Food and Beverage M&A Private Equity Firms

The following is a list of private equity firms specializing in the food and beverage industry:

Advent International

  • Company: Advent International
  • Website: www.adventinternational.com
  • Addresses:
    • Mexico: Edificio Omega, Campos Eliseos 345 – 14th Floor, Col. Polanco, 11560 México, D.F.
    • Spain: Marqués de Villamagna 3 – 4o Dcha., 28001 Madrid, Spain
    • United Kingdom: 160 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB, United Kingdom
    • United States: Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02199-8069
  • Firm Size: 1,000+ employees
  • About the Firm: Founded in 1984, Advent has made more than 405 private equity investments in 42 countries and had $89 billion in assets under management as of September 2022. The firm has over 290 private equity investment professionals in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, with 15 offices in 12 countries. Advent invests in five core sectors, including healthcare, business and financial services, industrial, consumer, retail and leisure, and technology.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business and Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Retail, Consumer, and Leisure
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Aerocomidas – Operator of restaurants and bars in Mexican airports.
    • BCS – Manufacturer of pre-baked frozen bread and viennoiserie.
    • Bojangles’ – A quick-service restaurant operator in the southeastern U.S. specializing in Cajun-style fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and iced tea.
    • Brewery Holdings – Beer brewer and distributor.
    • Csabai Konzervgyar – Producer of pasta, canned vegetables, and tetrapak fruit juices.
    • Devin – Bulgarian bottler of mineral water and distributor of soft drinks.
    • Devro Holdings – Worldwide manufacturer of edible collagen sausage casings.
    • DFM Foods – A packaged foods company that primarily sells extruded corn-based savory snacks across India.
    • EKO Holding – Independent supermarket chain in Southwestern Poland
    • First Watch/The Daytime Cafe – Operator of full-service daytime cafes serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
    • Gaymer Group Europe – Manufacturer of light alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
    • GESA – Grupo Embotelladores del Sureste SA – Bottler and distributor of Pepsi-Cola and other regional soft drinks in southern Mexico.
    • Graffigna – Producer of premium wine and champagne.
    • Grupo BIG (formerly Walmart Brazil Group) – The third-largest food retailer in Brazil
    • Hajdu Bet – Producer and distributor of poultry.
    • International Meal Company – Multi-brand, quick casual restaurant chain in Latin America.
    • Noosa Yoghurt – A fast-growing leader in the yogurt category.
    • Parmalat – Long-shelf-life milk and other food products.
    • PPF – Partner in Pet Food – One of Europe’s largest producers of private-label pet food.
    • Sovos Brands – The company formed to acquire and build a portfolio of food and beverage brands; its first acquisition is Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, a producer of premium, authentic frozen Italian entrées.
    • Star Foods – Producer and distributor of snack foods.
    • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Largest privately-held specialty premium coffee and tea retailer in the U.S.
    • Wagas – One of the largest independent fast-casual restaurant groups in China.
    • Unmas – Turkey’s leading producer of high-quality branded and packaged value-added bakery products.
  • Contact: Jeff Case – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Ara Partners

  • Company: Ara Partners
  • Website: www.arapartners.com
  • Addresses:
    • Ireland: 3rd Floor, 8 Harcourt Street, Dublin, D02 AF58
    • United States:
      • The Ion, 4201 Main Street, Suite 370, Houston, Texas 77002
      • 222 Berkeley Street, Suite 1270, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • Firm Size: 50 to 100 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity firm specializing in the industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and materials, energy efficiency and green fuels, and food and agriculture sectors, seeking to build businesses that provide significant decarbonization impact.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Chemicals and Materials
    • Energy Efficiency and Green Fuels
    • Food and Agriculture
    • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Bioveritas – Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, a bio-based ingredients company commercializing a proprietary upcycling process with industry-leading efficacy and quality intended for innovative companies seeking natural solutions for food preservation, human and animal health, and industrial materials.
    • Cycle O – Actively develops and operates biomethane projects across Europe with proprietary technologies designed to capture, process, and upgrade naturally occurring methane gas produced principally by the agri-food and livestock industries.
    • Divert – An impact technology company that aims to transform the food value chain by creating innovative and efficient solutions to eliminate food waste, recover edible food for communities in need, and divert food waste from landfills.
    • Genera – A vertically integrated U.S.-based non-wood agricultural pulp and sustainable packaging company producing 36,000 tons of agricultural pulp annually.
  • Contact: Troy Thacker – Managing Partner

Arbor Investments

  • Company: Arbor Investments
  • Website: www.arborpic.com
  • Address: 676 N. Michigan Avenue, 34th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: Leaders in food and beverage private equity focused on middle-market companies that offer sound judgment and executional excellence to businesses with results. The firm is a three-time winner of Buyouts Magazine Deal of the Year Awards.
  • Target Sector:
    • Food and Beverage
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Allied Specialty Foods – Manufacturer of specialty raw and fully cooked beef and poultry, including custom portion-controlled items for foodservice. Customers include national and regional restaurant chains, contract caterers, and broadline distributors.
    • Artisanal Brewing Ventures – The parent company of Victory Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing to create a home for best-in-class craft breweries in close partnership with their founders.
    • Carnivore Meat Company – Award-winning manufacturer of premium, frozen, and freeze-dried raw pet food and treats.
    • Coca-Cola – Exclusive Coca-Cola bottling system franchisee for northern Virginia that distributes and markets the full line of Coca-Cola products, including soft drinks, sports drinks, teas, juices, and water.
    • Columbus – Manufacturer of award-winning Italian salami and deli meats that are the most widely distributed in the U.S.
    • Concord Foods – A supplier of retail food products and custom ingredients to nationally recognized supermarkets, food service operators, and leading food manufacturers.
    • Crown Bakeries – Manufacturer of fresh and frozen bread, baked goods, and dough products for foodservice, food manufacturing, and retail customers.
    • CSI – A manufacturer’s representative organization focused on the marketing, selling, and support of equipment and products to the soft drink and foodservice industries.
    • Dale Gage – A short-run manufacturer, contract packager, and distributor of specialty dry food products serving schools, hospitals, retirement homes, and prisons.
    • DeGraffenreid Pickle Products – Pickle and relish processors serving the foodservice industry, including national and regional QSRs and broadline food distributors.
    • Dr. G’s Creations – Innovator in ingredient technology, developing custom clean-label ingredient solutions, flavor systems, and batter and breading systems for foodservice, retail, and industrial customers.
    • DPI Specialty Foods – A sales, marketing, and logistics provider with over 40,000 SKUs in all temperature ranges servicing retailers, independent operators, and foodservice providers through eight distribution centers across the U.S.
    • Fieldbrook Foods – Manufacturer of private label and co-pack frozen novelty and ice cream products with over 40 production lines, making it one of the largest ice cream facilities in the U.S.
    • Fontaine Santé – Premier branded manufacturer of healthy and fresh hummus, refrigerated dips, salsas, tofu, pesto, salads, and vegetable pates.
    • Fritzie Fresh – Part of the Trudeau Distributing platform, a regional branded marketer of bagged nuts and candy, including salted nuts, baking nuts, trail mixes, and seasonal candy.
    • Gold Standard Baking – Manufacturer and marketer of fresh and frozen premium baked goods for private label, bakery, deli, and foodservice customers offering a variety of gourmet bakery items.
    • Golden Malted – Turnkey waffle program consisting of mixes, toppings, and flavorings along with waffle iron equipment and related maintenance to customers in over 40,000 locations.
    • Greco and Sons – A leader in the food service industry, imports and distributes premium quality food products and disposables, processes fresh beef, pork, poultry, and manufactures a branded line of authentic Italian sausage.
    • ISI – Distributor, lessor, and servicer of refrigerated food service equipment.
    • Martin Brower – Dedicated distributor to McDonald’s restaurants, supplying frozen, refrigerated, dairy and dry food items, as well as paper products, cleaning supplies and promotional items.
    • Mexican Accent – One of the largest manufacturers and distributors of quality tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa, and other Mexican food products.
    • National Deli – A branded deli meat company specializing in non-Kosher corned beef, roast beef, pastrami, hot dogs, and turkey pastrami.
    • Nordon – Distributor of food service equipment in the mid-Atlantic and one of the nation’s largest distributors of top brands like Hoshizaki, Beverage-Air, Imperial, and Amana.
    • Oregon Freeze Dry – Large scale, technologically advanced freeze dryer in North America producing a diverse mix of products ranging from individual ingredients, including food, supplements, and pharmaceuticals, to fully prepared meals.
    • Oven Fresh – Manufacturer and marketer of baked goods to retail supermarkets, distributors, and airlines offering private label and Dressel’s products.
    • PBF – Manufacturer and marketer of premium baked goods for bakery, deli, foodservice, and private label customers in Canada and the U.S., including pita bread, tortillas, bagels, naan, cookies, and pies.
    • Red Collar Pet Foods – Manufacturer of mainstream and premium private-label pet food and treat products for national retail customers.
    • Rice Garden – Fast casual restaurant chain specializing in quality, value-priced Chinese food primarily located within supermarkets, schools, and food courts throughout six western states.
    • Rise Baking – A market leader in product taste, quality, and service and one of the fastest-growing baking companies in North America with premium cookies, dessert bars, and artisan breads.
    • Rubix Foods – Culinary and food science-focused provider of flavor and functional ingredients, offering up insight-driven concepts and breakthrough food solutions for industry-leading restaurants, retailers, and manufacturers.
    • Sam’s Wines and Spirits – Big box retailer of wine, spirits, food, and accessories in the Chicago metropolitan area.
    • SQS – Specialist in snack and specialty food distribution (DSD) to grocery and other retailers in the central U.S., including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Missouri.
    • Stone Gate Foods – Manufacturer of branded and private label foods, including value-added meat, poultry, and seafood entrees, appetizers, sides, specialty pizzas, desserts, and bakery items.
    • Texas Premium Foods – A direct store distributor (DSD) of snack and specialty foods to major retail grocery chains, mass merchandisers, and military bases throughout the South Central U.S.
    • Truco Enterprises – A marketer and distributor of branded Mexican food and beverage products, including On the Border and Cactus Creek brands they sell nationally through grocery, club stores, mass merchandisers, and specialty retailers.
    • Trudeau Distributing Company – Specialty retail food distributor serving grocery stores and other distributors in the Midwest.
    • UPC – Supplier of aseptically packaged coffee creamers in the U.S. Provides branded and private label shelf-stable dairy products to food manufacturers, foodservice distributors, and quick-serve restaurants.
    • White Apron – The largest independent protein purveyor in Southern California with a branded line including prime choice and Angus select beef, prime and regular lamb, veal, pork, poultry, and processed meats that custom cut to customer specs.
  • Contact: Alison B. Miller – Partner, Chief Marketing Officer

BC Partners

  • Company: BC Partners
  • Website: www.bcpartners.com
  • Addresses:
    • France: 38 Avenue Hoche, 4 eme étage, Paris, 75008
    • Germany: Neuer Wall 55, Hamburg, 20354
    • United Kingdom: 40 Portman Square, London, W1H 6DA
    • United States: 650 Madison Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, New York 10022
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: An international investment firm that provides focused investment strategies to complement one another and construct synergies to benefit their investors. One of the first pan-European buy-out investors, BC Partners began in 1986. Since then, the firm has grown into a leading alternative investment company, focusing on prominent businesses in North America and Europe. Their strategic offerings include a European real estate investment platform and a credit investment platform to seek investment opportunities predominantly in North America.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Service and Industrial
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Cigierre – Acquired by BCEC IX in January 2016, it is now the market leader in the Italian casual dining market, operating more than 300 sites under two main brands, Old Wild West and Wiener Haus.
    • Forno d’Asolo – Acquired in August 2018, it is currently the leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen bakery products in the growing Italian frozen bakery market.
    • PetSmart (Chewy) – The leading bricks and mortar specialty pet retailer in North America, with 1,600+ stores across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Contact: Stelios Elia – Managing Director

