Who We Are
BFG is a venture capital firm that seeks partnerships with early stage food and beverage consumer product companies. We work alongside exceptional entrepreneurs to ensure the business is able to deliver sustainable growth and outperform its competitors. In addition to providing our portfolio companies with capital, BFG provides teams with the advice most needed to make critical decisions and maximize opportunities. This advice spans operational strategy, tactical marketing, channel development, organizational design and capital planning.
What We Look For
We look to invest alongside passionate founders with an exceptional product(s), a disruptive and distinguished brand, and a clearly defined strategy. BFG seeks partnerships with organizations that are making positive environmental and social contributions, both locally and globally.
Prospective investments should include:
- Organic and/or non-GMO verified product(s)
- Have achieved or have a line of sight to achieving $1mm in trailing 12 month sales
Why We’re Different
We know the challenges associated with building brands and differentiated products. Our team’s leadership, background and network help our portfolio companies drive growth. Our portfolio companies have access to our network of industry partners with deep expertise in brand building, sales, marketing, operations, personnel recruitment, finance and strategy.
People. Product. Brand. Strategy.
The BFG Team
Founder & Managing Partner
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
New York, NY
New York, NY
Founder & Managing Partner
Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Food Group, Tom previously co-founded EVOL Foods and was the COO of Bear Naked Granola. Under Tom’s management, both businesses were successfully sold to public companies. Tom proudly serves on two food focused non-profit boards, the Growe Foundation and Organic Voices (Just Label It). The Growe Foundation focuses on experiential learning opportunities for children through Boulder Valley School District. Organic Voices has a dual mandate, specifically 1) to promote the growth of organic food and 2) to work at the federal level to achieve mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Tom was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He attended Santa Fe Preparatory School and then Vanderbilt University where he graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in Economics and Spanish. Tom lives in Boulder, CO with his wife and two sons.
Dayton previously co-founded Function, a venture-backed health and wellness beverage company, which Dayton built from idea-conception to $20 million in retail sales until its acquisition by Sunsweet Growers, Inc. Prior to Function, Dayton was an executive in the strategy group at The Walt Disney Company where he worked for over seven years focusing on mergers & acquisitions and operating strategy. Dayton began his career as an analyst in investment banking and spent time as a management consultant for Bain & Co. Dayton serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of SoCal and also serves on the Leadership Council of the Fulfillment Fund, an LA non-profit focused on underprivileged youth and education. Dayton was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where he attended McDonogh School. Dayton received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Previously Ben worked at The Yucaipa Companies, a private equity and venture capital firm founded by Ron Burkle focused on middle market companies and growth capital. In addition, Ben spent five years working in New York for the hedge funds Hutchin Hill Capital and Oak Hill Advisors. He began his career in investment banking at UBS focusing on mergers & acquisitions. Ben was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. Ben received his BA from Duke University and lives in Boulder, CO where he is also a competitive triathlete.
Previously Tyler worked for MicroBiome Therapeutics, a natural supplement startup in Boulder, CO focused on improving health status by interacting with the human microbiome. Tyler was born and raised in Boulder, CO and attended The Taft School in Watertown, CT. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and lives in Boulder, CO.
Alex has been investing in food companies since 2005. Prior to working with Tom to establish BFG Partners, Alex worked at Arlon Group LLC from 2005 to 2015. Alex serves on the boards of Chameleon Cold Brew, JC’s Pie Pops and Cambridge Franchise Partners, and acts as a board advisor to Kriser’s Natural Pet and Seed + Salt. Alex previously served on the Boards of Kettle Cuisine, Wholesome Sweeteners, HMR Foods, Door to Door Organics, and Excelline Food Products. Alex received his BA from Brown University, where he was known as the “speed specialist” on the Men’s Ski Team.Born and raised on the east coast, Alex now resides in San Francisco with his wife.
