Monty’s Bakehouse is a leading innovator of high-quality packaged food solutions for travel markets across the world with offices in the United Arab Emirates and manufacturing sites across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The company was founded by CEO, Matt Crane, in 2003 and is headquartered in Surrey.

By combining the culinary expertise of SATS with Monty’s Bakehouse product and packaging innovation, the group intends to enhance its food solutions for aviation customers and support growth into new customer segments. Customers across Asia will benefit from the sustainably-packaged, handheld snacks that Monty’s Bakehouse has been providing to a growing roster of premium airlines and other customer segments across the world.

The buy-out was led by existing directors and provides an exit for the three founder shareholders.  Pascal Wittet led the investment for Connection Capital and joins the Board alongside incoming chairman, John Cleland.

Rowan sources, stocks and distributes a wide range of FMCG products that are considered by suppliers not right for the usual channels, such as the major multiples and convenience chains, and sells these products largely into the fast growing discount retail channel in the UK and mainland Europe.

Rowan’s leading position in the market is built on a 30-year track record and its reputation as renowned experts in a specialist field, its professionalism in maintaining brand integrity for suppliers and its speed and flexibility.

Headquartered in central London, Harbour & Jones is a privately owned pioneering and independent food services company, a leader in the field of contract catering and hospitality service with a clear ambition to grow both organically and via acquisition.

PCC is based in Beckenham and trades in both the events and business and industry fields as Fare of London, a prestigious contract catering and venue management business, and Principals Catering, a prominent education caterer.

The combination is highly complementary and provides Harbour & Jones with access to the schools catering sector.