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BiaVest’s founders have a life and passion invested in food, food services and the food sector.

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BiaVest’s founders have a life and passion invested in food, food services and the food sector.
Irish-focused food platform with an international outlook
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“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

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A BiaVest investment will produce partnership, add value and have a powerful impact on your Business Success.
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At BiaVest we set out to conduct our business in a way that, not only meets, but exceeds the expectations of our customers, business partners, shareholders and creditors - as well as the communities in which we operate and society at large.
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Who are BiaVest?

We are successful, experienced professionals with a proven track record in the food industry. We have developed some of Ireland’s leading household consumer brands, executed buy-and-build strategies – including Mergers & Acquisitions – and led international food service businesses. We combine local and global strategic thinking at board-level, with a unique entrepreneurial spirit and down-to-earth attitude. When investing in a business, we deliver harmony among all parties, giving the assurance of an experienced partner. We are serious, ambitious, long-term investors, with a passion for the industry and a commitment to success.
Hilliard Lombard, CEO, BiaVest

Hilliard Lombard


  • Formerly CEO Valeo Foods Ireland and CEO Aryzta Europe and APAC
  • Extensive Experience in food manufacturing, distribution and retailing across multipe markets
  • Experience in executing buy-and-build strategies and learnings in the food sector
  • Chartered Accountant (FCA)
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David McKernan, Executive Director, BiaVest

David McKernan

Executive Director

  • Successful entrepreneur and founder of Java Republic, scaling the business to become Ireland’s second-largest coffee roaster and retailer
  • Successful exit in 2019
  • Bord Bia – Irish Food Board Ambassador
  • Significant B2B and B2C expertise
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Warren Codd, CFO, BiaVest

Warren Codd


  • Senior Finance Executive with expertise in scaling FMCG and foodservice companies
  • Former CFO of Camile Thai Group during a period of rapid growth
  • Previously Head of Finance for Grocery division in Valeo Foods Ireland
  • Expertise in integrating acquisitions into platform as part of buy-and-build strategy
  • Chartered Accountant (FCA)
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Alan Gilson, Business Development Director, BiaVest

Alan Gilson

Business Development Director

  • Dynamic and passionate Sales & Marketing leader
  • Successful track record operating with blue-chip food and beverage companies in Ireland, the UK and International Markets
  • Brand builder with leading brands such as, Cuisine de France, Carroll Cuisine, Tim Horton’s, Seattle’s Best, Kerrygold and Goodfella’s Pizza
  • Experienced in all elements of the marketing mix, including strategy development and digital
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