Champaign, Ill.-based Verdant Partners LLC is partnering with Don Goodwin and Golden Sun Marketing of Minnetrista, Minn.

Verdant Partners and Goodwin will advise companies looking to divest or grow through acquisitions, according to a news release from Verdant.

Goodwin advises with Verdant Partners“Don’s industry experience and reputation will be a valuable addition to Verdant’s professional team of advisors,” Dean Cavey, managing partner of Verdant Partners LLC, said in the release. “Our reputation as an experience-based advisor to clients in connection to transactions and consulting assignments will be further enhanced by his 30-plus years in the produce sector.”

Consulting and advisory services will also be available to clients in this sector, according to the release.

“I am delighted to be working with Verdant because of their rich history of representing companies across agriculture,” Goodwin said in the release. “There is currently a lot of interest in acquisitions within the produce industry from both strategic and financial buyers so this opportunity came at a perfect time.”

Goodwin has worked on marketing branded produce accounts including Disney and Green Giant Fresh. Before forming Golden Sun Marketing, Goodwin worked for Target Corp. and later served as the chief operating officer at Green Giant Fresh.