Berkshire Partners

  • Company: Berkshire Partners
  • Website: berkshirepartners.com
  • Address: 200 Clarendon Street, 35th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: A Boston-based investment firm with 35 years of business history that has made more than 135 private equity investments since its inception, Berkshire Partners has a strong record of partnering with management teams to develop the companies they invest in, including high-quality businesses with long-term growth prospects and strong competitive positions. The firm’s private equity and Stockbridge teams frequently collaborate and utilize their combined industry expertise in multiple sectors, including communications, business services, technology, consumer, industrial, and healthcare.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Services and Industrials
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Carlin Foods – Founded in 1983, a national food ingredient company serving the dairy, baking, and food service industries.
    • El Dorado Foods – A platform to invest in and build a portfolio of Latin-inspired food and beverage brands.
    • Farm Boy – A Canadian food retailer recognized for its produce, meat, bakery, cheese, and fresh kitchen-prepared items.
    • Fast Growing TreesOffers consumers a wide variety of high-quality shrubs and trees via its branded websites, brighterblooms.com, fastgrowingtrees.com, and plantingtree.com. It offers a best-in-class e-commerce experience and access to more than 1,200 trees, plants, and shrubs varieties for nationwide home delivery, typically within three days of ordering.
    • Fresh Start Bakeries – One of the largest global baked goods suppliers to the food service and retail markets.
    • Grocery Outlet – A third-generation family-run business and the nation’s largest grocery extreme-value retailer, founded in the 1940s. Grocery Outlet operates over 260 stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Pennsylvania. 
    • Papa Gino’s – The parent company of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, it operates company-owned and franchised Papa Gino’s, D’Angelo, and dual-location restaurants in New England offering a diverse Italian menu in a quick-service, family-oriented atmosphere for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery customers.
    • Portillo’s – An iconic restaurant company operating in California, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Dick Portillo opened the first Portillo’s in 1963, known as “The Dog House,” in Villa Park, Illinois, and it has grown to more than 60 restaurants with over 6,000 employees.
  • Contact: Marni Payne – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Cambridge Companies SPG

  • Company: Cambridge Companies SPG (Special Projects Group)
  • Website: www.cambridgespg.com
  • Address: 660 Newport Center Dr., Ste 710, Newport Beach, California, 92660
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: Their investments span industries worldwide in established and growth-oriented businesses, with an approach that helps portfolio companies launch new initiatives, make transformative acquisitions, grow core businesses, and upgrade systems and technologies to support their long-term strategies. By providing more than just capital, Cambridge Companies SPG seeks to strengthen the companies they invest in through a bottoms-up transformation plan. The Core Management Team offers strategic guidance on key operational improvements, including revenue growth, procurement, leadership development, lean six-sigma processes, IT optimization, energy sustainability, and team building.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Beverage
    • Consumer Goods
    • Food
    • Pet
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Ancient Nutrition – One of the fastest-growing brands in natural supplementation, its bone broth protein, collagen protein, bars, snacks, and other nutritional supplements have soared in revenue. 
    • Better Choice CompanyA pet health and wellness portfolio company offering a carefully curated collection of premium pet brands, hemp-derived supplements, and other services that support pet wellness.
    • Fourth and Heart – Its grass-fed ghee uses the highest quality butter sourced from a cooperative of farms in New Zealand in various flavors for every cooking need.
    • HFactor – Water infused with molecular hydrogen, it is a uniquely functional beverage. 
    • LifeAid – Makes six specially-formulated blends for hundreds of golf courses, thousands of gyms, and retailers nationwide such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger, and The Vitamin Shoppe.
    • Matchabar – The country’s first specialty matcha café providing the world’s first ceremonial grade bottled matcha.
    • Nona Lim – Manufactures and markets a portfolio of fresh, clean-ingredient, Asian-inspired products, including broth, rice noodles, ramen, and ready-to-drink soup cups.  
    • Once Upon a Farm – The first fresh, convenient, farm-to-highchair baby food specifically crafted to bring out the flavors, vitamins, and minerals for optimal taste and overall physical, mental, and emotional development. 
    • Owl’s Brew – An artisanal NYC-based company specializing in curating authentic and bold-flavored craft beers and cocktail mixers infused with tea and botanicals.
    • Sol-Ti – Built on a passion for healthy living and sustainability, it is committed to helping individuals shine through liquids of vitality while preserving the planet with sustainable glass packaging.
    • Starbird – Founded in 2016 in Silicon Valley by like-minded chefs, restaurant gurus, and chicken lovers who set out to re-create crispy chicken using high-quality chicken, never frozen or treated with antibiotics. Starbird has grown to 12 locations, with five more locations planned for California and some upcoming franchise deals.
    • Suja – Meaning a long, beautiful life, Suja began in 2012 to offer a line of locally-sourced, organic cold-pressed juices for healthy, plant-powered lifestyles.  
    • The Coconut Cult – Offers artisanal probiotic yogurt by using small batches to ferment 800 billion highly active probiotics into every quart, creating a probiotic coconut yogurt with 50 billion CFU per ounce.
    • Tiesta Tea – Based in Chicago, Tiesta Tea creates affordable, nutritious, delicious, and accessible quality loose-leaf tea blends using natural fruits, herbs, and spices.
    • Tosi Health – A global nutrition brand that sells the highest quality, organic, non-GMO snacks, probiotics, digestive enzymes, protein supplements, and greens. 
    • Vive Organic – Provides wellness shots that are all-natural, organic, fresh, high velocity, and daily routine items enjoyed by millions of dedicated and passionate customers.
    • Wild Friends – Oregon-based Wild Friends produces nut butter and nut butter-based breakfast items. 
  • Contact: Tim Mudrick – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Charlesbank Capital Partners

  • Company: Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • Website: www.charlesbank.com
  • Addresses:
    • Boston: 200 Clarendon Street, 54th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
    • New York: 575 Fifth Avenue, 36th Floor, New York, New York 10017
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: An experienced middle-market private equity firm with flagship funds investing across various industries, supporting skilled management teams in building strong businesses, primarily in North America. Additionally, they have dedicated credit and technology strategies that leverage their long-standing flagship platform. Charlesbank applies a flexible approach to the structure of each portfolio company investment and is comfortable working in complex or challenging situations for other firms to underwrite.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Technology and Technology Infrastructure
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Aurora Organic Dairy – A producer of organic milk.
    • City Brewery – Specializes in hard seltzer and other flavored malt beverages (FMB), ready-to-drink cocktails, and other fast-growing segments of the premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage market.
    • Del Taco – The second-largest chain in the Mexican segment of the quick-service restaurant industry.
    • Hearthside Food Solutions – The industry’s largest food contract manufacturer and private bakery in the U.S.
    • Papa Murphy’s – A franchisor and operator of take-and-bake pizza stores.
    • Peacock Foods – Outsourced supply chain management and packaging solutions provider for the food and beverage industry.
  • Contact: Andrew S. Janower – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Cinven

  • Company: Cinven
  • Website: www.cinven.com
  • Addresses:
    • London: 21 St. James’s Square, London SW1Y 4JZ (Main)
    • United States: Tower 49, 12 East 49th Street, New York, New York 10017
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: For 40 years, this international private equity firm has focused on supporting companies that want to step-change their growth. They operate as a single team, collaborating across regions, sectors, functions, and disciplines with one strategic purpose. They have a local investment presence across U.S. and Europe’s major markets. They are a responsible investor that operates according to a clear set of environmental, social, and governance principles.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Consumer
    • Industrial
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • TMT
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Arcaplanet – An Italian pet-care omnichannel retailer
    • Gondola – A restaurant operator in the UK casual dining sector, trading under the brands PizzaExpress, ASK, Zizzi, and Byron, with several smaller brands.
    • Partner in Pet Food – A pet food manufacturer headquartered in Hungary supplying pet food to over 250 customers in Europe, including traditional retailers, discounters, specialty pet retailers, and online specialists.
    • Restaurant Brands Iberia – RB Iberia is a quick-service restaurant platform in Iberia and the master franchisee for Burger King in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, and Andorra, and for Popeyes and Tim Hortons in Spain.
    • Unique Pub Company – At acquisition, The Unique Pub Company comprised two separate pub estates, Unique and Voyager, which together operated more than 4,000 pubs broadly distributed across the UK. The Unique estate was mainly tenanted pubs, while Voyager was undergoing conversion from a managed to tenanted estate. By the time of Cinven’s realization, these operations had been substantially converted to tenancies.
  • Contact: Maxim Crewe – Partner

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

  • Company: Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.
  • Website: clearlake.com
  • Addresses:
    • Singapore: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, #23-01, Singapore 018961
    • United States: 233 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Santa Monica, California 90401
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: An investment firm with a sector-focused approach that partners with experienced management teams, providing long-term capital to businesses that will benefit from their operational improvement approach. The firm’s core target sectors are industrial, technology, and consumer. Clearlake manages over $70 billion of assets, and their senior investment principals have co-led or led over 300 investments.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Energy and Industrials
    • Food and Consumer Services
    • Software and Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Bakemark – A North American specialty distribution platform and a critical link between bakery ingredient manufacturers and national and local bakeries.
    • Chef’s Cut Real Jerky – A purveyor of premium, hand-cut jerky and other products made with real ingredients that are tender, nitrite-free, and protein-packed.
    • From the Ground Up – A marketer of plant-based non-GMO chips, pretzels, and crackers made from cauliflower, broccoli, and other vegetables.
    • OWYN (Only What You Need) – Sells sustainably sourced, functional beverages, including its clean-label plant-based protein powders and ready-to-drink shakes in a variety of delicious flavors.
    • Sensible Portions – Develops and markets gourmet snacks under the Company’s premier brand, Sensible Portions. World Gourmet products include all-natural and lower-calorie snacks such as Garden Veggie Straws, Potato Straws, Apple Straws, Miner’s Gold, Pita Bites, and Multi-Grain Crisps.
    • That’s How We Roll – A producer and marketer of high quality, branded, shelf-stable healthier snacks across two brands, Thinsters and ParmCrisps.
    • Wellness Pet Company – The largest North America-based independent branded premium natural pet food company and home to pet food and treat brands, Wellness, WHIMZEES, Old Mother Hubbard, Holistic Select, Sojos, and Eagle Pack.
  • Contact: John F. Cannon – Managing Director

Clover Capital Partners LLC

  • Company: Clover Capital Partners LLC
  • Website: clovercp.com
  • Address: 1563 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200, Evanston, Illinois 60201
  • Firm Size: 1 to 10 employees
  • About the Firm: A top investor in food and beverage companies at the smaller end of the middle market with a flexible investing approach inspired by the diverse needs of privately-held businesses and the individuals who own them. They dedicate themselves to a limited number of companies at a time, providing financial capital, operating resources, and strategic leadership, and are capable of filling operating roles when appropriate.
  • Target Sector:
    • Food and Beverage
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
  • Contact: David Choe – Partner

