NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Snack food companies Lance Inc (LNCE.O) and Diamond Foods Inc DMND.O are among the bidders for privately held potato-chip maker Kettle Foods, according to a report on Bloomberg’s website.
The story, which cites people familiar with the matter, said that a sale by Kettle’s owner, London private-equity firm Lion Capital LLP, could be announced in the next 30 days.
Bloomberg also cited PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) as a bidder. The Wall Street Journal had also reported PepsiCo as a bidder in December.
Also in December, Reuters had reported that Lion Capital, a consumer-sector focused firm, was looking to sell Kettle Foods for about $700 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Lion, whose other portfolio companies include the Wagamama chain of noodle restaurants and Weetabix breakfast cereal, hired investment bank Rothschild [ROT.UL] to help sell the Salem, Oregon-based Kettle, the person had told Reuters.
The buyout firm had acquired Kettle in 2006 for a valuation of between $280 million and $320 million, a source familiar with the matter said at the time. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Gary Hill)