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January 16, 2019 4:30 PM, EST

H.I.G. Capital Acquires Lipari Foods

Lipari Foods A Lipari sign. (Great Lakes Aerial Video Services via YouTube)

Global private equity firm H.I.G. Capital has acquired Lipari Foods from Sterling Investment Partners, per a Jan. 8 press release. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Michigan-based Lipari provides perimeter-of-the-store, specialty and branded food products. Founded in 1963, Lipari serves more than 6,300 customers. Its product categories include deli, bakery, dairy and seafood.

The company generates approximately $1 billion in net sales annually and boasts a 725,000-square-foot distribution and food manufacturing facility outside Detroit.

“We are very excited about partnering with H.I.G. to support Lipari’s strategic growth plan,” CEO Thom Lipari said. “The company continues to have numerous opportunities to expand, and H.I.G.’s experience and resources, particularly around [mergers and acquisitions], will help us continue our successful growth trajectory.”

Lipari delivers to more than 13,000 retail locations across 14 states. Its fleet includes 220 truck tractors, 330 trailers and 18 straight trucks, according to U.S. Department of Transportation records.

H.I.G. is based in Miami and operates offices in several domestic and international cities. It has $30 billion of equity capital with a focus in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable and underperforming manufacturing and service businesses. — Transport Topics