Benchmark International Advises the Sale of Garden Innovations, LLC to Florentaise

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Garden Innovations, LLC and Florentaise. Florentaise is France’s leading manufacturer and distributor of soil mixes, improvers and mulches. Garden Innovations, LLC is a manufacturer and wholesaler of seeded garden products.

Jeff Mounce, CEO and Owner of Garden Innovations, LLC, stated,

“I would like to thank the entire Transaction team at Benchmark International. Their M&A deal expertise was brought to bear at the most difficult and important moments. Throughout the process, they continued to find value in the deal for me in areas I would never know to look. I can truly say I could not have consummated such a successful transaction without Benchmark by my side. Perhaps just as important, they were able to find an international strategic buyer that valued my company based on more than just financial performance. Benchmark ensured that the buyer truly understood that the unique value of my business lies in the robust distribution channels I have worked so hard to build. Now that the companies are together, the buyer can penetrate the US market with their existing product line and sell Garden Innovations, LLC products through their European channels. The ability to bring an international acquirer to the table truly separates Benchmark International from their competition.”


Benchmark International Director, Dara Shareef, added, “We would like to congratulate both the Garden Innovations, LLC and Florentaise teams. This acquisition is a terrific strategic move for Florentaise with their ability to enter the US market and cross sell both companies’ existing product lines. The buyer truly valued our clients distribution channels and industry connections. We feel this deal was a win-win for both sides and wish all the best in the future.”


Benchmark International’s global offices provide business owners in the middle market and lower middle market with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. To date, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of $5B across 30 industries worldwide. With decades of global M&A experience, Benchmark International’s deal teams, working from 13 offices across the world, have assisted hundreds of owners achieve their personal objectives and ensure the continued growth of their businesses.

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