C.W. Downer & Co. Advises Flavor Infusion, LLC on its Sale to a Subsidiary of Symrise AG

BOSTON, June 9, 2015 – C.W. Downer & Co., a leading global provider of investment banking services to middle-market clients, is pleased to announce that it has assisted Flavor Infusion, LLC (Flavor Infusion) with the sale of its business to Symrise, Inc, a subsidiary of Symrise AG (“Symrise”). The deal closed on June 5th, 2015 and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Flavor Infusion was established in 2004 by Dan DeClark, an executive with over 40 years of experience operating successful businesses in the flavor industry. Flavor Infusion produces a range of natural flavor products that provide critical taste characteristics in beverage applications. The unique flavor profiles developed by Flavor Infusion are used by leading national and international brands in a range of applications, including flavored waters, teas, sports and energy drinks. The acquired business will maintain its headquarters and primary R&D facility in Laguna Beach, California following the transaction. The deal will further expand Symrise’s leadership position in the global flavors market and will strengthen its competitive positioning in the flavored waters and beverage categories.

The transaction represents another successful mandate for C.W. Downer’s food and specialty ingredients practice. “We have worked extensively in the flavor industry over the years and have completed multiple transactions with some of the world’s most significant food ingredient companies,” said Joseph Downing, Managing Director and Partner at C.W. Downer & Co. “Our engagement team was able to engage a global universe of strategic buyers that included industry leaders in North America, Europe and Asia. Our ability to engage with buyers globally resulted in a highly efficient competitive and dynamic process that maximized value for our client.”

“The management team of Flavor Infusion, led by Dan DeClark and his son Bart DeClark, also deserve tremendous credit for this transaction,” added Mr. Downing. “The management team worked tirelessly to ensure that the transaction remained on a tight schedule while continuing to drive growth at the business.”

The C.W. Downer & Co. team assisting Flavor Infusion with the sale included Mr. Joseph Downing (Managing Director & Partner), Mr. Greg Fanikos (Director), Mr. Jon Tetirick (Associate) and Mr. David Peslak (Analyst). The transaction is the 10th announced by C.W. Downer in 2015.

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