June 9, 2023 – Donnewald Distributing Company today closed on its acquisition of Ronchetti Distributing Company. Ronchetti is a third generation beer wholesaler founded by Felix and John Ronchetti in 1914. Donnewald is an Anheuser-Busch distributor located in Greenville, IL and founded in 1965 by Bud Donnewald. Now under the ownership of Mike and Bob Donnewald, the company continues to grow its relationships with its clients and other individuals in the business. The combined business will manage over 4 million cases in volume across 18 counties in central and southern Illinois. Arlington Capital Advisors, in its strategic alliance with Bump Williams Consulting, advised Donnewald on this transaction.

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May 25, 2023 – Big Drop, one of the category leading alcohol-free craft brewers, has entered into a license agreement with In Good Company, the owner of Fourpure Brewing and Magic Rock Brewing.  Big Drop has become one of the world’s most successful brands of alcohol-free craft beer since launching in 2016. The company has a strong position in the UK, but also strong traction in the attractive US market and Australia.

Big Drop has won over 100 international beer awards, including seven times World’s Best at the World Beer Awards, more than any UK brewer.  With a successful track-record of contract brewing at Fourpure in London, Big Drop sees this new partnership as an evolution of its decentralized business model that allows it to produce fresh 0.5% ABV beer anywhere in the world – locally and ethically – with minimal carbon footprint.  The licensing agreement gives Big Drop the opportunity to increase revenues, thanks to In Good Company’s brewing capacity, direct draught accounts and well-established sales & marketing infrastructure Arlington Capital Advisors assisted Big Drop as a strategic advisor in the transaction.

Read news from Big Drop here.

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May 8, 2023 – E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Spirit of Gallo has acquired Fishers Island Lemonade, a female-founded beverage brand. A trailblazer in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category, Fishers Island Lemonade was one of the first premium craft cocktails to be packaged in a can. Fishers Island Lemonade (9% ABV) is positioned as a leader in the premium RTD category with its one-of-a-kind, full-flavor taste profile of barrel-aged whiskey and premium vodka. Arlington Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Fishers Island Lemonade.

Read full press release here.

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January 23, 2023 – Dash Water, the leading brand in the UK seltzer category, has completed an £8.7 million Series A funding round.  Dash Water is one of the most exciting and highest growth brands in the UK premium beverage sector, utilising wonky fruits to create delicious products with zero calories, zero sugar and zero sweeteners. The round was led by transatlantic private equity firm Beringea and also included participation from Irish rugby captain Johnny Sexton, Dash chairman David Milner and others.  The funds will be used to support Dash’s growth and expansion plans, including increasing production and distribution and investing in research and development. Dash also plans to enter new markets across Europe and increase its presence in Australia.  Arlington Capital Advisors is excited to have assisted Dash Water as a financial advisor in the transaction and support the team on their growth journey. 

Read press release here.

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December 5, 2022 – Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® from Experiential Brands LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRD Holding Company. Fuzzy’s is a fast-casual restaurant concept serving Mexican favorites with a Baja twist. Founded in 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas, Fuzzy’s is a category innovator, offering a new twist on Mexican favorites at a value price point. Arlington Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in the transaction.

Read full press relase from NRD Capital here.

Read full press release from Dine Brands here.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Swig, Home of the Original Dirty Soda™, announced that Utah icon the Larry H. Miller Company (the LHM Company) has acquired a majority stake in Swig from Savory Fund, a leading private equity firm focused on emerging food and beverage concepts. Savory Fund purchased the beverage brand in 2018, and in the last two years, it has more than doubled its footprint. Savory Fund, Swig founder Nicole Tanner, and partners Chase Wardrop and Dylan Roeder will each retain significant minority stakes in the business. Arlington Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Swig in the transaction.

Read full press release here


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NEW YORK, November 7, 2022 — Tilray Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ | TSX: TLRY) announced the acquisition of Montauk Brewing Company, the #1 craft brewer in Metro New York. Montauk Brewing is well-known for its beloved product portfolio, premium price point, and distribution across over 6,400 points of distribution, including top national retailers such as Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and others. Arlington Capital Advisors served as the exclusive financial advisor to Montauk Brewing Company in the transaction.

Read full press release from Montauk Brewing and Tilray here

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September 29, 2022 – Future Proof Brands, d/b/a Beatbox Beverage, announced that it has completed its latest capital raise with Concentric Equity Partners. Beatbox, founded in 2011, is a wine-based cocktail party punch. The company is a Shark Tank alum, having raised $1 million from Mark Cuban on the show. Beatbox continues to be one of the fastest growing independent brands on the market. Arlington Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Beatbox in the transaction.

Read more here.

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June 28, 2022 | LONDON — Arlington Capital Advisors, a leading investment bank offering financial and strategic advisory services to the consumer industry, expands its global reach by opening an office in London, England. Arlington has also added Rob Belanger and Raphael Schuler to its team as Vice President and Analyst, respectively, to strengthen its M&A execution capabilities in Europe. 

Arlington has been successfully advising clients across the globe for over 18 years. By choosing the UK as its first international location, Arlington can now work more seamlessly with companies located outside the North American continent.

“ACA’s London office is a massive step forward for our firm. We’re now better placed to serve our clients and have access to a broader talent pool as we grow our team,” said Vann Russell, Arlington’s Founder and Managing Director. 

Stephan Pietge, who joined Arlington as a Managing Director last December to strengthen the firm’s position internationally, comments: “We’ve made tremendous progress connecting with clients – new and old – in the UK and Europe over the last months. Having an office in London allows us to interact more closely with our clients. While everything can be done over video conference in the post-COVID era, nothing builds relationships like meeting our clients in person.”

Arlington’s London office is located at 210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA.

“We intend to continue to grow the team here in London to help meet the demand we’re seeing for our services internationally,” added Pietge. The firm hired Rob Bélanger in early June as a Vice President to lead the execution of client mandates. Bélanger has many years of investment banking experience at bulge bracket banks and has recently acted as CFO / COO helping entrepreneurs whose businesses were facing challenges transformative in nature. In addition, Raphael Schuler joined Arlington in January 2022 as an Analyst, having prior investment banking experience at a middle market-focused firm.  

Arlington Capital Advisors is a leading investment bank focused on providing businesses in the consumer sector with financial and strategic advisory services, including sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory, sourcing growth capital and other capital-centric strategic alternatives. US securities offered through its affiliate, Arlington Capital Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Arlington Capital Advisors, Limited is an appointed representative of Kession Capital Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the FCA. 

SAN FRANCISCO–Sapporo U.S.A., maker of the number one selling Asian beer brand in the United States, and Stone Brewing, one of America’s largest and most innovative craft beer brands, have reached an agreement for Sapporo U.S.A. to acquire Stone Brewing. Supporting both business’ long-term growth strategies in the U.S. market, the transaction is expected to close in August 2022. Arlington Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor to Stone Brewing in the transaction.

Read full press release from Stone and Sapporo here.

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