|United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Spain, USA, China (including Hong Kong)|
|Lýdur Guðmundssón, Chairman
Ágúst Guðmundssón, CEO
|Products||Ready meals, soups, sauces, prepared fruits and vegetables, salads, desserts, dips, pizzas|
|Revenue||£1,814.8 million (2017)|
|£111.6 million (2017)|
|£31.0 million (2017)|
Bakkavör Group plc is an international food manufacturing company specialising in fresh prepared foods. The Group’s head office is in London. It was listed 27th in the 2015 Sunday Times Top Track 100. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Bakkavör was founded in 1986 by the two brothers Ágúst and Lýdur Guðmundssón, to manufacture and export cod roe to Scandinavia. They expanded the business by selling convenience foods. The company acquired Katsouris Fresh Foods in 1997 and Geest in 2005.
Following the global financial crisis of 2008, Bakkavör became heavily indebted, forcing the Guðmundssón brothers into emergency talks with the company's bondholders.
The Guðmundssón brothers' advisors, Deloitte, came under scrutiny for its advisory role when the brothers repurchased a major stake in Bakkavör from their investment company, Exista, in 2009. The company delisted from the NASDAQ OMX in Iceland in 2010. Lýdur and Ágúst Guðmundssón, faced fraud charges in Iceland in 2012 relating to their ownership of Exista.
In 2014 the company simplified its structure selling its South African operation and a 40% stake in its Italian business later in the year. The company acquired US prepared foods manufacturer B. Robert’s Foods in January 2015.
In January 2016, Bakk AL Holdings Limited, another company owned by Ágúst and Lýdur Guðmundssón and funds managed by The Baupost Group, LLC, purchased shares in the company, taking its ownership to approximately 89% of the outstanding shares in the company. Then in November 2017 the company was the subject of an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.
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