The Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (“CCI”) acquired a majority stake in Ireland-based Lily O’Brien’s, an export-led manufacturer of premium branded chocolates and potted desserts, in 2014. The business had significant scope to grow, but needed investment in production capacity and support to build a more diversified offering and customer base. Under CCI’s ownership, Lily O’Brien’s invested significantly in people, new product development and production facilities. CCI focused on diversifying the business across new geographies, product formats and sales channels. This resulted in revenue increasing by almost 50%, UK retail revenue doubling, web sales tripling and EBITDA doubling. With the company set on the path for continued strong growth, CCI sold the business in January 2018 to Colian Holdings SA.
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