Vivartia

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Vivartia Holding S.A.
S.A
Industry Food and Beverage
Founded 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Area served
Europe, Central and North America
Key people
Andreas Vgenopoulos (Chairman)
Efthimios Bouloutas (CEO)
Revenue Increase€589.6 million (2014)[1]
Owner Marfin Investment Group (92.1%)[2]
Number of employees
5,500 (2014)[3]
Website http://www.vivartia.com/

Vivartia Holding S.A. (Greek: VIVARTIA ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΩΝ Α.Ε.) is a food production conglomerate brand in Greece. Its head office is in Marousi, Athens.[4]

Vivartia was formed by the merger of Delta Holding S.A. and Mechelany International S.A. This merger was the result of a process led by Justin Jenk, the then CEO of Delta Holding, Spyridon Theodoropoulos, majority shareholder of Chipita and Dimitris Daskalopoulos, majority shareholder of Delta. The merged entity became the largest food group in Greece.[5] The merger was the culmination of a highly successful turnaround and improvement strategy put in place by Jenk in 2003. The major shareholder of Vivartia was the Daskalopoulos family until a 76.89% share was sold to the Marfin Investment Group.

Today, Vivartia has 27 facilities, 13,500 employees, a commercial presence in 30 states and an estimated turnover of 1.3 billion euros for 2006.

Chipita sold[6] to Spyros Theodoropoulos and saudi Olayan Group in 2010.[7]

History[edit]

Vivartia is the result of the merger of Delta Holding S.A., which included Delta Dairy Products, Goody's, Flocafé and Mechelany foods as well as a dozen other major Greek food and beverages related corporations of the nutritions field, with the snack and bakery business lines of Chipita. Its transition deal name was “Brand Co” and was officially changed to Vivartia in May 2006 when the merger was completed. It created the largest food group in Greece, one of the top ten companies in Greece and 35th largest food group in Europe.[8] The merger was voted "Deal of the Year 2006". After the merger was complete, the company changed its name to Vivartia S. A.

During the next 18 months the transformation strategy was completed with further acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. Jenk left Vivartia in 2006[9] and Daskalopolous in 2007[10] when the majority of Vivartia’s share were acquired by Marfin Investment Group

It now consist of various divisions aimed at different aspects of the field. These are:

  • Dairy & Beverages Division (formerly Delta)
  • Frozen Foods Division (Barba-Stathis)
  • Catering Services & Entertainment Division (Goody's, Flocafé)

Domestic activities[edit]

Vivartia has always been a leading branded producer in Greece; holding either the number 1 or number 2 market position in product categories. Vivartia has continued to develop its portfolio: acquiring, merging and disposing of different businesses.

It has championed quality and value of its products and services. In 2005 it won PDO designation for feta cheese.[11]

As with many dairy companies around the world (such as Parmalat in Italy, Arla in Sweden and Express in the UK) Vivartia has been subject to accusations of collusion. In December 2007 Vivartia was initially found guilty[12] of colluding with other milk producers (Nestlé, Fage, Mevgal and Olympos) to fix milk prices in Greece to the disadvantage of the consumer.[13] A contested decision as milk prices are regulated by the European Union (and Greek authorities) as well as the unlawful actions of certain Greek civil servants.[14] Management have never been charged with wrongdoing. Yet the State’s Prosecuting agent investigating this case against Vivartia and Mevgal, Panayotis Adamopolous, was jailed for bribery and extortion attempts against the companies.[15]

International expansion[edit]

7days Bake Rolls in a German supermarket

In the Balkans, Vivartia is active in Serbia and Bulgaria and is interested in tapping the rising consumer demand elsewhere in the region and in Russia.

Outside of Europe Vivartia is also active in Egypt and Mexico.

In 2007, Vivartia plans to expand into organic farming in Romania and into fast-food chain franchising in Serbia.

In 2008, Vivartia bought US biscuit and snack-producer Nonni’s for $320 million as part of its expansion plans, along with its brands Nonni's and New York Style and Old London.[16] The acquisition also ensured an entry of Vivartia's 7 Days croissant products to the US market, to be followed by other products at a later stage.[17] In that same year, Vivartia also announced plans to open a new plant in Yadkinville to compliment its 6 existing US plants.[18][19] As of March 2010, Vivartia now produces and sells 7-Days Croissants in the United States.[20]

In 2014, Vivartia has announced a cooperation with Granarolo for market access to France and Italy. This arrangement reflects a continuation of the original strategy put in place in 2003.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.marfininvestmentgroup.com/gr/sectors/food-beverages.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.marfininvestmentgroup.com/gr/sectors/food-beverages.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.vivartia.com/?page_id=664
  4. ^ "Contact" (Archive). Vivartia. Retrieved on 6 June 2014. "VIVARTIA 10, Ziridi str 15123 – MAROUSI" - Address in Greek (Archived 2014-06-06 at WebCite): "VIVARTIA ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΩΝ Α.Ε. Ζηρίδη 10 15123 – ΜΑΡΟΥΣΙ-ΑΘΗΝΑ"
  5. ^ "Creation of largest food group in Greece". 
  6. ^ our history vivartia.com
  7. ^ ΣΠ. ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ Και πάλι μπίζνες με την Chipita (in Greek). To Vima
  8. ^ PR Newswire (20 December 2005). "Creation of the Largest Company in the Food Sector in Greece, a Power-House of Leading Food Brands, With Significant Scale in the European Market". Reuters. 
  9. ^ Greene, Elaine. "Justin Jenk". Capital Link. Retrieved 26 April 2006. 
  10. ^ Gleadell, Colin (14 June 2010). "Dimitris Daskalopoulos Interview". The Telegraph. 
  11. ^ Newman, Matthew (25 ) October 2005). "Greece Wins Exclusive Use of Feta Name at EU Court". Bloomberg.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "Greek dairy companies keep prices high". Greek Reporter. 23 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nestle, Vivartia fined in Greek milk price probe". 
  14. ^ "Greec faces tough struggle to fight resurgent organized crime". The Free Library. 1 November 2006. 
  15. ^ "Senior Greek officials convicted in bribe scandal". Dalje. 13 April 2009. 
  16. ^ Staff (March 7, 2008). "Greece’s Vivartia to buy Nonni’s American biscuit firm". Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ Eyre, Charlotte (March 7, 2010). "US bakery market beckons for Vivartia". Bakeryandsnacks.com. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  18. ^ Staff (December 29, 2008). "Vivartia Plans for New Plant". Free Press Release. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  19. ^ Staff (August 29, 2009). "Bakery hopes to help Yadkin: Nonni's confirms plan to create jobs". tradingmarkets.com. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  20. ^ Tsoulos, Platonas (March 4, 2010). "Vivartia: Χαμηλότερες και το 2010 αναμένονται οι πωλήσεις" (in Greek). Naftemporiki. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ Askew, Katy. "Vivaratia eyes France and Italy with Granarolo tie up". Just Food. 

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