Nature of Business
Refresco is the leading European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded players with production in the Benelux, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, the UK, Poland and Finland. The company produces circa 6 billion litres of soft drinks and generates revenues of circa €2 billion.
Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices to carbonated soft drinks and mineral waters in carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans, pouches and glass. The Company is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
We initially acquired a minority stake in Refresco in 2010 to help support the Company’s continued growth and buy-and-build strategy. The merger with Gerber Emig in 2013 was a notable highlight during our investment period; enhancing the Company’s presence across Europe and strengthening its capability for industry innovation.
Refresco has demonstrated robust top line growth between 2010 and 2015, increasing revenue from €1.2bn to €2bn, and increasing profitability as a result of operational improvements and merger synergies. This is the second time 3i has supported Refresco’s growth, having previously financed a management buyout of the business in 2003.
Refresco announced the completion of its IPO on Euronext Amsterdam in March 2015.
Regulatory notice: This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Amsterdam.