Managing Principal of Arlon
Michelle is a Managing Principal of Arlon, a middle-market private equity food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that supports investments across the entire food supply chain in the Americas. At Arlon, she oversees the investment process and the management and support of the Arlon’s portfolio companies. Michelle previously worked for Weston Presidio, a middle market private equity firm that raised approximately $3.3 billion across five funds, for eleven years, where she was responsible for leading due diligence and investment execution in a variety of sectors. Prior to Weston Presidio, Michelle was the Editorial Director for Ivy Productions, Inc. and the President of Lookout Media. Michelle serves on the Boards of HMR Foods Holding, LP, Wholesome Sweeteners and Door to Door Organics and also serves as a Director of Vitamin Angels, a not-for-profit organization. Michelle was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. Michelle received her BA with honors from Harvard University and her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Managing Principal of Arlon
Ben is a Managing Principal of Arlon, a middle-market private equity food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that supports investments across the entire food supply chain in the Americas. At Arlon, he oversees the investment process and the management and support of the Arlon’s portfolio companies. Ben previously co-founded The Grow Network, which was sold to the McGraw-Hill Companies in 2004. Prior to The Grow Network, Ben was a Strategic and Financial Analyst for Continental Grain Company. In 2005, he was a National Finalist for the White House Fellowship. Ben serves on the Boards of K-Mac Holdings Corp., The Chia Company, Alico Incorporated, Grandpoint Capital, Inc. and Rose Displays Ltd. and is a Member of the Alumni Council of Collegiate School in New York City. Ben was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Ben received his BA, cum laude, from Princeton University.
Nimble Firm with Broad Reach
BFG is strategically aligned with some of the most prominent names in food and agriculture:
Arlon Group is a food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that supports investments across the entire food chain in the Americas. By specializing in food and agriculture, Arlon is uniquely positioned to understand the various challenges and opportunities food and agriculture businesses face. Through its principals and portfolio companies, Arlon has relationships with major food retailers, brokers, and distributors, in addition to deep penetration in food-service channels.
Rabobank is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the largest banks in the world, with nearly $1 trillion in assets, and ranks among the 10 safest banks globally. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain.
Skratch Labs’ mission is to provide people with the inspiration, life skills, and products to take better care of themselves and their families.
Barnana manufactures healthy, dehydrated banana snacks and coated banana snacks. All products are non-GMO verified and certified USDA organic. Barnana is based in Los Angeles, California.
EVOL manufactures and markets premium frozen convenience foods with a focus on pure and simple ingredients. EVOL was purchased by Boulder Brands in 2013. EVOL is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Good Day Chocolate
Good Day Chocolate makes “chocolate with benefits” for busy adults. Candy coated for convenience, choose your benefit and have a Good Day! Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
Headquartered in Boulder, CO, Green Spoon is a non-GMO and organic brokerage company operating primarily throughout the western half of the United States. Green Spoon is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Quinn is re-imagining classic foods by only using real ingredients, showing where they come from, and making it crazy delicious. Their innovative approach is cleaning up the snack category. Quinn Foods is based in Boulder, CO.
Chameleon Cold Brew
Chameleon Cold-Brew is a revolutionary way to drink and enjoy coffee. It’s cold brewed for more than 16 hours at a low temperature to produce a super smooth, less acidic, extra caffeinated coffee concentrate. All products use 100% organic Fair Trade Certified Arabica coffee and filtered water. Chameleon Cold-Brew is based in Austin, TX.
JC's Pie Pops
JC’s Pie Pops. The Greatest American Tradition. Frozen on a Stick. A tasty new twist on an American Classic. JC’s is based in Chatsworth, California.
Birch Benders is a gourmet pancake and waffle mix company made by just adding water. All products are non-GMO, certified Kosher and certified organic. Birch Benders is based in Denver, Colorado.
Bear Naked is a packaged foods company that produces granola, granola bars and ready to eat cereal. Bear Naked was purchased by Kashi, a subsidiary of Kellogg’s in 2007. Bear Naked is based in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Send us a message
If you would like to contact us regarding your opportunity please send an email to email@example.com. Please include the following with your submission:
- Tell us why you believe your company is a good fit based on our investment criteria
- Provide a detailed presentation on the business
- Include historical financials and a budget for the current year (3 year plan is preferred)