Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray is a business reporter for the NZ Herald and APNZ

Griffin's sold for big bikkies

Popular Griffin's brands include: Macaroon, Toffee Pops and Cookie Bear biscuits. Daily Post photograph/Stephen Parker
Popular Griffin's brands include: Macaroon, Toffee Pops and Cookie Bear biscuits. Daily Post photograph/Stephen Parker

New Zealand snack food maker Griffin's Foods has been sold, for $700 million, by Australian private equity company Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) to Universal Robina Corp of the Philippines.

Griffin's is the owner of classic kiwi brands such as Gingernuts, Toffee Pops and MallowPuffs.

The company also own Eta brand snack foods.

The purchase by Universal Robina - one of Asia's biggest food companies - is subject to Overseas Investment Office approval, Griffin's said in a statement.

Under PEP's ownership, the company had invested over $180 million, creating two manufacturing centres based in Auckland and acquiring the Nice & Natural business, Griffin's said.

The acquisition would provide Griffin's with a network of consumers in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China from which to drive export growth, the company said.

Universal Robina is large branded food company that started as a small, family-owned business and has successfully expanded its markets offshore to become one of the largest food and beverage companies in Asia.

Its markets include the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

- NZ Herald

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