Fresh Factory bottling line filling cold-pressed juice

The Fresh Factory

In the fall of 2017, we created the Fresh Factory through the merger of 87P and Farmed Here. The Fresh Factory is a platform to create, manufacture, and launch clean-label, plant-based products and brands. We work with farmers around the Midwest to source the highest-quality produce and create CPG (consumer packaged goods) products that are distributed around the country. Every day, more than 10,000 people have one of our products, and we’re just getting started.

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Salt Works development on Chicago’s Goose Island

R2 Companies

Nearly ten years ago, we bought our first building in Chicago’s West Loop (and never should have sold it!). Today, we are a general partner in R2, a fully integrated real estate investing platform with 4+ million square feet under management. We continue to believe that the real estate market is undergoing a fundamental shift from the suburbs to urban cores and from traditional to more creative work environments. To that end, we’ve assembled a large portfolio of adaptive re-use projects across the Midwest, including more than 700,000 square feet on Chicago’s Goose Island.

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Sun setting on the Big Barn at New Frontier Farms

New Frontier Farms

New Frontier Farms is a 70-acre farm located in Salem Lakes, Wisconsin. We’ve partnered with Alive Rescue in Chicago to transform the barn into a dog rescue, breaking ground in fall 2019. In the coming years, we plan to phase out the production of traditional row crops in favor of a more diverse offering, including a variety of organic fruits and vegetables for use in Fresh Factory products.

AmpCNG fueling station in Waco Texas

Amp Americas

In 2011, we founded Amp Americas, a renewable-methane project developer and CNG-station operator. Our idea was to replace diesel (the most expensive BTU) with methane (the cheapest BTU) in the transportation sector. Better yet, we developed renewable sources of methane that could serve as a drop-in renewable fuel to replace fossil-derived natural gas. Along the way, we developed the first agricultural waste-to-energy project recognized under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and were recently awarded the lowest carbon intensity score in California’s history under their Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Last year, Amp’s various projects reduced carbon in an amount equivalent to planting 2.1M trees (an area the size of Denver)1.

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The Fresh Factory

August 20, 2019

R2 Companies

August 15, 2019

AMP Americas
Sold in 2019

August 2, 2019

Boombox Beverage

August 1, 2019


July 1, 2019


January 1, 2018

Farmer’s Fridge

August 1, 2017

AMP Clean Energy

June 1, 2017

Brook Park Holdings

January 1, 2017


January 1, 2017

Acquired by KDP

Square Roots

January 1, 2015

The Kitchen

January 1, 2015

Sold in 2015

January 1, 2012

Carbon Solutions

January 1, 2010

1 A reduction of 82,833 tons of CO2, per the EPA calculator, is the equivalent of planting 97,509 acres or 152 square miles of trees; Denver covers 155 square miles.