April 11, 2023

Benford Capital Acquires Legacy Bakehouse

Benford Capital Partners (“Benford Capital” or “BCP”), a Chicago-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Legacy Bakehouse, LLC (“Legacy Bakehouse,” “Legacy” or the “Company”) in partnership with President Peter Sardina, who will continue to lead the Company post-closing. The acquisition of Legacy represents the second platform investment in Benford Capital Partners II, LP.

Founded in 1917 and based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Legacy Bakehouse is a leading developer and manufacturer of baked snack ingredients, including bagel chips, rye chips, pita chips, and other ingredients for leading CPG and retail customers.  In addition, Legacy is the brand owner and manufacturer of Pinahs Rye Chips and Snack Mixes.

“We are excited to partner with Benford Capital in our next phase of growth,” said President Peter Sardina. “Our team looks forward to working together to grow with our existing customers, expand our production footprint, and remain committed to exceptional customer service.”

BCP and Legacy plan to invest in enhanced operational capacity and sales capabilities to drive organic growth. In addition, BCP and management will actively pursue add-on acquisitions of other snack component developers and manufacturers.

Commenting on the new investment, BCP Managing Director Ben Riefe said, “Legacy Bakehouse is a great company with a rich history and successful track record.  Peter Sardina and the Legacy team have firmly established the Company as a leader in baked snack components, and we look forward to executing our value creation plan together.”

BCP Principal Brian Behm added, “We look forward to building on the Legacy team’s success through leveraging BCP’s Operating Partners and Executive Advisors to help the Company achieve its near-term growth objectives. The acquisition of Legacy marks BCP’s 5th platform investment in the food sector, a key focus area for the firm.”


About Benford Capital Partners

Founded in 2004, Benford Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on buying and building leading lower middle market companies in partnership with founders and management.  Since inception, Benford Capital has acquired over 40 companies and currently owns 15 platform companies.  BCP’s industry areas of focus include industrial technology, consumer products and food, B2B e-commerce, and agricultural products and services.  For more information, please visit www.benfordcapital.com.

Please contact Ben Riefe (ben@benfordcapital.com) or Brian Behm (bbehm@benfordcapital.com) with any questions or add-on acquisition ideas related to Legacy Bakehouse (www.legacybakehouse.com).