Wind Point Buys Pork Rinds Maker

Wind Point Buys Pork Rinds Maker

evans nf1Wind Point Partners has acquired Evans Food Group, a maker of branded and private label pork rind snacks. Wind Point partnered with Jose Luis Prado who becomes the Chairman and CEO of the company. Alejandro Silva, Evans’ co-founder and chairman, will serve on the Board of Directors of Evans.

evans nf11Evans Food Group (Evans) is a producer of branded and private label finished pork rinds and pork rind pellets. Pork rind is the skin (rind) of a pig. When fried or roasted, the pork rinds are sold as a snack food. Evans was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Chicago with five production facilities in Chicago, IL; Arlington, TX; Portsmouth, OH; Ontario, CA; and Saltillo, Mexico (

Sales of pork rinds are growing at more than 15% per year. The product is higher in protein than other crunchy snack foods and are a good “high-protein, low-carbohydrate” alternative.  They are also a favorite snack food of the Hispanic demographic.

Mr. Prado has 30 years of experience in the snacks industry with PepsiCo. Most recently he was the President of Quaker Oats North America. Earlier, he was the president and CEO of Grupo Gamesa-Quaker in Mexico and he also held senior positions in sales, finance and general management at PepsiCo in Latin America and Europe. “I believe that Evans’ preferred products, advantaged manufacturing footprint, solid portfolio of national and regional brands, great team and partnership with Wind Point will enable us to pursue a wide array of domestic and international opportunities,” said Mr. Prado.

Mark Burgett nf1“Wind Point’s partnership with Jose Luis – a top caliber global executive in the food industry – along with our proven track record and depth of experience in food investments, creates an excellent opportunity to drive continued growth at Evans,” said Mark Burgett, a managing director at Wind Point.

windpoint nf1Wind Point invests from $20 million to $70 million of equity in companies with revenues from $100 million to $500 million and EBITDAs of at least $8 million. Industries of interest include business services, consumer products, healthcare and industrial products. The firm has approximately $3 billion in capital under management.  Wind Point’s most recent food investments include Gehl Foods (acquired in March 2015), Shearer’s (sold to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in January 2015), and Hearthside Foods (sold to Goldman Sachs and Vestar Capital in June 2014). Wind Point Partners was founded in 1984 and is based in Chicago (

Financing for the acquisition of Evans was led by BMO Harris Bank ( and Antares Capital ( DLA Piper ( provided legal services to Wind Point.

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