NCN Europe Investor Meeting 2017
NCN Cornerstone Investors
NCN's Cornerstone Investors are committed investors or participants in the nutrition & health & wellness industries that have become annual members of Nutrition Capital Network. NCN provides additional value to Cornerstone Investors in the form of broadened access to deal flow; analysis of deal flow, transactions, markets and trends; custom searches or research; and access to NCN principals and associates. Contact Grant Ferrier (619-295-7685 x15) to inquire about becoming a Cornerstone Investor.
Abbott Nutrition has been developing and marketing science-based nutritional products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages for more than 85 years. Internationally recognized brands include Similac®, Gain®, PediaSure® and Ensure®. The company is a leader in nutritional products clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes, bars and cereal for people with diabetes. Our healthy living family of nutrition brands includes EAS® to meet the unique nutritional needs of athletes, as well as ZonePerfect® all-natural nutrition bars. Areas of interest to Abbott Nutrition include: medical nutrition, medical feeding, products with medical distribution, infant nutrition, and science & technology development related to specific disease states. Also of interest: new formulations, innovation in driving compliance, medical informatics, health economic models that drive reimbursement, and pharmaco-nutrition.
AIDP (City of Industry, CA) was founded in 1996 by Edward Lee and is a leader in supplying functional ingredients to the food and nutrition market, with a focus on extensively researched products that meet consumer demand for wellness and healthy aging. Our commitment is to provide high-quality ingredients and provide proprietary solutions that address formulation challenges. AIDP's success is grounded in its depth of experience and commitment to strong science for functional food and beverage product development. AIDP is interested to invest in and or partner with ingredient technology providers in order to supply its customers with the latest developments in brain health, gut health bone joint health and sports nutrition.
Alliance Consumer Growth (ACG), with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading growth equity fund that provides capital and value-added partnership to the most promising emerging consumer product, retail and restaurant brands. Notable brands that ACG has successfully partnered with as an early investor include Babyganics (subsequently acquired by SC Johnson), Shake Shack (subsequently completed an IPO as NYSE: SHAK), Suja Juice (subsequently acquired by The Coca-Cola Company), KRAVE Jerky (subsequently acquired by The Hershey Company), EVOL Foods (subsequently acquired by Boulder Brands), barkTHINS (subsequently acquired by The Hershey Company), PDQ Restaurants, Tata Harper Skincare, The Honest Kitchen, Tender Greens, Way Better Snacks, NUDESTIX and Cookie Chips. www.acginvestors.com.
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 16.9 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover and manufacture products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,700 employees (Dec 31, 2010) and is represented in more than 100 countries. Find more information at www.bayerhealthcare.com.
Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. LLC is a New York based private equity investment firm with approximately $1.4 billion in funds under management. BRS specializes in management buyouts and recapitalizations of middle market companies with strong market positions and/or growth potential. Sectors in which BRS invests include Consumer Products and Services, Restaurants, Specialty Retail and Commercial Products and Services. Realized investments include Seroyal, Il Fornaio/Corner Bakery, Eurofresh, Au Bon Pain and California Pizza Kitchen.
Campbell Soup Company is a growing global food company with annual sales of more than $8 billion and powerful brands in three core categories: Soup & Simple Meals, Snacks and Healthy Beverages. After almost 150 years, we are still focused on delighting consumers with great-tasting foods and beverages that meet their evolving preferences, needs and desires. Our portfolio extends beyond soup to foods such as Pepperidge Farm cookies and Goldfish crackers; Arnott’s, Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk biscuits; V8 juices; Bolthouse Farms superpremium beverages, carrots and dressings; Plum Organics premium organic baby food; Swanson broths; Prego pasta sauces; and Pace Mexican sauce. We are building on our strength as a leading maker of soup while expanding into new categories and segments like packaged fresh foods in the retail perimeter and organic simple meals for children, faster-growing international markets like China and Indonesia and channels outside grocery.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Cargill has 149,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving communities. Cargill food ingredients offerings span the spectrum – from core ingredients to specialty food ingredients to ingredient systems. Not only do we have the food ingredients you need, but also the resources and expertise for creating food and beverage products that appeal to consumer tastes and address their nutritional needs.
