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Food and Beverage

Case # 177


Family-Owned In-Store Bakery Supplier:  Conducted a 2-phased due diligence to: (1) determine the penetration levels and conversion opportunity of the target’s bakery supply products; (2) establish the retail bakery market dynamics; and (3) establish the target’s growth potential. Gotham conducted: a Phase I consumer panel survey of 1,116 consumers to validate ingoing thesis on consumer penetration opportunity; a Phase II survey of 2,233 consumers to establish buying behavior and test potential concepts for driving consumer conversion. We also interviewed 37 retailer bakery executives/category buyers and surveyed 276 in-story bakery employees to establish their decision-making criteria, plans for the category, and requirements for growth, and modeled a complex market size matrix for 34 occasions and 7 product types to estimate the current penetration of the company's products and establish whitespace and conversion opportunities. These fact-based, actionable insights and reliable numbers gave the client the conviction needed to win this hotly contested auction.


Case # 167


Regional Authentic Refrigerated Mexican Food Manufacturer:  Conducted a 2-phase due diligence to: (1) validate the national expansion opportunity in grocery, (2) validate the growth opportunity in foodservice, and (3) assess operations risks and opportunities. Gotham interviewed ~70 retail and foodservice buyers and surveyed ~4,000 consumers to establish target’s brand positioning and growth opportunity. We also leveraged Nielsen data to build an MSA-level market sizing model to establish a $2B addressable market size. To support national expansion, Gotham established second plant economics and profiled the competitive landscape to identify acquisition candidates. Our operational assessment did not reveal any significant commodity pricing margin risks and, in fact, identified material yeild and labor savings opportunities. These fact-based conclusions gave the client the conviction needed to submit an aggressive bid to win this hotly contested auction.       


Case # 162


National Coffee Roaster And Distributor: Conducted 2-week operations assessment of target to establish initial read on cost reduction opportunities. Despite limited access to the target’s management, plants, and operations data, Gotham was able to create a clear picture of the target’s cost structure in both operations and its DSD network. While the cost reduction opportunities needed to achieve our client’s financial target did exist, capturing those savings posed significant culture and business strategy challenges. Given the high valuation of the target and the significant hurdles standing in the way of savings, the client leveraged our work to make a fact-based decision at the early stage of the process to exit the auction process.  


Case # 150


Private Label Canned Food Manufacturer:  In sync with the needs of each stage of the deal process, conducted phased customer, market, and operational due diligence, initially focusing on:  1) growth outlook – established the target’s category presence, identified key market trends, and built a model to project category growth; 2) competitive positioning – interviewed 27 PL and category buyers from supermarkets, wholesalers, food service companies, and brokers; and 3) CapEx and operational risk – visited the target’s 3 plants, assessed capacity, and reviewed operational improvement plans. After the client signed the LOI, Gotham conducted:  a deep dive assessment of margin risk, using 7-year SKU-level price/margin data and outlook for major input cost drivers; and an in-depth operational diagnostic of material yield, direct labor, and inventory costs.  


Case # 144


Family-Owned Dry Ice Manufacturer:  Conducted 2-week operational due diligence to pin down capacity and CapEx situation, and to identify margin improvement opportunities in manufacturing, distribution, and branch operations ahead of a competitive auction bid. Created plant-specific profiles of 150+ pieces of production equipment and determined target had ample capacity for growth with minimal replacement CapEx risk. Analyzed and reconciled financial data from the target’s ~100 P&Ls and reallocated costs to establish true operational costs and production and distribution cost benchmarks across plants, branches, and routes and identified up to $6MM in margin improvement opportunities through disciplined distribution and pricing practices. Gotham’s due diligence enabled our client to move forward with a competitive bid. 


Case # 138


Regional Family-Owned Coffee Roaster And Distributor:  Conducted a 3-week operational due diligence to establish a robust fact base of cost and operational performance in a data-poor situation, identify consolidation opportunities, and provide a fact-based, actionable plan for post-acquisition value creation, including:  delivery and service route optimization to eliminate 30-40% of current routes; brewing equipment CapEx reduction through better deployment of used equipment; warehouse consolidation; sourcing efficiencies; SKU complexity management and inventory reduction; and professionalization of roasting and supply chain operations. Gotham’s findings enabled the client to close the transaction with confidence; the company started capturing identified opportunities within a few weeks of the deal closure. 


Case # 136


Snack Foods Flexible Packaging Converter:  Conducted 4-week customer & market due diligence to evaluate:  competitive risks from large converters; potentially high CapEx requirements; and target’s reliance on 9 key accounts for almost all of projected growth. Interviewed 50+ key competitors, snack foods customer brand and packaging managers, and printing equipment OEMs; conducted exhaustive research on printing press equipment technologies, snack foods end-market dynamics, and flexible packaging market/competitive dynamics; and analyzed company/market sales data on key customer accounts. Based on our findings, PE client confidently moved forward with the transaction and closed the deal. 


