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Better-for-You Pasta—Renewing Growth for The Category, July 2018

Pasta is a large category.  According to business intelligence firm Euromonitor and the Canadian International Department of Agriculture, the US pasta market was valued at $3.6 billion in 2016. Growth in the pasta market had been strong over the last 25 years with a compound annual growth rate of roughly 4% between 1990 and 2016, according to a research report by IMARC group and a 1991 report cited in a New York Times article. Business consultants at IMARC explain how the category has traditionally benefited from its convenience and taste profile, and it was long considered “on trend” for both restaurants and at home consumption. However, changes in consumer tastes, driven by perceived benefits of reducing carbohydrates, and the rise of alternative grain options like quinoa has led to a rather sharp slow down in the overall category in both the United States and in key markets in Europe.  Read More

 

Degradation of Vitamins And Probiotics Caused By Exposure to Heat, Water and Sunlight, June 2018

Heat, Water & Sunlight Degrade Some Nutritional Ingredients

Vitamins and probiotics (and other active ingredients) can be substantially affected by exposure to heat, water (or other liquids) and/or sunlight.   The nutritional value (or level of potency) of such ingredients can degrade when exposed.  Therefore, maintaining the viability (and consistency—commensurate 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

What’s My Valuation? (as seen in Bevnet.com & Projectnosh.com, Nov/Dec 2017)

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

 

Enhancing Enterprise Value In VMS/Nutraceutical Businesses, Nov 2017

The VMS/nutraceutical industry is growing at a very healthy rate, exceeding that of other consumer non-durables such as food and beverages and dramatically outpacing growth of the sluggish overall American and global economies. Certain segments are growing faster than others. Sports nutrition leads the pack, with a 10.2% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the last 5 years, with meal replacement at 9.3%; herbs and botanicals at 6.9%; and specialties, including products containing ingredients such as probiotics and omega-3 oils, at 5.9%.  Read More

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry Summary White Paper, November 2016

The US market for non-alcoholic beverages in 2015 was roughly $170 billion and is projected to grow to roughly $190 billion by 2020.1 On a global basis the market is approaching US$900 billion. According to Transparency Research, if one includes milk and dairy, the global non-alcoholic beverage industry is expected to reach $1937.73 billion (nearly two trillion dollars) by 2020.2   Read More

 

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