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Tom First joins Castanea Partners as an operating partner

Castanea Partners has appointed Tom First as an operating partner focusing on opportunities in the branded food and beverage sector.

“We are thrilled that Tom will be joining our team,” says Brian Knez, managing partner of Castanea. “Tom is an extraordinarily successful serial entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. His deep passion and experience in the food and beverage space will bring a unique perspective to our existing portfolio and help us identify exciting new investment opportunities.”
Prior to joining Castanea, First was a managing partner at First Beverage Ventures, the investment arm of First Beverage Group.
He was also co-founder of Nantucket Nectars, a branded juice beverage which sold to Ocean Spray Cranberries and later to Cadbury Schweppes. The brand is currently owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
A serial entrepreneur, First also founded O Beverage, which sold to Polar Beverages in 2010.
He will remain a board member of several brands including Health-Ade Kombucha, Purity Organic, Repsly, and Project Juice. He is also a minority co-investor in Essentia Water, a Castanea portfolio company.

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