Encore Consumer Capital

  • Company: Encore Consumer Capital
  • Website: encoreconsumercapital.com
  • Address: 111 Pine Street, Suite 1825, San Francisco, California 94111
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: An innovative private equity firm built to capitalize on their investing experience and the operating expertise of their industry advisers to accelerate the growth of leading consumer products companies.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Beverage
    • Food
    • Food Distribution
    • Food Service and Food Ingredients
    • Household Products
    • Personal Care and Beauty
    • Pet Products
    • Private Label and Contract Manufacturing
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • 4505 Meats – A chef-driven brand of premium pork rinds and meat sticks.
    • Aidells – A marketer of branded gourmet sausages, meatballs, and other prepared protein products.
    • Ancient Harvest – Offers the highest quality gluten-free cookies, nutrition bars, pasta, and quinoa products.
    • Atlantic Aqua Farms – A supplier of farm-raised, premium, live mussels in North America, sold primarily under the Canadian Cove brand.
    • Banneton Bakery Inc. – A producer of pre-proofed and pre-egg-washed freezer-to-oven croissants.
    • Brownie Brittle – A uniquely addictive sweet baked snack inspired by the crispy edges of brownies.
    • California Splendor – A processor of quality frozen strawberries and blackberries for food manufacturers, distributors, and restaurant operators in North America.
    • Caterina – A top specialty pasta manufacturer offering corn- and rice-based gluten-free pastas and bean-based protein pastas.
    • Cece’s Veggie Co. – A manufacturer and marketer of branded, spiralized, organic, and 100% raw vegetable noodles with no additives.
    • Ciao Bella Gelato Company – A marketer of gelato, sorbetto, and other frozen desserts sold through the retail grocery and food service channels.
    • Fantasy Cookie – A private label and contract manufacturer of premium, innovative cookie products.
    • FreshKO – A value-added distributor of high-quality fresh produce to independent retailers and small grocery chains throughout California.
    • Full Sail Brewing – One of America’s original craft breweries, with beer sold under the Session and Full Sail brands.
    • General Produce – Distributor and exporter of Northern California fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Isopure – A leader in high-quality protein-based sports and medical nutrition products.
    • Juice Tyme – A manufacturer and marketer of shelf-stable juice concentrate for use in food service dispensing equipment.
    • Kyla – A brand of alcoholic kombucha brewed in Hood River, Oregon, with live cultures, low sugar, and low calories.
    • Lion Beverage – A full-service contract manufacturer of specialty beverages.
    • Mesa Foods – A producer of high-quality tortillas, flatbreads, and taco shells for grocery retailers, food manufacturers, and restaurants.
    • Murry’s – A manufacturer of frozen French toast sticks and bites for private label retail and food service channels.
    • Navitas Organics – The category pioneer of sustainably sourced, organic superfoods.
    • Open Farm – Uses high-quality, transparently, and sustainably sourced ingredients.
    • Philly Swirl – A niche manufacturer and marketer of kid-oriented frozen novelty products sold through club stores and retail grocery stores.
    • Pint Size Hawaii – A distributor of frozen and refrigerated products across all four major Hawaiian Islands.
    • Tender Belly – A Denver-based company offering branded premium pork products sold through food service, retail, and online channels.
    • Thanasi Foods – An innovator in the snacking sector, marketing flavored sunflower and pumpkin seed products under the BIGS brand and smoked meat snacks under the Duke’s brand.
    • Tourtellot – A specialty distributor of high-quality fresh produce for independent retailers and grocery store chains across the Northeastern United States.
    • Van Law Foods – A private label and contract manufacturer of liquid food products, including salad dressings, sauces, marinades, syrups, beverage bases, and flavorings.
    • Zuke’s – A marketer of premium, all-natural dog and cat treats made in the U.S. sold mainly through the independent pet store channels.
  • Contact: Robert Brown – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Freeman Spogli and Co.

  • Company: Freeman Spogli and Co.
  • Website: www.freemanspogli.com
  • Address: 11100 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, California 90025
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in U.S. consumer-related and distribution companies.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
      • Consumer Products
      • Consumer Services
      • Consumer Healthcare
      • Direct-to-Consumer
      • E-Commerce
      • Multi-Unit Retail
      • Restaurants
      • Retail Services
    • Distribution
      • Business-to-Business
      • Route-Based Services
      • Specialty
      • Wholesale
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • AFC Enterprises – A developer, franchisor, and operator of quick-service restaurants under Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits, Church’s Chicken, Cinnabon, and Seattle’s Best Coffee brands.
    • A.J. Bayless Markets – A regional supermarket chain in Arizona operating retail stores throughout the state.
    • Boys Markets – A regional supermarket chain in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
    • Buttery Food and Drug – A supermarket and pharmacy retailer with a presence in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
    • Cafe Rio Mexican Grill – A fast-casual Mexican restaurant concept focused on serving exceptional food made from scratch.
    • City Barbeque – A fast-casual restaurant company concentrating on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque.
    • Easy Ice – A full-service ice machine subscription company.
    • El Pollo Loco – A fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain.
    • First Watch Daytime Cafe – An operator of full-service breakfast, lunch, and brunch restaurants located primarily in the Southeast, West, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions.
    • Five Star Food Service – A provider of unattended food and beverage solutions in the Southeast, operating micro markets and vending machines and offering office coffee and bulk water services.
    • Green Garden Products – A supplier of branded, consumable gardening products.
    • MicroStar – A provider of keg management services to the U.S. beer industry.
    • P&C Foods – A regional food chain operating primarily in Upstate New York.
    • Petco – An omnichannel retailer of premium pet food, supplies, and services in the U.S.
    • Piggly Wiggly – A full-service supermarket chain with a presence in central and southeast Georgia.
    • Purity Supreme – A supermarket chain with stores located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
    • The Pantry – An operator of convenience stores in the Southeastern U.S. that operated under a number of banners, including Kangaroo Express, The Pantry, Golden Gallon, and Lil Champ Food Store.
    • Tops Markets – A food retailer in Western New York.
    • TriCoast Container – A manufacturer of plastic beverage containers.
    • Winebow – A national importer and distributor of wines and spirits from around the world.
  • Contact: John M. Roth – Partner and Chief Executive Officer
  • Resources:

General Atlantic

  • Company: General Atlantic
  • Website: www.generalatlantic.com
  • Addresses:
    • Brazil: Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3477 – 7th Floor, Tower A, Itaim Bibi, São Paulo, 04538-133, Brazil
    • China: Room 5901-5903 and 5912, 59F China World Office Tower B, No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, 100004, China
    • Germany: Luitpoldblock, Amiraplatz 3, 80333 München, Germany
    • India: General Atlantic, Level 19, Birla Aurora, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli Mumbai, 400 030 , India
    • Indonesia: Pacific Century Place, Level 39 #3915, Lot 10 Sudirman Central Business District, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Senayan, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12190
    • Israel: Derech Menachem Begin 121, PO Box 31, 61st Floor, General Atlantic Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6701203, Israel
    • Mexico: General Atlantic, Torre Virreyes. Piso 4. D.F., Pedregal 24, Molino del Rey, 11040 Ciudad de México, CDMX , Mexico
    • Netherlands: Prinsengracht 769, 1017 JZ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Singapore: Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, #17-02, 018981
    • United Kingdom: 23 Savile Row, London W1S2ET, United Kingdom
    • United States: Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street, 33rd Floor, New York, 10055
  • Firm Size: 500 to 1,000 employees
  • About the Firm: A leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector-specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon, and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to build market-leading businesses worldwide.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Climate
    • Consumer
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Life Sciences
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • AB’s – A chain of casual-dining restaurants with locations in India and the Middle East.
    • Arabica Coffee – Coffee roaster and farm.
    • Barteca – Creates restaurants where great food and attentive service are fun, stylish, and accessible, including Barcelona Wine Bar, an award-winning Spanish tapas bar, and Bartaco, a more casual taquería with Brazilian beach-inspired décor.
    • Capital Foods – A fast-growth niche Indian packaged foods company that has built a leading position in the Indian-Chinese cuisine category through its wide offering of sauces, condiments, ready-to-eat noodles, soups, and snacks under its Ching’s and Smith and Jones brands.
    • Cimory – A producer and distributor of premium dairy products and consumer foods in Indonesia.
    • D-Mart – A one-stop supermarket chain that offers customers a wide range of basic home and personal products under one roof.
    • Joe and the Juice – An urban juice bar concept with a modern and hip ambiance that sells freshly prepared, natural, and organic juices, sandwiches, and coffee, appealing to customers with fast-paced and healthy lifestyles who seek convenience.
    • Open Farm – A premium pet food brand that provides high-quality nutrition for pets and supports the ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients.
    • PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa (MBA) – A food and beverage retailer operating five exclusive brands in Indonesia, including Starbucks, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone Creamery, and Godiva.
    • Sun Art – A hypermarket operator in China.
    • Tenfu – A tea brand and retailer of tea products in China.
    • Torchy’s Tacos – Originally a single food truck in Austin, Texas, Torchy’s Tacos is a fast-casual restaurant concept that serves innovative, street-food-inspired tacos in a unique dining environment.
    • Xiabu Xiabu – A quick-service restaurant chain in China specializing in Chinese hotpot cuisine.
  • Contact Person: William E. Ford – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

H.I.G Capital

  • Company: H.I.G Capital
  • Website: higcapital.com
  • Addresses:
    • Brazil: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1251 / 9th and 10th Floors Leblon Rio de Janeiro-RJ, 22440-034
    • Colombia: Carrera 11 # 77A–65, Oficina 304, Bogotá, D.C. Colombia
    • France: 2, Rue Lord Byron, 5th Floor, 75008 Paris
    • Germany: Gmbh, Warburgstrasse 50, 20354 Hamburg
    • Italy: Italy S.r.l., Via Dante 14, 20121 Milan
    • Luxembourg: 2 Rue Hildegard Von Bingen, 2557, Luxembourg
    • Spain: Spain, S.L.U. Antonio Maura 4 – 4th Floor 28014, Madrid
    • United Kingdom: 10 Grosvenor Street, 2nd Floor, London W1K 4QB, United Kingdom
    • United States: 1450 Brickell Avenue, 31st Floor, Miami, Florida 33131
  • Firm Size: 1,000+ employees
  • About the Firm: The H.I.G. family of funds includes private equity, growth equity, real estate, direct lending, infrastructure, special situations debt, and biohealth. Their team of over 500 investment professionals has substantial operating, consulting, technology, and financial management experience, enabling them to drive value creation in our portfolio companies. Since 1993, the firm has invested in more than 400 companies with combined revenues in excess of $52 billion throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Chemicals
    • Consumer/Retail
    • Healthcare
    • Industrials
    • Technology, Media, and Telecom
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Albertville Quality Foods – A processor of poultry and other protein-based products.
    • Arctic Glacier Holdings – A producer, marketer, and distributor of packaged ice.
    • ARMetallizing – The global market leader in metalized paper for use in the beverage and consumer packaged goods markets.
    • Dazpak – A full-service provider of flexible food and consumer packaging solutions.
    • Lipari Foods – A distributor of “perimeter-of-the-store,” specialty, and branded food products.
    • Out West Restaurant Group, Inc. – The exclusive franchisee of Outback Steakhouse, a national chain inspired by the Australian Outback.
    • Pro-Pet – One of the country’s largest manufacturers of private-label pet food.
    • Puerto de Indias – A Spanish premium and craft spirits producer and distributor who has led the development and consolidation of the Gin Rosé category.
    • Quick – A leading burger quick service restaurant (QSR) chain in France and the top player in the halal protein segment.
    • Ready Pac Produce – One of the largest national producers and marketers of high-quality fresh foods.
    • Southern Quality Meats – A premier fully integrated sausage manufacturer.
    • Tastes on the Fly – Operates airport food and beverage concessions across the U.S.
  • Contact: Tony Tamer – Founder and Co-CEO
  • Resources:

