Case Study

Signature Foods


The company

  • Region: Europe
  • Sector: Consumer
  • Stage: Mid-market buyout
  • Type: Co-investment
  • Fund Vintage: 2016
  • Exit Type: Secondary buyout
  • Highlights:
Add-in acquisitions completed
Employees across seven manufacturing sites

Private Equity Manager (GP)

Case study

About the company

Signature Foods (formerly Salad Signature) is a leading branded and private label food franchise offering chilled and packaged spreads, dips, bites, tapas, and ready meal solutions. The company has a strong presence in the Benelux region and a rapidly growing European footprint across Poland, France, the UK, Germany and the Nordics. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Signature Foods employs over 600 people across seven manufacturing sites in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland.

Why invest

As the leading branded staple food provider in the Benelux region, Signature Foods was well positioned to tap into the growing addressable market for dips and salads. Together, the management of Signature Foods and IK Investment Partners (“IK”), identified a number of near-term acquisitions opportunities to expand Signature Foods’ product offering and generate operational synergies.

Our relationship

Pantheon has an established relationship with IK, dating back to the early 2000s. Pantheon is a primary investor in eight IK funds and has also acquired secondary interests in several IK funds. In addition, Pantheon has participated in a number of co-investments alongside the manager. Pantheon is an Advisory Board member in six IK funds.

Active management and value creation

During IK’s ownership, Signature Foods doubled in size on the back of robust organic growth and a dynamic buy-and-build strategy. IK, together with the management team, developed the company through the following value creation initiatives:

  • Expanded into adjacent product categories by capitalising on the strength of its branded and private label products in order to continue the company’s successful track record of above-market organic growth.
  • Completed four add-on acquisitions to gain access to the faster growing dips and bites market in the Benelux region and to create a footprint in the attractive Polish market.
  • Achieved cost savings, following investment programmes at two major production sites.


Signature Foods was acquired by Pamplona Capital Management in December 2020.

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