In Pursuit Of An Evolving Sector With Unwavering Focus And Commitment

Tilia Pattern

Investment Strategy

At Tilia, we make control investments, partnering with growing companies who provide business services and solutions to larger customers and suppliers operating within the global food supply chain.

Tilia invests in companies with strong growth potential and brings meaningful financial, operational, human and industry resources to capitalize on market trends and further accelerate their growth strategies. We bring to bear over 30 years of domain expertise that draws from backgrounds in public and private health, food safety, nutrition, and life sciences. With these unique perspectives and significant experience scaling organizations, our focus is on control investments in the lower middle market investments that meet the following criteria:

Investment Criteria





Enterprise Value


Mission-critical / technical service

Multiple avenues for growth

Market leader in the respective niche

Facility / capacity expansion needs

Favorable customer relationships & trusted provider

Preferred partner to management

Benefiting from outsourcing trends

Ability to drive value through governance approach

Sector Specialty

Tilia is solely focused on serving the fragmented, complex, and expanding “farm to fork” segment of the global food supply chain.

We invest in technical, mission-critical services that enable the movement of food from where it is raised and produced to where it is consumed. This underpenetrated niche is ripe with opportunity and is benefitting from converging market and regulatory trends. In an evolving landscape, we further select for the most attractive sectors. We actively cultivate meaningful relationships between the private sector, public sector, and academia to add value, providing each portfolio company with unique industry insight.

Areas Of Focus




Food Supply and Safety


  • Specialty Ingredients
  • Value-add Distributors

Processing & Packaging

  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Contract Packaging
  • Bakeries
  • Alternative Processing
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Pet Food

Storage & Distribution

  • Cold Chain
  • Warehouse & Fulfillment
  • Supply Chain Management

Testing, Inspection & Compliance

  • Specialty Labs
  • Safety & Regulatory

Technical Services

  • Product Development
  • Claims Substantiation
  • Tech-Enabled Services
  • Food Waste Management