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Entrepreneurial Equity Partners Acquires Ya YA Foods


On February 26, 2021, Entrepreneurial Equity Partners LLC (“E2P”), a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on the food and consumer packaged goods industries, acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Ya YA Foods Corp.

Ya YA Foods is a leading contract manufacturer of a broad range of aseptic food and beverage products including plant-based and high protein beverages, fruit juices, sports drinks, broths and specialty milk and dairy beverages. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Toronto, Ya YA Foods is one of the largest and most capable co-packers in North America, with over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space designed to meet customer food safety and quality requirements.

Cassels represented E2P with a deal team that included Sheldon Plener, Jeff Mikelberg, Nicola Geary, Amanda Metallo, Jackie Karbi and Thea Gaertner (Private Equity and M&A), Chuck Rich and Lauren Grossman (Banking & Specialty Finance), Laurie Jessome, Stefanie Di Francesco and Erin Minuk (Employment & Labour), Melissa Winch (Municipal, Planning & Environmental), Armen Khajetoorian (Real Estate & Development), Andrew Reback and Tera Li Parizeau (Tax) and Chandimal Nicholas and Christie Bates (Intellectual Property).