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Mason Wells buys imitation cheese maker Whitehall Specialties

30 Nov 2012

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based buyout house Mason Wells and co-investors have bought Whitehall Specialties, a maker of “imitation” cheese products.

Co-investors included Northleaf Capital, PPM America, Audax Mezzanine and Whitehall management.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Whitehall was founded in 1994 and operates from three production facilities in Wisconsin.

The company makes analog, or “imitation” cheese, which contains a blend of natural dairy and non-dairy ingredients and is used in a variety of food processing, food service, and retail applications.

Whitehall offers a complete line of products including block, shredded, dried and grated, individually wrapped slices, and slice-on-slice.

The company’s products are sold globally as branded and private label retail products, and are also sold as ingredients to food processors and food service providers.

“Mason Wells is delighted to be partnering with Whitehall Specialties to continue expanding its market reach and developing new products,” said Mason Wells senior managing director Greg Myers.

“Whitehall has a tremendous reputation in the market due to its dedicated employees, and a culture devoted to serving its customers with the highest quality products.”

Senior financing was led by BMO Capital Markets, and mezzanine financing was provided by Audax.

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