making the food chain safe, nutritious and sustainable


Our Focus

Tilia is a mission-driven private investment firm focused exclusively on building distinctive middle-market companies that provide outsourced, technical services across the global food supply chain.   


Our Investment Strategy

01.  Focus and Sector Depth

Focused exclusively on the large and expanding segment of outsourced, technical services, primarily within the global food and nutrition supply chain

02.  Middle-Market

Control investments in the middle-market

03.  Value Creation Plan

A proven and disciplined program for long-term value creation, developed in collaboration with the management team of each portfolio company


Our History

Tilia was formally organized in 2017 by Johannes Burlin and Eric Larson, though its roots trace back to 2010 with their investment in Safe Foods International Holdings, LLC (“Safe Foods”).  Safe Foods was a provider of food safety and product innovation services to large, multinational food companies.  Under the principals' leadership, Safe Foods enhanced its market position through an acquisition, doubled revenues and enhanced profitability, which led to a successful exit to a strategic acquirer in late 2015.

Eric has a long-standing passion for science-based initiatives that have yielded insights into technical sectors with investment potential.  Tilia’s sector-focused approach is a well-proven investment strategy that spans almost three-decades.  It was developed by Eric in the 1990s as the co-founder and senior investment professional at First Chicago Equity Capital (now JP Morgan / One Equity) and further developed and refined at Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare focused middle-market private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2002.   

The name Tilia comes from the Latin / scientific genus of linden trees.  The Tilia genus comprises a diversity of species in temperate zones around the world.  It is a very popular shade tree hybrid in North America, Europe and Asia.  

Our firm - Tilia - is a hybrid as well.  Tilia's business model combines operating, strategic, financial, and governance expertise collaborating at parity.  It is the extension of a successful investment strategy developed, implemented and continuously improved over more than three decades.