Schwan’s Company has reached an agreement to sell a majority stake of the US food company to CJ CheilJedang (CJCJ), of Seoul, South Korea.
The transaction will include 80% of Schwan’s Company and specific subsidiaries that focus on foods sold in retail and grocery channels and foodservice venues. The Schwan family will retain 20% ownership in the businesses being sold to CJCJ and will also retain 100% ownership in Schwan’s Home Service Inc, which represents the legacy home-delivery business that Marvin Schwan launched in 1952.
This transaction is expected to close in the next 60 to 90 days. The sale will also include the company’s manufacturing and logistics operations and various professional and administrative services.
“This is an exciting time at Schwan’s. Over the past 66 years, our family, with the help of thousands of employees, has proudly built a very unique and successful food business that reaches consumers virtually everywhere they eat,” said Paul Schwan, a Schwan’s board member and son of the company’s founder. “By becoming a part of an innovative, global team such as CJ CheilJedang, Schwan’s will be positioned to achieve new levels of growth in the spirit of the vision put forth by my father, Marvin Schwan, so many years ago.”
Schwan’s Company began in 1952 as a one-man-and-a-truck home-delivery business operating in rural Minnesota. Today, it is a leading US food manufacturer and marketer with approximately 12,000 employees and brands like Schwan’s fine foods; Red Baron, Freschetta and Tony’s pizza; Edwards and Mrs Smith’s desserts; Pagoda Asian-style foods; and Schwan’s Home Delivery.
The purchase agreement with CJCJ is the result of a strategic process led by the Schwan family, the company’s board of directors and members of the senior management team to identify the right company to invest in the long-term future of Schwan’s. Once the transaction is closed, Schwan’s will be operated as a subsidiary of CJ Foods America Corporation, and its operations will continue to be headquartered at corporate offices in Marshall and Bloomington MN. Additionally, the current senior management team at Schwan’s will remain in place, and Schwan’s family of businesses will continue to offer foods through its many brands.
To learn more, visit www.schwanscompany.com.