The PJ SOLOMON Consumer Group provides strategic and financial advisory services to public and private companies in the food and beverage, personal care, household products, consumer durables, consumer health and health and wellness sectors.

The practice is led by industry veteran Michael Gottschalk. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Gottschalk has been a trusted advisor to numerous global strategic and financial clients across the consumer products sector, including Beiersdorf, Dean Foods, Fonterra, Glanbia, Hero, Lala, McCormick, Nestle, Newell Brands and Saputo.

Mr. Gottschalk has advised Ganeden on its sale to the Kerry Group, Arbor on the sale of Columbus Foods to Hormel, Skagen on the sale of Method and Ecover to SC Johnson, Dean Foods on the acquisition of Friendly’s Ice Cream business, Newell Brands on the acquisition of Sistema Plastics and the sale of its hardware business to Novacap, White Wave on its acquisition of Wallaby Yogurt, So Delicious and Alpro, and its later sale to Danone, Swander Pace on the sale of Renew Life to Clorox and Pineridge Bakery on its sale to Aryzta, CSM on the acquisition of Best Brands and the sale of its CSM bakery business to Rhone Group, Saputo on the acquisition of Morningstar, Nestlé on the acquisition of Pfizer Infant Nutrition, Yoplait on its acquisition of Liberté and PAI on the sale of Yoplait, Hero on the acquisition of Beech-Nut and Organix Brands, Unilever on the sale of Bertolli to Grupo SOS, Grupo Lala on the acquisition of National Dairy Holdings, Starwood Capital on the sale of Taittinger Champagne and Domaine Carneros to the Taittinger family and St. Tropez on the sale to PZ Cussons.

PJ SOLOMON advises clients in virtually all consumer sectors, including:

  • Food & beverage
  • Personal care
  • Household products
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer health
  • Health & wellness

In choosing PJ SOLOMON as your advisor, you will be partnering with a team of highly experienced, senior consumer product advisory experts.


Michael Gottschalk

Managing Director

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Cathy Leonhardt

Managing Director

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