FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY INVESTING ITS OWN CAPITAL
Founders is a family-owned company that invests its own capital and applies operating know-how to build a group of thriving food and beverage businesses and exceptional partnerships we can all be proud of.
LONG HISTORY & AFFILIATIONS
Our partners combine deep operating knowledge with over 30 years’ experience making control investments in over 80 private companies. We have a track record of transacting with speed and price certainty as a group of highly experienced partners investing our own capital.
BUILDING A FAMILY OF THRIVING FOOD AND BEVERAGE BUSINESSES AND EXCEPTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
We are building a family of related food and beverage businesses in mature, stable food segments, including:
Specialty Protein (Purewater Foods)
Confectionary / Edible Gifts (Ganache Gourmet)
Prepared, Ready-to-Eat Foods (Freshstone Kitchen)
Other food and beverage industry sub-sectors (New Platform Acquisitions)
Download our company storyboard for a snapshot overview of our business and to see how our group of companies is organized.
Download our company timeline for a snapshot overview of who we are and to see how our group of companies has evolved over time.
Focused on food / beverage manufacturers and distributors or businesses in an adjacent space such as packaging; also invest in related real estate.
Primary focus on businesses with $5 to $10M of EBITDA (USD or CAD); stretching to $10 to $25M of EBITDA (USD or CAD) for exceptional opportunities; no size limitation for add-on acquisitions to existing businesses.
Geographic focus in Midwest, Southwest or West of USA and Central / Western Canada, extending to East within priority segments (e.g., protein).
Preference for mature and durable businesses that are cash-flow generative, and include manufacturing assets.
Look for opportunity to invest, grow and hold a business over very long term while offering liquidity for minority shareholders and management along the way; opportunity to contribute operating know-how to create value; opportunity for the business platform to create a bigger future; opportunity to create a mutual benefit among the different businesses in the Founders Group of Food Companies.
"Founders is a family-owned company that invests its own capital and applies operating know-how to build a group of thriving food and beverage businesses and exceptional partnerships we can all be proud of."
Divested April 2020
New Business Platforms
Founders is actively seeking to add new food and beverage business platforms.
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Industriousness and humility.
Resilience and experience.
Renewal, safe return, good luck and happiness.
Working With Us
We ensure alignment of interests and financial goals across all stakeholders, including transparent ownership rights and structures.
REFINE STRATEGY & BUILD ORGANIZATION CAPABILITY
We partner with companies in creating a strategic road-map with a focus on value creation through building organization capability (leadership & culture, people & skills, knowledge & systems, tools and processes, metrics) and improvements in market and customer relevance.
Founders' senior team balance operating know-how with transaction and financing skills. We engage as an active Chairman and Board, creating freedom within a framework for companies in our group.
We have a values-driven mindset and culture.
Our core mindsets and behaviors include: 'Love of Food', 'Always Improving', 'Be Ambitious', 'Freedom within a Framework', 'Stakeholder-oriented', 'People Matter', 'Build Organization Capability' and 'Winning with Customers & Consumers'.
INVEST, BUILD, AND HOLD
We are business builders (vs. investors), with an explicit intention to own our group of companies indefinitely.
"We imagine a decentralized but integrated group of food and beverage companies,
each with the vision and ambition to be more tomorrow than they are today,
where teams are continuously focused on winning in the marketplace,
developing the strength and scalability of themselves and their businesses,
creating working lives that are more rewarding for all, and making a positive impact on society.”
Founders Group of Food Companies Inc.
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Ailsa Harris, Business Development Director
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Zak Nash, Senior Associate
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Faye Evangelista, FP&A Manager
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