The latest deal follows the acquisitions of Hoffman’s Chocolates in December 2013 and Williams & Bennett in January 2014.
“Right now we are acquiring good brands with good following and now we are coast to coast,” Jarett Levan, president of BBX Capital told ConfectioneryNews.
On the hunt for more
The BBX head added that his company would continue to search for other US premium chocolate firms to give its customers a greater choice of brands.
“We will probably do a few more this year and then take a break,” he said. “Our model is very simple: We acquire legendary brands and we pattern with good people.”
Levan said that a big driver behind the Jer’s Chocolate buy was bringing the Californian company’s founder and CEO Jerry Swain on board to increase BBX’s confectionery expertise.
All of BBX’s acquisitions fallsunder its BBX Sweet Holdings subsidiary, but it intends to keep the brands separate.
“The goal is to maintain separate brands because they are well known within their space. But we will also take advantage of synergies in distribution and production,” said Levan.
Jer’s outsources production to a firm based in Los Angeles and Levan confirmed the deal would continue.
BBX has 45,000 sq ft of production space across two factories in South Florida through the William’s & Bennett and Hoffman’s businesses.