PE Investment Trends in the Better-for-You Category

This Episode of the Food Institute Podcast is Sponsored by BHI USA 

Is private equity investment heating up in the “better-for-you” category? In this episode of The Food Institute Podcast, Vestar Capital Managing Director and Co-head of the Consumer group Winston Song talks with Food Institute CEO Brian Choi on Vestar’s recent investment in Dr. Praeger’s. Winston also shares insights on the “better-for-you” category, and the top investment trends shaping the food industry. Topics discussed include plant-based products, clean ingredients, baking trends, changing consumer behavior post-pandemic, and other hot topics.

Hosted By: Brian Choi
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More About Winston Song:
Prior to Vestar, Winston was a member of the Global Leveraged Finance Group at Lehman Brothers. He began his career in the Strategic Partners Group at CSFB, Credit Suisse’s private equity secondary fund.  Winston holds a BS in Economics-Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a member of the board of BRIC Arts Media, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn.

More About Vestar Capital Partners:
Vestar Capital Partners is a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm specializing in management buyouts and growth capital investments. Vestar invests and collaborates with incumbent management teams and private owners to build long-term enterprise value, with a focus on Consumer, Business & Technology Services, and Healthcare. Since its founding in 1988, Vestar funds have invested over $7 billion in 84 companies – as well as more than 200 add-on acquisitions – with a total value of approximately $50 billion. For more information on Vestar, please visit www.vestarcapital.com.

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