US-based investor buys minority stake in Westfalia Fruit

Established over 70 years ago, the Westfalia Fruit Group supplies fresh produce and related value-added products to international markets. An integrated supply chain incorporating all activities ‘from pip to plate’ enables it to market fruit from across the globe throughout the year.

The acquisition by Harvard Management Company (HMC) of a minority stake in Westfalia Fruit International (WFI) gives the fruit specialist capital for funding key initiatives while enabling collaboration
with HMC’s accomplished team of natural resource investors.

“Westfalia has a global presence in the avocado market with a commitment to environmentally sustainable management. Its vertically integrated operations are uniquely positioned to benefit from the growth in global avocado consumption and make it a great fit for our portfolio. We are excited to have the opportunity to join them in this latest stage of their growth,” says Colin Butterfield, HMC’s Managing Director of Natural Resources.

WFI’s future capital investments in global production and distribution are aimed at meeting the growing market demand for avocados and expanding the current availability of fruit. Says newly-appointed CEO of Westfalia Fruit, Alk Brand, of the investment: “The decision to partner with HMC was an easy one, given our similar values and commitment to sustainable business principles. This transaction positions us well for pursuing strategic objectives within the global Group and significantly contributes towards our vision of being a leader in the global avocado industry.”

For more information: 
Julia Tew
Westfalia Fruit
Tel: +27 83 456 8912

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