Wm. Bolthouse Farms, one of the country’s largest independent beverage makers — and a strong competitor to PepsiCo’s Naked Juice company — is up for sale, according to a recent report from Bloomberg News.
Reported bidders include Campbell Soups Co., which has recently recommitted to its beverage portfolio following a series of wins with its V8 drinks portfolio, and private equity firm the Blackstone Group.
Venture Capital firm Madison Dearborn acquired the previously family-owned juice and agricultural products company in 2005. Reports indicate that Madison Dearborn may also be considering taking the company public to maximize its returns.