Meet the Speakers: Karl Brauckmann

Karl Brauckmann, Managing Director, Valora Food Service Germany.
Karl Brauckmann, Managing Director, Valora Food Service Germany.

What challenges do M&As pose for the companies involved? What opportunities are there? At the European Foodservice Summit, on September 21st & 22nd, Karl Brauckmann, Valora Foodservice Germany, will provide answers. Our second speaker in the M&A section will shed light on the topic from an entrepreneurial perspective:

Karl Brauckmann, Managing Director, Valora Food Service Germany

Having previously worked for Valiant Germany and then managed and successfully sold the family business Behaton, Karl entered the foodservice industry in 2006. His first stop was the fast-growing self-service discount bakery format BackWerk of which Karl became the CEO in 2016. At the end of 2017, BackWerk became part of Swiss-based Valora, where Karl took over the then established business unit ‘Food Service Germany’. Recently, Valora acquired Back-Factory and Frittenwerk, both of which were integrated into this business unit, which currently  operates in three countries with a network of around 4000 people, generating sales  of over €400 m. Since 2020 Karl also serves as head of the supervisory Board at PanPek, Zagreb Croatia - Croatias second largest bakery chain. 

In July 2022, Fomento Económico Mexicano, (FEMSA), a leading Mexican retail and beverage company with total sales of more than USD 27 bn in 2021,  announced an all-cash offer to purchase all of the publicly held shares of Valora Holding AG (Valora).

Karl Brauckmann, Valora
Hungry for Growth

  • M&A: Strong Brands, Little Effort?
  • Chances & Challenges of Portfolio Diversification

Karl has been closely involved in the integration of various restaurant brands into his company. He knows the advantages but also the challenges that go hand in hand with the acquisition of successful brands. At the European Foodservice Summit, he will share his insights and learnings. 

Getting Ahead of the Transformation
Tech Trends. Labor. Market Movements.

September (20), 21 & 22, 2022
Lakeside, Zurich

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About the European Foodservice Summit

The European Foodservice Summit is a well-established, highly appraised international industry event and networking platform. The conference is organized by the trade journal foodservice Europe & Middle East of the dfv media group and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Our participants and target group are the main players (entrepreneurs/senior management) of the multi-unit restaurant and catering industry. For suppliers and consultants a limited number of seats is available.

The number of participants is limited to 250, to keep the atmosphere intimate.

The event kicks off on 20 September with an evening get-together - plenty of opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and network!

Register now and become a part of this outstanding community and help create a strong Pan-European network!