SOURCE: CAVU Venture Partners

April 29, 2016 09:00 ET

CAVU Venture Partners Invests $2 Million in Chef's Cut Real Jerky, America's Best Tasting Jerky

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - CAVU Venture Partners, a firm known for backing and helping to build iconic consumer brands, today announced it has invested $2 million in Chef's Cut Real Jerky.

Chef's Cut Real Jerky co-founders Chef Blair Swiler and Dennis Riedel partnered with Rohan Oza to take the brand from a golf course snack to the fastest growing jerky in America in just a few short years. The brand's origins began with Swiler caddying alongside Riedel, sharing his homemade jerky with him, bringing real cuts of premium beef right onto the golf course. They teamed up and began smoking and selling Chef's Cut Real Jerky to golf and country clubs across the United States. On the golf course is where Rohan Oza, co-founder of CAVU Venture Partners and CPG brand builder, discovered the product and immediately knew he had to get involved.

"Chef's Cut is the best tasting, and now the fastest growing jerky in the country. It's the perfect snack -- offering consumers a high protein, low carb and chef-crafted flavor that's perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle," said Oza. "CAVU is very excited to invest in this amazing product and team that has been embraced by consumers across the country, including fans like Aaron Rodgers, David Ortiz, and Von Miller."

Chef's Cut Real Jerky only uses hand-cut, premium pieces of meats that are marinated with real ingredients and cured using a proprietary smoking process. The company aims to make a real, chef-created snack that can be taken where chef's can't. High-in-protein, low-in-fat, and gluten free, Chef's Cut Real Jerky appeals to everyone from professional athletes to everyday individuals who can enjoy chef-crafted quality anytime, anywhere.

"The momentum behind this brand is tremendous. The high consumer demand for Chef's Cut in the marketplace has been closely followed by investor interest," said Bart Silvestro, CEO of Chef's Cut. "Although we were oversubscribed in our last round of funding, we wanted to make sure we got CAVU involved as they are more than investors. CAVU is a true partner, and no one has more experience taking quality products mainstream. We are incredibly excited to work with this team."

About Chef's Cut Real Jerky

Chef's Cut Real Jerky only uses hand-cut, premium pieces of meats that are marinated with real ingredients and cured using a proprietary smoking process. They aim to make a real, chef-created snack that can be taken where chef's can't. Chef's Cut Real Jerky, available in steak, chicken and turkey varieties, is low in fat, gluten-free, and provides 12 grams of protein per serving.

Chef's Cut Real Jerky is currently available at retailers like Costco, Target, and Kroger, the Chef's Cut Real Jerky website (www.chefscutrealjerky.com) and Amazon.com.

About CAVU Venture Partners

CAVU Venture Partners invests in high growth, iconic consumer brands, primarily better-for-you food and beverage companies. Founded by CPG Veterans Rohan Oza, Clayton Christopher, and Brett Thomas, CAVU looks to partner with passionate entrepreneurs with big visions. CAVU helps bring those dreams to fruition through know-how and deep industry contacts. To learn more about what makes CAVU distinct, please visit www.cavuventures.com.

Contact Information

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    Anita Chatterjee
    A-Game Public Relations for CAVU Venture Partners
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