MONTERREY, MEXICO – Seale & Associates, Inc. announced it acted as exclusive financial advisor to Arca Continental, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: AC), the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America and parent company of Wise Snacks, Bokados and Inalecsa, on the acquisition of Deep River Snacks, a premium better-for-you brand snacks company. Deep River Snacks rounds out Arca Continental’s portfolio to capture both the conventional and growing better-for-you segment within the snack category, while partnering with a company whose mission is well aligned with Arca Continental’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility Strategy. Through this acquisition, Arca Continental becomes a more significant player in the salty snacks industry in the United States, now manufacturing, distributing and selling brands like Wise®, Cheez Doodles®, Deep River Snacks® and HONCHOS™.
“This acquisition broadens the process of diversification and complementarity of the snacks portfolio for the U.S. consumer with innovative products and in differentiated segments, allowing us to better serve our customers and enhance the development of our brands,” stated Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO of Arca Continental.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity again to work closely with our colleagues at Arca Continental in completing a successful follow-on acquisition for the U.S. snacks business that offers a premium better-for-you brand in a high growth snack category” commented Brett M. Carmel, Senior Managing Director, Seale & Associates. Previously, Seale was the exclusive financial advisor to Arca Continental on the acquisition of Wise Foods in December 2012.
Founded in 2001 by Jim Goldberg, Deep River Snacks is a leading authentic brand of premium, better-for-you snacks products distributed throughout the United States. With annual sales of approximately $45 million, Deep River Snacks manufactures premium better-for-you snacks, including kettle cooked potato chips, baked crisps, popcorn and organic seasoned tortilla chips. The company’s product portfolio is made with non-G.M.O. ingredients, certified gluten-free, vegetarian, kosher, nut-free and cooked exclusively in sunflower oil. Additionally, Deep River Snacks’ product packaging features charities that have impacted employees of the company.
Arca Continental is a company dedicated to the production, distribution, and sale of non-alcoholic beverages which are brand names of The Coca-Cola Company as well as salty snacks under the brands of Bokados in Mexico, Inalecsa in Ecuador, and Wise in the United States. With an outstanding track record of more than 91 years, Arca Continental is the second largest Coca-Cola bottling company in Latin America and one of the most important in the world. Within its Coca-Cola franchise, the company serves a population of more than 83 million in the northern and western parts of Mexico as well as Ecuador, Peru, the northern region of Argentina and the Southwestern United States. Arca Continental had total sales of approximately US$6.7 billion for the last twelve months as of September 30, 2017. Arca Continental is listed on the Mexican Stock Market under the ticker symbol “AC” with a current market capitalization of approximately US$11.8 billion.
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