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Private Equity’s New King of Corn Dogs

Monogram Foods produces corn dogs, meat snacks, appetizers, assembled sandwiches, and bacon products from ten facilities in six states

Each day, Monogram produces more than produces more than 1 million corn dogs and 2.8 mini corn dogs at its Indiana facility

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Pritzker Private Capital has acquired a significant stake in Monogram Foods, a business-to-business food maker, in partnership with HF Capital, a family investment firm.

Monogram Foods is a contract and private label manufacturer of meat snacks, appetizers, assembled sandwiches, fully-cooked and raw bacon, corn dogs, baked goods, and other convenience-related food products.

The company has ten manufacturing locations across six states and operates one of the only USDA-approved bakeries in the United States. Each day at Monogram’s 117,000 sq. ft. facility in Bristol, Indiana (nicknamed the “Corn Dog Capital of the United States”) the company produces more than 1 million corn dogs and 2.8 mini corn dogs. Memphis-headquartered Monogram was founded in 2004 and has more than 3,000 employees.

The current owners of Monogram, including co-founders Karl Schledwitz and Wes Jackson, and other members of the company’s senior management team remain as equity owners and will continue to lead the business in partnership with PPC and HF Capital.

“Since we founded Monogram in 2004, we’ve built our company guided by a culture of continuous growth, a commitment to safety and a focus on customer service,” said Mr. Schledwitz. “The Pritzker Private Capital team shares our values and is the ideal partner to support our company’s exciting next chapter. This partnership will help our company grow through strategic acquisitions, expand our nationwide facility footprint, strengthen our R&D capabilities and provide new opportunities for our talented team.”

“Monogram Foods is an established leader in the prepared food industry with best-in-class manufacturing capabilities and a longstanding commitment to food safety, sustainability and social impact,” said Chris Trick, an investment partner at PPC. “Monogram is led by a world-class management team and has leading market positions in its categories and compelling opportunities for long-term growth and expansion. We are thrilled to partner with Karl and the team and support Monogram in its next phase of growth.”

“At Pritzker Private Capital, we look to partner with growth-focused management teams who share our long-term philosophy of building great businesses,” said Tony Pritzker, the chairman and CEO of PPC. “We are impressed by Monogram’s commitment to its people, its communities and to food safety and innovation. The company plays a vital role with its diverse customer base, and we’re delighted to partner with the Monogram team.”

Chicago-based PPC acquires North America-based middle-market companies that have enterprise values between $200 million and $1.5 billion and EBITDA of more than $15 million. Sectors of interest include manufactured products, services, and healthcare. The firm, led by Tony Pritzker and the former investment and operating professionals of Pritzker Group, closed its oversubscribed third fund, PPC Fund III LP, at its hard cap of $2.7 billion in July 2021.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HF Capital invests capital on behalf of the Haslam family. James Haslam II, the family’s patriarch, founded truck stop chain Pilot Corporation in 1958. Today, Pilot is owned by the Haslam family and Berkshire Hathaway and is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States. Mr. Haslam’s son Jimmy is the current owner of the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew; and his other son, William Haslam, was the governor of Tennessee from 2011 to 2019.

© 2021 Private Equity Professional | September 3, 2021

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