Churchill’s Private Equity & Junior Capital team completes direct investment alongside Falfurrias Capital Partners in Carolina Foods

Charlotte, NC, April 16, 2021 – Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill”) today announced a direct investment in Carolina Foods, LLC (“Carolina Foods” or the “Company”) in support of Falfurrias Capital Partners (“Falfurrias”). Carolina Foods is a leading manufacturer and distributor of indulgent foods and snacks, with a primary offering of donuts, honey buns and other pastry products. Its customers include a national base of blue-chip club stores, leading c-store brands and distributors. In addition to its well-known Duchess Brand products, Carolina Foods engages in private label, foodservice manufacturing and custom product formulation.

“Carolina Foods has both market-leading capabilities in manufacturing and a strong track record of innovation as a co-packer and private label producer,” said Derek Fricke, Managing Director of Churchill’s Private Equity & Junior Capital team. “The Falfurrias team brings its deep experience growing customer relationships in the grocery and convenience space where Carolina Foods operates, and we look forward to supporting the partnership as they grow an already strong business.”

This represents the fifth transaction Churchill’s Private Equity & Junior Capital team has completed in support of Falfurrias, a Charlotte, NC-based private equity firm focused on partnering with proven management teams to build world class middle market businesses.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With $30 billion of committed capital, Churchill provides first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 80 professionals in New York, Charlotte and Chicago. More information can be found at

About Falfurrias Capital Partners

Falfurrias is a Charlotte, NC-based leading private equity firm founded in 2006 with the objective of partnering with proven management teams to build world class middle market businesses. The Falfurrias team utilizes their industry expertise to help their portfolio companies manage and execute strategic initiatives. Since inception, the founders and partners have raised close to $1 billion across the firm’s four funds. More information can be found at

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