Invision acquires a majority stake in KADI with management reinvesting alongside into the company. “We are highly enthusiastic about KADI as an innovative premium supplier of convenience products and look forward to supporting management on their well-established growth-path”, said Marco Martelli, partner at Invision.
KADI CEO Christof Lehmann commented: “This step means the seamless continuation of a strategy which is geared towards the long-term development of the company. We are very pleased to have Invision, an experienced and entrepreneurial investor from Switzerland, on our side ensuring our independence and committing to our production site in Langenthal as well as all current jobs.”
Best-in-class, well-established management guarantees continuity
Apart from the retirement of Kurt Mosimann, Head of Finance, in spring 2019, there will be no changes to the management team under Christof Lehmann’s leadership. As a successor to Kurt Mosimann KADI was able to win Stephen Schaub (40), currently CFO at Ivers-Lee in Burgdorf, as of 1 January 2019. The well-established management team assures the continuity of KADI as an important player in the Swiss food service and retail sector.
In recent years KADI has developed into one of the leading brands in the Swiss convenience sector, particularly due to its innovative and high-quality products. Founded in 1951, the company has become specialised in producing high-quality refrigerated and frozen products for the catering and retail sector. In 2017, KADI employed 180 people and generated sales of over CHF 70 million.
KADI AG, based in Langenthal, manufactures refrigerated and frozen products. The company employs 180 people and generates sales of over CHF 70m. The company produces around 270 different items, which are used every day in over 10’000 restaurants in Switzerland. As an independent company in the food industry, KADI holds its own in the market with its strong focus on innovation and high product quality. For more than twenty years, KADI has hosted the “Golden Chef”, the most prestigious cooking contest in Switzerland. In 2014, the company joined the Business Energy Agency with the aim of reducing its electricity consumption and CO2 emissions by 2 percent per year. The company was founded as a potato flakes factory in 1951.
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