Highlander Partners

  • Company: Highlander Partners
  • Website: highlander-partners.com
  • Addresses:
    • Poland: plac Marszałka, Józefa Piłsudskiego 2, 00-078 Warszawa, Poland
    • Romania: Charles de Gaulle Plaza, Charles de Gaulle Square no. 15, 16th floor, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania 011857
    • United States: 300 Crescent Court, Suite 550, Dallas, Texas 75201
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A private investment firm that makes direct private equity and mezzanine investments throughout North America and Central Europe consisting of investment and operational professionals with significant career accomplishments. Highlander Partners differs from a typical private equity firm because they manage their capital without limited partners whose varying interests can weigh on the investment process. Focused on long-term value creation, the firm seeks exceptional companies and outstanding management teams with a clear vision of growth.
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Benestar Brands – A holding company for leading brands of snack products, including pork rinds and tortilla chips.
    • Bettera Brands – A holding company for Bettera Wellness, Nutravail and Hillside, which focus on using confection products as alternative delivery systems for vitamins, minerals, and supplements.
    • Bevolution Group – Provides cold and hot beverage solutions for restaurants, resorts, and food service distributors in the U.S., the Caribbean, and internationally.
    • Chicago Custom Foods, LLC – A branded seasoning manufacturer and distributor with brands including Kernel Season’s, Tasty Shakes, Veggie Season’s, and Truffle Season’s.
    • Del Monte Philippines, Inc. – A producer, distributor and marketer of premium quality, healthy food and beverage products for over 90 years.
    • Fuerst Day Lawson – A global provider of customized specialty ingredients to the food, beverage, fragrance and chemical industries.
    • SanoVita – One of the most reputable food brands in Romania, with products like snacks, cereals, rice cakes, tofu, mueslis, and nut and seed mixes.
    • Strategic Equipment & Supply Corporation – One of the largest suppliers of foodservice equipment, supply and design solutions to restaurants and foodservice providers in the United States.
  • Contact: Charles C. Thomas – Principal
  • Resources:

Ironbridge Equity Partners

  • Company: Ironbridge Equity Partners
  • Website: ironbridgeequity.com
  • Address: Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3520, Toronto, Ontario M5H4E3 Canada
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A Toronto-based private equity firm with more than $700 million of assets under management focused exclusively on investing in Canadian lower middle market companies. They focus on traditional industry businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and services, and business products and services spaces. They leverage their operating skills, diverse industry experiences, and extensive network to drive value and accelerate growth in their portfolio companies.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Manufacturing
    • Distribution
    • Consumer Products and Services
    • Business Products and Services
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Avena Foods – A supplier of gluten-free oat and pulse ingredients to the North American market.
    • Handi Foods Ltd. – The largest private-label manufacturer of pita snacks in North America.
    • King’s Pastry – A manufacturer of sweet and indulgent bakery products for the North American grocery retail and food service channels.
    • North American Produce Buyers Limited – North American Produce Buyers Limited is an importer and distributor of premium fruits in the Canadian market.
  • Contact: Peter Dowse – Managing Partner
  • Resources:

Kainos Capital

  • Company: Kainos Capital
  • Website: kainoscapital.com
  • Address: 2100 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600, Dallas, Texas 75201
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A middle-market private equity firm with a dedicated focus on the North American food and consumer sector. The Kainos team has extensive investment and operating experience in the industry, having invested more than $2 billion of equity in more than 75 transactions with a total transaction value of over $12 billion. The firm’s strategy is to build a diversified portfolio of growing and strategically relevant food and consumer businesses that trade buyers want to acquire.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Food and Beverage
    • Consumer Products
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • CellCore – A founder-owned fast-growing wellness platform that provides dietary supplements and other natural solutions sold primarily through the practitioner channel.
    • Country Fresh – A provider of fresh-cut fruit, vegetables, snacking solutions, and ready-to-eat meals to retail and food service operators throughout the U.S. and Canada.
    • Ferraro Foods – An Italian foodservice distributor delivering quality products to the Italian restaurant and pizzeria segment.
    • Florida Food Products – Offers all-natural vegetable-based ingredients and innovative clean-label solutions for food products.
    • Good2grow – Invests in top-quality beverages, packaging technology, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and the freshest, most nutritious ingredients available.
    • InterHealth – Supplies innovative branded ingredients for functional foods and dietary supplements.
    • JJ’s Bakery (JTM Foods) – A source of high-quality snack pies and sweet treats by making its products fresh daily using homemade dough, real fruit fillings, and classic recipes.
    • Kettle Cuisine – Makes all-natural, clean-label, fresh soups the old-fashioned way.
    • Muenster (Pet Food) – A fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer of freeze-dried and extruded pet food, ingredients, and animal feed.
    • Olde Thompson – A supplier of private label and branded spices and seasonings, dry mixes, and extracts with a bi-coastal footprint.
    • SlimFast – A weight loss and meal replacement brand
    • Specialty Sales – An animal health, welfare, and technology distribution business serving dairy cow farmers across the U.S. by manufacturing and installing automated hoof bath systems that improve cow hoof hygiene.
    • Trilliant – A manufacturer of high-quality beverage solutions.
    • Wellful – Provides the highest quality health and wellness products to address a wide range of needs.
    • Whisps – A better-for-you cheese snack brand that meets consumer demand for clean-label, high protein, low carbohydrate, and gluten-free snacks.
  • Contact: Julie Benoist – Director
  • Resources:

Karp Reilly LLC

  • Company: Karp Reilly LLC
  • Website: www.karpreilly.com
  • Address: 102 Greenwich Avenue, 2nd Floor, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: The investment philosophy of Karp Reilly reflects the companies they work with as ambitious, innovative, and growth-focused. These are more than just buzzwords because unlike most other investment firms, where the general partners put up 1 or 2% of the firm’s invested capital, a substantial amount of their capital comes from the firm’s general partners who invest their own money, which shows how much they believe in the companies they partner with.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
      • Branded Consumer Packaged Products
      • Food and Beverage
      • Omni-Channel Retail and Ecommerce Brands
      • Restaurants
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Burger Lounge – An eco-conscious, fast-casual burger concept dedicated to using healthful ingredients from sustainable environments.
    • Cafe Rio – Creates fresh, made-from-scratch meals using classic cooking techniques in an attractive open-view kitchen without microwaves or freezers.
    • Café Zupas – Offers a new standard in fast-casual dining with quality food and fast, friendly service delivered in a modern, comfortable setting at an eye-popping value. They create each soup, dressing, and sandwich spread from scratch.
    • California Fish Grill – A fast-casual seafood kitchen dedicated to the love of seafood while respecting the world’s oceans. CFG partners with reputable fisheries that provide only the freshest, wild-caught, and responsibly farm-raised fish.
    • Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants – A modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market combined to create a new hospitality experience.
    • De La Calle – A modern take on tepache, a delicious probiotic beverage that hails from the traditions of pre-Colombian Mexico, made for generations.
    • Eureka – An elevated and authentic collection of America’s best craft beer, small-batch whiskey, regional wine, and locally sourced ingredients.
    • Fitlife Foods – An innovative prepared foods retailer providing fresh, all-natural, from-scratch meals in a convenient grab-and-go format.
    • HomeState – A Texas Kitchen in Southern California sharing breakfast tacos, queso, brisket, house-made flour tortillas, and genuine hospitality.
    • Hugo Naturals – A natural body and hair care line made with food-grade ingredients that are gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan, including handcrafted soaps, specialty bath products, hair care, deodorants, and moisturizers, and a complete baby line.
    • HungryRoot – A personal grocer powered by AI and the belief that food deeply impacts people’s daily lives.
    • Iconic – Creates healthy beverage products that taste good with more protein, less sugar and calories, and no lactose, soy, or gluten.
    • Kevita – Makes refreshingly effervescent functional probiotic beverages, including sparkling probiotic drinks, tonics, and master brew kombucha lines.
    • Kittch – The first interactive live-streaming community of culinary creators and brands and a vertical destination for digital hospitality. Its mission is to lead the digital transition for chefs, brands, and culinary creators.
    • Koia – A refrigerated, plant-based protein drink made naturally craveable and nutritious using honest ingredients without excess sugars, dairy, soy, or GMOs.
    • Kosterina – A wellness brand centered around the extraordinary benefits of high-antioxidant superfoods and the clean, Mediterranean lifestyle.
    • LifeAid Beverage Company – A manufacturer of premium, healthy, and convenient nutritional products for active lifestyles.
    • Marie Callender’s – A casual dining chain famous for its home-style comfort foods and legendary handmade pies.
    • Masienda – A Latinx food and pantry platform that serves home cooks and professional chefs around the world.
    • Miller’s Ale House – A sports-themed, casual-dining restaurant chain that delivers an entertaining atmosphere and good food at affordable prices.
    • Mimi’s Cafe – A full-service family dining concept known for its hospitality and French-inspired signature dishes.
    • Patxi’s – An award-winning polished casual dining concept dedicated to crafting the highest quality authentic deep dish and thin crust pizzas and expertly paired appetizers, salads, and cocktails using fresh, nutritious, local ingredients.
    • Picnik – Aims to shift the paradigm of conscious consumerism in the food space, whether it’s grab-and-go meals, full-service restaurant dining, or high-quality butter coffee to kickstart the day.
    • Pitfire Artisan Pizza – A California-born restaurant company offering hand-stretched, wood-fired pizza in an environment committed to soulful food, warm hospitality, local and pop art, and community engagement.
    • Pop and Bottle – A new way to latte and create organic, dairy-free lattes with no refined sugar or junky extras.
    • Remedy Organics – A producer of plant-based wellness shakes that are protein-packed, superfood-charged, and nutrient-dense.
    • Rowdy Mermaid – Combs the planet in search of powerful ingredients to create flavors centered around the healthful benefits of functional botanicals, roots, and mushrooms in all their functional beverages.
    • Salt and Straw – A Portland, Oregon-based small-batch ice cream company that makes unbelievably delicious handmade flavors to celebrate local artisans and meaningful social causes all along the West Coast.
    • Spindrift – America’s first line of sparkling beverages with real squeezed fruit.
    • Sprinkles – The world’s first cupcake bakery that also serves fresh baked cookies and homemade ice cream with the highest quality ingredients.
    • Spudsy – Makes superfood snacks that are certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and free of the top eight allergens, baked, never fried, and available in five delicious flavors.
    • Starbird – The nation’s first super-premium fast food chicken concept, offering an unrivaled customer experience, optimized menu, and tech-enabled solutions to meet consumers’ increasing needs for convenience and accessibility.
    • Superba – Where great food, good conversation, and inspired experiences rule with honest fare in an establishment committed to quality and creativity.
    • The Habit Burger Grill – A fast casual restaurant that prepares fresh, made-to-order char-grilled burgers, sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken, and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame.
    • Vina – Makes a healthy beverage with almost an ounce of raw, organic gut-boosting apple cider vinegar and fresh fruit.
    • Wilde Chips – The story of an impossible snack made possible through relentless innovation and never taking no for an answer.
    • Zola – A great-tasting, better-for-you beverage and snack brand with a line of products including coconut water, acai juice, and organic chocolate-covered fruit.
  • Contact: Drew Skolnik – Partner
  • Resources:

