Mint Capital has signed a $9m direct equity investment agreement with Naturalnye Produkty (Natural Products), the Russian manufacturer of chocolate sweets under the Fruzhe brand. The investment will be used to improve the company's marketing, sales and distribution. Upon Mint Capital's initiative the company invited Hans Güldenberg, the former head of Nestle Russia, to its board of directors.
Round is one of the largest venture capital deals in Germany this year
Berthoux and Desmottes join as operating partners, while Philips becomes a strategic partner
Vitrulan has acquired the business for its broader product range and to expand internationally
Fondoposte is looking to gain exposure to buyout and growth private equity funds