Case # 123


Fresh And Frozen Food Manufacturer:  Built a robust plant and equipment profile and comprehensive capacity model to provide client with understanding of true capacity picture in support of valuation assumptions for target in competitive bid process.  Determined target could achieve ~3X stated capacity through minimal CAPEX; established 10% in quick-win cost savings available in labor, material, and overhead; and provided client with preliminary growth strategy utilizing co-packers, including targeted list of 9 potential co-packers interested in potential strategic alliance.  Client moved forward with a more competitive bid based on Gotham’s capacity assessment.


Case # 116


Family-Owned Premium Specialty Foods Manufacturer:  Conducted Customer and Market Due Diligence to establish/validate that company could support 10+% CAGR growth and expand nationally. Analyzed IRI/Nielsen data, conducted extensive secondary research, built and ran scenario models, conducted field research and customer interviews to establish positioning and outlook of premium product companies overall and the target specifically, as well as feasibility and requirements for growing the brand nationally. Gotham team identified 4 growth levers for the company.


Case # 115


Specialty Foods Manufacturer:  Conducted detailed observations of manufacturing operations (evaluating equipment, labor, downtime, changeovers, etc.) and developed bottom-up capacity model to quantify production increases and cost savings. Determined that target’s facility had sufficient capacity to meet 5-year targeted growth projections; identified cost per case savings 15-20% from labor and overhead reductions; found low risk of future operational surprises (e.g., major equipment cap ex requirements, food safety/quality issues, etc.); and provided PE Client with ingoing operational value capture plan. Client moved forward with acquisition and immediately began implementation of Gotham recommended improvement initiatives.


Case # 112


Nutritional Food Supplements Manufacturer:  Identified significant manufacturing capacity available through a variety of key throughput levers, including: reduced number and shortened length of changeovers; reduced frequency and duration of downtime; and increased speed in bottleneck equipment. In addition, identified 35% reduction in direct labor cost. Following our implementation plan, company increased EBITDA by $7MM by the end of the fiscal year and the PE firm successfully sold the company.


Case # 105


$19MM Branded Ethnic Foods Manufacturer: Built operational performance fact base and cost model for due diligence of an entrepreneurial company. Effort included: first-hand observation of operations, management interviews, data collection and synthesis, equipment condition and capex requirement assessment, food safety review, and interviews with potential co-packers. Established that:  the existing plant can meet the buyer's target of growing the business 2-3X current volume; identified 5-6 viable and interested co-packers; identified opportunities to reduce cost per case by 16-17.5%; and provided a road map for improving operations. The PE firm is in process of closing the deal.


Case # 104


$150MM Beverage Manufacturer: Turned around plant performance by implementing basic plant operating system (downtime, waste, and scheduling). $600K in run rate cost savings captured by the end of the 6-week engagement, with tools and processes in place to capture the rest. Building on the initial success, rolled out the network-wide standard operating procedures to the other 2 plants during an 8-week Phase II effort with additional savings of $2-2.5MM expected. Company generating record EBITDA (60+% improvement in EBITDA) and the PE firm decided to market the company for an exit.


Case # 95


$20MM Baked Goods Operations: Conducted 1-week operational due diligence of ingredient manufacturing operations for a quick-service franchise company, targeting labor practices, safety and environmental compliance, and inventory practices. Reviewed of labor policies, including work rules, attendance policies, and basic compliance with overtime, lunch, and break rules. Determined that the facility had solid risk management operations, and recommended minor improvements in quality assurance and material handling. The PE firm purchased the company and followed through on recommendations from operational due diligence.


Case # 78


$60MM Beverage Production And Packaging Company: 2 week diagnostic that benchmarked conversion costs for the company and identified 15-20% in cost reduction opportunities. The effort indicated that with improved scheduling processes and more efficient use of labor, the company could save at least $1.5MM in the short-term. Recommendations also included putting in place a system to track true costs and performance to enable longer-term improvements.


Case # 68


Private Equity Owned Specialty Baked Goods Manufacturer: Identified $1.1-1.6MM in cost reduction opportunities in materials, labor, and freight. Launched a fact-based cost-reduction program including ingredient measurement and feedback system, a system for fixed labor standards based on rated line speeds, goal boards to manage productivity targets/performance, and a performance measurement and reporting system.