Kensington Capital Partners Limited

  • Company: Kensington Capital Partners Limited
  • Website: www.kcpl.ca
  • Address: 95 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 905, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1N6 Canada
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: An employee-owned, high-performing alternative investment firm with $2.7 billion in assets under management, their purpose is to build great businesses and, in doing so, create top-performing investment solutions for their investors. They operate a highly diversified strategy across private markets, investing in venture capital, growth equity, and mid-market buyouts. They also employ a hybrid approach by combining direct investments and co-investments with a fund-of-funds program that invests as an LP into other funds. Their approach is based on the belief that there are strong upside opportunities across the private markets, but the additional risk in these investments can be effectively reduced through diversification.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer Discretionary
    • Consumer Staples
    • Energy
    • Financials
    • Healthcare
    • Industrials
    • Information Technology
    • Media
    • Real Estate
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Ace Beverage Group – A better-for-you (BFY) beverage alcohol company in Canada.
    • Ace Valley – A cannabis brand focused on ready-to-enjoy products that offers a range of well-designed pre-rolls, vapes, gummies, and drinks across Canada.
    • Bold Canine Inc. – Dedicated to helping pet owners with the care and well-being of their pets.
    • Protenergy Foods Corporation – A fully integrated manufacturer of cost-efficient, high-quality food products from concept through product formulation and analytical and sensory testing to nutritional evaluation, packaging, and logistics.
    • Vaughn Mills Packaging Incorporated – Manufactures and distributes hot cereal products to large chains, independent retailers, and food service customers across North America.
  • Contact: Liam Cheung – Managing Director

Kitchen Fund

  • Company: Kitchen Fund
  • Website: kitchenfund.com
  • Address: 500 Park Ave, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10022
  • Firm Size: 1 to 10 employees
  • About the Firm: The leading source of capital for emerging restaurants that aim to change the way people eat.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Brands
      • Consumer Product Goods
      • Delivery / Catering
      • E-commerce
      • Licensing
      • Wholesale
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Beatnic – A plant-based restaurant brand serving a chef-driven menu that features locally-sourced ingredients.
    • CAVA – A Mediterranean culinary brand that offers a fully customizable menu composed of fresh ingredients made in-house every day.
    • Curry Up Now – Born out of a food truck with lines around the block, Curry Up Now is an Indian fast casual and bar concept based in the Bay area.
    • DIG – Bringing home-cooked goodness whether in line, online, or picking up. They are all about real ingredients, real cooking, real food.
    • Eegee’s – One of the strongest, most recognizable brands in Southern Arizona, its menu includes sandwiches, french fries, salads, homemade ranch dressing, cookies, and the iconic Eegee’s frozen fruit drink.
    • Gregory’s Coffee – A specialty coffee, lifestyle, and wellness brand based in New York.
    • The Hummus and Pita Co. – Devoted to serving fresh, flavorful, homemade, and health-focused cuisine developed from family recipes passed down for generations.
    • INDAY – Rooted in the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda, Inday’s cuisine is built on the belief that food is the best medicine. Inday serves a seasonally-based menu with light, bright flavors that make balanced and nourishing meals free of gluten, raw dairy, soy, and refined sugar.
    • Miscusi – A chain of restaurants intended to make people happy by spreading the Mediterranean lifestyle. They offer a range of different pasta flavors, enabling foodies and pasta enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of Italian dishes.
    • The Pie Hole – The fastest-growing pie and coffee shop in America, baking from scratch and by hand using only the highest quality ingredients and specializing in sweet and savory pies, along with specialty, organic Fair Trade coffee.
    • Sustainable Restaurant Group – A collection of brands defining the future of hospitality through a deep commitment to environmental and social change.
    • SweetGreen – The destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food with a transparent network of growers that supply their restaurants. Preparing fresh ingredients in-house and from scratch daily, the company aims to make real food accessible to more people and help support healthier communities.
  • Contact: Greg Golkin – Managing Partner
  • Resources:

Main Street Capital Corporation

  • Company: Main Street Capital Corporation
  • Website: www.mainstcapital.com
  • Address: 1300 Post Oak Boulevard, 8th Floor, Houston, Texas 77056
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: Has helped over 200 private companies grow or transition by providing flexible private equity and debt capital solutions. Privately-held businesses turn to them because they are Main Street, not Wall Street, building relationships and tailoring transactions to meet the unique needs of each portfolio company and every owner. They offer entrepreneurs, business owners, management teams, and financial sponsors many advantages to help each business realize its full potential and generate wealth for its owners.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Commercial and Professional Services
    • Consumer Discretionary
    • Consumer Staples
    • Manufacturing
    • Materials
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Café Brazil – Owns and operates several full-service restaurants/coffee houses in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. Café Brazil also operates a wholesale bakery production facility that provides fresh bread, empanadas, pastries, cakes, and other assorted hand-made bakery and dessert items to each restaurant.
    • California Splendor – Processes a variety of organic and conventional fruits for blue-chip customers in both the consumer packaged goods and food service sectors used as key ingredients in a variety of end-use applications, including spreads, pies, individually quick-frozen berries, smoothies, and yogurts.
    • New York Pizza Department – A New York-themed pizzeria and Italian restaurant with locations in the Phoenix metro area offering full-service sit-down dining, counter service, carry-out, and delivery.
    • Tin Roof – A casual live entertainment and restaurant concept that specializes in recruiting and promoting live music acts by maintaining relationships with music labels, managers, and “Tin Roof Approved” artists that allow them to provide high-quality live music to its customers across all locations.
  • Contact: Dwayne Hyzak – Member of the Board and CEO

Manna Tree

  • Company: Manna Tree
  • Website: www.mannatreepartners.com
  • Address: 352 E Meadow Drive, Vail, Colorado 81657
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity investment firm committed to improving human health through nutrition that invests in and actively partners with growth-stage companies. They believe the future of health, well-being, and longevity is attainable through food innovation.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Food and Drink
    • Nutrition
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Cheetah – Empowers restaurant owners with a tech-enabled platform and next-day delivery of quality food products.
    • Good Culture – Makes healing foods available to all without hurting the planet or its animals.
    • Gotham Greens – Builds and operates sustainable greenhouses that increase access to fresh, nutritious, pesticide-free produce for cities across America.
    • Health-Ade – On a mission to unlock the power of your gut with its Kombucha.
    • Infinant Health – Develops solutions that help establish, restore, and maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
    • Myco Technology – Harnesses the metabolic power of mushroom mycelium in discovering naturally transformative ingredients.
    • Nutriati – Dedicated to formulating nutritious food products that are widely attractive to a broad range of consumer tastes while promoting and distributing healthier components in the food supply, with the ultimate goal of improving health and well-being on a global scale.
    • The New Primal – A pioneer of clean-ingredient meat snacks, seasonings, dressings, and condiments.
    • True Food Kitchen – Wholesome, delicious food that feeds cravings, supports health, and nourishes the soul – all in one bite.
    • Urban Remedy – Committed to improving people’s health and the planet by delivering prepared meals that embody the belief that food is healing. Every meal is low glycemic, anti-inflammatory and nourishing to every cell in the body, as well as organic, plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO and dairy-free, and packaged in earth-friendly, 100% recycled and recyclable materials.
    • Verde Farms – Delivers delicious, responsible, elemental beef that makes every mealtime feel meaningful and memorable.
    • Vital Farms – Mission-minded people working together to bring ethically produced food from family farms to families’ tables.
  • Contact: Gabrielle (Ellie) Rubenstein – Co-Founder and Managing Partner
  • Resources:

MidOcean Partners

  • Company: MidOcean Partners
  • Website: www.midoceanpartners.com
  • Address: 245 Park Avenue, 38th Floor, New York, New York 10167 (Headquarters)
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: For over 20 years and throughout multiple market cycles, the team at MidOcean Partners has established a proven track record of consistently creating value through innovative capital solutions across the private equity and credit markets.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Consumer
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Casper’s Ice Cream – Manufactures and distributes a broad selection of frozen novelty and ice cream products.
    • Florida Food Products – Makes healthy, natural, clean-label ingredients in the clean-label cure market.
    • Fresh Pet – Produces good food for pets with locally sourced ingredients that give pets all the nutrition they need.
    • Louisiana Fish Fry – Manufactures and distributes a broad selection of industry-leading food products to a national customer base of top grocery and mass-market retailers, as well as food service distributors.
    • Nutrabolt – A fast-growing, global active health and wellness company with a portfolio of market-leading performance-oriented brands that energize and fuel active lifestyles.
    • QualiTech – A global manufacturer of ingredient solutions solving critical taste, appearance, texture, and functional attribute requirements across food, animal nutrition, and agronomy applications.
    • Sbarro – In 1956, Carmela and Gennaro Sbarro opened the doors to their Italian salumeria in Brooklyn. Since then, Sbarro has brought the best pasta, salads, and pizza slices to over 630 eateries in 28 countries.
    • South Beach Diet – Helps customers reach their weight-loss goals with their interactive tools.
  • Contact: Sara Parker Badham – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Monogram Capital Partners

  • Company: Monogram Capital Partners
  • Website: monogramcapital.com
  • Address: 400 N Camden Drive, Suite 300, Beverly Hills, California 90210
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: This private equity investment firm has invested over $1.4 billion of equity capital, primarily in consumer and retail businesses. Leveraging best practices and relationships from leading institutions, they bring elite investing and advisory experience to the lower middle market. In partnership with management teams, the firm focuses on developing the next generation of category leaders by providing flexible capital, deep domain knowledge, access to transformative industry relationships, and strategic and operational expertise to their investments.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer Healthcare
    • Food and Beverage
    • Pets
    • Restaurants
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Bowery – A modern farming company with a mission to build an international network of vertical indoor farms that embrace ESG principles, Bowery’s farms grow fresher, pesticide-free produce with bold flavors in controlled environments.
    • Chewy.com – Offers approximately 30,000 items for dogs and cats with a focus on carrying one of the widest and deepest arrays of food brands in the space.
    • Country Archer Provisions – Self-manufactures gourmet cuts of extra-lean, USDA-inspected meats, utilizing grass-fed and organic ingredients where available and no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and develops distinctive flavors with broad market appeal.
    • Ellenos – Sells its curated line of yogurts through both wholesale and retail channels in the Pacific Northwest, where the brand has become a cult favorite.
    • DIG – Bringing home-cooked goodness whether in line, online, or picking up. They are all about real ingredients, real cooking, real food.
    • Fourth and Heart – Sells its curated line of ghee, ghee oils, ghee sprays, and chocolate ghee spreads to retailers nationally.
    • Foxtrot – A mobile app that lets customers shop their curated collections of drinks, food, and everyday essentials.
    • Healthy Spot – Offers the healthiest, safest, and most innovative food and products available and full-service grooming and small dog daycare services focused on the highest standards of quality, safety, and personal care.
    • Kidfresh – Provides a nationally distributed line of frozen, reinvented children’s favorite meals enriched with vegetables, wholesome ingredients, and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
    • Koia – A line of refrigerated, plant-based protein drinks that minimize the use of sugars, dairy, soy, and GMOs. Featuring a proprietary blend of rice, pea, and hemp proteins, Koia is the ideal healthy snack, meal accompaniment, or post-workout beverage for those with active lifestyles.
    • Oatly – At the forefront of plant-based dairy innovation, Oatly has cemented itself as the top oat milk offering globally with a strong presence in North America, Europe, and Asia, successfully expanded its product offering to include an oat-based line-up of ice creams, yogurts, creamers, spreads, and beverages.
    • Olipop – A line of clinically-backed beverages in the form of delicious tonics that meet consumers’ real-world taste preferences.
    • Paleteria La Michoacana – Makes Hispanic frozen novelties, including predominantly frozen fruit and ice cream bars, termed “paletas,” to the American consumer.
    • Pizza Studio – A fast-casual restaurant concept featuring thin-crust pizzas customized with unlimited toppings at value price points. Pizza Studio’s streamlined operating model has attracted some of the nation’s most experienced franchisee partners.
    • Tartine – Beginning as an iconic San Francisco bakery, Tartine has since expanded to new geographies, including internationally, with the additions of elevated food and coffee programs, as well as into new channels, including premium specialty wholesale.
    • Vive Organic – Vive Organic crafts functional shots from high-quality ingredients.
  • Contact: Jared Stein – Co-Founder and Partner
  • Resources:

New Mountain Capital

  • Company: New Mountain Capital
  • Website: www.newmountaincapital.com
  • Addresses:
    • United Kingdom: 48 Dover Street, London, UK W1S 4FF
    • United States: 1633 Broadway, 48th Floor, New York, New York 10019 (Headquarters)
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: Their investment approach has consistently emphasized business building and growth in economically acyclical industries across their private equity, credit, and net lease investment strategies. With a private equity strategy that seeks to acquire the highest quality leaders in carefully selected defensive growth industries and then build them, New Mountain can acquire majority control equity positions through its flagship funds or minority equity positions through its strategic equity strategy.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Advanced Materials and Niche Product Technologies
    • Defensive Growth Consumer Products
    • Healthcare Cost Containment, Quality, and Access
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Diversified Foodservice Supply, Inc. – A distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) parts, supplies, and equipment to the U.S. foodservice industry, serving over 250,000 foodservice customer locations.
    • Inframark – A leading national provider of outsourced operations and maintenance services to water and wastewater treatment facilities for both municipal and industrial customers.
    • Vytalogy Wellness – Along with its family of brands, Natrol and Jarrow Formulas, Vytalogy Wellness is a modern health company combining science and quality ingredients to create highly-efficacious products that make a transformative impact on consumers’ lives.
  • Contact: Matthew Holt – Managing Director and President, Private Equity

Nolan Capital, Inc.

