June 10, 2024

Western Smokehouse Partners, a Portfolio Company of AUA Private Equity, Acquires Golden Valley Natural

AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC has announced, on behalf of its portfolio company Western Smokehouse Partners, LLC, the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Golden Valley Natural, LLC dba Hero Snacks.

Golden Valley is a family-owned company in the meat snack industry with a focus on all-natural and organic jerky. Similar to Western Smokehouse Partners’ predecessors, Golden Valley is a long-established, family-owned business with a 50+ year history and a rich, collaborative culture. This strategic partnership allows Western Smokehouse Partners to expand its market presence and offerings.

Western Smokehouse Partners CEO, Matt Bormann, said, “We are pleased to welcome Golden Valley Natural into the Western Smokehouse Partners family. Their legacy in the all-natural and organic meat snacks industry aligns with our mission of providing better-for-you meat snack products to all consumers.”

“We are very excited by the talent and capabilities that the Golden Valley brings to the Western Smokehouse platform,” added AUA Private Equity Partner, David Benyaminy. “Golden Valley’s reputation for quality, innovation, and collaboration makes it an ideal fit.”

The transaction was led by Partner David Benyaminy, Vice President Brian Krouskos, Senior Associate Nicholas Pflaum and Associate Trip Ewig. McDermott Will & Emery served as legal advisor to Western Smokehouse and AUA Private Equity while Grant Thornton LLP served as accounting advisor. Cantor Fitzgerald served as the exclusive financial advisor to Golden Valley.

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