Castanea Partners is a private equity fund founded by operating
executives and private equity veterans investing $15-75 million of
equity in companies within specifically targeted industry sectors
including branded consumer products, specialty retail, marketing
services, information services, and education. Portfolio companies
include Health Resources and Vitamin Research Products, both acquired in
2010. Castanea invests in traditional MBOs, sales of private companies,
industry consolidations, growth equity and acquisition equity capital
raises, corporate carve-outs and operationally challenged opportunities.
L Catterton, formed in 2016 through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH and Groupe Arnault, is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. L Catterton invests in all major consumer segments, including: Food and Beverage, Retail and Restaurants, Beauty and Wellness, Fashion and Accessories, Consumer Products and Services, Consumer Health, and Media and Marketing Services, as well as real estate projects anchored by luxury retail. L Catterton's investments include: Peloton, Restoration Hardware, John Hardy, CorePower Yoga, Sweaty Betty, Outback Steakhouse, Plum Organics, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Mendocino Farms, Noodles & Company, PIADA, Hopdoddy, Vroom, Snap Kitchen, Frederic Fekkai, PIRCH, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Wellness pet food, Nature's Variety pet food, Kettle Foods, Odwalla, P.F. Chang's, Ba&sh, Sandro and Maje, CellularLine, Vicinci / Zanotti, Cigierre,Gant, Nutrition and Sante, Pepe Jeans & Hackett, 2XU, Charles & Keith, Marubi, Bateel, Sasseur, Emperor Watch and Jewelry, Miami Design District and G6 in Ginza - Tokyo.
and Emerging Brands
(VEB) is a dedicated operating unit of Coca-Cola
North America charged with identifying high-potential growth brands in the
North American beverage space for investment or ownership by The Coca-Cola
Company. With direct access to the global resources and industry expertise of
The Coca-Cola Company and its system, VEB is uniquely positioned to develop
emerging beverage brands of The Coca-Cola Company to their full potential.
Since its inception, VEB has managed investments and acquisitions in such
brands as Honest Tea and Fuze, and the commercialization of illy issimo ready
to drink coffee.
The Clorox Company is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of products used every day in millions of homes, healthcare settings and other businesses around the world. Nearly 90 percent of Clorox Company brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. The company’s products include its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Clorox Healthcare™, HealthLink®, Aplicare® and Dispatch® products, Green Works® naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Nevex®, Ayudín®, Mistolín® and Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, Bon Bril® cleaning utensils, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and KC Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, and Burt’s Bees® and gud® natural personal care products. Clorox is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., and employs about 8,400 people worldwide and manufactures products in more than two dozen countries and markets them in more than 100 countries.
As the world’s premier ingredient supplier to producers of foods, beverages, and dietary supplements, DSM Nutritional Products
provides a solid platform for technological innovation and new product
development. Utilizing its extensive resources, DSM keeps its customers
ahead of the ever-changing marketplace, anticipating customer needs as
nutritional trends develop and customer demands evolve. DSM Nutritional
Products offers an international network of R&D, production and
distribution facilities, as well as a major sales and marketing
presence, in more than 100 countries. A global leader in nutraceutical
research, we work in conjunction with major universities and assist
industry in developing new, beneficial products for the marketplace.
DSM’s extensive portfolio of nutritional ingredients for food, beverage,
and dietary supplement applications includes: • fruitflow® from
tomatoes for healthy blood circulation • resVida™ resveratrol •
FloraGLO® Lutein • OPTISHARP® Zeaxanthin • life’sDHA™ & Meg-3®
PUFAs, and many other nutrients created to provide optimum performance
and health appeal.
