C.H. Guenther & Son acquires Les Plats Du Chef from Claridge

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By Ted Liu

C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. (CHG) has acquired Les Plats Du Chef (PDC), a Montreal based frozen meal and snack producer from Claridge Food Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Plats Du Chef was founded in 1981 by Chef Michel Lachapelle and his wife, Monique. Plats du Chef operates SQF, level 3 certified production facilities in Montreal and Toronto, producing frozen food products for a number of business channels. Its branded Cuisine Adventures products are sold in Club, Grocery and Mass Market retailers and our private label customer list includes North America’s top tier grocers.

Claridge Food Group, a company owned by the Stephen Bronfman family, acquired Plats Du Chef in 2002.

“We knew when we bought this jewel of a company that the people would turn it into a diamond. Congratulations!” Stephen Bronfman said.

Dale W. Tremblay, president and CEO of CHG, said, “PDC has done a great job of creating new products that are on trend with today’s consumers, which is evident based on their success with club stores and retail chains in both the U.S. and Canada. I believe that with the talent and resources within both companies, we can work with the PDC team to take this business to a whole new level. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the Claridge Food Group, and they are to be commended on what they have successfully built.”

Pierre Boivin, president and CEO of Claridge Inc., said, “We have enjoyed helping to support and build PDC over the past 15 years, and the management team is to be commended for the innovation and development of the company into a North American success story. We know that we are transitioning this business into good hands, as CHG has a well-respected track record and history in the food business across the U.S., Canada and Europe.”

Tremblay added, “We are extremely excited about this new addition to the CHG family of companies, and we look forward to working with Tony Galasso, president of PDC, and the PDC team to assist them in furthering the brand and product capabilities.”

San Antonio, Texas based C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. was founded in Texas in 1851 by German immigrant Carl Hilmar Guenther. The company produces a variety of branded and food products for retail and foodservice customers and consumers. With this acquisition, Guenther will have 10 facilities in the U.S., six in Canada, two in the United Kingdom and one Belgium.

photo credit: Plats Du Chef