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Stuart Shalom – who is a consultant in the corporate and commercial team at Davis Blank Furniss – has acted for The Cheshire Cheese Company (CCC) in a deal that saw it being acquired by fellow North West based family-owned cheese producer Joseph Heler to expand its branded offering.
As a multi award-winning brand, the Cheshire Cheese Company will become one of Heler’s flagship consumer facing brands alongside its low calorie, low fat and high protein cheese, Eatlean.
Macclesfield-based CCC, which was established in 2010 to produce cheddar and Cheshire cheese waxed truckles in innovative, unique flavours, has seen 400% growth in revenues since 2019 making it one of the largest online cheese retailers in the UK and a desirable acquisition.
Joseph Heler has operations across central Europe, which will re-open markets to CCC that Brexit made unviable.
The Cheshire Cheese Company co-founder Simon Spurrell will retain an equitable stake in the business and remains as managing director to steer the company forward. All of its head office, production and warehouse staff will be retained while 14 additional full and part time jobs will be created on the back of this acquisition.
Commenting on the deal, which was undertaken for an undisclosed sum, George Heler, group managing director of Joseph Heler, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Cheshire Cheese Company to the Heler Group. It has a fantastic product and has worked hard to grow a loyal following across the UK. Cheshire Cheese Company’s wealth of experience and expertise will provide plentiful synergies which is very exciting. Together, we’re confident we can extend its reach across the UK and Europe.”
Simon Spurrell, managing director of the Cheshire Cheese Company, said: “This strategic alliance has come at a very important time for the business. Post Brexit legislation meant our plans to operate in mainland Europe were halted – this arrangement will see us able to grow with increased production and fulfilment capacity and a worldwide reach.”
Stuart Shalom said: “We were delighted to work with Simon and the CCC team on this deal and we wish them all the best for the future.”