FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/01/15 -- BBX Sweet Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBX Capital Corporation ("BBX Capital") (NYSE: BBX), announced today that it has acquired the assets of Droga Chocolates ("Droga").
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Droga reimagines classic confections by combining nostalgic flavors with modern twists using premium, all natural ingredients. Its award winning chocolate feature among other products, Money on Honey, Nutty Puddles, Peanut Butter Bots, Rebel Rocky Road and Big Bite Brittle. Its products are sold through various distribution channels including natural and mainstream grocery chains, gift shops, online and at specialty retailers across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan.
Michelle Crochet, Founder of Droga, will continue her role as President of Droga Chocolates.
"We are extremely excited to announce our most recent acquisition of Droga Chocolates," said Jarett Levan, President of BBX Capital and CEO of BBX Sweet Holdings. "As we focus on continuing to extend our reach into the confections industry, the acquisition of Droga is a great strategic fit for our portfolio and expands our growing number of product offerings in the confectionary and indulgent snack category. We look forward to working with Michelle to grow and enhance the BBX Sweet Holdings business. Her passion for brand building and expertise in the confections arena will be valuable for BBX Sweet Holdings companies."
"Inspired by my mother's ingenuity and a love for all things chewy, gooey, crunchy and sweet, my love and passion for good food was deepened through my time spent living in Italy as well as three years as a food buyer for a national luxury kitchen retailer," said Michelle Crochet, Founder and President of Droga Chocolates. "I founded Droga in 2007 to create and deliver delicious treats that delight by focusing on what matters most -- taste, quality and fun. I am delighted that Droga will be part of the BBX Sweet Holdings family and excited to have the resources and experience of BBX Capital as we work together to build the brand."
About BBX Sweet Holdings:
BBX Sweet Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX), invests in and acquires manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of chocolate and confectionary products. BBX Sweet Holdings has expanded to include eight nationally recognized brands including Anastasia Confections, Droga Chocolates, Helen Grace Chocolates, Hoffman's Chocolates, Jer's Chocolates, Kencraft, The Toffee Box, and Williams & Bennett.
About BBX Capital Corporation:
BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX) is involved in the acquisition, ownership and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects, as well as acquisitions, investments and management of middle market operating businesses. In addition, BBX Capital and its controlling shareholder, BFC Financial Corporation (OTCQB: BFCF), have a 46% and 54% respective ownership interest in Bluegreen Corporation. As a result of their ownership interests, BBX Capital and BFC together indirectly own 100% of Bluegreen. Bluegreen manages, markets and sells the Bluegreen Vacation Club, a flexible, points-based, deeded vacation ownership plan with more than 180,000 owners, over 65 owned or managed resorts, and access to more than 4,500 resorts worldwide. As of March 31, 2015, BBX Capital had total consolidated assets of $385.5 million, shareholders' equity attributable to BBX Capital of approximately $312.2 million, and total consolidated equity of approximately $313.5 million. BBX Capital's book value per share at March 31, 2015 was $19.30.
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