|Urs Jordi, (Chairman and Interim CEO)|
|Revenue||€3,797 million (2017)|
|–€808 million (2017)|
|–€906 million (2017)|
ARYZTA AG // is a food business based in Zurich with operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It is incorporated in Switzerland and has listings on the SIX Swiss Exchange (the Zurich Stock Exchange) and the Irish Stock Exchange. The group has a leadership position in the speciality frozen bakery sector and is a global supplier of baked goods to the foodservice, retail and quick service restaurant sectors.
The company was founded as the Irish Co-Operative Agricultural Agency Society in January 1897 and renamed the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society ('IAWS') in December 1897. It was first listed on the Irish Stock Exchange in 1988 and for most of the 1990s the company was managed by Philip Lynch, first as chief executive officer and later chairman. It bought Shamrock Foods in 1989, R&H Hall in 1990 and Cuisine de France in 1997. It went on to buy Delice de France in 1999, La Brea Bakery in 2001, Groupe Hubert in 2005 and Otis Spunkmeyer in 2006.
In June 2007, it spun off its agribusiness activities as Origin Enterprises plc. It merged with Hiestand Holding AG in August 2008 and, having changed its name to ARYZTA, commenced trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange on 22 August 2008. The new name derived from Latin arista, which referred to the apex or awn of a wheat grain.
It bought Honeytop Speciality Foods in September 2011.
In 2013, it acquired Klemme AG, a German manufacturer of frozen bakery products, for €280 million.
In 2015, it acquired the Hungary-based Fornetti group which has operations in central and eastern European markets.
As of August 2018, the company was struggling to cope with a heavy debt burden, a period of over-expansion, and a prolonged heat wave in Europe. Its market value fell from 6 billion euros in 2014 to 694 million euros in 2018.
ARYZTA is known for its Delice de France range of French-style bread-based products and its higher end of Artisan Breads available from La Brea Bakery. Other brands include Shamrock Foods, Cuisine de France and Hubert. Aryzta is particularly known for providing McDonald's burger buns. Aryzta operates 53 bakeries & kitchens across Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Aryzta refers to itself as one of the largest frozen bakery companies in the world.
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