Investment funds invest in Spain's agri-food sector

In recent months, there have been important investment operations in the Spanish agri-food sector.

In January 2021, MCH Private Equity partnered with the SanLucar premium fruit and vegetable brand to buy the Castellon-based company Llusar, which was founded in 1926, specializes in citrus fruits and has a strong export activity. Last year the company had a turnover of 63 million euro. It is still run by the three Llusar brothers.

San Lucar, which is based in Spain, is under the majority control of its founder, Stephan Rötzer. The group generates a turnover of more than 400 million euro based on a qualitative differentiation strategy.

Another of the most recent operations took place in December; the Surexport agricultural company formalized the sale of most of its capital to one of the funds of the Alantra PE investment bank.

Surexport is a leading European producer and exporter of strawberries and berries. The company was founded in 1994 and it is based in Huelva, where it has a freezing facility. It is also established in Morocco and Portugal. Its turnover reached 190 million euro.

Alantra Partners, which was founded in Madrid in 2001 under the name of N + 1, is a consulting and investment company that is established in 35 countries and that directly or indirectly manages funds exceeding 10 billion euro.

The buyers' goal is to promote organic and external growth.



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