Food & Agriculture
Kevin Jach is a Managing Director and a member of the Consumer, Food & Retail group at Lazard Middle Market. He has more than three decades of experience in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He has extensive expertise advising large public and private companies and cooperatives on both domestic and cross-border transactions in the food and agriculture industry. He helped lead the growth and development of Lazard’s middle market food practice, and completed some of the firm’s most iconic strategic deals.
Representative transactions include advising:
- Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto on its sale to Unilever (NYSE:UN),
- Autocrat on its sale to James Finlay International,
- Unilever (NYSE:UN) on its sale of Skippy Peanut Butter to Hormel (NYSE:HRL),
- Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) on its acquisition of Kettle Creations,
- Land O’Lakes on its acquisition of Kozy Shack,
- Land O’Lakes on its joint venture with Eggland’s Best, and
- Rowland Coffee Roasters on its sale to The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM).
Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Jach led the global mergers and acquisitions activities for The Pillsbury Company. As the vice president/director of Pillsbury’s business development group, Mr. Jach completed 15 acquisitions and divestitures with a total transaction value in excess of $4.5 billion. These transactions included the $3.2 billion acquisition of Pet, Inc. (a publicly traded packaged goods company comprised of the Old El Paso and Progresso brands) and the divestiture of a dozen food businesses across Europe. Mr. Jach also held senior financial positions at Pillsbury, including vice president of finance for Pillsbury’s $1.5 billion international division and director of finance for the company’s Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs and Progresso businesses. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Jach worked for five years as a manager of mergers and acquisitions for Deloitte & Touche. In this position, he managed the acquisition, divestiture, and financing process for corporate and middle market clients.
Mr. Jach graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and received a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance and strategy from the University of Michigan.