North America Investing
A Long-Term Leader in Innovation and Production
Arlon focuses its North American investment activities on small to middle-market growth investments or buyouts in the United States, the largest food and agriculture market in the world. We see North America as a key market for food and agriculture investing because of the region's prominent role in global food production and consumption and its long history of innovation.
Sample Investment Criteria
Arlon has the flexibility to consider investments outside the parameters below, and Arlon's investments may not meet the criteria as described herein.
- EBITDA greater than $5mm
- Cash flow positive
- Equity check: typically $25-50mm, although, for the right opportunity, we will invest more or less
Alico is a Florida-based agribusiness and land management company, known for its legacy of achievement and innovation in citrus, sugarcane, cattle, and resource conservation. Alico is one of the largest private landowners in Florida with 130,800 acres in six counties and is a leading citrus grower with 11,000 producing acres. Alico's mission is to create value for its customers and shareholders by managing existing lands to their optimal current income and total returns, opportunistically acquiring new agricultural assets and producing high quality agricultural products while exercising responsible environmental stewardship.
Cicis is a leading family-friendly pizza buffet restaurant company known for its unlimited pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert offerings. The company invented the Unlimited Pizza Buffet concept. Cicis is headquartered in Coppell, Texas, and since its founding in 1985, has grown to nearly 450 restaurants in 33 states.
The Coastal Companieswww.coastalsunbelt.com
The Coastal Companies ("Coastal") is a major distributor of fresh produce and dairy and is a leading regional processor of fruits and vegetables. Coastal and its subsidiaries, Coastal Sunbelt Produce and East Coast Fresh, operate a fleet of 175 trucks and deliver daily to foodservice customers across six states and theDistrict of Columbia. The company also serves major retail and wholesale customers along the East Coast. Coastal was founded in 1992 and is based inÂ Baltimore/Washington.
Door to Door Organicswww.DoorToDoorOrganics.com
Door to Door Organics (DTDO) is a leading natural and organic online grocery retailer. DTDO's core product offering is a weekly or bi-weekly Produce Box, a selection of organic produce, delivered to subscribed customers. The Company also offers a selected assortment of local, natural, and artisan groceries. DTDO currently operates in 11 markets and 30 cities, including Denver, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago.
Idaho Pacific Holdingswww.idahopacific.com
Idaho Pacific Holdings ("Idaho Pacific") is a leading producer of dehydrated potato products for the foodservice, industrial, bakery and export channels. The company provides its global customer base with key ingredients for a variety of applications, including salty snacks, mashed potatoes and bakery products. Idaho Pacific is headquartered in Ririe, Idaho and operates production facilities in Idaho, Colorado and Prince Edward Island.
Wholesome Sweeteners is the nation's leading importer and marketer of USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified (TM), and sustainably produced sweeteners, including sugars, agave nectars and honeys from around the globe. In addition to providing organic and natural sweeteners as ingredients for leading USDA-certified organic food and beverage brands, Wholesome Sweeteners holds the leading market share for branded organic and natural sugars and agave nectars at retail. Wholesome pioneered the certification process for Fair Trade Certified (TM) sugar and honey, and to date has paid more than $10 million in social premiums to benefit its Fair Trade cooperative partners. Wholesome Sweeteners was established in 2001 and is based in Sugar Land, Texas.
The Chia Companywww.thechiaco.com.au
The Chia Company is a marketer and distributor of chia seeds worldwide. Chia is the highest plant-based source of Omega 3, fiber and protein. The Chia Company, through exclusive grower relationships and years of agronomical work, supplies global food manufacturers such as Kellogg's and PepsiCo, as well as produces its own brand of chia products stocked in national retailers such as Whole Foods Markets. Founded in Australia in 2003, The Chia Company is based in New York.
Excelline Food Products
Excelline is a manufacturer and distributor of high-value, prepared, ethnic foods. The company's products are handmade, flash frozen, and packaged in retail cartons under Excelline's brand and, in the case of private label, as per customer specifications. Key customers include major retailers in the club, mass and specialty grocery channels. Excelline is based in Chatsworth, CA. In September 2014, Arlon closed on the sale of Excelline.
HMR Foods is a leading manufacturer of refrigerated home meal replacements and other refrigerated and frozen ready-to-eat foods. HMR Foods produces and sells fresh and frozen entrees, side dishes, appetizers, soups, dips, salads, desserts, and holiday meals to many of the premier grocers, club stores, and restaurants in North America. The company operates out of six geographies - California, Georgia, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Ontario, Canada.
Kettle Cuisine is an independent, artisan soup maker founded in 1986 and based in Chelsea, MA providing uncompromised soup with a commitment to impeccable ingredients, careful preparation and traditional cooking techniques. The company offers a selection of over 50 varieties of soups, chilis and chowders, and services over 5,000 restaurants, cafes, delicatessens and supermarkets in the United States. In August 2015, Arlon completed the sale of Kettle Cuisine to Kainos Capital Partners, L.P.
K-Mac is a leading quick-service restaurant franchisee founded in 1964 and headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The company is one of the largest Taco Bell franchisees in the country and also operates KFC restaurants and Golden Corral restaurants. The company has a regional concentration in the South Central region of the U.S., with restaurants located in Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.