Gimv

Menken Orlando

Menken Orlando is an internationally-operating, family-run company with a long tradition and is headquartered in Voorburg, the Netherlands. Menken Orlando develops and supplies innovative food concepts for retail and foodservice customers throughout Europe. These food concepts are composed of Asian snacks, chocolate (coated), snack & nuts mixes or other culinary enrichments, such as nuts sachets, and can be supplied as a private label or as part of a Menken Orlando’s brand. Menken Orlando’ services and concepts are aimed at enriching food & drinks, by giving an extra touch any time during consumption.