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NürnbergMesse buy out saves its event caterer Lehrieder from insolvency

NürnbergMesse has acquired the remaining 50% of event and exhibition catering subsidiary business Lehrieder it did not already own in a deal effective 1 January 2021. Full details of the acquisition were not released.

Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG and Lehrieder Verwaltungs GmbH comes under 100% NürnbergMesse control, as the parent company moves to support the catering specialist, which had been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis.

René Lehrieder will depart from the caterer’s three-member management team by mutual agreement with effect from 31 December 2020.

Managing directors Dr Nadine Cauers-Lehrieder and Bahne Beckmann will remain in place with equal authority and will continue to be responsible for the operational business of Lehrieder. NürnbergMesse Group CEO Dr Roland Fleck comments: “The acquisition of Lehrieder not only provides support to our subsidiary in difficult times, but also safeguards jobs that would have been threatened by an impending insolvency.”

His fellow CEO Peter Ottmann adds: “Our objective is to bring the areas of Services and Catering even closer together and thus further improve the range and quality of services for our exhibitors and visitors at the Nuremberg tradefair venue.”

René Lehrieder says he will focus on event catering outside the exhibition venue in the future: "I am pleased with the good and amicable solution we have found. It is the right step in difficult times, securing the future of our family business.”

Dr Nadine Cauers-Lehrieder says the takeover will ensure Lehrieder is an integrated member of the NürnbergMesse Group in the future. “We want to make the best possible use of these synergies to further expand our tradefair catering.”

Lehrieder began in 1971 as a party services firm and drinks wholesaler, and grew into one of the leading catering specialists in the Nuremberg metropolitan region.

Through its partnership with NürnbergMesse since 2016, it developed to become an exclusive event and exhibition catering provider.


Photo: NürnbergMesse/Manfred Gillert