C.H.Guenther & Son acquires Les Plats du Chef
July 10, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
Les Plats Du Chef products include soups, oatmeal, dips, empanadas, mini quiche and other snacks.
SAN ANTONIO – C.H.Guenther & Son Inc. recently became the new owner of Les Plats du Chef, a manufacturer of gourmet frozen foods based in Montreal, Quebec. The company was acquired from Claridge Inc., a private investment firm owned by Stephen Bronfman. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Chef Michel Lachapelle and his wife, Monique, founded Plats du Chef in 1981 as a manufacturer of chef-quality appetizers. The business eventually expanded to include a variety of frozen foods. Claridge acquired Plats du Chef in 2002, and the business grew to include frozen soups, dips, snacks appetizers and meals with a customer base of retail and foodservice clients.
“Plats du Chef has done a great job of creating new products that are on trend with today’s consumer which is evident based on their success with club stores and retail chains in both the US and Canada,” said Dale Tremblay, president and CEO of C.H.Guenther & Son. “I believe that with the talent and resources within both companies, we can work with the Plats du Chef team to take the business to a whole new level. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Claridge Inc., and they are to be commended on what they have successfully built.”