Eetgemak, a Netherlands-based foodservice business, has been acquired by local investment firm Gilde Healthcare.

Katwijk based Eetgemak – which translates into English as eat easy – makes chilled meals for care homes, hospitals, schools and caterers, amongst other customer groups.

Eetgemak said that following its acquisition by Gilde – for an undisclosed amount – it will further expand its market position by growing in both existing as well as new markets, including neighbouring Belgium.

It is the first investment from Utrecht-based Gilde’s new EUR200m (US$226.1m) private-equity fund focused on the healthcare industry. It bought Eetgemak from fellow investor Value8.

Hugo de Bruin, a partner at Gilde Healthcare, said: “We look for companies that contribute to the improvement of care. Moreover, we actively contribute to the development of our portfolio companies through our specific knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry. We are very excited about Eetgemak’s growth opportunities and look forward to a productive collaboration.”

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Leo van der Krogt, chief executive officer of Eetgemak, added: “Gilde’s investment enables us to execute our growth strategy, not only in the Netherlands, but also across the border in Belgium. In addition to accelerating organic growth, we are also interested in new partnerships and potential acquisitions.”