The J.M. Smucker Group acquires a minority interest in Seamild Biologic Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Clearwater Advisor

Smucker acquires shares in a leading Chinese oat company, Seamild.

Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Café PilonTM, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® and Bick’s® in Canada.

A leading Chinese company, Seamild’s product portfolio, primarily consisting of oatmeal sold under the leading Seamild® brand, is distributed in retail channels throughout China. Seamild operates two manufacturing facilities, both located in southern China. A third facility, currently under construction in northern China, is expected to begin production in late summer 2012.

Clearwater International advised Smucker on the acquisition.

“Consistent with our goal of maintaining a global perspective, we are excited to enter the growing Chinese market through this partnership with Seamild. Seamild is a family-run business with a strong culture, similar to Smucker in many respects, and is an established leader in the rapidly growing oats category in China. The solid relationship our team has built with the Xie family has provided both parties with the confidence and enthusiasm to enter into this joint venture. This transaction represents an exciting first step as we look to develop a meaningful presence in China over time.”

Richard Smucker, Chief Executive Officer, The J.M. Smucker Group