Emil Capital is an entrepreneurial, private investment company based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Our investment strategy is focused on companies in the food & beverage, consumer applications, digital media, ondemand/ecommerce, and beauty & apparel industries serving markets in North America and Europe. Emerging products and services that impact consumer lifestyles and wellness, including health, education and communication, as well as certain premium / gourmet food categories are considered specific growth areas suitable for investment.
Evale Holdings is an investment company focused on early stage natural food manufacturers, with a deferential eye toward gluten free companies. Evale has a long and successful history as entrepreneurs. The team is composed of Garrett Hoffmann, Tricia Wagner and Matt Gentry. Garrett, Tricia and Matt are committed to meeting the world-wide need of providing healthy food choices to the consumer marketplace. They have a personal desire to address the needs to individuals who require gluten-free foods.
Flagship Venture Capital brings decades of operating and investing experience to the more than sixty companies in its portfolio. The portfolio consists primarily of seed and early-stage investments, with some later stage value investments. Healthcare investments target therapeutics and health technologies and sustainability investments target energy, water, and agriculture/nutrition.
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion. 301 INC is a business development and venturing unit within General Mills with a strategy focused on building partnerships with emerging food brands to create breakthrough innovation in the food space. Through 301 INC, entrepreneurs and early stage food companies will have access to capital and the deep knowledge and expertise of General Mills to develop, grow and expand their businesses. 301 INC, which takes its name from the address of the original Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis, is seeking businesses that have demonstrated early success in the marketplace, have a remarkable product offering and a strong, expandable brand.
Green Plains Inc. is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, corn oil production, grain handling and storage, cattle feedlot operations, and commodity marketing and distribution services. The Company processes over ten million tons of corn annually, producing over one billion gallons of ethanol, three million tons of livestock feed and 250 million pounds of industrial grade corn oil at full capacity. Green Plains is a majority owner of BioProcess Algae, a joint venture to commercialize advanced technologies for growing and harvesting algal biomass.
GSK Consumer Healthcare: GSK's Consumer Healthcare business develops and markets products in Wellness, Oral health, Nutrition and Skin health. We have a portfolio of some of the world’s most trusted and best selling brands which include Sensodyne, Voltaren, Horlicks and Panadol. Our business objective is to bring products to market that are consumer-focused and science driven. In our drive to expand our product portfolio and meet the ever-changing needs of consumers worldwide, we actively seek new product ideas and innovative solutions.
Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition and direct selling company. Products include protein shakes; protein snacks; nutrition, energy and fitness supplements; and skin and hair care products. Herbalife markets and sells its products exclusively through a network of 2.1 million independent distributors who conduct business in 75 countries. Herbalife’s research and development organization combines the experience of its product development specialists with a team of highly accomplished scientists and doctors, and is committed to supply-chain management and quality manufacturing from “seed to feed.”
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR) is a leading global ingredients solutions provider specializing in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients. With customers in more than 40 countries, Ingredion, formerly Corn Products International, serves approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceuticals and other industries. For more information, visit ingredion.com.
International Vitamin Corporation has been producing high-quality dietary supplements, prescription and OTC products for retailers and contract customers throughout the world for more more than 55 years. IVC’s ability to deliver on innovation, quality and supply chain efficiency makes IVC one of the fastest growing companies in the nutritional market. IVC’s mission is to: Offer the most efficient supply chain to our customers; Utilize the experience and passion of our people; and Produce products that enrich health and provide value to consumers.
JMK Consumer Growth Partners (New York) makes growth capital investments in branded consumer businesses which operate in the areas of food, beverage, beauty & personal care, and fashion & luxury which have revenues of $2mm to $15mm and seek capital from $1mm to $5mm. JMK are value-added thought partners and work in partnership with the exceptional entrepreneurs / founders of these companies across a range of areas with the simple goal of helping their businesses achieve ever-high levels of success. John M. Kenney has over 13 years of experience investing in consumer businesses. Previously, John was a Partner at TSG Consumer Partners from 2008 to 2013 where he focused on food, beverage, beauty, fashion & luxury and restaurants & retail. He was a Partner at AEA Investors from 1999 to 2008 where he focused on control and leveraged investments.
Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world's leading producer of cereal, second largest producer of cookies and crackers and - through the May 2012 acquisition of the iconic Pringles® business - the world's second largest savory snacks company. In addition, Kellogg is a leading producer of frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands - produced in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries - nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg's®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Pringles®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more.
Kerry Group is a world leader in food ingredients & flavours serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets. Launched as a public company in 1986, Kerry Group plc is listed on the Dublin and London Stock Markets and has current annualised sales in excess of €5.8 billion. Headquartered in Tralee, Ireland, the Group employs over 24,000 people throughout its manufacturing, sales, technology and application centres across Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asian Markets. The Group serves its customers in more than 140 countries, having established manufacturing facilities in 25 different countries and international sales offices in 20 other countries across the globe. Kerry has grown to become the most technologically advanced manufacturer of ingredients & flavours in the world, providing the largest, most innovative portfolio of Taste & Nutrition Systems and Functional Ingredients & Actives for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
KI NutriCare, Inc.: With iconic brands Allergy Research Group and Country Life, KI NutriCare has a tradition of innovation across the US natural health market. Since the 1970s, KI NutriCare companies have been leaders in product quality and innovation as among the first to offer hypoallergenic supplements, become GMP and gluten-free certified, and incorporate the use of renewable energy in their facilities. First-to-market products in the US have included Nattokinase NSK-SD®, Melatonin, Acetyl-Glutathione, and Buffered Vitamin C. In addition to Country Life and leading healthcare practitioner brand Allergy Research Group, KI NutriCare is also home to retail brand NutriCology, sports nutrition brands BioChem and Iron-Tek, natural personal care brand Dessert Essence, and Optimox (Iodoral), the market’s leading iodine product. KI NutriCare has a strong European presence through UK-based Nutri-Link and Nutrigold brands. KI NutriCare is committed to further growth in natural health, both organically as well through acquisitions. KI NutriCare, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Kikkoman Corp.
Lyra Growth Partners: For emerging consumer brands with strong vision and potential broad appeal, Lyra brings together agile, brand‑savvy coaching and unfettered smart capital to help accelerate growth and maximize value. We are not a traditional private equity fund—we are founders and operators investing our own money under our own terms. We are looking to partner with inspired entrepreneurs and make a difference together. Our leader Charles Chang was President & Founder of Vega, which he started from scratch in his basement and ten years later sold to White Wave Foods for $550 million.
Natural Health International (NHI) is a global, vertically integrated business that supplies ingredients as well as designs, manufactures and distributes market leading, clinically proven nutraceuticals that are bridging the gap between supplements and pharmaceuticals. NHI has also begun to diversify into functional foods through acquisition and product development. We are now looking to expand into other health related products and health technologies that address, assess, educate and empower people about their health. Our business and investments combine and evaluate the economic, environmental, social and health impact, from organic and sustainable agriculture to adding value to and creating industry in third world countries to developing novel proprietary manufacturing processes concentrating the full spectrum of active ingredients and creating life changing health technologies or products such as our flagship product Femmenessence - the first and only natural product to ever demonstrate, in published clinical trials, statistically significant effects on hormones in peri and post-menopausal women.
Nature’s Way, Inc. is a pioneering leader in offering a broad range of dietary supplements to help consumers maintain health and wellness worldwide. The company initiated and lead the herbal products renaissance in America in the late 1960s and is just over 45 years old. It is now part of the Schwabe group of companies, with the parent headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. Nature’s Way is a leader in product quality and was among one of the first companies in North America to establish and adopt GMPs, as well as one of the first organizations to offer certified organic products. In addition to the familiar Nature’s Way umbrella brand, prominent products include: Alive!, Pearls Probiotics, Umcka, Sambucus, Fortify, and Joint Movement Glucosamine. The company also houses a professional division called Integrative Therapeutics Inc. and has a significant presence in Canada with Nature’s Way of Canada and the recently acquired Ascenta Health.
