AUA-backed Gourmet Culinary Partners acquires Van-Lang Enterprises
AUA Private Equity Partners has acquired Van-Lang Enterprises, a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of appetisers and hors d'oeuvres in the US.
Van-Lang serves luxury hotels, private clubs, specialty distributors, banquet houses, and caterers. The transaction was completed on behalf of AUA Private Equity portfolio company Gourmet Culinary Partners (GCP).
AUA Private Equity has completed four acquisitions in the specialty prepared foods segment with a focus on creating the leading manufacturer of appetisers, hors d'oeuvres, breakfast foods, side dishes, soups, sauces, and entrees for the hospitality, banquet, airline, retail, education, and corporate sectors. With the acquisition of Van-Lang, Gourmet Culinary Partners has created a national footprint that will allow the company to serve national accounts while still maintaining its high touch customer-centric approach at the local level through its four operating divisions.
On 27 March, 2019, AUA Private Equity consummated a partnership under GCP, investing alongside the owners of Gourmet Kitchen. Thereafter, on 25 April, 2019, AUA Private Equity completed its second investment for the GCP platform, partnering with the founders and senior management of Kabobs Holdings, LLC ("Kabobs"). Subsequently, on 2 July, 2019, AUA Private Equity consummated the third of its acquisitions under GCP, acquiring Gourmet Foods, LLC ("Gourmet Foods") in partnership with its owners.
Andy Unanue, Managing Partner of AUA Private Equity, says: "We are excited to bring together four highly complementary industry leaders to create a national, end-to-end foodservice platform focused on the hospitality, restaurant, airline, catering, educational, and retail sectors. The acquisition of Van-Lang provides national scale for GCP."
Founded in 1986, Van-Lang operates out of a 20,000 sq ft production facility in the Chicago area with ample capacity to support future growth. The company maintains a robust product offering that includes classic hors d'oeuvres, breakfast items, entrees, desserts, and specialty products including Modern Latin, Southern Flavors, Dim Sum, among others.
Steven Flyer, Partner of AUA Private Equity, says: "We are thrilled to continue to expand the GCP platform through the acquisition of Van-Lang and the ability to offer a true national presence. Through the Gourmet Culinary Partners platform, AUA Private Equity has created a leading one-stop shop for a customer's complete culinary needs. Our goal is to be the partner of choice to chefs, culinary professionals, and operators nationwide."
The transaction was led by Partner Steven Flyer, Vice President Ari David, Associate Greg Conway, and Winter Associate, Nicolas Pflaum. Susan Pravda and Alex Miska of Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to AUA Private Equity. Additional advisors to AUA Private Equity include Sharon Bromberg and Corey Winkler of CohnReznick LLP and Maria Steingoltz and Manny Picciola of LEK Consulting.