Riverside invests in GSB & Associates

The Riverside Company, a private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the middle market, has invested in GSB & Associates(GSB), a flavour house specialising in custom flavour development. 

The company has a diverse portfolio of liquid and powdered flavours, as well as complementary products such as masking agents and flavour enhancers. The company will be the first add-on to one of Riverside’s most recent portfolio companies, National flavours (NF).

“Combining NF and GSB will broaden both companies’ product portfolios, providing customers with access to additional flavour development capabilities,” says Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “During our hold period, we want to become small- and mid-sized food and beverage companies’ number one choice for flavour development and production. Our platform’s commitment to quality, customer service and innovative development creates a strong foundation from which to continue building.”

“NF and GSB share a common vision, culture and customer-centric approach. We believe this acquisition will allow us to deliver superior flavour solutions and a customer experience that will allow both NF and GSB customers to achieve their business goals,” says NF CEO Brian Briggs. “We are proud to be a part of the fantastic foundation that the GSB team has built.”

As Riverside continues to look for additional investments to add to its growing platform, one of the ways it differentiates itself in the market is through its flavour & Specialty Ingredient Advisory Board. The advisory board is comprised of flavour industry experts that provide value-added advice and guidance to Riverside’s flavour platform.

“The flavour & Specialty Ingredient Advisory Board has been a great strategic partner,” says Riverside Partner Alan Peyrat. “Having access to such an experienced bench of industry experts has been, and will continue to be, extremely valuable as we continue executing an aggressive inorganic growth strategy to build out the platform further and invest in businesses with differentiated product portfolios, unique R&D capabilities and diverse end-market expertise.” 

Working with Schlachet and Peyrat on the investment for Riverside were Senior Associate Liz Burke, Associate David Myers, Analyst Erin Reger, Operating Partner Brad Mundt and Finance Director Doug Guess. Director of Research Matthew Delly sourced the deal for Riverside.