15/16 Group partners as a full service agency
supporting CPG programs and manufacturers
looking to effectively commercialize, streamline, and
accelerate their business.

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CORE SERVICES

Contract Manufacturing Management

Help to identify, vet and onboard quality production food and beverage partners

Corporate Leadership

Act as a factional or interim leader for your food, beverage, or manufacturing organization

Supply Chain Management

Develop and implement a world class supply chain strategy for your CPG or Manufacturing program

Operation Optimization

Streamline complex operational process to drive performance and cost savings

Commercialization

Work with entrepreneurs and executives to manage the process of taking concepts from recipe to shelf

Lean Process Simplification

Create and implement lean manufacturing processes that eliminate waste and maximize output

Import / Export

Customs and broker management for organizations based in the US or abroad

Product Licensing

Product licensing and exclusive distribution management for organizations based in the US or abroad

Sales/Distribution

Lead or support a sales planning process, as well as execute upon a regional or national sales strategy

Branding + Marketing

Develop and implement the right brand and marketing strategy for new, emerging, or mature brands

Certification

Work with companies to navigate the world of food certifications. Ex. Organic, Project Non-Gmo, SQF, Kosher, etc.

Fundraising

Assist brands with access to SMART capital through Venture and Private Equity investments

FEATURED PROJECTS

"100% plant-based protein product that doesn’t taste like dirt…OWYN is setting a new industry standard with its top 8 allergen promise"

"Gut healthy prebiotic fiber breakfast cookies snacks + psychobiotic supplement"

"The first energy drink powered by matcha - sparkling goodness that delivers a full kick without all the gnarly stuff"

"Our products are made by keto people, for keto people, you’ll never see fuzzy carb math or hidden starches"

"Bold, tangy fruit snacks that maximize taste & minimize waste. More vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber are found in the RIND than anywhere else"

"Solving the world's greatest challenges by supporting the world's best plant based entrepreneurs"

"allergen friendly, plant based cheese that tastes amazing"

"...wide range of delicious, plant-based deli meats to enjoy with every meal."

"Refreshingly crisp and dry, canned California rosé wine made with the highest quality grapes from the central coast of California"

"Intentionally brewed to be light…..with no sugars, no added sweeteners, and using only organic and non-gmo ingredients"

"Everyday is meatball Day!"

"These bite sized dark chocolate treats are individually wrapped and topped with fruits, nuts and/or seeds"

"Zero Egg is a nutritious plant-based egg that tastes, looks and functions like a real egg"

"heat and eat" prepared meals are perfect for busy people who want to eat smart and live healthy"

 

 

"Fresh & delicious organic fruits, veggies, oats and botanicals blended with the highest quality of plant-based PREBIOTIC ACACIA FIBER"

"Plant based wraps, rooted in goodness…..brings together mighty nutritious beans with global flavors"

"Introducing six soulfully delicious herbal teas, infused with U.S.-grown, Full-Spectrum Hemp extract, premium botanicals and real fruit juices"

TEAM

SERGIO TENAGLIA

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

With over 20 years of ground floor leadership experience, Sergio has led start-ups, family-owned businesses and those managed by venture and private equity groups ranging from pre-rev to $100MM+ in sales. His product experiences include everything from fresh to frozen, retail to food service, raw to ready to eat, dry mixes, multiple beverages categories, prepared meals, various snack programs, dairy products and plant based. Past roles include General Manager, Plant Manager, Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for various USDA, FDA facilities as well as, food and beverage CPG brands. An immigrant from Argentina, Sergio is fluent in both English and Spanish.

NATHAN CROWELL

VP OF OPS / SUPPLY CHAIN

Nathan is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience leading Operations and Supply Chains in Start-Up, PE-Backed, and Fortune 500 companies ranging in size from $10MM to over $350MM in revenue.   Nathan has a proven track record of building teams, creating processes, and managing global supply chains to meet organizational needs in rapidly changing environments.   Nathan’s experience extends across multiple categories and product offerings, while holding positions including COO, General Manager, Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain, Vice President of Marketing, and Director of Program Management.

PAUL JOHNSON

VP OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MANUFACTURING

Paul comes with over 20 years of experience in the CPG industry. His range of experience comes from The Quaker Oats Company/Pepsico, HJ Heinz, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and most recently Custom Manufacturing at Trufoods. Paul has a hands on approach and a proven ability to improve plant floor operations and supply chain efficiency. Product launches and start ups are also a key strength from Ideation to brand extensions working with KIND, M&M Mars, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Hershey, Mondelez International, Justins, Medifast and Costco.

ROBERT MINUCCI

VP OF OPERATIONS

Robert brings 10+ years of hands on operational experience spanning various business and industries. A true entrepreneur himself, Robert fully understands the challenges in front of new and growing brands while sharing best practices to help avoid those early stage mistakes.    Previous roles include Director of Operations at Hungry Root, CEO of Pupums, a D2C healthy dog food company, and COO of TYME Food, a D2C and wholesale fresh food CPG company.   Robert's operational experience includes Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Product Commercialization, R&D, Co-Packing and 3PL.

Peter Delouise

VP of Operations

Peter is a proven Supply Chain and Operations Leader with over 20 years experience working with a diverse group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies.  He has a passion for helping build brands, by utilizing his expertise in the areas of Co-Packing, Logistics, Distribution, Quality, New Product Development, Inventory Control, and Data Analysis.  Peter has held positions such as: Supply / Capacity Planner at Dr. Pepper Snapple, Operations Manager at Lesser Evil Snacks, and VP of Operations for BarkThins Snacking Chocolate.  

KRISANNE CLOWE

VP OF QA & REGULATORY

Krisanne specializes in addressing all subjects related to food safety, regulatory, quality, certifications and compliance for all product categories in the life sciences and food industries. Krisanne has been the Director of QA for multiple USDA, FDA SQF level II and III facilities across the US.   Krisanne has helped brands quickly apply and receive their non-gmo, organic, kosher, vegan and sports nutrition certifications.  Krisanne holds a Master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition at NYIT. She further earned several certifications including HACCP and Seafood HACCP, PCQI, SQF Practitioner, and Certified internal Auditor.

ALLISON HOHN

DIRECTOR OF R&D

Allison has spent over 10 years in the R&D innovation space gaining a profound appreciation for the technical efforts required to create a new product and the importance of doing so with a team that is well constituted, focused, and grounded in data and insight. Allison has spent time at Fortune 500 CPG companies developing products from concept to commercialization across multiple categories supporting retail and food service channels, raw, ready to eat, fresh prepared, dairy, deli, bakery and dry goods.  Allison holds a Master’s in Food Science and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management, these combined with her industry experience leading pipeline innovation teams provides a unique skill set of managing deep technical development from product ideation through long-term optimization.

BARRY OCTIGAN

VP OF SALES

Barry has 30 years of experience beginning his career in sales with the Coca-Cola Company, then as the Director of Sales Planning for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.  Later in his career transitioned to start-ups and emerging brands in snack and beverage businesses.  These businesses have generated between $5mm to $80mm in revenue.  During the past several years he has been involved with some of the most exciting brand start-ups such as; OWYN, Saffron Road Foods, Mediterranean Snack Foods, Deep River Snacks, Honest Tea, Chobani, Fage, Sabra, and Kind Bars.  Barry has led companies in the role of President, Vice President of Sales, Director of Retail Accounts, and founded a specialty food distribution company.