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Consumer Brands Was A Billion-Dollar Deal

GraceKennedy Limited paid $1 billion to fully acquire Consumer Brands Limited, a large player in the Jamaican distribution market.

The disclosure comes six months after the deal was struck last August.

“Consumer Brands has now been successfully integrated into the GraceKennedy group, and is proving to be a natural fit,” said GK Group CEO Don Wehby in a statement accompanying the conglomerate’s 2017 year-end results.

Consumer Brands distributes products such as Procter & Gamble line, which the company has represented in Jamaica since 1992, handling brands such as Charmin, Bounty, Ariel, Downy, Tide, Always, Tampax, Pampers, Febreze, Crest, and Olay. It also distributes products for 10 other international and local partners through chain and independent supermarkets, wholesalers, pharmacies, beauty supply outlets and convenience stores.

In the four months after the acquisition, September to December, the business contributed revenue of $877.5 million and profit after tax of $82.5 million to the group.

Published in the Jamaica Gleaner
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