  • Company: Nolan Capital, Inc.
  • Website: nolancap.com
  • Address: 58 11th Street, Hermosa Beach, California 90254
  • Firm Size: 1 to 10 employees
  • About the Firm: Targets control equity investments in U.S.-based companies that are industry leaders with proven management teams across a wide range of industries and companies that exhibit attractive growth prospects and sustainable competitive advantages. They focus on market-leading companies that generate EBITDA ranging from $5 to $50 million annually. As a family office, their goal is to invest in quality companies, not quantity. This investment philosophy allows Nolan Capital to be highly selective and provide the support necessary for their investments to flourish under their stewardship.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Specialty Retail
    • Tech-Enabled Services
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Fresh Brothers – A Southern CA-based pizza concept operating through a “delivery, take-out or dine-in” format that offers fresh, high-quality ingredients for a better-tasting, better-for-you product.
    • Nolan Vineyards – Spanning over 100 acres of land in Santa Maria, CA, Nolan Vineyards is home to 18 different varietals. Nolan Ranch is centralized in Alisos Canyon, an American Viticultural Area.
    • Water Engineering – Provides industrial water treatment solutions, products, technical consultation, and services for various end-market applications.
  • Contact: Peter J. Nolan – Chairman
  • Resources:

ONEX

  • Company: ONEX
  • Website: www.onex.com
  • Addresses:
    • Canada: 161 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2S1, Canada
    • United Kingdom: 8 St. James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU
    • United States: 712 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10019, U.S.A.
  • Firm Size: 500 to 1,000 employees
  • About the Firm: An investor and asset manager that invests capital on behalf of its global shareholders and clients with a long track record of creating value for their investors, Onex’s two primary businesses are private equity and credit. In private equity, they raise funds from third-party investors or limited partners and invest them, along with Onex’s investing capital, through the funds of their private equity platforms, Onex Partners and ONCAP. Similarly, in credit, they raise and invest capital across several private credit, public credit, and public equity strategies. Their global investors include public and private pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and family offices, among others.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Industrials
    • Services
    • Transportation
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • BC Sugar – Canada’s largest sugar processor.
    • Beatrice Foods – A large food processing company in Canada.
    • Cicis – A pizza restaurant company in the U.S. featuring an “all you want” format of freshly prepared pizzas, pasta, salads, and desserts.
    • Edwards Baking Company – Develops high-value-added food products for the food and retail market, mainly frozen ready-to-serve pies.
    • Jack’s Family Restaurants – Operates premium quick-service restaurants specializing in burgers, fried chicken, made-from-scratch biscuits, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-dipped shakes.
    • Save-A-Lot – One of the largest hard-discount grocery retailers for value-seeking shoppers in the United States.
    • SIG Combibloc Group – Provides aseptic carton packaging solutions for beverages and liquid food.
    • Sky Chefs – The world’s largest in-flight caterer with 138 flight kitchens in 29 countries on five continents, serving most of the world’s major airlines.
  • Contact: Bobby Le Blanc – Chief Executive Officer

PAI Partners

  • Company: PAI Partners
  • Website: www.paipartners.com
  • Addresses:
    • Paris: 232 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France (Main)
    • London: 3rd Floor 78 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1JB, United Kingdom
    • Luxembourg: 53 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    • Madrid: Paseo de la Castellana, 40 Bis, 28046 Madrid, Spain
    • Milan: Via Negri 4, 20123 Milano, Italy
    • Munich: Lenbachplatz 5, 80333 Munich, Germany
    • New York: 1330 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, United States
    • Stockholm: Kungsträdgårdsgatan 12, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: A pre-eminent private equity firm investing in market-leading companies across the globe with a unique perspective in realizing opportunities and forging dynamic partnerships. Unrivaled longevity in their core sectors provides the most profound knowledge and experience supported by their influential local and international networks. Their teams look to build not only bigger businesses but also better businesses.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Food and Consumer
    • General Industrials
    • Healthcare
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Angulas Aguinaga – A leading Spanish player in the refrigerated fish and seafood convenience and ready-meals markets.
    • Chr.Hansen – A global supplier of bioscience-based ingredients to the food, health, and animal nutrition industries.
    • Ecotone – A company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food
    • Euro Ethnic Foods – A wholesaler of ambient grocery products and beverages operating within the fast-growing Grand Frais food retail chain.
    • Froneri – A global ice cream player.
    • Homann – Offers fresh mixed salads.
    • La Compagnie des Desserts – A premium frozen desserts supplier for the food service market.
    • Labeyrie Fine Foods – A European gourmet food company.
    • Nova Taste – Provides a wide range of value-add savory ingredients and blends to improve food taste and texture and extend the shelf life of food products.
    • Panzani – A result of the merger of Panzani, the French market leader in the dry pasta, couscous, and pasta sauces market, and Lustucru, the leader in French fresh pasta and rice under the Lustucru and Taureau Ailé brands.
    • Provimi – An international developer, manufacturer, and distributor of animal nutrition products.
    • Refresco – The world’s largest independent bottler of beverages for retailers and A-brands.
    • Saeco – A worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of high-end, “bean-to-cup” espresso coffee machines for home and professional use.
    • Stoeffler – Makes chilled prepared meals and specialty ready meals.
    • The Compleat Food Group – A UK-based chilled food platform.
    • Tropicana Brands Group – Offers a global portfolio of juice brands, including Tropicana, Naked, KeVita, Izze, Dole, Copella, and Punica.
    • United Biscuits – An international manufacturer and marketer of biscuits, snacks, and nut products.
    • Uvesco – A large regional player in the Spanish food retail sector with a differentiated model based on high-quality product offerings.
    • Yoplait – A global fresh dairy products brand and one of the top 20 global consumer brands.
  • Contact: Gaëlle d’Engremont – Partner, Head of the Food and Consumer Team
  • Resources:

Peak Rock Capital

  • Company: Peak Rock Capital
  • Website: peakrockcapital.com
  • Addresses:
    • United States: 3413 Galleria Circle, Building Q-300, Austin, Texas 78738
    • London: Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5BY
  • Firm Size: 50 to 100 employees
  • About the Firm: A middle-market private investment firm that invests in middle-market private equity, corporate credit, and commercial real estate. Their equity investment platform focuses on opportunities to support senior management, drive rapid growth, and improve performance, with expertise in corporate carve-outs and partnering with those seeking first-time institutional capital. Their credit platform invests across capital structures, with a broad mandate to provide flexible, tailored capital solutions to middle-market and growth-oriented businesses. Peak Rock’s real estate platform makes equity and debt investments in small to mid-sized assets in attractive, growing geographies.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • AMB – Manufactures rigid and flexible films for food packaging, specializing in food-grade recycled plastic and developing sustainable and recyclable plastic packaging.
    • Berner Food and Beverage – Produces dairy-based food and beverage products.
    • Diamond Crystal Brands – Manufactures and distributes customized foodservice solutions, including dressings, sauces, condiments, salt, pepper, drink mixes, sweeteners, and other food and beverage products.
    • Gold Coast Bakeries – Makes specialty and organic bread, buns, rolls, and sweet goods.
    • Halo Foods – Produces healthy bars and snacks with an extensive portfolio that includes cereal bars, fruit and nut bars, gluten-free, high protein, and nutritionally controlled bars, including the rapidly growing “Skinny” brand.
    • Highline – Produces and distributes mushrooms in North America.
    • Louisiana – Manufactures branded, Louisiana-inspired food products.
    • Natural American Foods – One of the world’s largest honey producers of high-quality honey under the Miller’s American brand for almost 120 years.
    • Pretzels – Makes pretzels and other salty snack products.
    • Shipley Do-Nuts – A do-nut, kolache, and coffee shop brand with hundreds of units operating across the southeastern and southwestern U.S.
    • TNT Crust – Manufactures and distributes pizza crusts and flatbreads for the foodservice and retail channels.
    • Turkey Hill – Offers branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks for retail, food service, and alternative channels.
    • Ziyad – An omnichannel branded Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food and beverage product provider.
  • Contact: Dave Alter – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Permira

  • Company: Permira
  • Website: www.permira.com
  • Addresses:
    • China: Suite 3804, K. Wah Centre 1010 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai, 200031
    • France: 31/33 Rue de la Baume, 75008 Paris
    • Hong Kong: Unit 2806-08, 28/F One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong
    • India: Aegean India Advisors LLP, Unit #2906, Four Seasons Hotel, Dr Elijah Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai, India – 400018
    • Italy: Palazzo Spinola, Via San Paolo 10, 20121 Milan, Italy
    • Singapore: 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, #24-08 Singapore 049315
    • South Korea: Sewha Building 2Fl., Dosandaero 67gil 29, Kangnamku, Seoul 06015
    • Sweden: Birger Jarlsgatan, 12114 34 Stockholm
    • United Kingdom: 80 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
    • United States: 3000 Sand Hill Road, Building 1 Suite 170, Menlo Park, California 94025
  • Firm Size: 500 to 1,000 employees
  • About the Firm: A global investment firm that backs successful businesses with growth ambitions, the firm advises funds with total committed capital of €77bn. It makes long-term majority and minority investments across two core asset classes, private equity and credit. Permira private equity funds have made approximately 300 private equity investments in four key sectors, technology, consumer, healthcare, and services.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Healthcare
    • Services
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Arcaplanet – An Italian pet-care omnichannel retailer.
    • Atrium – A globally recognized leader in developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative, science-based health products, including vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements.
    • BFY Brands – A global, better-for-you snack provider directly addressing growing consumer trends towards healthier eating through its product portfolio.
    • Grobest – Supports the aquaculture market by providing aquatic feed for high-value warm water species like fish and shrimp, and offering innovative, differentiated functional feed products for fighting disease and increasing yields.
    • Hana Group – A global provider of freshly prepared sushi.
    • La Piadineria – The Italian market leader in the fast-casual space, one of the most attractive segments in the restaurant market.
    • Netafim – The pioneer and global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions for sustainable agriculture and other applications.
    • Pharmaq – A market leader in aquatic vaccines for farmed fish.
    • Sushiro – A large sushi restaurant chain in Japan.
    • Yogiyo – A food delivery platform that brings the ease of searching and ordering for consumers while boosting business for restaurants.
  • Contact: James Williams – Communications Manager
  • Resources:

