Investment Banking

Rigorous pursuit of your success. Every transaction. Every time.

Our investment bankers are 100 percent committed to your organization’s sustained success. By drawing on our deep industry and product experience as well as our dedicated global resources, we provide advisory and financing services that allow you to capitalize on today’s opportunities and anticipate tomorrow’s challenges.

Unparalleled “Better-for-You” Food & Beverage Experience

Long History with Providers of “Better-for-You” Food & Beverages and Other Health & Wellness Products

William Blair’s investment banking team has extensive experience advising and raising capital for providers of natural/organic food & beverages and other health & wellness products.

Select Transactions Include

Alasko Amplify Snack Brands Annies Baptista's Bakery Big Heart Pet Brands
Boulder Brands Boulder Canyon Natural Foods Cornfields, Inc. Earth Balance Elf Eyes Lips Face
evol Fitbit Fresh Market G.H. Cretors Popped Corn Glutino
GNC Hain Celestial Group Hi I'm Skinny Immaculate Baking Co. Interhealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Inventure Foods, Inc. Jarden Corp. Keurig Green Mountain Mead Johnson Nutritionals Mighty Leaf Tea
National Pretzel Natural Balance Natural Grocers Niman Ranch nSpired Natural Foods
Paqui Preferred Meals Smarter Solutions Protenergy Natural Foods Corp. Rudi's Organic Bakery Shake Shack
Skinny Pop Popcorn Smart Balance Smucker's Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Sunrise Growers Treehouse Udi's Gluten Free Whole Foods Market Wholesome Sweeteners

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Consumer and Retail Publication: Food for ThoughtFood for Thought - October 2016 

Changes in consumer preferences are driving increased interest from strategic acquirers and financial sponsors in companies that provide value-added ingredients and innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry. We examine these and other trends that are shaping M&A activity.

View October 2016 report


Jim Bertram
Head of Consumer & Retail, Food & Beverage
+1 312 364 5426

Brent Smith
Head of Consumer & Retail M&A, Food & Beverage
+1 312 364 5392

John LeVert
Specialty Food & Beverage and Pet
+1 312 364 5217

Adam Filkin
Consumer Products
+1 312 364 8077

Mike Siska
Retail & Fitness
+1 312 364 5393

Chu-An Lee
Food Ingredients
+1 312 364 5216


Michael Collinson
London, Consumer & Retail
+44 20 7868 4433

Product Expertise

Michael Ward
Leveraged Finance, Consumer & Retail
+1 312 364 8529