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Tom First

Tom First


Tom First joined Castanea Partners as an Operating Partner in 2016 to focus on opportunities in the branded food and beverage sector.

Prior to joining Castanea, Tom was a Managing Partner at First Beverage Ventures, the investment arm of First Beverage Group. Tom was co-founder of Nantucket Nectars, an award-winning juice company which sold to Cadbury Schweppes PLC in 2002.

A serial entrepreneur, Tom also founded O Beverage, which was sold to Polar Beverages. Tom is a director on the boards of Repsly, Essentia Water, Jeni’s Ice Cream and Yasso.

Tom graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in American History.

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Press Releases

  • Castanea Partners announces investment in Yasso

    JANUARY 2018 - Castanea Partners confirmed today that it has made an investment in Yasso, a leading frozen dessert brand offering "better-for-you" Greek frozen yogurt novelties and pints.

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  • Castanea waits nearly a year to confirm investment in Yasso

    JAN 2018 - Castanea's investment in Yasso closed in March 2017"

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