Platinum Equity

  • Company: Platinum Equity
  • Website: www.platinumequity.com
  • Addresses:
    • Singapore: 12 Marina View #21-05, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
    • United Kingdom: 5 Hanover Square, 1st Floor, London W1S 1HQ, United Kingdom
    • United States: 360 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210 (Headquarters)
  • Firm Size: 100 to 500 employees
  • About the Firm: A global investment firm with approximately $47 billion in assets under its management, over 400 acquisitions, and a portfolio of about 50 operating companies serving customers worldwide, Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and operations using a trademarked strategy it calls “M&A&O.” They acquire and operate companies in various business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metal services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications, and other industries.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Consumer
    • Financial
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Media and Telecom
    • Natural Resources
    • Real Estate
    • Retail
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Biscuit International – A European manufacturer of private-label sweet biscuits, including traditional, as well as organic, low-sugar, and eco-friendly products.
    • Fantini Group – Acquires grapes from local farmers and produces and markets wines under specialty labels internationally.
    • Iberconsa – Vertically integrated across the full frozen seafood value chain, including wild catch, processing, commercialization, and distribution.
    • Petmate – Manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse product line, including plastic and wire pet kennels, dog houses, toys, food storage, bedding, treats and chews, and other pet-related products and accessories.
  • Contact: Tom Gores – Chairman and CEO

Siddhi Cap

  • Company: Siddhi Capital
  • Website: www.siddhicapital.co
  • Address: 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Fl 17, New York, New York 10020
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: An operationally-focused food and beverage growth equity firm, they invest in visionary entrepreneurs and companies dedicated to challenging conventions and reshaping the global food supply chain. Combining the strength of their highly experienced in-house operating team and deep financial expertise, Siddhi accelerates value creation and improves the food and beverage landscape.
  • Target Sector:
    • Food and Beverage
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Abbot’s Butcher – Produces plant-based meats.
    • Ark Biotech – Manufactures fit-for-purpose cell culture bioreactors.
    • Aura Bora – Offers craft sparkling water.
    • Ayoba – A sustainably-sourced, internationally inspired beef snacks producer.
    • Barvecue – Makes plant-based smoked meats.
    • Black Sheep Foods – A plant-based heritage meat manufacturer.
    • BlueNalu – Provides cell-cultured seafood.
    • Boop Bakery – Makes whole-ingredient baked cookies.
    • Boston Bioprocess – A precision fermentation scaleup.
    • Brevel – Makes microalgae protein.
    • Cirkul – Provides flavored cartridges and water bottles.
    • Copper Cow Coffee – A Vietnamese-inspired coffee and latte maker.
    • De Novo Foodlabs – Produces precision fermentation of animal proteins.
    • Elite Sweets – Offers donuts packed with protein.
    • Farther Farms – On a mission to make quality food accessible everywhere.
    • Field Trip – Produces snacks for life.
    • FoodHack – A global community of food entrepreneurs and innovators.
    • Foodstirs – Dedicated to better-for-you baking.
    • ForA: Butter – Produces plant-based butter.
    • Future Fields – Manufactures sustainable recombinant proteins.
    • Gathered Foods – Produces plant-based proteins.
    • Good Dog Food – Offers cultivated meat for pets.
    • GoodFish – An upcycled salmon skin snack maker.
    • Great American Plant Co. – A plant-based food producer.
    • Grovara – A large food and beverage marketplace.
    • Hedgehog – Runs robotic fungi farms.
    • Hint – Provides fruit-infused waters.
    • House Party – Makes plant-based queso.
    • Immi – Producer of low-net carb, high protein ramen.
    • Inulox – Makes a healthy-gut microbiome supplement.
    • Jellatech – An animal-free cell culture collagen manufacturer.
    • Jumbotail – A large marketplace for food and groceries.
    • Kencko – Produces instant fruit and vegetable smoothies.
    • Legendary Foods Africa – Makes insect-based food products.
    • Liberation Labs – Produces precision fermentation at scale.
    • Little Spoon – An organic baby food producer.
    • Loco Coffee – Produces a functional cold brew coffee.
    • Magic Valley – Offers cell-cultured meats.
    • Magic Spoon – A high protein, low carb, keto cereal producer.
    • Matrix F.T. – Manufacturer of nanofiber scaffolds.
    • Maverick’s Snacks – Provides alternative snacks.
    • MeliBio – Makes a vegan nectar.
    • Michroma – Offers clean colors with precision fermentation.
    • Mid-Day Squares – A functional chocolate maker.
    • Moku Foods – A producer of plant-based jerky.
    • Momofuku Goods – Products restaurant quality noodles, salts, and sauces.
    • Mooala – Offers dairy-free beverages.
    • Mooji Meats – The maker of next-generation plant-based meats.
    • Mud/Wtr – Provides a coffee alternative.
    • Myco Technology – Makes and markets novel food products.
    • New Age Eats – A cell-cultured meat producer.
    • No Evil Foods – Produces plant-based meats.
    • Noops – Makes plant-based pudding.
    • Paragon Pure – Provides natural food ingredients.
    • Peat – A food waste upcycler.
    • Plantible – A biology company that offers sustainable protein.
    • PoLoPo – Molecular farmer of animal proteins.
    • Profuse Technology – Uses technology for cultivated meat production.
    • Puris – Offers plant-based foods.
    • Purity Organics – an organic beverage manufacturer.
    • Recess – A provider of sparkling beverages.
    • Rightful – A pain management company.
    • Ripple – A producer of plant-based products.
    • Sakara – Specializes in organic meal delivery.
    • SciFi Foods – Manufactures cell-cultured meats.
    • Simply Good Jars – Supplier of fresh food vending.
    • Solar Biotech – A Synbio infrastructure provider.
    • Soozy’s – Makes grain-free baked goods.
    • Spoonshot – Offers food science SaaS.
    • Sound Beverages – Produces sparkling beverages.
    • Spero – Plant-based dairy product provider.
    • Strella Biotechnology – Offers a biosensing platform.
    • Super Coffee – Maker of keto-inspired coffee.
    • Superfuds – Provides a conscious products platform.
    • Synonym – Turns biomanufacturing capacity into an asset class.
    • Tea Drops – Offers organic tea drops.
    • Thistle – Delivers healthy, prepared meals directly to customers’ doors.
    • Tiamat Sciences – A molecular farming technology.
    • True Made Foods – Makes low-sugar condiments.
    • TurtleTree – Produces LF+, sustainable lactoferrin made with precision fermentation for optimizing health and nutrition.
    • Ugly – Offers craft sparkling water.
    • Umbo – Makes functional mushroom supplements.
    • Ummino – Produces protein discovery technology.
    • WellWell – A natural sports beverage producer.
    • Your Super – Aims to improve people’s health through the power of super plants.
  • Contact: Melissa Facchina – Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner

Sky Island Capital

  • Company: Sky Island Capital
  • Website: skyislandcap.com/about
  • Address: 8333 Douglas Ave #1260, Dallas, Texas 75225
  • Firm Size: 1 to 10 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity firm born out of the desire to work alongside entrepreneurs and family business owners of manufacturing companies to serve as a resource and strategic partner with one goal: growth. They have developed a robust value creation plan they call the Strategic Playbook, a bespoke blueprint for each portfolio company that defines how they will work collaboratively to achieve their goals.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Advanced Materials
    • Aerospace and Defense
    • Auto and Transport
    • Building Products
    • Consumer Products
    • Food and Beverage
    • Industrial Products
    • Metals
    • Packaging
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Kaufhold’s Kurds – A wholesale manufacturer of hand-breaded Wisconsin cheese curds known as the “home of the original hand-breaded cheese curd,” selling its products through food service distributors across the U.S.
  • Contact: Jack Waterstreet – Managing Partner
  • Resources:

Sycamore Partners

  • Company: Sycamore Partners
  • Website: www.sycamorepartners.com
  • Address: 9 West 57th Street, 31st Floor, New York, New York 10019
  • Firm Size: 50 to 100 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity firm based in New York specializing in consumer, distribution, and retail-related investments, Sycamore Partners has approximately $10 billion in aggregate committed capital. Their strategy is to partner with management teams to improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their businesses. They provide a flexible capital structure for each investment to position companies to succeed.
  • Target Sectors:
    • B2B Distribution
    • Consumer Products
    • Food and Beverage
    • Multi-Unit Retail Services
    • Omnichannel Retail and E-Commerce
    • Travel, Leisure and Hospitality
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • Ste Michelle Wine Estates – The largest wine company in the Pacific Northwest and the third-largest premium wine company in the U.S. with a portfolio that includes Chateau Ste Michelle, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Erath, 14 Hands, Columbia Crest and Patz and Hall, along with numerous other brands
  • Contact: Emmelyn Monteagudo O’Meara – Managing Director
  • Resources:

