L Capital Asia partners with jones the grocer
L Capital Asia L.L.C a private equity fund sponsored by LVMH takes an equity stake in jones the grocer (JTG), a leading food emporium from Australia.
L Capital Asia believes that JTG is a differentiated concept with a great potential to expand across Asia. It has already proven to be highly successful across geographies such as South East Asia and the Middle East. The Company has recently acquired the JTG Singapore business to create a strong platform for growth for further expansion in Singapore and South East Asia as well as acquiring leading Australian brands Becasse Bakery and Charlie & Co.
Speaking about the investment, Ravi Thakran, Managing Partner of L Capital Asia said "We believe JTG is a great addition to our portfolio. Asian markets welcome new lifestyle concepts like JTG. It's Australian origin represents, on one hand the quality of F&B that the country is famous for and at the same time the 'cool' and 'hip' lifestyle Australians reflect so beautifully. The Company is poised to grow five-fold in five years. There are not many opportunities with this kind of potential. We are excited about expanding this brand into new markets, especially North Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East."
John Manos and Esther Iachelini, co-directors of JTG said "L Capital Asia's investment in JTG is a significant endorsement of the strength and success of the brand today and its potential for the future. We are delighted to embark on a partnership that shall enable JTG to realise its full potential."
L Capital Asia, a third private equity fund sponsored by the LVMH Group. It aims to provide growth equity to private companies and help them build their brands. Its offices are located in Shanghai, Mumbai, Delhi and Singapore. The Fund focuses on investing in aspirational brands in the growing emerging Asian market, including China and India. L Capital Asia closed at USD 635m on 31 December 2010.
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