Seabrook Crisps completes LDC-backed buyout

70th anniversary deal set to fuel further growth

Seabrooks Photograph by Richard Walker / www.imagenorth.netIconic Yorkshire crisp brand Seabrook Crisps has completed a management buyout backed by leading mid-market private equity house LDC as the business embarks on a major growth drive to continue to increase its market share.

Established in 1945 by Charles Brook and his son Colin Brook, Seabrook Crisps is a well-established heritage business that produces a range of crinkle cut, straight cut and premium hand-cooked Lattice crisps in Bradford, Yorkshire. The company supplies over 20 million bags of crisps each month and employs nearly 150 staff.

The management buyout has been led by chief executive Jonathan Bye and a management team (Kevin Butterworth, marketing director, Daniel Woodwards, chief operating officer and Jon Wood, commercial director) which has overseen the strong growth of the Seabrook brand since his appointment in 2012. The transaction will see a full exit by owner Ken Brook-Chrispin, who led a buyout of other family shareholders in 2006.

Jonathan Bye commented: “LDC’s support for the MBO of Seabrook Crisps is great news and will help us to not only deliver but accelerate our growth plan. It will enable us to invest both in our operations to drive further efficiencies and flexibility and to increase marketing investment to continue to build the brand’s national profile. Importantly, this will drive the business forward with the same team that has put our winning brand strategy in place. As the main challenger brand in the category we wanted to keep momentum and the same culture and expertise that helped deliver our growth so far.”