Philadelphia, February 14, 2018 — Cozen O’Connor represented Utz Quality Foods, LLC in its acquisition of Inventure Foods, Inc. for approximately $165 million. The transaction was structured as a cash tender offer for all of Inventure's outstanding shares at $4 per share, followed by a merger under section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. Following completion of the acquisition, Inventure Foods became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Utz.
Utz Quality Foods, LLC is the largest privately-held and family-managed branded salty snack company in the United States, producing a full line of products, including potato chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn chips, tortillas, veggie stix/straws, popcorn, onion rings and pork skins. Its brands, which include Utz®, Golden Flake®, Zapp’s®, “Dirty”® Potato Chips, Good Health®, Bachman®, Bachman Jax®, Wachusett®, and Snikiddy®, are distributed nationally and internationally through grocery, mass-merchant, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and other channels. Based in Hanover, Pa., Utz operates 10 facilities located in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Alabama.
With manufacturing facilities in Arizona and Indiana, Inventure Foods, Inc. manufactures and sells salted snacks under the brands Boulder Canyon®, TGI Fridays™, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, and Bob's Texas Style®.
Larry P. Laubach, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, led the firm’s team in the transaction. The team also included Richard J. Busis, Gregory P. Cunningham, Sarah A. Kelly, Seth Popick, and Eli S. Wolfe.
Stephens Inc. served as Utz’s financial advisor in the transaction.
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