Headquartered in Eustis, Florida, Florida Food Products is a manufacturer of clean-label, vegetable-based curing agents, preservatives, and ingredients. Florida Food Products sells these ingredients to packaged meat manufacturers seeking a clean-label curing and preservative solution for consumers in the retail and foodservice channels.
Headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, Product Quest is a contract and private label manufacturer of over-the-counter and prescription topical liquids, creams, gels and sprays that generally contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient. Products include sun care and anti-aging lotions and sprays, acne treatments and first aid remedies. Customers include pharmaceutical and branded consumer products companies as well as leading retailers.
Headquartered in Lynn, Massachusetts, Kettle Cuisine is a manufacturer of fresh, clean label soups prepared in refrigerated and frozen formats. Kettle Cuisine sells its wide variety of soups into the foodservice and retail channels, from independent restaurants to national restaurant chains to regional and national retailers.
Headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, JTM Foods is the leading U.S. manufacturer of handheld snack pies. JTM sells its JJ’s Bakery branded snack pies and private label snack pies to grocery, convenience, value, dollar and mass retailers. In addition, JTM co-manufactures snack pies for leading branded food companies.
Headquartered in Drummondville, Quebec, Fempro is a leading manufacturer and marketer of feminine care products, both for private label as well as under the Company’s Incognito brand. The Company provides tampons, panty liners, maxi pads, and ultra-thin maxi pads to leading retail grocers, mass merchants and drug store chains across the United States and Canada. In 2015, Fempro was sold to First Quality.
Healthy Delights is a branded nutritional supplement business addressing categories such as weight loss, cardiovascular and hair / skin / nails. The Company’s nutritional soft chews and bites contain functional ingredients and represent the convergence of healthy snacking and supplements.
Slim-Fast is an iconic weight loss and meal replacement brand. The Company’s products include ready-to-drink shakes, powders, bars and snacks which are sold to retailers in North America and the UK.
InterHealth Nutraceuticals is a leading provider of branded specialty ingredients to the nutraceutical supplement, functional food, pet health and skin care industries. The Company’s portfolio of clinically-proven ingredients are critical to the efficacy and functionality of the end-products in which they are contained, which address the joint health, weight management, men’s health, blood glucose management markets, among others.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Earthbound Farm is a pioneer in the organic food industry and the market leader in the organic packaged salad category. The Company sells organic packaged salads, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and other organic food products to retail grocers, natural food retailers, club stores, mass merchants and food service distributors. The Earthbound Farm brand name is the largest non-dairy organic brand in the United States. In 2014, Earthbound Farm was sold to The WhiteWave Food Company (NYSE: WWAV).
Milk Specialties Global has been a pioneer developing top quality nutritional ingredients. The Company provides innovative whey-based products for the sport nutrition and healthy lifestyle industries. Also, the Company's Animal Nutrition segment is a leading supplier of functional fats, proteins and carbohydrates for livestock producers worldwide.
Headquartered in Manawa, Wisconsin, Sturm Foods is a leading private label manufacturer of sugar free powdered drink mixes, hot cereals and other dry mix products to the retail and foodservice channels. The sugar free powdered drink mixes are offered in a variety of flavors and also include energy, isotonic and nutraceutical products. They are packaged in a multi-serve 12 quart format as well as in convenient, single serve “Stix”. The hot cereal product offering includes instant oats, tube oats, grits and farina. In 2010, Sturm Food was sold to Treehouse Foods (NYSE: THS).
Headquartered in Mercer Island, Washington, Advanced is a private label manufacturer of bottled water products and cold fill value-added beverages such as teas and flavored water. With five production facilities across the United States, Advanced Refreshment is a low cost production platform with the ability to service its customers nationally.
Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, Pinnacle Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of three lines of high quality, branded food products. The company produced frozen foods under the Swanson and Hungry Man brands, pickles, relish & peppers under the Vlasic brand, and barbecue sauce under the Open Pit brand. In 2003 Pinnacle was sold to JP Morgan Partners, JW Childs and merged with Aurora Foods.
Headquartered in Greeley, CO, Swift & Company is a fresh meat processing company. At the time of the transaction, Swift was the second largest fresh meat company in the world, processing over 7 million cattle and 10 million hogs annually. Additionally, it was the 11th largest private company in the U.S. by sales and had more than 21,000 employees worldwide with Swift Australia, a subsidiary, being the largest beef processor in Australia. In 2007, Swift was sold to JBS, creating the largest animal protein company in the world with 140 production facilities and over 120,000 employees.
Headquartered in San Leandro, CA, Ghirardelli is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products. The Company's product line includes branded confections, gift and baking items, as well as industrial products for the confection, bakery, dairy and food service industries. Ghirardelli markets its chocolate through national retail and industrial channels and through its own retail shops. In 1998, Ghirardelli was sold to Lindt & Spruengli A.G. (SIX: LISN).
Formed in 1996 through the acquisition of the food division of American Home Products, International Home Foods, Inc. was a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of a diversified, well-established portfolio of shelf-stable food products with popular brand names. IHF’s high quality convenience foods include Chef Boyardee canned pasta, Bumble Bee tuna, Campfire marshmallows, Crunch ‘n Munch glazed popcorn, Polaner fruit spreads and spices, Gulden’s mustard, Ranch Style beans, Luck’s beans, Dennison’s chili, jiffy pop popcorn, Ro*Tel, G. Washington’s dry seasonings and broths, and Maypo, Wheatena and Maltex hot cereals. On November 19, 1997, IHF completed a $272.5 million initial public offering of more than 13.6 million shares at $20 per share (NYSE: IHF). International Home Foods was acquired by ConAgra for $2.9 billion in 2000.
Heritage Brands, Inc. was formed in September 1994 as a platform company to pursue a buy and build strategy in the food industry by acquiring “orphaned” niche grocery brands at attractive valuations. Heritage acquired Campfire Marshmallows, the second leading and oldest marshmallow brand in the U.S., as well as Angela Marie’s, Inc., the leading manufacturer of marshmallow rice crispie treats in the U.S. Heritage was sold to International Home Foods, Inc. in November 1996.
Note Regarding Kainos Investments
Kainos Capital, a middle market private equity firm focused on the food and consumer sector, was formed by Andrew Rosen, Robert Sperry and Sarah Ashmore Bradley. In addition to the representative investments listed above for illustrative purposes, the Kainos Partners have also invested in the following companies: Del Monte, G.H. Mumm/Perrier Jouet, Premier Foods, Burton’s Foods, Metro Door, Richelieu, Best Friend’s Pet Care, and DeMet’s Candy.