Mondelēz International acquires Perfect Snacks nutrition bars

The Mondelēz International group has confirmed an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the US-based Perfect Snacks nutrition bar range.

Financial details surrounding the deal for the brand of healthier option products that include several chocolate enhanced options are not being revealed.

However, Mondelēz said its newly acquired business, which specialises in organic, non-GMO, nut-butter based protein bars and bites, represented a strong addition to its portfolio, which spans Oreo, Cadbury, Milka and belVita, as well as Tate’s.

Perfect Snacks was inspired by Bud Keith, and his early innovations in delivering whole food nutrition, with his eldest children teaming up in 2005 to turn his original nutrient-dense recipe into a brand that consumers have grown to love.

With a loyal consumer base and increased distribution in U.S. retailers, the Perfect Snacks product range has recently expanded from the original Perfect Bar, to include the Perfect Kids refrigerated snack bars and Perfect Bites. In 2018, the business generated approximately $70 million in net revenue, with double-digit growth year-on-year.

The U.S. refrigerated snacks segment generates $20 billion in annual sales and represents one third of the total U.S. snacking market. Within that segment, well-being snacks, which includes nutrition bars, packs with nuts and fruits, yogurts as well as hummus, represent around $7 billion and is growing faster than other refrigerated snacks at around 8% a year over the past three years.

“We have a mission to lead the future of snacking by offering the right product, for the right moment, made the right way,” said Glen Walter, executive vice president and president, North America, for Mondelēz International.

“Perfect Snacks is an amazing brand, growing fast and a great complement to our existing portfolio that expands our leadership across broader snacking. Well-being snacks in general, and refrigerated well-being snacks in particular, are a fast-growing segment and we look forward to working with and supporting the Keith family to help accelerate this brand’s great momentum.”

“We are so excited to be joining the Mondelēz International family,” said Bill Keith, Co-founder and CEO of Perfect Snacks. “We believe Mondelēz International’s purpose, to ‘empower people to snack right’, aligns very well with why we started this brand and this business. We look forward to the great opportunity for Perfect Snacks to continue to grow and innovate as part of Mondelēz International.”

Mondelēz International plans to operate Perfect Snacks as a separate business in order to nurture its entrepreneurial spirit and maintain the authenticity of the brand, while providing resources to help accelerate growth. The current senior leadership, including Bill, Leigh and Charisse Keith, will continue to run the business from its headquarters in San Diego, California and they will retain a significant minority equity interest in the company. All Perfect Snacks products will continue to be made at their current manufacturing locations.

The transaction is expected to create growth opportunities by using the scale and resources of Mondelēz International to expand consumer penetration and U.S. distribution of Perfect Snacks’ products and future innovation. As the company noted, the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close later this summer following regulatory review.

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