Levine Leichtman Capital Buys Santa Cruz Nutritionals From Swander Pace

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners acquired Santa Cruz Nutritionals. The deal was completed in partnership with the management of the California-based maker of nutritional and dietary supplements. Financial terms were not disclosed. Swander Pace Capital was the seller.


Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that it has partnered with management to complete the acquisition of Santa Cruz Nutritionals (“SCN”). SCN, based in Santa Cruz, CA, is a leading manufacturer of gummy-based nutritional products and dietary supplements for consumers of all ages. The Company has developed proprietary formulations and a unique manufacturing process that deliver active ingredients through great tasting, high quality chewable products. SCN has established itself as a dominant player in all of its core markets and maintains longstanding relationships with many of the leading retailers and consumer product companies in the world.

SCN is the 7th investment from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, IV, L.P., a $1.1 billion private equity fund. According to Lauren Leichtman, Co-Founder and CEO of LLCP, “We are excited to partner with Mike Westhusing and his team at Santa Cruz Nutritionals. Under their leadership, the Company has expanded its product line, added new customers and established itself as the dominant player in a rapidly growing industry. We believe that their superior offering and culture of innovation will lead to further expansion in the years ahead.”

Michael Westhusing, the Chief Executive Officer of Santa Cruz Nutritionals and other members of the senior management team will make a significant investment in the company. Michael Westhusing and his senior management team will continue to lead the company and are pleased that LLCP has added SCN to its investment portfolio. Michael Westhusing commented, “I am very excited about welcoming LLCP to the SCN family. LLCP’s investment philosophy of supporting management teams is a perfect match for us. We expect this partnership to lead to the continued growth of our franchise.”

About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners is a Los Angeles, California-based investment firm that manages approximately $5.0 billion of institutional investment capital through private equity partnerships, distressed debt and leveraged loan funds. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners IV, L.P., and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Deep Value Fund, L.P. Prior investments by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners include CiCi’s Pizza, Hackney Ladish, Jon Douglas Real Estate Group, Overhill Farms and Quizno’s.