Since 2005, CREO has made over 20 investments in our targeted industry: Food and Consumer Products. This focus has been an enormous part of our story, and our success. We know the food industry, we know the players, we know the opportunities, and we know the challenges. We’ve learned the hard way, and this is what makes us great partners for companies in this industry, large or small.
CREO acquired the 505 Southwestern® brand from its founder in 2008 and since has funded significant capital to build a new production facility, invest in heavy marketing and new product development, and expand distribution globally. Today, 505 is sold from London to Los Angeles, is one of the fastest-growing salsa and green chile brands in the USA, and has grown 8x since CREO’s acquisition. We are also proud that that founder of 505 remains a shareholder today and is actively involved in certain aspects of promoting the brand.
In 2012, CREO combined many of its most successful investments in the food sector into one parent company, Flagship Food Group. Today, Flagship is a diversified food company with operations in branded retail, food service, private label, and food logistics.
In 2013, CREO closed on its first investment outside of the USA, acquiring UK-based Atlantic Foods Group, LTD. Since 2013, CREO led three acquisitions in Europe to form Flagship Europe, which it sold to OSI Group, Inc. in 2016. Europe remains a target market for CREO.
CREO Capital Partners, LLC announced today that it has closed on its fourth fund, CREO Capital Partners Fund IV, LP. With approximately $125 million in committed ...Read more
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The right relationship between newly acquired food companies and their new owners can make it possible for even smaller regional brands to make major leaps. ...Read more