Press Release: casualfood enters into strategic partnership with ORIOR AG

As part of a partnership, casualfood GmbH is transferring a 35 per cent stake in the company to ORIOR AG, a Swiss publicly quoted food corporation. In doing so, casualfood is taking its growth to the next level. Over the coming years, the stake will be increased in several tranches. The two founders, Stefan Weber and Michael Weigel, will remain shareholders and managing directors of casualfood. They will continue to pursue the strategic objectives of the last few years.

“casualfood has grown rapidly on the market in recent years. With ORIOR, we have found the ideal partner to further develop our company, expand the networks and ramp up our international expansion within Europe,” said Stefan Weber,Managing Partner of casualfood GmbH. “casualfood’s DNA remains unchanged. Retaining the greatest possible entrepreneurial freedom was a prime consideration for us in selecting a new partner,” added Michael Weigel, Managing Partner of casualfood GmbH.

“This investment enables us to enter the growing, highly attractive travel catering market – a strategically important move which takes us even closer to consumers. That will open up fantastic opportunities for us to pick up on food trends even more agilely and translate them into new brand and product offerings. In addition to this, the casualfood management team is a perfect fit for ORIOR with their pioneering spirit, unconventional hands-on philosophy and entrepreneurial nous,” said Daniel Lutz, CEO of the ORIOR Group.

 

More about casualfood GmbH

casualfood develops and operates innovative food concepts for airports, stations and motorways under its slogan, “The taste of travelling”. Its 11 different catering and store concepts serve a wide-ranging portfolio, from high-quality fast food to an Italo-American deli concept. The company’s proprietary concepts – such as QUICKER’s, NATURAL, MONDO, MONDO Bianco, Hermann’s, Mayer’s, Kilkenny, GOODMAN & FILIPPO and Brezel Lovers – and the Kamps and ServiceStore DB brands which are run as franchises are a common sight at transport hubs. Thanks to its successful combination of an attractive product range and a clear brand profile, the owner-run firm has becomeone of the fastest-growing travel catering companies in the space of just 13 years. casualfood GmbH has more than 700 employees and generates net sales of €52 million.

 

ORIOR – Excellence in Food

ORIOR is an internationally active Swiss food and beverage group that combines craftsmanship with a pioneering spirit and thrives on entrepreneurship and strong values. The centres of competence have established leading positions in fast-growing niches in Switzerland and abroad. With Rapelli, Biotta, Ticinella, Albert Spiess, Fürstenländer Spezialitäten, Fredag, Le Patron, Pastinella, Culinor and Vaco’s Kitchen, ORIOR has built an impressive portfolio of brands and companies.

ORIOR’s goal is to steadily create value for all stakeholders. Market intimacy, strong partnerships, and a lean, agile group structure provide the framework from which ORIOR is shaping and driving the market landscape with innovative products, concepts and services. Motivated employees who take pride in their work and who assume responsibility for themselves and for what they do are the key for creating the extraordinary.

We are striving for uniqueness and offer best quality in order to surprise our consumers time and again with enjoyable food moments. Our ambition is nothing less than Excellence in Food.

In the 2017 financial year ORIOR Group achieved sales of CHF 539.4 million with approximately 1600 employees. ORIOR is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ORON, ISIN CH011 1677 362, LEI 5067 0020 I84Z A17K 9522). Further information is available at www.orior.ch.

 

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