• June 13, 2024
  • North America
  • Consumer/Retail

WhiteHorse Capital Provides Financing to PANOS Brands

June 13, 2024 – WhiteHorse Capital is pleased to announce that it has provided a new first lien credit facility in support of PANOS Brands, LLC’s (“PANOS”) acquisition of The Santa Barbara Smokehouse (“SBS”). Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ, PANOS, a portfolio company of Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney, & Co. (“HKW”), is a branded, better-for-you specialty foods manufacturer. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, SBS is a producer of high quality smoked salmon.

“WhiteHorse Capital was a great partner throughout each stage of this transaction. We are very pleased with our partnership and WhiteHorse’s support in providing a flexible capital solution that positions PANOS for continued growth and success,” said Mike Foisy, President and Partner of HKW.

Mario Shaffer, Managing Director at WhiteHorse Capital added, “We are excited to support HKW and PANOS as they look to execute on their growth strategy. We look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

About PANOS Brands

PANOS Brands is a consumer food products company that manages a differentiated portfolio of specialty food brands across multiple categories and channels. PANOS is an acronym that precisely defines the company’s mission to offer Premium, Authentic, Natural, Organic, and Specialty foods throughout the world. True to its namesake — the ancient Greek word for torch — we like to think of our brands as a beacon for consumers who are increasingly demanding premium quality, better-for-you specialty foods. PANOS Brands products can be found at most natural, specialty and traditional grocery stores nationwide. For more information, visit https://panosbrands.com/

About Santa Barbara Smokehouse

SBS is a leader in producing smoked salmon of the highest quality. SBS products are artisanally smoked in a smokehouse burning full logs in an open fire kiln. In addition to being served in foodservice channels, including many of the world’s finest restaurants and premier hotels, SBS products also are available in traditional retail outlets. For more information, visit https://www.sbsmokehouse.com/

About WhiteHorse Capital

WhiteHorse Capital offers flexible, creative lending solutions to middle market companies across a wide range of industries, including Telecom, Media and Technology, Healthcare, Business Services and Financial Services. WhiteHorse has a broad investment mandate and provides senior and subordinated debt for refinancings, growth capital, acquisitions, buyouts, and balance sheet recapitalizations. WhiteHorse professionals, across the U.S. and Europe, have extensive experience and a proven track record of providing creative financing structures and employing a long-term relationship-oriented portfolio management philosophy. For more information, please visit our website at www.whitehorse.com.


Pankaj Gupta
President and Global Head of Originations

Mario Shaffer
Managing Director

Stephen Migdal

Investor Relations