an overview of our company's history
The first Kamps Bakery on Friedrichstrasse in Düsseldorf marked the beginning of our successful history.
Kamps AG implemented an IPO.
Our parent company, Kamps AG, was taken over by the Barilla Group. The Kamps Bakeries continued to operate as an independent division.
Holding Kamps AG was renamed Lieken AG. Kamps GmbH continued to operate as a division of Lieken AG. The Kamps Bakeries retained the Kamps name.
The decision was made to enter a strategic partnership with SSP (leading operator of catering and retail concessions).
A management buy-out with the support of the ECM changed the Kamps GmbH ownership structure. The new majority shareholder is now the German Equity Partners III equity fund which is managed by ECM. The Kamps management also holds a significant portion of the company’s shares.
With the new ownership structure, the company is focusing on two key strategic objectives: on the one hand to strengthen the traditional Bakery concept in Kamps’ core regions (North Rhine-Westphalia and the surrounding regions) and, on the other, to implement the Kamps Backstube franchise concept in all other regions of Germany.
Kamps sold its production facility in Freiberg am Neckar, including around 130 bakeries, to Bäckerei Lang in September 2010. At the same time, it sold the production facility in Hamburg-Lokstedt, including around 100 bakeries, to Nur hier GmbH, a subsidiary of the Hamburg bakery, Bäckerei Von Allwörden. Now Kamps has its classic bakery operations concentrated in its core region of North Rhine-Westphalia and is driving the national implementation of the new Kamps Backstube concept.
At the end of 2010 there were 21 Kamps Backstube outlets and around 620 Kamps Bakery outlets in Germany. Kamps GmbH is planning to operate 100 Kamps Backstube outlets within the next five years.
In June 2011, the strategic reorientation process continues with the sale of the production facility in Berlin, including around 85 bakeries.
At the end of 2013 Kamps takes the first step in the international market: Together with the company Culford Ventures Ltd., which is led by the two German entrepreneurs Rubia Link und Andreas Lesniewicz, 2 locations in the heart of London were opened.
With successfully concentrating its production in Schwalmtal (North Rhine-Westphalia) in the beginning of 2014 Kamps finalizes its strategic reorientation process.
The international Le Duff Group, headquartered in France, acquires the majority of the shares in Kamps GmbH from German Equity Partners III (GEP III), a fund managed by ECM Equity Capital Management (ECM). The purchase price and further details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
After a first international launch in London in 2013, the craft baker from Germany’s Lower Rhine area is working together with a dedicated franchisee in Saudi Arabia – a subsidiary of the Fawaz Alhokair group. In the first quater of the year already 2 locations were opened in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh: First in the “Meem Plaza” with 450 squaremetres. Shortly afterwards the second location was opened at the “Al Nakheel Mall”.