Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company’s Acquisition of Fresh Direct Produce


About Taft – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP served as legal advisor to HKW. McCarthy Tétrault LLP served as legal advisor to Fresh Direct Produce.

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc., a private equity firm focused on partnering with talented management teams to build world-class companies, executed the acquisition of Fresh Direct Produce, LLC.

Fresh Direct Produce is a distributor of fresh, ethnic, tropical, organic, and specialty produce. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Fresh Direct Produce distributes 1,000+ fruit and vegetable items to the Western Canadian market. Their services include ripening, grading, machine packaging, and bagging. Fresh Direct Produce has the ability to source hard-to find specialty fruits and vegetables that are increasing in demand.

Taft advised Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. with a team including Ralph A. Caruso (Picture), Elijah J. Hammans, Robert J. Hicks and Katharine S. Mascarenhas.

Involved fees earner: Ralph Caruso – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Elijah Hammans – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Robert Hicks – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Katharine Mascarenhas – Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Law Firms: Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Clients: Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company Inc.;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti