THOMASVILLE, Ga., Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Alpine Valley Bread Company, a family-owned producer of certified organic and all natural breads in the U.S., for $120 million in cash and stock. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
Alpine Valley Bread Company was founded in 1997 by the Wood family with a vision to bake bread that was nutritious, organic, and flavorful, free from artificial ingredients. Their philosophy was simple: great bread made with whole grains, salt, yeast, water, and honey. From its first bakery in a strip mall in Mesa, Ariz., Alpine Valley has grown to serve national retail grocers, specialty healthy living stores, and club retailers. Their product line includes Super Grains, 21 Whole Grains, Multi Grain Omega -3, Sprouted Wheat with Flaxseed and other breads that are USDA Organic certified, Non-GMO Project verified, and kosher certified.
The company employs 282 and operates two bakeries in Mesa. Once the transaction is complete, Alpine will operate as an independent subsidiary of Flowers.
“Alpine Valley Bread Company will further strengthen our company,” said Allen L. Shiver, Flowers’ president and chief executive officer. “With its extensive portfolio of on-trend organic products, Alpine Valley has a deeply rooted culture of excellence, service, and commitment. We are especially pleased to welcome Alpine’s team members who will bring expertise in the development, production, and delivery of organic breads to Flowers.”
Todd Wood, Alpine Valley Bread Company’s chief executive officer, expressed excitement about the support Flowers Foods will offer to expand the reach of products made in its Mesa bakeries. “Flowers Foods brings resources we need and we are pleased with Flowers’ commitment to keep our brands and our bakeries true to what has made our growth possible—making bread with a carefully developed process with pure and simple ingredients. In short, our commitment to deliver products positioned to meet consumers’ needs for healthier, more nutritious baked foods will be stronger than ever when we join Flowers Foods.”
With anticipated fiscal 2016 sales of approximately $85 million to $95 million, Alpine Valley has generated a compound average revenue growth rate of approximately 51% over the past three years. According to IRI data, the organic bread market has grown at a rate of 27% over the past four years, significantly outperforming the broader $23 billion U.S. retail baked goods market.*
Flowers plans to fund approximately 90% of the purchase price for the acquisition using its existing revolving credit facility and available cash and approximately 10% with Flowers Foods common stock. The company anticipates the transaction will be neutral to fiscal 2015 earnings.
Flowers Foods’ financial advisor is Deutsche Bank, and Jones Day is the company’s legal counsel. Alpine Valley Bread is represented by financial advisor IBG/Fox & Fin with Greenberg Traurig LLP as legal counsel.
*IRI, 52 weeks ending August 2, 2015
About Flowers Foods: Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2014 sales of $3.75 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products, including Nature’s Own, the company’s top brand, which was developed by Flowers in 1977 as a healthier bread choice with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Today, Nature’s Own is America’s best-selling bread brand with more than $1 billion in retail sales. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.
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