Naturex sources, extracts and markets natural ingredients for the food, health and cosmetic industries. Actively fostering the global shift from synthetic to natural, the company is committed to helping its customers create tasty, healthy and authentic products. Its portfolio ranges from colors and antioxidants, to specialty fruits & vegetables, phytoactives and numerous other plant-based natural ingredients. Naturex’s transversal positioning across three key industries helps leverage synergies between categories, markets and countries. Naturex has experienced steadily-increasing growth throughout the last 20 years. It has 15 manufacturing sites, 8 sourcing offices and 25 sales offices worldwide. Key areas of investment include new ingredients targeting the company’s key categories and disruptive technologies to enhance the company’s botanical portfolio.
NBTY has a significant presence in virtually every major vitamin, mineral, herb, sports, active nutrition and supplement product category and in multiple key distribution channels. Our brands include Holland & Barrett®, Nature’s Bounty®, Sundown Naturals®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Solgar®, MET-Rx®, Pure Protein®, Body Fortress®, Balance Bar®, Puritan’s Pride® and many others. NBTY employs over 11,000 in manufacturing, packaging, warehouse, distribution and administration facilities throughout the United States and Canada, and also maintains overseas offices in the United Kingdom, China, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand. In 2010, The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s leading private investment firms, acquired the company.
Formed in 2011, Nestlé Health Science is the first of a new breed of health-science company, advancing the role of nutritional therapy to change the course of health management for consumers, patients and our partners in healthcare. Through investing in innovation and leveraging leading edge science, we are striving to forge a new industry between food and pharmaceuticals based upon inherently safe nutritional therapies with relevant levels of quality of life benefits and proven clinical and health economic value. The company is involved in identifying and commercializing fundamental scientific advances in understanding how nutrients can be used to impact disease at a cellular level, with potentially greater therapeutic impact. Our activities include a number of acquisitions and investments. Nestlé Health Science is headquartered in Switzerland and employs around 3,000 people worldwide.
NGEN is an active venture investor investing in world class innovative companies and entrepreneurs offering healthier and more efficient products and services with a reduced environmental footprint. Founded in 2001, NGEN invests in companies that improve health and sustainability. We seek entrepreneurs with differentiated business models, products and services, capable of rapid growth and consistent profitability. We invest in and alongside these entrepreneurs, helping them grow and become category leaders. We also work with them to improve the social, environmental, and governance aspects of their businesses. With three funds and over $500 million under management, NGEN has a broad cross-section of premier investors including leading pension funds, financial institutions, corporations and family offices. We are located in California and New York.
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company’s scientific leadership in both skin care and nutrition has established Nu Skin as a premier anti-aging company. The company’s anti-aging products feature the new ageLOC line of products including the ageLOC® TR90™ weight management and body shaping system, ageLOC® R2 nutritional supplement, and ageLOC® Transformation daily skin care system. A global direct selling company with revenues of over $3 billion, Nu Skin operates in 53 markets worldwide and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NUS. More information is available at http://www.nuskin.com.
Nutraceutical International Corp. (Nasdaq: NUTR) is an integrated manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of branded nutritional supplements, health and beauty and other natural products. Its primary domestic distribution channel is health and natural food stores although it also distributes in complementary channels such as the health practitioner channel. The Company’s core strategy is the acquisition and integration of branded businesses in the natural products channel – and it has completed more than 50 acquisitions in the past 20 years. Nutraceutical now owns over 50 brands, including Solaray®, KAL®, Nature’s Life®, LifeTime®, Natural Balance®, bioAllers®, Herbs for Kids®, NaturalCare®, Nutra Biogenesis™, Heritage Store™, Health from the Sun®, Life-flo®, Organix South®, Pioneer® and Monarch Nutraceuticals™. Nutraceutical owns neighborhood natural food markets, which operate under the trade names The Real Food Company™, Thom’s Natural Foods™ and Cornucopia Community Market™. The Company also owns health food stores, which operate under the trade names Fresh Vitamins™.
