TSG Consumer Partners
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|Industry||Private equity, Consumer products|
|Predecessor(s)||The Shansby Group|
San Francisco, California, United States
|Key people||Charles H. Esserman (Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director), Jamie O'Hara (President and Managing Director) , John Kenney (Managing Director), Brian Krumrei (Managing Director), Pierre LeComte (Managing Director), Hadley Mullin (Managing Director), Alexander Panos (Managing Director)|
|Products||Growth capital focused on consumer brands|
TSG Consumer Partners is one of the largest and oldest private equity firms focused on growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the branded consumer products sector. The firm, founded in 1987, was among the first private equity firms to invest exclusively in consumer product companies.
TSG has used growth equity in a number of categories, including natural and organic foods, functional food and beverages, ethnic food and refrigerated entrées, orphan brands in personal care and household lines, apparel and accessories and pet care products.
Among TSG's most notable historic investments are well-known brands such as Famous Amos Cookies, Spic and Span, Prestige Brands, Energy Brands (Vitamin Water), Voss, Pureology, Comet, Chloraseptic, Met-Rx, Smart Balance, Arrowhead Mills and Popchips.
The firm was founded in 1987 as the Montgomery Consumer Fund, a partnership with an initial equity interest from Montgomery Securities. In 1988 the firm's founders, J. Gary Shansby and Charles H. Esserman, repurchased Montgomery Securities' interest and renamed the company The Shansby Group.  The firm changed its name to TSG Consumer Partners in 2005 when Esserman became CEO. Shansby left the firm in 2005 to focus on philanthropic projects as well as health issues. 
TSG closed its sixth fund, TSG6, in November 2011 with $1.3 billion. The firm has over $2.9 billion in equity capital under management as of April 2012.
- Shansby made money rescuing and nurturing orphan brands. San Francisco Business Times, February 28, 2010
- Renamed Shansby Fund To Cut Montgomery Tie. New York Times, October 24, 1988
- TSG Consumer Partners (company website)
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