Louisiana Pepper Exchange

Situation :

Louisiana Pepper Exchange (LPE) is a veteran-owned, vertically integrated pepper company that specializes in providing pepper mash, pepper purees, and pepper powders to kitchens, co-packers, and sauce makers, worldwide. Based in New Orleans, LA, the company provides pepper mash to nearly 80% of the hot sauce market.

Sourcing :

The opportunity was referred to JCP by another regional private equity firm, which had targeted LPE’s industry for acquisition opportunities. LPE’s owner was not interested in pursuing a sale of the business, but rather a growth equity investment, which is why it was referred to JCP.

Investment Highlights  :

After providing LPE with growth capital, JCP helped the company establish a board of directors, assists in identifying and reviewing additions to the senior management team, is advising in the development of an equity incentive plan for management and is guiding management in the design of monthly financial and operating reporting packages and KPIs.
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