CORE Industrial Partners’ Acquisition of J&K Ingredients


Winston & Strawn represented CORE Industrial Partners in the transaction.

CORE Industrial Partners (“CORE”), a Chicago-based private equity firm, completed the acquisition of J&K Ingredients Corp, (“J&K Ingredients” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of baked goods ingredients with an emphasis on natural, organic and clean label products.

Founded in 1899 and based in Paterson, New Jersey, J&K Ingredients developed the bakery industry’s first natural mold inhibitor more than four decades ago and remains at the forefront of natural mold inhibitor innovation, custom formulation, and manufacturing. Natural mold inhibitors enhance taste, texture, aroma, consistency, and shelf life while providing a clean label alternative to artificial chemical preservatives. The Company’s signature product lines include Bred-Mate, Rice-Mate and more recently, SOR-Mate, the first fruit-based natural replacement for sorbic acid and potassium sorbate.

CORE Industrial Partners is a Private Equity firm investing exclusively in Manufacturing and Industrial Technology companies in North America.

Winston & Strawn represented CORE Industrial Partners with Partners Matthew F. Bergmann (Picture), Steven J. Gavin, Geoffrey J. Rahie, and Associates James W. Kachadoorian and John H. Secaras.

Involved fees earner: Matthew Bergmann – Winston & Strawn; Steven Gavin – Winston & Strawn; James Kachadoorian – Winston & Strawn; Geoffrey Rahie – Winston & Strawn; John Secaras – Winston & Strawn;

Law Firms: Winston & Strawn;

Clients: CORE Industrial Partners;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti