ACG Boston | C-Series Breakfast: Food & Beverage Industry Update (Virtual)


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May 20, 2021 8:30 AM - 10 AM EDT

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Join your fellow ACG members from across the country for May's virtual C-Series Breakfast, our bi-monthly morning event where the region's middle-market M&A community comes together to network and hear high caliber industry experts share their outlook, opinions, successes and failures in M&A.
We’ll kickoff the event with networking, placing attendees in breakout rooms for the chance to connect and catch up, and will then be joined by a panel of experts for a discussion about the state of the food and beverage industry, with a deeper dive into the consumer demand driven movement towards healthy, higher quality food products.
Following the panel, we will again break up attendees into breakouts for a chance to ask questions of the panelists and continue networking among peers.


Andy Crain

Andrew Crain

Partner, Mirus Capital Advisors

Andrew Crain brings to Mirus a diverse skillset of transactional, executive, international and legal acumen. Andrew is an experienced dealmaker, and his prior experience as a family business owner gives him a unique vantage point from which to successfully guide clients through the financial, operational and emotional aspects of the transaction process. An investment banker since 2005, Andrew provides merger & acquisition and corporate finance advisory services to owners of consumer products, food & beverage, business & industrial services, manufacturing and distribution companies throughout New England and globally. He is a trusted senior advisor to closely-held corporations and family businesses, with significant experience executing sell-side and buy-side M&A, leveraged buyouts, and private placements of debt and equity. Andrew is experienced in all phases of deal making, from valuing businesses to orchestrating confidential auction processes, structuring transactions and shepherding deals to successful closings.

A lawyer by training, Andrew left a successful law practice to become the fifth-generation owner and CEO of his family’s food manufacturing business, The Whipple Company, which he led for more than a decade and then sold in 2004 before making the transition to investment banking. He began his career in 1987 as an attorney at Foley Hoag LLP, where he represented and advised clients in negotiating and closing many mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. His legal practice also included private placements of equity and debt financings; initial public offerings and securities registrations; and venture capital fund formations and portfolio company investments.

Andrew has been a featured presenter about his experiences owning and advising family businesses, speaking and writing for organizations including the Northeastern University Center for Family Business, the UMass Family Business Center, the Exit Planning Exchange, and the Association for Corporate Growth. He earned a BA degree, cum laude with highest honors in Economics, from Williams College and a JD degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. Andrew is a FINRA registered representative with Series 7, 63, 79 & 99 licenses. In addition to his professional activities, for over 20 years Andrew has performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in concerts, recordings and broadcasts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops and is a 2009 Grammy Award winner. He lives on the South Coast where he, his wife and their two children enjoy sailing, church and community activities.

Dana Ehrlich

Dana Ehrlich

CEO & Founder, Verde Farms

A pioneer in the grass-fed beef movement, Verde was founded by Dana Ehrlich in 2005 with a mission to bring 100% grass-fed beef to everyone for its uniquely delicious flavor, health and environmental benefits. Today, Verde is the leading U.S. provider of USDA certified Organic 100% grass-fed and 100% free-range beef for grocery retail, club, and foodservice channels. Dana’s path from silicon valley engineer to beef company CEO began with a trip to Buenos Aires in 2004 during his MBA program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

After working in product management roles at Intel and Net-App, Dana had returned to school with the dream of starting his own business. While his original plan was to start an adventure travel company, he found his inspiration for Verde during a visit to a working cattle farm in the lush lowland pastures of South America. It was there he saw firsthand how the timeless gaucho tradition of raising cattle on grasslands stood in stark contrast to the conventional American beef feedlot industry. The beef he ate that day had a flavor unlike any he had before and as he learned more about the environmental, animal welfare and nutritional benefits of 100% grass-fed, 100% pasture raised beef, his inspiration turned into action.

Prior to earning his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Dana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology program with dual degrees in chemical engineering and product development. In 2016, Dana was honored as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, New England region. Dana is a long time member of the Meat Importers Council of America (MICA) where he currently serves on the Beef Checkoff And the Food Safety, Government, Industry and Trade Policy committees. He was also nominated by MICA to represent meat importers on the Cattleman’s Beef Board where he also serves on the Consumer Trust Committee. Dana lives with his wife, Noemy, and their two children in Newton, MA. He is an avid triathlete and traveler who loves to share photos from his journeys—especially of the meals he enjoys.


Caio Malufe

Associate Director, Farmland Plus Hancock Natural Resource Group

Caio is a seasoned investment professional with over 10 years of food & agriculture experience in corporate development, private equity and venture capital. He has developed his career throughout North America, Latin America and Asia in organizations such as The Blackstone Group / Patria Investments, Cargill Inc., and most recently at Hancock Natural Resource Group, leading transactions for the strategy of investing in vertically integrated agricultural operations.

Event Secondary Body


  • 8:30am - 9:00am: Open Networking
  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Panel Discussion
  • 9:30am - 10:00am: Small Group Networking with Panelists

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