Stanton Associates LLC Adds Larry Johnson to Lead Food & Beverage Industry Practice

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Larry Johnson brings proven ability to grow top and bottom lines for food and beverage companies

Stanton Associates LLC (, a management consulting firm working with middle market companies to unlock and grow enterprise value, announced the addition of Larry Johnson, who will head up the firm’s Food & Beverage industry practice. Enlisting the leadership of Mr. Johnson expands Stanton Associates’ team of former business operators bringing deep functional and industry expertise to its clients.

“We are fortunate to have Larry as part of our team,” said Lewis Stanton, Managing Partner of the firm. “His experience running food companies, combined with his investment banking knowledge, make him especially effective at growing enterprise value for our clients.”

Mr. Johnson will work with Stanton Associates’ food and beverage clients to drive profitable growth, with a focus on sales, channel strategy, branding and direct marketing, as well as profitability analytics and other initiatives.

“Growing food and beverage companies and creating significant value for their shareholders is what I love to do,” Mr. Johnson said. “I am excited by the deeper capabilities and resources of Stanton Associates, which will enable me to deliver even greater value to my clients.”

Larry Johnson brings with him extensive expertise in the food industry as founder and CEO of a specialty food products company. He has served as advisor to numerous food-related enterprises where he’s helped to expand distribution, build brand awareness and drive double-digit sales growth. As President of Passage Foods Group, LLC, the U.S. marketing and sales arm of Australia-based Passage Foods, he was instrumental in helping to establish the company’s branded retail line of cooking sauces in some of the nation’s largest supermarket chains.

Johnson also has over thirty years of management consulting and advisory experience. He was formerly co-head of the Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance National Private Placement Group, as well as a Managing Director at Deloitte Touche in their West Coast Corporate Finance practice. He most recently served as Managing Director of Diamond Capital Advisors where he worked on buy and sell-side transactions with specific focus in the food & beverage and consumer products industries.

Mr. Johnson received his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his B.S. from Boston College. He is active in Rotary International and serves on the board of Wells Bring Hope, a not-for-profit organization focused on drilling water wells for the impoverished villages in West Africa.

About Stanton Associates LLC

Stanton Associates works with CEOs to unlock and increase the value of their businesses. As former business operators, its professionals bring deep functional expertise in sales, marketing and finance to drive profitable growth. In addition to its Food & Beverage practice, the firm has other vertical practices in a number of different industries.

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