Case # 59


Private Equity Owned National Seafood Company: Conducted a diagnostic to reduce distribution costs as a part of an effort to integrate the distribution systems of two companies by identifying and sizing cost levers with savings benefits (quick hits, process changes, and cultural changes). Targeted cost savings of $1.5 to 2MM on a base of $7MM, of which $1MM are estimated to be achieved by quick hits alone.


Case # 35

Helping A National Fresh Foods Company Sell Itself


North American Fresh Foods Company: Led business development and evaluation efforts for entry into a new market, including market sizing, industry analysis, supply chain design, and financial modeling. Created operations strategy and execution plan based on exploiting existing market power, distribution capabilities, and proprietary technology. Seperately, led M&A synergy assessment involving several potential acquirers. Client company was sold within 6 months and the new business was launched.


Case # 27


North American Frozen Mexican Food Manufacturer: Constructed methodology and models to view profitability by customer, product, and channel. Results led new management to refocus product development/growth strategy on profitable products. Management succeeded in doubling revenue of profitable products and private equity owners sold firm to a strategic buyer in 3 years for a 26% compound annual return on investment.


Case # 26


National Packaged Meats Company: Captured over $10 million in waste and throughput opportunities (15% reduction in total operating and materials costs) by identifying root causes, developing new operating procedures, and establishing KPIs.


Case # 19


Multinational Soup Company: Created a North American Supply Chain strategy for a multinational soup company which had lost its scale advantages. Built upon a solid understanding of the company's operating strengths, the strategy leveraged collaborative alliances up and down the supply chain to extend the company's control of cans from fabrication to retail, and reduce costs in the entire system by 10-15%.


Case # 17


European Food Manufacturer: Worked hand in hand with UK manufacturing division managers to reduce and manage complexity, leverage purchasing scale, and simplify products, with a near-term target of capturing $5MM in aggregate savings in the first year while ensuring core operational processes were strengthened so that in year 2, the division could capture additional value from broader optimization of the supply chain. After 1 year, $4MM+ had been saved with another $2-3MM in savings expected over the next 6 months, and customer service had improved. Our team was then asked to review the entire European supply chain.


Case # 16


National Fresh Foods Company: Performed operational due diligence for the acquisition of a fresh soup manufacturer that led to no-go decision as original cost savings estimate proved overly optimistic and investment requirement estimates proved too low. Identified stand-alone cost savings, constructed a catastrophe and failure scenario analysis, created a capital expenditure timeline in light of growth requirements and need to adapt process to manufacture U.S. style soups, and established forward COGS by identifying cutoffs for purchasing scale cost reductions and modeling labor requirements against growth targets. Assessed potential synergies, including soup revenue growth through shelf proximity and co-marketing with produce products, reduced soup logistics costs through use of existing produce cold-chain, lower soup raw materials cost through use of current suppliers and scale, and elimination of redundant overhead and SG&A expense through organizational consolidation.


Case # 13


North American Luxury Chocolate Company: Developed a new customer service/logistics strategy for effectively distributing high-value, perishable products to 250 company-owned stores and 5,000 DSD customers. Developed and executed 3 pilot tests that demonstrated significant improvements: 100% improvement in retail delivery performance; successful direct fulfillment of retail corporate orders; 10% reduction in inventory costs; very satisfied wholesale customers.


Case # 11


Premium Baked Goods Manufacturer: Lowered nationwide logistics/transportation costs via reductions in emergency shipments and outsourcing/consolidating of the carrier fleet and warehouses to a single, third-party logistics provider (3PL). Set lowest-cost freight allocation system targets, defined proposal criteria, and created RFQ. Actual savings exceeded projections by 15% in the first year ($6.9MM EBITDA impact), with maintenance of 99+% fill rate.


Case # 9


Premium-Brand Baking Company: Created a new logistics strategy, including implementing a new DSD network and delivery process, developing a new transportation and warehousing strategy, and re-balancing production among plants. Over 75% of the $2.5MM in savings (from a cost base of $12MM) highlighted in the strategy was saved in the first year of implementation.


Case # 6


Global Food Manufacturer: Led study to create a North American manufacturing strategy that minimized total delivered cost, optimized the asset base, provided for future product needs, and enabled superior customer service. Structured and conducted rigorous analysis to establish comprehensive understanding of current performance within the multiple-plant network. Study results included identification of $24-46 million cost improvement opportunity and the redesign of company's capital allocation process.


Case # 1


Large Private-Label Beverage Manufacturer: Developed key performance indicators, production planning logic, and inventory management policies for 11-plant manufacturing network. Implementation raised order fill rates to 98+% for key customers, increased volume by 37%, improved asset effectiveness by 40%, and reduced cost/case by 30%. Two client-side team members received corporate innovation award and $10,000 for their involvement in landing new account.