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Case Study: Carve-out Integration

Industry: Manufacturing

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Company : Sabra Dipping Company

Stir Foods, headquartered in Orange County, California, is a custom manufacturer of soups, sauces, dressings, fresh salsas, and muffin batters for both retail and foodservice customers. The organization was formed via the simultaneous acquisition of Stir Foods and Pacifica Foods. The combination of these businesses formed a platform that was better equipped to service existing customers through a more diverse set of product and packaging offerings (sizes and formats), additional capacity for growth, and greater culinary expertise and resources.

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Challenges Faced

Challenge 1: Carve-out of NewCo coming over with no systems and a weak workforce required the Acquirer to quickly come up to speed on systems and the process needs of NewCo.
Challenge 2: TSA contract had a short duration and pressured NewCo to be completely off Parent IT systems in 6 months or less.
Challenge 3: Knowledge transfer not only in IT but also in other functions from the Parent to the Acquirer.

Solution Provided

Our team had previously worked closely with the management team and CIO at Stir Foods and we had the complete background knowledge of the software, hardware, and team capabilities of Stir IT. We had a collaborative approach with the Stir IT team, taking the lead on workstreams where the team had less bandwidth or expertise and letting them handle aspects where they had in-house strengths. By collaborating with the management, we created an IT TSA Exit plan, got the budget approved, and proceeded to execute. Since Stir had a set of operational IT systems, it was a natural choice to integrate the carve-out business onto Stir’s existing platforms. In four short months, the carve-out business was operating fully on Stir systems, people were trained on new processes, and the integration was successfully complete.

Service Stack Deployed

  • IT Service Management & Operations Assessment: IT Lighthouse DETECT
  • IT Carve-out and Stand-up
  • TSA Exit plan design and accompaniment
  • Managed IT Services: Addition of warehouse location to WAN footprint, Data migration to existing systems and data stores
  • ERP system implementation
  • Microsoft 365 Managed Services: Consolidation of Office 365 tenants
  • Cybersecurity Assessment: CS Lighthouse DETECT
  • Security training of best practices performed at NewCo

Benefits Delivered

  • Working collaboratively as an extension of the Acquirer IT team, we seamlessly transitioned the NewCo business from the Parent to the Acquirer.
  • Minimized distractions for AcquiringCo by taking critical tasks off the plate of the internal IT team.
  • Due to our knowledge of the AcquiringCo people, processes and systems we were able to standardize security, collaboration tools, network extension, software and hardware across the combined enterprise. This minimized support costs of having to learn new systems and platforms for the Stir IT team.

Success Data


Single ERP instances across entities


Zero delay in carve-out integration


IT Operational uptime since acquisition


No divergence from estimated yearly IT OpEx

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