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Another Year of Success at IDDBA 2018

The Dessert Holdings Sales and Marketing team wrapped up another successful year at IDDBA in New Orleans, LA! This year we hosted the LARGEST BOOTH we’ve ever had, as we represented a well-rounded dessert portfolio of our three outstanding companies.

In the self service refrigerator and frozen sets, we were able to showcase a range of retail-ready products, from bite sized cheesecakes to entertainment sized cakes. In our full service bakery cases, our talented team was also able to showcase just how creative you can get with our beautiful desserts!

Check out our behind the scenes video of the event here.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth! We’re looking forward to seeing you next year at IDDBA!

We Won BRC Site of the Year!

All Dessert Holdings portfolio companies pride themselves in their high regard for food safety and manufacturing excellence. By annually striving for the highest grade food safety certifications from organizations such as BRC Global Standards and SQF Institute, we are able to provide top quality dessert experiences for all our customers.

Every year, food safety certifying body, BRC, presents an award to one organization inclusive of all BRC-certified sites within North America. The award recognizes an organization who has demonstrated excellence in:
• Developing and maintaining their BRC program
• Promoting BRC certification
• Using their BRC certification to enhance or grow their operation

We are proud to announce that The Original Cakerie graciously accepted the award for BRC Certified Site of the Year in Nashville TN at this year’s Food safety Americas conference!
“Our values guide our behaviours and emphasise how we work together as one team; they are the foundation for shaping our company culture."

Acquisition of Atlanta Cheesecake Company

Atlanta Cheesecake Company

Adding another dessert company to the mix, Dessert Holdings is excited to announce its most recent acquisition of Atlanta Cheesecake Company (ACC)

“ACC is a perfect complement to the other companies and brands in our platform, expanding our product offerings, geographic footprint, and retail customer network,” said Paul Lapadat, CEO of Dessert Holdings. "I look forward to working with the ACC team as we continue to build the preeminent premium dessert company for the retail and foodservice industry across North America.”

Like The Original Cakerie and Lawler’s Desserts, ACC will operate with its own brand and product lines as it continues to serve its customers’ needs. The ACC management team will remain in place and the company will retain its manufacturing facility in Kennesaw, GA.

“Dessert Holdings is continuing to pursue a strategy of both organic growth and acquisitions, and ACC represents a strong strategic fit for our premium desserts platform. With the cheesecake category growing at approximately four percent annually, driven by premium products, ACC will help Dessert Holdings establish a critical position in this fragmented but exciting market segment. ” – Dennis O’Brien, Partner at Gryphon.

Meg Sapp, President of ACC, adds, “As a family-owned business, it is so important to us that we have the respect of our customers and our community. We are confident that the team at Dessert Holdings shares our values and our commitment to delivering innovative desserts of the highest quality, and we look forward to a partnership that will bring Atlanta Cheesecake Company products to even more people.”

For the full press release, see here.

Atlanta Cheesecake Company began as a family business in 1988 on the Van der Blom family farm in Anniston, Alabama. From its original offering – Granny Boozers Gourmet Cheesecake - the company has grown to offer over 140 dessert varieties today. The company now operates out of a 94,000 square foot facility in Kennesaw, Georgia and delivers products to well-known grocery retailers in North America. Atlanta Cheesecake Company is committed to the highest standards in food quality and safety, using the finest all-natural ingredients, and traditional scratch-baking techniques to guarantee decadent, delicious, down-home desserts every time

Acquisition of Lawler’s Desserts

Dessert Holdings is proud to announce the acquisition of Lawler Foods, a manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and other desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.

Based near Houston, Texas, Lawler Foods is a family-owned business that has steadily grown over its 40-year history by producing the highest quality cheesecakes and other desserts for retail and foodservice customers. The Lawler family will retain a significant investment in the company, and the Lawler Foods management team will remain in place under the new ownership.

Lawler Foods will be part of the same premium dessert platform as The Original Cakerie, which was acquired in December 2015. The Original Cakerie is a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.

“The acquisition represents an outstanding strategic fit for Dessert Holdings’ premium dessert platform. Lawler Foods’ long-term focus on producing best-in-class quality products is consistent with The Original Cakerie’s own commitment to quality. With little overlap in product offerings and customers between the two businesses, we are confident that the two companies will help expand our customer relationships with leading North American retailers and foodservice accounts.”
– Keith Stimson, Partner at Gryphon Investors.

Mike Lawler, a member of the founding Lawler family, adds, “While our family business has grown successfully for more than 40 years, joining the Dessert Holdings premium dessert platform will enable our company to achieve a new level of success. We value the ability of the Gryphon operations team to help accelerate our expansion.”

For the full press release, see here.

About Lawler Foods
Lawler Foods is a manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, cakes and pies that are used in restaurants, hotels and other fine foodservice establishments around the world. Lawler Foods’ business has been built on the solid foundation of “home-made” taste and quality, using the finest natural ingredients to bake creamy cheesecakes, moist layer cakes, and grandmother-quality pies. The company operates out of Humble, Texas. Customers include national restaurant chains, wholesale clubs, and retail outlets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Gryphon Investors Announce Majority Investment in The Original Cakerie

Gryphon Investors (Gryphon) and The Original Cakerie (TOC) are excited to announce that Gryphon is making a majority investment in the company, a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.

The Original Cakerie, founded in 1979 and privately held, is based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, with a second production facility in London, Ontario. The company serves over 300 customers in the United States and Canada. President and CEO Dave Hood will continue to lead the company following the acquisition.

“Consumers value affordable indulgence across economic cycles, and they are increasingly searching for quality products and clean-label ingredients when they choose to indulge,” said Keith Stimson, Partner and Head of Gryphon’s Consumer Group. “We have had a proactive focus on establishing a platform in the high-quality premium baked goods space, in order to benefit from these consumer trends, as the in-store bakery sections of supermarkets as well as foodservice customers continue to look for high-quality dessert offerings.”

Matt Farron, a Principal in Gryphon’s Consumer Group, adds, “The Original Cakerie is poised for ongoing rapid growth as it continues to bring innovative, delicious dessert products to its retail and foodservice partners. We look forward to working with Dave and his team to continue to drive The Original Cakerie’s growth both organically as well as through strategic add-on acquisitions.”

“We are very excited to partner with Gryphon, given their proven track record in the food sector and the significant resources they bring to the table to assist us in building the company and accelerating our growth. Gryphon’s investment will provide our customers and employees with the opportunity to be associated with an exciting growth platform and enduring leader in the premium baked goods space. We welcome Gryphon’s partnership as we enter our next stage of growth.” – Dave Hood, TOC President and CEO.

For the full press release, see here.

About The Original Cakerie
The Original Cakerie, based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, was established in 1979 as a small industrial bakery producing high-quality desserts for local restaurants in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Today the company is a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.