While the air might be cooling down, the market for investments and acquisitions is red hot this week. From a restauranteur investing in a new food marketplace to meal solutions for crossfitters, there was plenty capital deployed this week. Here’s the news you need to know from the week.
Less than a year after departing Whole Foods Market as its global director of local brands product innovation and development, Elly Truesdell has not one but two positions to add to her CV. In addition to serving as chief strategy officer to newly launched copacker Canopy Brands, as of this week Truesdale will act as a portfolio advisor to investment group Almanac Insights, which is run by David Barber.
Consumers are ready for fresh baby food offerings and it’s time to meet that need head on, believes Once Upon a Farm (OUAF) CEO John Foraker. To test this assertion, the chilled baby and child food brand is ready to “go big” thanks to a $20 million dollar investment announced yesterday. CAVU Venture Partners led the round, with S2G Ventures, Beechwood Capital and other earlier investors also taking part.
Jason Karp, CEO and founder of hedge fund Tourbillon Global Master Fund, announced earlier this week that he will be shutting down the multibillion dollar fund and returning roughly $1 billion dollars of capital to investors. His new focus, he told NOSH, will be focusing on health and wellness.
FBOMB has seen exponential growth as of late thanks to a rising interest in keto-friendly products and a majority stake investment made last year by Disruptive Enterprises.
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From a food and beverage giant partnering with startups to learn more about innovation, to investors experiencing the highs and lows of working with brands, here is the natural food news you need to know this week.
Brands’ — such as Puffworks — efforts to prevent peanut allergies have inspired other brands to develop products that offer the early introduction of other allergens.
Colorado Food Works (CFW) aims to foster business development and grow Denver’s foodie reputation outside of Boulder’s shadow. Maybe most impactful, however, is the group’s ability to be a unified voice for the city’s natural food industry amid a time of change for Denver’s entire food economy, led by the city itself.
With the rise of beef jerky, companies are using consumers’ desires for high protein snacks to introduce shoppers to a different kind of meat snack with a long history in South Africa.
Soon after the close of another round of investment, meat snack brand Chef’s Cut announced today that former Siggi’s CEO Bart Adlam will assume the role of CEO.