frostkrone Acquires Varenne Gastronomie


The French company Varenne Gastronomie becomes part of the frostkrone Holding. Thus, the group of companies adds exquisite finger food to its product range and continues to expand its international presence – following the acquisition of snack manufacturer Piz’wich in April this year. “So we are strengthening our position in the market and pursuing our growth targets in a stringent and future-oriented manner,” explains Frédéric Dervieux, managing partner of frostkrone Tiefkühlkost GmbH.

Already back in 1998, Varenne Gastronomie was specialized in creating and manufacturing of fine finger food from high-quality, natural, untreated ingredients; ideal to accompany an aperitif or cocktail as well as served as small appetizer. The product developers rely on natural, selected raw materials and spices from all over the world to develop special experiences of indulgence. Thanks to continuous development, the company is also proficient in the manufacture of creations from rice leaves and real brick dough in large quantities. The product portfolio of Varenne Gastronomie includes, among other items, mini Corolles, Bouchées en feuille de brick (snack-sized bites in brick dough), mini croustillants and Pastilla.

  • Mini Corolles, from thin wheat pancakes in flower shape, crispy baked and filled with vegetables, cheese, coquilles Saint Jacques or shrimps, are often served to accompany an aperitif.
  • Bouchées en feuille de brick are small, crispy surprises in creatively designed shapes (for example like a rose bud, candy or lolly) with savory fillings.
  • Originally coming from the Maghreb, Pastilla is a very popular crispy appetizer filled with cheese, meat or fish.
  • Made from very thin and crispy wheat dough with a filling of first-class vegetables, meat or cheese, the mini croustillants are available as small Aumônières, rolls or triangles. The delicate appetizers are quickly and easily prepared in the oven.

Shaping a successful future together

Frédéric Dervieux is convinced: “In order to continue being successful, it is important to offer our retail and food service customers a varied and tailor-made range of deep-frozen finger foods and snacks. With Varenne Gastronomie, we now have a partner at our side that is extremely well versed in the creation and manufacture of fine finger food.”

Also Dr. Christian Näther, Senior Partner of EMERAM Capital Partners GmbH and a major investor of the frostkrone Group, underlines the relevance of the transaction: “By acquiring Varenne Gastronomie, we are strengthening the position of frostkrone in Europe and particularly in France.

Varenne Gastronomie continues to be operationally managed by founder and managing director Richard Ortiz and remains as a brand as before. “I am proud and honored to become part of the frostkrone team, contributing to the growth targets envisaged and giving a new impetus to Varenne Gastronomie”, declares Richard Ortiz.

Since 2013, frostkrone has been continuously on the road to success. Innovation and competence in deep-frozen finger foods and snacks is what makes the company so successful. frostkrone convinces its customers at home and abroad with a wide and varied assortment. In particular, the export market was continuously expanded in recent years.

The current product range is presently delivered throughout Europe, among others to Scandinavia, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Switzerland. In 2017, additional Eastern European countries were added, such as Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. Likewise, the products are delivered to the USA.

“Both companies work closely together already today and in future, we will be able to make better use of synergies and can jointly drive innovation,” Frédéric Dervieux is convinced.

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