Media Release: Clayton Utz advising Japan's Suntory Beverage & Food on A$229m sale of fresh coffee business

15 Feb 2022

15 February 2022: A Clayton Utz team is advising Japan based Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (SBF) on the sale of its fresh coffee business in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to the Japan-headquartered global coffee business UCC Holdings Co., Ltd (UCC).  The transaction was announced on 10 February, and is expected to complete in the first half of 2022. 

Sydney-based Corporate partner Geoff Hoffman is leading our team, which includes lawyers Megan Williams and Natasha Cutler.  The transaction total consideration is approximately A$229 million, plus debt. 

SBF’s fresh coffee business includes the specialty brands Toby’s Estate, L’affare, and Atomic and mainstream coffee brands including Robert Harris, and Mocopan, as well as a significant contract roasting operation servicing key accounts in the retail and convenience sector. 

Commenting on the deal, Geoff said:

It reflects ongoing strong investor appetite for quality food and beverage businesses, continuing the trend for the past several years.

In 2017, Geoff and a team advised SBF on the sale of its Cerebos Food & Instant Coffee (in Australia and New Zealand) and Asian Home Gourmet Singapore businesses to Kraft-Heinz, for A$290 million.

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