Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

APR 2018

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APRIL 2018 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • 11 In a deal valued at $224 million, Welbilt will acquire Avaj International Holding AB from private equity firms Priveq Investment Fund IV L.P. and SEB Venture Capital. Avaj goes to market as Crem International and manufactures coffee machines. Crem is headquartered in Solna, Sweden, and has manufacturing sites in Amotfors, Sweden; Gandia, Spain; and Shanghai, China. The company also has three research and develop- ment centers and six sales offices. Crem develops, manufactures and markets coffee machines under three brand names: Coffee Queen, Expobar and Spengler for use in offices, restau- rants, cafes and coffee shops, catering and convenience stores. "The acquisition of Crem Interna- tional is the first step in realizing our ambition to complement our organic growth strategy with select bolt-on ac- quisitions," said Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, Welbilt's president and CEO. "Crem expands our full line of commercial food- service equipment coverage by adding the fast-growing hot coffee category to our portfolio. … Crem is very strong in Europe and Asia, supporting our strategic objective of expanding our presence in these two important regions. We foresee significant cross-selling opportunities between Crem's and Welbilt's respec- tive customer bases in those regions and see further opportunity to bring Crem's to Welbilt's customer base in the U.S. and include it as a core offering in our fitkitchen system solutions." In 2017, Crem generated sales of $90 million, per a release announcing the deal. Subject to certain closing con- ditions, Welbilt expects the transaction to close during its second fiscal quarter of 2018. Can't Wait? Need Kool Quick? Choose from one of our Quick Ship coolers or freezers paired with either remote system or self-contained refrigeration unit. Palletized orders will ship to your location within 24 hours . For your convenience, find over 1500 standard walk-in models in AutoQuotes. 800.627.5665 | Welbilt to Acquire Avaj International Holding AB The percent by which third- party food delivery market will grow on an annual basis. Source: Pentallect 13.5%

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