Drie Mollen Create pan-European player


Drie Mollen is a specialist in roasting and grinding coffee. It has a top 10 position in Europe and is the largest private label producer in Europe. Drie Mollen also produces under its own brand names, including the well-known Smit & Dorlas. From its headquarters in 's-Hertogenbosch, 11 subsidiaries are managed in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden.

Create pan-European player

Create pan-European player

3 add-on acquisitions

3 add-on acquisitions

50% EBITDA growth

50% EBITDA growth


  • In a consortium with other investors, facilitate management to implement a buy-and-build strategy
  • Create a pan-European player uniquely positioned among major international brand players and smaller local coffee roasters
  • Add-on acquisitions in the attractive out-of-home segment, including Merkur in Switzerland and First Choice Coffee in the United Kingdom
  • Create focus through sale of the automotive division with low growth prospects
  • Professionalisation of the organisation, through 3 regional business units, focus on efficiency and procurement of raw materials
  • Sold to a British investment company committed to pursuing the ongoing growth strategy

“Drie Mollen has been able to really strengthen its business with the support of its shareholders. The group has an excellent position for further international expansion."

Kees Krikke, CEO Drie Mollen

Investment date

2002 - 2008

Deal type

Management Buy Out




€ 285 million