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Lawler Foods to be Acquired by Gryphon Investors

Lawler Foods to be Acquired by Gryphon Investors

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

In a move to extend the offerings of its current platform, gourmet dessert manufacturer, Lawler Foods, has announced that its operations will be acquired by Gryphon Investors. 

“While our family business has grown successfully for more than 40 years, joining Gryphon’s premium dessert platform will enable our company to achieve a new level of success,” said Mike Lawler, a member of the founding Lawler family. “We value the ability of the Gryphon operations team to help accelerate our expansion.”

Gryphon, a middle market private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA, has recently been expanding its retail and foodservice offerings by broadening its footprint for dessert confections. According to a press release, Gryphon most recently acquired The Original Cakerie in December 2015.

Keith Stimson, Partner, Gryphon Investors

“The acquisition represents an outstanding strategic fit for Gryphon’s premium dessert platform. Lawler Foods’ long-term focus on producing best-in-class quality products is consistent with The Original Cakerie’s own commitment to quality,” stated Keith Stimson, Partner at Gryphon. “With little overlap in product offerings and customers between the two businesses, we are confident that the two companies will help expand our customer relationships with leading North American retailers and foodservice accounts.”

Gryphon stated that the Lawler family will retain a significant investment in the company, with the current management team staying in place under the new ownership. Lawler’s current Vice President of Sales, Wes Stasny, will be promoted to President. 

Matt Farron, Principal, Gryphon Investors

“Lawler Foods is a perfect complement to The Original Cakerie on many levels, expanding both product offerings and the geographic footprint,” said Matt Farron, Gryphon Principal. 

Lawler Foods has been steadily expanding its cheesecake and dessert business throughout its family-owned history, further advancing its portfolio for retail and foodservice customers. 

Dennis O'Brien, Operating Partner, Gryphon Investors

Dennis O’Brien, Operating Partner at Gryphon, added, “With both Lawler Foods and The Original Cakerie as cornerstones, we look forward to building the dominant premium dessert manufacturer for the retail and foodservice industry across North America.” 

Gryphon Investors and The Original Cakerie were advised on the acquisition by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Lawler Foods was advised by Lazard Middle Market and Winstead PC. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed by either company, with its completion expected by the end of the month.

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Lawler Foods is a manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, cakes and pies that are used in restaurants, hotels and other fine foodservice establishments around the world. As a manufacturer, we only...

Managing over $2 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997, Gryphon Investors is a highly respected private equity firm focused on middle market investment opportunities.