GBfoods, Helios Form Joint Venture to Create Pan African Food Products Company

GBfoods, a leading multinational food company headquartered in Barcelona, and Helios Investment Partners, a premier Africa-focused private investment firm, have partnered to create one of Africa’s largest FMCG businesses.

GBfoods Africa Holdco B. V., the joint venture owned by GBfoods and Helios, has acquired assets from different African companies including leading brands such as Jumbo (bouillon), Gino and Pomo (tomato paste), and Jago (milk powder and mayonnaise), as well as Bama (mayonnaise) distribution rights for Africa, in one Ghana and two in Nigeria, and incorporates more than 600 workers from different nationalities.

This will result in a leading pan-African culinary products company with presence in Over 30 African Countries.

With this transaction, GBfoods reinforces its leadership position as one of the most influential international groups in the food industry, consolidating its commitment to Africa.

Up to day, the business in this continent contributed about 20% of the Group’s turnover. The Spanish multinational manufacturers every year more than 4,000 million Jumbo cubes for the African market. The growth of the product portfolio and the acquisition of new assets will allow GBfoods to expand its presence in Africa, becoming a reference in the African households.


“With this acquisition, we strengthen our position in Africa, being present in 30 countries, including key countries like Nigeria and Ghana, with enormous potential for growth. We also expand our portfolio of products with popular and well-known brands such as Gino, Pomo, Jago and Bama, introducing us to new strategic categories such as tomato, milk powder and mayonnaise. From now on, we can proudly say that GBfoods has doubled the number of consumers in Africa to become part of the daily food of millions of Africans”, Ignasi Ricou, Chief Executive Officer of GBfoods explained.

GBfoods is a Spanish headquartered international company focused on offering culinary solutions and has had a presence in Africa for more than 40 years.

The Company was established as a concentrated stock cubes manufacturer and, over the years, has diversified its operations into other food categories including taste enrichers, soups, sauces, noodles and ready meals.

The Group is present with its daily foods in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, CIS Republics and in 28 Countries of the African Continent and the Middle East, through prestigious bands such as Gallina Blanca Star, Jumbo or grand ‘Italia. Its innovative character, its local recipes, is commitment to optimum nutrition through the daily diet of its products, and its commitment to society is the keys to its success.
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Helios Investments partners in an African-focused private investment firm established in 2004, led and managed by a predominantly African team and based in London, Lagos and Nairobi.

Helios portfolio companies operate in more than 30 countries in all regions of the continent.

Helios bridges international capital and know-how to African talent and enterprise, and is proud of its investments in businesses from start-ups to large corporate care-outs, building African market leaders in core economic sectors and driving strong returns via portfolio operations.
Further details on Helios Investment Partners can be found at

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