Monde Nissin looks for investors for its British food unit

Published December 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bloomberg

Philippine food maker Monde Nissin Corp. is weighing options including a potential minority stake sale for Quorn Foods, a British producer of meat substitutes, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Monde Nissin, which makes the best-selling “Lucky Me!” instant noodles in the Philippines, is working with an adviser to look for an equity investor in Quorn, said the people. The firm could sell at least 20% in Quorn to an investor that would help expand the business, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private.

The Makati-based company acquired Quorn for 550 million pounds ($722 million) in 2015, according to the company’s website. Quorn started making meat-free products including burgers with mycoprotein before the faux meat boom that took off in recent years.

Middle-class consumers are becoming more health-conscious, switching to products made of plant-based proteins by companies such as Beyond Meat, Inc. and Impossible Foods, Inc. Shares of Beyond Meat have fallen nearly 70% from their peak this year, but still have almost tripled since its debut in May, riding on the demand for vegan food.

Deliberations are at an early stage and they may not lead to a transaction, the people said. A representative for Monde Nissin declined to comment.

Monde Nissin also counts biscuits among its main products and exports to more than 30 countries, according to its website.