Nestlé (Switzerland) and KKR have entered into an agreement in which Nestlé will acquire core brands of The Bountiful Company for $5.75 billion (U.S.). The Bountiful Company (New York) is the No. 1 pure-play leader in the highly attractive and growing global nutrition and supplement category.
The transaction includes the high-growth brands Nature’s Bounty, Solgar, Osteo Bi-Flex and Puritan’s Pride as well as the company’s U.S. private label business. These brands will be integrated into Nestlé Health Science, creating a global leader in vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements. The Bountiful Company’s sports and active nutrition brands Pure Protein, Body Fortress and MET-Rx, as well as Dr. Organic and the Canadian over-the-counter (OTC) business, which do not complement the Nestlé Health Science portfolio, are not included in the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021, following the completion of customary closing conditions, including regulatory clearance.
“Vitamins and supplements are a key part of our business and have contributed to strong growth acceleration,” said Nestlé Health Science CEO Greg Behar. “This acquisition complements our existing health and nutrition portfolio in terms of brands and channels. It will establish Nestlé Health Science as the industry leader in mass retail, specialty retail, e-commerce and direct-to-consumer in the U.S., while offering significant opportunities for geographic growth.”
“Today’s announcement from Nestlé Health Science recognizes the transformation of The Bountiful Company over the past three-plus years, as well as the collective value and capability of the organization. I am incredibly grateful to the more than 4,500 colleagues around the globe who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point,” said Paul Sturman, president and CEO, The Bountiful Company. “As a leader in global nutrition, we take seriously our responsibility and role in consumers’ health and wellness. We’re incredibly proud of the trusted brands we’ve built and are confident that they will be strong assets for Nestlé.”