Swander Pace Capital

  • Company: Swander Pace Capital
  • Website: spcap.com
  • Addresses:
    • United States: 101 Mission Street, Suite 1900, San Francisco, California 94105
    • Canada: 6745 Invader Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2B6
  • Firm Size: 10 to 50 employees
  • About the Firm: A leading private equity firm dedicated to investing in middle-market consumer product companies in North America, Swander Pace Capital invests in manufacturers, marketers, and service providers across a wide spectrum of consumer industries. Focused on building and growing world-class consumer businesses, SPC’s partners have diverse experience in private equity, consulting, investment banking, and operating. They invest in companies across three domains of consumer lifestyles: food and beverage, body and wellness, and home and family.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Body and Wellness
    • Food and Beverage
    • Home and Family
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • American Hard Cider – A large national manufacturer of hard (alcoholic) cider beverages.
    • Applegate Farms – A brand of organic and all-natural deli meats, hot dogs, sausages, bacon, breaded chicken, and pre-sliced cheese in the natural channel.
    • Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd. – A manufacturer and marketer of premium artisan bread products sold through both retail and food service channels in North America
    • Border Foods – A processor of green chiles, jalapeños, and other packaged Mexican food products sold to the industrial, retail, and food service channels.
    • Bragg Live Food Products – Using only the best certified organic ingredients and live foods, the company has built a product family that includes apple cider vinegar, as well as salad dressings, nutritional seasoning blends, olive oil, aminos, beverages, and more.
    • Branch Brook Holdings, LLC – A partnership with Jefferson Capital Partners and United Natural Foods, Inc. to invest in organic and natural foods.
    • Cafe Valley Bakery – A maker of croissants and sweet baked goods, including cakes, muffins, coffee cake bites, and loaf cakes sold within the retail, food service, mass, club, and c-store channels in North America under both the Café Valley brand and private labels.
    • Captek Softgel International – One of the leading “pure play” contract manufacturers of custom dietary supplements and OTC Rx Products in the United States.
    • Clarion Brands LLC – A consumer healthcare platform consisting of brands like Florajen, Lipo Flavonoid, Certain Dri, Cystex, Absorbine Jr., Albolene, and Anti Monkey Butt.
    • Eagle Pack Pet Foods – Produces super premium pet food sold in the independent, specialty pet store channel.
    • Ethnic Gourmet Foods – Manufactures frozen natural ethnic food in the United States.
    • Fleischmann’s Vinegar – An industrial vinegar and cooking wines manufacturer in North America for food manufacturers in the industrial marketplace.
    • Fresh Food Concepts – Produces specialty refrigerated dips, including salsa, seafood salad, and layered dips, selling them under the Rojo’s and Señor Felix’s brand names and private labels for the nation’s largest retailers.
    • Frozen Specialties – Makes private-label frozen pizzas and pizza bites they sell through the retail grocery channel.
    • Functional Formularies – Nutritional Medicinals, LLC, doing business as Functional Formularies, is a leading developer and marketer of organic, whole food, shelf-stable feeding tube formulas, including Liquid Hope and Nourish.
    • Genisoy Food Company – A marketer of soy-based snack food products as well as sports nutritional products under the GeniSoy and MLO brand names.
    • Good Source Solutions – Provides foodservice closeout products to niche and special application markets such as the corrections industry, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Foodservice closeout products are available at discounted prices due to production overruns, closeouts, or seconds.
    • Ideal Snacks – A North American producer and supplier of pellet-based puffed and baked snacks like crisps, chips, bars, and similar products for a broad range of branded and private label customers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
    • Insight Pharmaceuticals – A portfolio of leading niche over-the-counter brands, including Monistat, e.p.t., Uristat, Nix, Sucrets, Dermarest, Gentle Naturals, and Bonine sold to food, drug, and mass retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Insight outsources all production to third-party contract manufacturers.
    • International Fiber Corporation – One of the world’s largest producers of powdered cellulose and fiber filler products for food and industrial applications.
    • J.R. Watkins – A globally recognized brand known for its high quality, efficacious products across a variety of household and personal care product categories.
    • Kicking Horse Coffee – A premium, organic, and Fair Trade coffee roaster in Canada, the company is 100% Certified Organic and 100% Certified Fair Trade.
    • Liberty Brand Products – A manufacturer and marketer of natural and organic yogurts and other cultured dairy products sold under its Liberté and Western Creamery brand names. Additionally, the company processes organic milk and goat milk in Quebec and distributes refrigerated natural and organic products.
    • MarketFare Foods – Provides fresh and frozen sandwiches and wraps, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, meat pies, and chili and cheese sauces.
    • Merrick Pet Care – A fully-integrated manufacturer and marketer of super premium dry and wet pet foods sold in the specialty pet channel with three branded product lines, Merrick 5 Star, Before Grain, and Whole Earth Farms.
    • Mighty Spark – Blends whole-food ingredients with premium cuts of chicken and turkey to create patties, ground poultry, and protein snacks.
    • Mommy’s Bliss – An all-natural health and wellness brand for babies, kids, moms, and moms-to-be, and a pioneer in the children’s digestive health space that sells a full line of natural and organic vitamin and supplement products.
    • Nonni’s Food Company – A biscotti and bagel chip manufacturer sold under the New York Style, Burns & Ricker, and Brownstone brands.
    • Oregon Chai – Produces a national brand of chai (specialty spiced tea) beverages.
    • Oregon Ice Cream – An organic ice cream in the U.S. that also offers dairy-free products. The company also owns Cascade Glacier, a foodservice ice cream brand in the Pacific Northwest.
    • Patriot Pickle – A refrigerated pickle supplier in the Eastern U.S., providing retailers and food service customers with high-quality pickles and other fermented foods.
    • Pineridge Bakery – Manufactures a wide variety of English muffins, cakes, danishes, croissants, crumpets, bagels, and muffins.
    • PlantFusion – An innovative marketer of plant-based protein powders, beverages, and collagen products.
    • Prepared Meal Holdings – The parent company to Preferred Meal Systems, Inc., The Maramont Corporation, and HFI Heartland Foods, Inc., PMH provides fully outsourced food service solutions, including meals, snacks, and entrees, to schools, airlines, senior centers, and co-manufacturing customers.
    • Prestige Brands – Markets the Comet, Chloraseptic, Prell, Clear Eyes, and Murine brands sold primarily through the food, drug, mass, and club distribution channels.
    • Purely Elizabeth – A category-leading innovator and marketer of granola, oatmeal, and pancake mixes using premium and nutrient-rich ingredients
    • Reliance – A differentiated formulator and manufacturer of private label and co-manufactured vitamins, minerals, and supplements products, including plant proteins and probiotics.
    • Renew Life – A developer and marketer of branded, premium-positioned nutritional products, primarily addressing digestive care, such as probiotics, fish oils, fiber, and cleansing products.
    • Santa Cruz Nutritionals – Manufactures enhanced confectionery delivery systems for the functional food and supplement/nutraceutical market, pioneering products like nutritionally enhanced gummies and adult nutraceuticals such as confectionary-based vitamins, herbal supplements, antioxidants, and performance-enhancing supplements for athletes.
    • S.T. Specialty Foods – Manufactures and markets private label and store-branded dry dinners, including macaroni and cheese dinners, add-meat skillet dinners, rice dinners, and meatless side dishes.
    • SUMM! (Fine Choice Foods Ltd.) – A food manufacturer and distributor specializing in authentic hand-rolled spring rolls, gyoza, potstickers, wontons, and other Asian cuisine products.
    • Swanson Health Products – An independent marketer and distributor of Swanson-branded and national-branded healthy living products.
    • T- Bev – Manufactures and distributes natural and organic caffeine and functional botanical extracts, creating high-quality formulations for the food and beverage and dietary supplements industries.
    • Voortman Cookies – A branded manufacturer and marketer of niche and traditional cookies, wafers, soft cookies, and turnovers.
    • Wholesome Pet Care – A fully integrated manufacturer and marketer of branded and private-label dry and wet pet foods sold in the U.K. and European export markets, including Gelert Country Choice and Gelert Holistic Choice.
  • Contact: Mo Stout – Managing Director
  • Resources:

TA Associates

  • Company: TA Associates
  • Website: www.ta.com
  • Addresses:
    • Hong Kong: One Exchange Square, 16th Floor, 8 Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong
    • India: 13th Floor, Birla Aurora Drive, Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai, India – 400 030
    • United Kingdom: Devonshire House, 3rd Floor, 1 Mayfair Place, London W1J 8AJ
    • United States: 200 Clarendon Street, 56th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • Firm Size: 500 to 1,000 employees
  • About the Firm: One of the most experienced global growth private equity firms with over 50 years of experience helping scale companies, TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Business Services
    • Consumer
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • 10bis – A B2B and B2C online food ordering marketplace and payment platform.
    • Advantice Health – Develops and markets premium, physician-recommended therapeutic health and wellness brands.
    • Amplify Snack Brands – A platform food company focused on developing and marketing better-for-you (BFY) snack brands.
    • Death Wish Coffee – A developer, manufacturer, and marketer of super-premium, branded packaged coffee.
    • Dymatize Enterprises – Manufactures and markets branded and private-label nutritional and sports supplements.
    • Gong Cha – A global operator and franchiser of premium tea shops.
    • Hana Group – A France-based operator of in-store Asian cuisine corners.
    • Mid America Pet Food – A large pet food marketer and manufacturer.
    • Nactarome – A European platform that develops and manufactures natural flavors, colors, and ingredients for the food, beverage, and life sciences industries.
    • OmniActive Health Technologies – Offers a wide range of scientifically validated, natural nutraceutical ingredients.
    • PepperJax Grill – Offers a tailored menu of cook-to-order, grill-based items with a focus on fresh ingredients.
    • Petcurean – Develops and markets super-premium pet food.
    • PetPeople – A retailer of natural and high-quality pet food and supplies.
    • Solabia – A vertically-integrated manufacturer of natural active ingredients for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and microbiology industries.
    • Stonewall Kitchen – A leading provider of specialty food and lifestyle brands.
  • Contact: Jeffrey S. Barber – Managing Director

The Carlyle Group

  • Company: The Carlyle Group
  • Website: www.carlyle.com
  • Addresses:
    • Australia: Level 33, The Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
    • China: Unit 4001, 40th Floor, Tower 2, Jing An Kerry Centre, 1539 Nanjing Road West, Shanghai 200040
    • India: Carlyle India Advisors Private Limited, 601 Jet Airways Godrej BKC, 6th floor, Plot C-68, ‘G’ Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051
    • Japan: Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6535
    • Peru: C/ Las Begonias, 415, Torre Begonias, 16th Floor, San Isidro, Lima
    • Singapore: 1 Temasek Avenue, Millenia Tower, Singapore 039192
    • South Korea: 15F, Centropolis Tower A, 26, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03161, Korea
    • United Arab Emirates: Carlyle MENA Advisors Limited, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Al Sarab Tower, Floor 5, Office 501, P.O. Box 764604, Abu Dhabi
    • United Kingdom: 1 St. James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4AH
    • United States: 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004-2505 (Headquarters)
  • Firm Size: 2,000+ employees
  • About the Firm: A global investment firm with deep industry expertise, The Carlyle Group deploys private capital across global private equity, credit, and investment solutions.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Aerospace and Government Services
    • Consumer, Media, and Retail
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Industrial
    • Global Infrastructure
    • Technology
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • A Twosome Place – A premium café chain operator in South Korea offering a variety of high-quality cake and dessert choices for consumers.
    • Accolade Wines – The largest wine company in Australia and the fifth-largest wine company in the world by volume.
    • Alamar Foods – A franchise of Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts for the MENA region.
    • Arctic Glacier Inc. – Produces, markets, and distributes packaged ice products and ice sculptures to retail, commercial, and industrial customers.
    • Codorníu Raventós – The largest manufacturer of high-end cava (sparkling wine) and premium wines in Spain.
    • Compana Pet Brands – Manufactures and markets animal feed for animal care and nutrition.
    • G&N Brands – Owns and operates as a fast food restaurant chain based in Chile.
    • Irca – A large European B2B manufacturer of ingredients and base food products for sweet and salty pastry-making, baking, and ice-cream retailing.
    • Madero – A casual and fast-casual dining restaurant chain in Brazil.
    • McDonald’s China (Grand Foods Holdings Limited) – A quick-service restaurant chain operator that manages McDonald’s restaurants in China and Hong Kong.
    • Orion – Manufactures beer products mainly sold in the Okinawa market and runs two hotel businesses in Okinawa.
    • Oyatsu Company Ltd. – The third largest savory snack manufacturer in Japan, making products mainly under the Baby Star brand.
    • The Bountiful Company – A pure play branded leader in global nutrition, living at the intersection of science and nature.
  • Contact: Jeremy W. Anderson – Chief Financial Officer of Global Private Equity
  • Resources:

TorQuest Partners

  • Company: TorQuest Partners
  • Website: torquest.com
  • Address: Brookfield Place, 161 Bay St., Suite 4240, Toronto, ON M5J 2S1, Canada
  • Firm Size: 50 to 100 employees
  • About the Firm: A private equity funds manager with a proven track record in identifying and building value in a diversified portfolio of companies primarily in North America with over $2 billion of equity capital under management, TorQuest Partners seeks to pursue investments in middle-market, later-stage companies to build value through opportune acquisitions, strategic leadership, and the timely use of financial expertise.
  • Target Sectors:
    • Building Products Manufacturing and Distribution
    • Business Services
    • Chemicals
    • Consumer Products
    • Financial Institutions and Services
    • Industrial Products and Services
  • Food and Beverage Investments:
    • A&W – A franchisor of Canada’s second-largest quick-service burger chain.
    • Associated Brands – A North American manufacturer and supplier of private-label dry-blend food and household products that sell to 45 of the 50 largest North American food retailers.
    • Herbal Magic – A chain of commercial weight loss centers providing an exclusive line of herbal supplements and weight management services with weight loss programs that combine one-on-one counseling and support.
    • JohnVince Foods – A bulk food wholesaler and retailer in North America.
    • Joriki Beverages – A Canadian contract manufacturer of beverages for several major brands and private-label retail customers with an extensive range of beverage manufacturing and packaging capabilities, including hot-fill, cold-fill, and aseptic PET/carton lines.
  • Contact: Eric Berke – Managing Partner
  • Resources: