Carlyle’s Global Private Equity Consumer, Media, and Retail investment team partners with companies that have differentiated brands, distinct market positions, and strong growth potential. We leverage our deep industry expertise, vast global network, and experienced investment professionals in order to build upon our decades of experience in partnering with disruptive consumer brands.
Sector Strategy and Approach
Our global investment team focuses on partnerships across a range of consumer sub-sectors, including beauty & personal care, food & beverage, restaurants, luxury goods, apparel, consumer products, pet, travel & leisure, education, household products, and music & entertainment.
We are highly selective, yet flexible on the investment size (from $75 million to more than $1 billion), the form (minority or majority), and the growth stage of our partnerships, which gives us the opportunity to work with a wide range of companies across the sectors we cover.
Working with the executive teams of our portfolio companies, Carlyle excels in driving performance through multiple levers of value creation, including international expansion, digital marketing, M&A, and broader strategic repositioning. Our investment strategy is underpinned by several key investment themes within the consumer, media, and retail industries, including:
- Rapid pace of the digital revolution.
- Globalization and changing demographics.
- Consumer focus on health & wellness.
- Growing role of brand values (e.g., sustainability, ESG orientation, etc.).
Consumer Portfolio Companies
Carlyle strives to be the partner of choice for founders and management teams focused on global, investment-led growth and commercial excellence opportunities.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand
Compana Pet Brands
McDonald's China (Grand Foods Holdings Limited)
Global Consumer, Media, and Retail Team
Our experienced global team includes dedicated investment professionals based in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America who have extensive experience working with companies in both developed and emerging markets. We also consult with Operating Executives and Senior Advisors who bring significant subject-matter expertise and harness their broad networks to help build and execute upon unique value creation plans for Carlyle’s portfolio companies.
Better Impact, Better Results
Our 2022 Impact Review highlights Carlyle's approach to capturing opportunities around the global energy transition, as well as our efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our spheres of influence.