Finco takes a minority stake in Bakkerij Aernoudt together with the current managers and owners Carolien De Sutter, Luc De Corte and Vectis Private Equity. Bakkerij Aernoudt is an artisan bakery with 29 bakeries in the surroundings of Ghent and differentiates itself through its broad and high-quality range of freshly baked products. Out of the bakery workshop located in Gentbrugge, the shops are supplied on a daily basis with around 200 own products.
The Company was founded in 1993 by Luc De Corte through the acquisition of Bakkerij Aernoudt in Ghent near the UZ Hospital. Ever since, the Company has realized a solid growth trajectory under the lead of the entrepreneurial duo Luc De Corte and Carolien De Sutter. In 2017, Vectis Private Equity entered into the capital to further support the growth strategy.
Bakkerij Aernoudt has the ambition to continue expanding its offering of locations through accessible and qualitative bakery shops, either organically or through strategic acquisitions. With the arrival of Finco, Bakkerij Aernoudt reinforces its capacity to accelerate its growth plans.
Carolien De Sutter, CEO of Bakkerij Aernoudt: “Following the strong growth realized over the last years, Bakkerij Aernoudt was looking for an additional strategic and financial partner. Finco and Vectis are both strong shareholders that fit very well within the company culture of Bakkerij Aernoudt.”
Martijn Willaert and Eline De Wilde (Finco Private Equity): “Bakkerij Aernoudt has had an impressive growth track record and we are excited to back future growth plans of this flourishing company.”
About Finco Private Equity
Finco is an established, independent private equity player in Belgium. For more than two decades, our experienced and agile investment team has supported profitable small and medium-sized companies to achieve the full potential of their growth ambitions. We invest in innovative companies with sustainable business models, inspired by entrepreneurial leadership. Our reference shareholder is the Plouvier family.