Partnership

In 2011, LNK partnered with management in a recapitalization of Natural Food Holdings, acquiring a majority ownership interest.

LNK partnered with Natural Food Holdings, whose flagship Niman Ranch brand is a leading brand of all-natural, antibiotic and hormone-free, sustainably raised pork, beef, and lamb, as the company expanded in existing and new channels and broadened its product line.

Background

Niman Ranch began in the early 1970’s on an 11-acre ranch in a small coastal town just north of San Francisco. The cattle were raised using traditional, humane husbandry methods and given wholesome all-natural feeds. Today, the Niman Ranch network of independent American farmers and ranchers has grown significantly and the award-winning Niman Ranch name is one of the most visible and highly endorsed brands in the natural protein industry.

NFH has also developed a strong and differentiated customer value proposition in the Prairie Grove consumer brand, and the Sioux Preme pork processing business, which serves NFH’s brands as well as third parties. Together, these three units comprise a unique integrated business system that would be very difficult and expensive to replicate.

The LNK teams adds real value thanks to their deep knowledge and experience in the consumer sector, extensive relationships in the business, and significant operating and financial expertise.
Jeff Swain, former CEO, Natural Food Holdings