PlantPlus Foods Closes $100 Million Acquisition Of Sol Cuisine To Expand Foothold In America’s Plant-Based mostly Sector

Multinational joint enterprise PlantPlus Foods, designed by two meals processing giants ADM and Marfrig in 2020, has officially closed the CA$125 million [approximately $100 million] deal with Canadian vegan food maker Sol Cuisine — about two months following it ordered Drink Take in Effectively LLC., the producer of Hilary’s allergen-pleasant plant-centered products and solutions.

The two acquisitions collectively are anticipated to speed up PlantPlus Foods’ ambition to get a “strong foothold” across Americas, in accordance to the company’s CEO John Pinto, who has about two a long time of CPG executive experience functioning at Coca-Cola


“We were being born as a multinational enterprise, and we want to increase aggressively,” Pinto lately told me in the course of a Zoom interview, noting how Marfrig’s functions and network in South America’s meat analogue sector will aid carry Sol Cuisine to the area market place as effectively.

Sol Cuisine’s revenue has achieved $4.5 million by Q3 2021, according to PitchBook information, and has amplified by 55.88% yr-in excess of-calendar year for the duration of the prior quarter.

Strategic Means

Sol Delicacies started in 1980 as a high quality tofu provider to vegetarian dining establishments in Toronto, and has considering the fact that advanced to grow to be a major alt protein player also producing non-GMO plant-dependent burgers and entrée appetizers. Founder and president, Dror Balshine, believes their acquisition by PlantPlus Foods will enable the company go on to deliver favourable effects on each human and planetary wellbeing.

“Our new partnership with Plant Additionally Food items suggests Sol Cuisine will have the strategic methods to even more mature our community of ‘Sol Mates’ and continue to innovate although increasing our culinary concentrated product or service choices,” Balshine stated in a statement. “Those strategic assets incorporate best-in-course elements, operational assistance, and analysis and development.”

Chairman of the board at Sol Delicacies, Mike Fata, who established and sold Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foodstuff and has been a strategic CPG advisor and trader, also thinks the deal will help accelerate the in general plant-centered food items market that could exceed $162 billion in price inside of the future 10 years, according to a modern Bloomberg Intelligence report.

Fata wrote me via e mail: “It is genuinely satisfying to see the really hard get the job done and endeavours of our group currently being understood through this new partnership. I feel the environment is completely ready for a lot more plant-based mostly proteins, and Sol Delicacies is perfectly positioned to provide.”

Business Enabler & Long term M&A

Whilst R&D for Sol Cuisines’ new merchandise is underway, PlantPlus Food items also carries on to discover new investment decision chances that are complementary to its recent portfolio, in particular all those that can assistance its makes grow geographic get to. The target is to eventually produce much more vertically integrated, finish-to-stop capabilities, in accordance to Pinto.

“Our aggressive rewards include our means to supply raw materials from ADM and innovate products and solutions all the way via Marfrig that offers completed goods solutions and commercialization,” he stated, yet noting how PlantPlus Foods aims to become an field enabler as a substitute of a competitor in the alt protein room.

“We see the likely of our aggregated portfolio [to offer] plant-forward solutions,” Pinto said. “The breadth of this portfolio will provide significant edge to the current market.”

“We’ll continue on evaluating choices,” he added, “and we will remain open up for alternatives.”