Canadian-based GLDA adds 320 U.S. locations, Groupe Le Duff now 2nd biggest "Café-Bakery" globally

With over 550 North-American stores, Groupe Le Duff Amérique passes half-billion dollar milestone

MONTREAL, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Le Duff America (GLDA), a division of Groupe Le Duff SA, a company specializing in the management of "café-bakery" food shops and a producer of artisan bakery goods, announces it has acquired Bruegger's, a Vermont-based restaurant chain. Acquired from Sun Capital, Bruegger's will generate $ 280 million in revenue for 2011, and its operations will be integrated with those of Bridor Canada, Bridor USA, Au Pain Doré, La Madeleine and Brioche Dorée.

In all, the 437 stores acquired by GLDA under various banners - Bruegger's, Timothy's Coffees, Mmmuffins and Michel's Baguette, combined with existing stores in the group, bring the number of sites in America to over 550.

"Bruegger's has carved out a healthy niche within the American "café-bakery" segment; a segment which fits perfectly into our multi-banner strategy," says Claude Bergeron, President and Chief Executive Officer of GLDA and its subsidiaries. "Each one of our concepts occupies a specific place in the market, both demographically and geographically."

GLDA's North American market penetration, which has been in "high-gear" since 2005, is the result of a successful partnership between Louis Le Duff, President and founder of Groupe Le Duff and Claude Bergeron, President and CEO of GLDA and its North American subsidiaries.

With this acquisition, parent company Groupe Le Duff SA (France) becomes the second biggest "café-bakery" operator in the world with revenues of $ 1.5 billion, 1,105 shops and 13,400 jobs.

FAST FACTS: Groupe Le Duff America (GLDA)

  • Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
  • $ 580 million in revenue
  • 5 plants (3 in Canada and 2 in the United States)
  • 7,500 jobs (1650 in Canada)
  • 550 stores in North America - in 38 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces
  • Banners / Brands:
    • Au Pain Doré
    • Bridor Canada
    • Bridor U.S.A.
    • Brioche Dorée
    • La Madeleine (U.S.)
    • Bruegger's (U.S.)
    • Timothy's Coffees
    • mmmuffins
    • Michel's Baguette

Mr. Bergeron attributes GLDA's recent successes to its collaborators at Bridor Canada, Bridor USA, Brioche Dorée USA and La Madeleine, headquartered in Dallas, as well as Brioche Dorée Montreal and Au Pain Doré, who will be joined by the experienced people at Bruegger's and Threecaf Brands in Canada, all of whom participate in the realization of this North American project.

SOURCE Rumeurs Communications

For further information:

Media Contact: Bernard Dahl, Rumeurs Communications, 514-802-2801
For interviews: Claude Bergeron, Groupe Le Duff Amerique, 514-925-6303

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