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Chobani Acquires La Colombe for $900 Million

The coffee roaster will add to Chobani's diversified next generation food & beverage company.

Staff

December 18, 2023

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Chobani acquires La Colombe
La Colombe, a specialty coffee roaster, offers products in retail, cafes, food service, and direct to consumer. Image courtesy of Chobani

Chobani, a food and beverage company originally known for its Greek yogurt, has acquired La Colombe, a specialty coffee roaster, for $900 million.

Chobani financed the acquisition through the combination of a newly issued $550 million term loan, cash on hand and the exchange of Keurig Dr Pepper’s (KDP) minority equity stake in La Colombe into Chobani equity.

La Colombe currently serves consumers in retail, cafes, foodservice, and direct-to-consumer. The brand is the only ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee company that owns its supply chain from conscious bean sourcing and premium roasting to the creation of exceptional product experiences for loyal customers.

“At a time where the industry has faced challenges to grow sales, Chobani has delivered double-digit, volume-led sales growth, and considerable margin expansion. We have never been stronger or better positioned to chart our next chapter of growth,” said Chobani Founder and Chief Executive Officer Hamdi Ulukaya.

“We’ve already made an investment in the coffee category with our creamers and are excited about bringing La Colombe into the Chobani family, and offering the delicious, high-quality cold brew and ready-to-drink craftmanship of La Colombe to a next generation of consumers, powered by a strong distribution partner in KDP," Ulukaya added.

“La Colombe is a unique brand and well positioned to continue its strong growth trajectory, including upside as its ready-to-drink line expands availability through our company-owned DSD network and with premium K-Cup pods now in the market,” said KDP Chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort. “Both as a strategic partner and a minority shareholder, we are excited by the path ahead."

As part of Chobani, La Colombe will continue to operate as an independent brand. This approach allows for collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two companies while preserving the unique identity and innovation of La Colombe.

La Colombe is a growing player in the fast-growing $5 billion US RTD coffee category, and its offering will prove complementary to Chobani’s core yogurt portfolio and modern foods innovations, including oat milk and creamer. As a result of its superior brand and the consumers’ developing preference for cold coffee, La Colombe’s RTD line has grown over 3x in the last five years and is positioned for accelerated growth.

Under Chobani ownership, La Colombe will benefit from the company’s extensive retail execution, marketing, and cold chain capabilities to grow its products. La Colombe will also expand the reach of its single-serve product line and have access to grow underdeveloped channels like convenience retail.

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