Freshko C & S food wholesaling

San Francisco, California, December 16, 2015 – Encore Consumer Capital, a private equity firm that invests exclusively in leading consumer products companies, has completed the sale of its portfolio company, FreshKO Produce Services Inc., a distributor of high-quality fresh produce throughout Central and Northern California, to C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States.

Scott Sellers, Managing Director of Encore Consumer Capital, said, “It has been a great pleasure for us at Encore to have partnered with Randal Shepherd, Manny Robles and the rest of the talented team at FreshKO since our investment in 2012. Their ability to expand FreshKO's customer base and attract a strong partner like C&S exceeded our expectations. "

“Encore has been a great partner over the past three years. They’ve helped us expand our team, our footprint and capabilities, ”said Randal Shepherd, Founder and CEO of FreshKO. "We look forward to continuing serving independent retailers throughout California as part of the C&S organization."

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP acted as legal counsel to FreshKO in this transaction.

About Encore Consumer Capital
Encore Consumer Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm focused on the consumer products industry. The firm has raised over $ 600 million in committed equity capital and has invested in 24 platform companies. Encore is currently investing out of its $ 260 million third fund, which closed in 2015. The firm targets companies with between $ 10 million and $ 100 million in annual revenues where Encore’s strong operating expertise in strategy development, brand marketing and distribution expansion can help drive performance.
www.EncoreConsumerCapital.com

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