Bio-K+ International Inc. sold to Kerry Group

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Bio-K+ International Inc., an industry leader in premium probiotics, completed the sale of its business to Kerry Group, a global leader in taste & nutrition solutions for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.

This strategic transaction, effective immediately, allows the Bio-K+ brand to expand globally through the Kerry Group. Having also acquired the building and the land in Laval, Kerry will continue to produce Bio-K+ probiotic products in the unique plant, thus making it possible to maintain all current jobs in place while creating future jobs with the growth in sales.

The Roy-Chevalier family has built over 25 years a company whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people through the research, manufacturing and sale of scientifically proven quality probiotic productsOur family is proud of the work accomplished. Isabèle, François-Pierre, Monique and I would like to warmly thank our teams for their commitment as well as our advisory committee for their support. We also salute the healthcare professionals who have been ambassadors of our clinically recognized products.” explains Claude Chevalier.

With undisputed notoriety and # 1 in the country for the past 10 years, this transaction allows the company to materialize the next phase of its development with Kerry which has 148 sites on six continents worldwide.

In founding the company, the dream of my father Claude Chevalier and the family was to offer quality products with unique virtues capable of improving the health and quality of life of people. Our mission for Bio-K+ has always had a global focus. The sale of the business allows our family’s mission to be realized in the short term.” explains Isabèle Chevalier. “My brother and I grew up in this company, we have developed with it and we devoted ourselves to it, so this decision is emotional for us but we know that it is the right thing to do for the organization. This will allow Bio-K+ to fully soar by making its products we know have a major impact on people’s health available worldwide.”

Bio-K+ is an undeniable success both scientifically and commercially and we are very excited to have the opportunity to promote the brand and their high-quality products worldwide” announces John Quilter, Vice President of Global ProActive Health Technology at Kerry. “We are also very proud to be able to continue the expansion of Bio-K+ in Quebec with a great team.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance inc. and Fasken served as financial and legal advisors on the transaction.

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