Aurora Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, has acquired Universal Pure Holdings LLC, a high-pressure processing and food safety company offering technical services for cold chain-oriented human and pet food customers.

Universal Pure’s services include cold storage, bottling, kitting and assembly, dry aging, tempering and inventory management. The company’s footprint includes eight facilities nationwide across shipping lanes and distribution centers in the U.S.

“Best-in-class service and a long-tenured track record combined with the largest footprint in North America uniquely positions Universal Pure in a rapidly growing industry,” says Randy Moser, partner at Aurora. “We see significant opportunity to build on that position and the Company’s success and look forward to accelerating growth through organic expansion and its experienced acquisition program.” 

William Blair and Houlihan Lokey served as financial advisors and Mayer Brown LLP served as legal advisor to Universal Pure on the transaction. Harris Williams served as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to Aurora. Twin Brook Capital Partners led the debt financing in support of the transaction.