The deal was secured last Friday (July 17) by Seabrook ceo Jonathan Bye with help from the private equity firm LDC, which now owns a majority stake in the company.
Bye, the former boss of Vimto, took over the management of struggling Seabrook in 2012 after it posted a £1.8M loss.
Seabrook returned to growth after Bye, who had previously admitted to being a little taken aback by the challenge of turning the company around, introduced a new lattice-cut crisp, which generated an extra £3M in sales.
More than one in four UK households now purchase Seabrook Crisps as a result of innovative products such as its lattice-cut product, said LDC director Ged Gould.
'Increased its retail sales value'
Bye's business boosting ideas
- Introduce new lattice-cut crisp
- Get costs under control
- Expand the brand out of the north
- Full-scale brand review and relaunch
"The business has increased its retail sales value year-on-year by 12% and continues to consistently outperform the overall UK crisp market, which has grown 4.2% since 2007 and is worth £1.1bn," he added.
Seabrook, which manufactures 20M bags of crisps each month and employs 150 staff, is expected to generate £27M in sales this year.
Bye said: "LDC's support of Seabrook Crisps management buyout is great news and will help us to not only deliver, but accelerate our growth plan.
"It will enable us to invest both in our operations to drive further efficiencies and flexibility and to increase marketing investment to continue to build the brand's national profile.
"Importantly, this will drive the business forward with the same team that has put our winning brand strategy in place," he added. "As the main challenger brand in the category we wanted to keep momentum and the same culture and expertise that helped deliver our growth so far."
New manufacturing facilities
The investment from LDC, which is the private equity arm of the Lloyds Banking Group, would help the company to buy new manufacturing facilities, Gould added.
New product development and exposure to opportunities in the international market would also be boosted by the investment, he said.
"Having established itself as an iconic food brand and become a staple on the shelves of retailers across the country, Seabrook has set its sights firmly on accelerating its growth plans and growing further share in the UK market.
"Seabrook impressed us with its unwavering commitment to product quality and its ability to consistently deliver a range of products that are loved by consumers and meet their ever-developing tastes," Gould said.
Meanwhile, LDC's investment in Seabrook was part of its financial strategy to pump more than £1.2bn into northern businesses in a bid to boost the manufacturing potential of the 'Northern Powerhouse'.