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Gauging supplement M&A activity
Valued at $46 billion in 2018, the U.S. supplement industry continues to thrive—a factor that likely influenced a variety of strategic M&A investments in recent years.
Why America is embracing the widening world of non-wheat pastas
“If it’s not made out of wheat, it’s not pasta.”
That was fresh-pasta specialist Peter Robertson’s response when the patrons at his farmers market stand began requesting gluten-free options in the mid-2000s. Today, he can’t help laughing as he admits that most of his business, RP’s Pasta Company and a spinoff, Taste Republic, is now gluten-free.
Protein…. Where’s The Beef?
These days, as I travel through the offices of natural products CEOs and investors, and grocery aisles, and trade show booths at Expos North, South, East and West, I find myself constantly informed of the protein content in food and beverage products. Do you also notice this trend accelerating?
Dull sleep? Restless sleep? There’s a drink for that.
Money is pouring into developing beverages that claim to do much more than quench thirst. A lot of that funding ends up going down the drain. Conglomerates and startups alike are placing bets on “enhanced” drinks that promise everything from better sleep to a more youthful complexion. While sales of such drinks are rising—up 11% in the past year to $3 billion, according to market-research firm Spins—hundreds of new ones are launched each year, and the majority peter out within a couple of years. Finding success involves the right mix of funding, taste, health claims and luck. Read More
Degradation of vitamins, probiotics and other active ingredients caused by exposure to heat, water and sunlight
Vitamins and probiotics (and other active ingredients) can be substantially affected by exposure to heat, water and/or sunlight. The nutritional value of such ingredients can degrade when exposed. Therefore, maintaining the viability (and consistency — along with accurate label claims) of these nutritional components in food and beverage products, from the time of production to the time of consumption, can be challenging. Read More
High Brew Coffee’s latest fundraising could be its last, CEO says
High Brew Coffee, a venture capital-backed producer of branded canned cold-brew coffees, may not need to raise further capital following its most recent raise, said CEO David Smith. On 18 May, the Austin, Texas-based company secured USD 20m from Charles Street Partners, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman. That brings the total raised to nearly USD 50m, based on figures from securities filings. Read More
How Gloe Brands is Navigating Coke System Refranchising
How do you build a national brand when your national DSD partner — Coca-Cola North America — is undertaking its own tumultuous distribution transition? That has been among key challenges confronting Gloe Brands as it navigates rollout with Coca-Cola bottling network that just concluded massive refranchising effort, as KO — an investor in Gloe via its VEB venture arm — devolves responsibility for local activities to network of indie partners. Read More
M&A activity likely to stay hot in 2018, report says
M&A activity in the dietary supplement realm is unlikely to slow down anytime soon, according to a new report from an investment firm. Read More
Part I: Evaluating Valuation. As an investment banker in the Consumer space (focused on natural products) who often talks with the CEOs and owners of early-stage and growth-stage companies I am frequently asked, “What’s my valuation?” My short answer is: “Whatever the market will bear.” It rarely satisfies. Read More