Grupo Nutresa (Medellin, Colombia) is a leading food company in Latin America with a portfolio of more than 160 leader brands, a unique distribution network and an outstanding team of over 42.000 employees. The publicly traded company has eigth business units: cold cuts, biscuits, chocolates, coffee, ice cream, pasta, retail food (restaurants) and Tresmontes Lucchetti. In 2014 Grupo Nutresa sales closed at $2.9 billion, with growth of 9.5% over the previous year. Sales outside Colombia were 35% of total sales. Convinced of the vital role of food companies in the health and welfare of society, Grupo Nutresa is concerned in knowing and understanding the nutritional needs of its consumers. Nutresa is highly interested in ingredients, products and technologies which help them to offer to its consumers, innovative, healthy and high quality products.
The Otsuka group is a global organization of 180 healthcare companies with nearly 45,000 employees. Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., is the group’s holding company. The group operates in 28 countries and regions, conducting diversified businesses in four segments all connected by a focus on health: pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, consumer products, and others. Otsuka’s Pharmaceutical segment focuses on the core areas of the central nervous system and oncology. Otsuka’s global Nutraceuticals platform is spearheaded by brands and companies including POCARI SWEAT® and CALORIE MATE® in Japan, Nature Made® and MegaFood® in the U.S., and Nutrition & Santé in Europe. Nature Made® is the #1 VMS brand in the U.S. Food, Drug, Mass, and Club channels while MegaFood® is a leader and innovator in food-based VMS products in the U.S. Natural channel. Nutrition & Santé is a pioneer and market leader in Europe in dietetic and organic foods. All of Otsuka’s subsidiaries strive to fulfill the company’s corporate philosophy to create new products for better health worldwide.
PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose: a goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.
Powerplant Ventures (PPV) invests in companies remaking our food supply system to deliver better nutrition in more sustainable and ethical ways by making it easy and enjoyable to consume plant-based products. PPV typically invests in companies with $1 to $10 million in annual sales seeking growth capital and expertise. Managing partners of PPV include the founders of Veggie Grill and Zico Coconut Water. PPV’s focus, networks and operating experience allow it to partner with portfolio companies and add value where needed. Current investments include Thrive Market and Hail Merry.
Reliance Private Label Supplements is a privately owned company born in the aisle of a natural products store in Maplewood NJ. Since 1978, Reliance has helped retailers and branded companies offer premium private label products featuring the most trusted ingredients in the world.
Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing is committed to sharing health and hope for a better life. Sanitarium started making healthy, nutritious foods 115 years ago, and today its market-leading products include Weet-Bix, Up&Go and the So Good range of dairy-free milk alternatives. Sanitarium continues to research and innovate new products and improve current products to meet consumer needs and deliver great taste. Providing programs and resources for people to experience happy, healthy lives is also fundamental to Sanitarium’s mission. Whether it's the 'Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon' series, (the world’s largest kids triathlon series under 16); the school breakfast club’s run in association with the various partners in Australia and New Zealand for children in need; or the free health and nutrition advice and resources offered by Sanitarium’s Lifestyle Medicine Services team, Sanitarium is passionate about making a difference.
SDA Ventures LLC is focused on assisting emerging growth companies through to large multinational companies, primarily in the health & wellness and nutritional products markets, on matters including corporate development, business acquisition, customer relations, growth strategies and corporate finance. SDA uses the knowledge our team has acquired over our many years of operating and finance experience in the health & wellness, nutrition and biotech spaces as well as our extensive network built over those years to help our clients evaluate new and existing markets, develop financing and business strategies for their growth, and accelerate the commercialization of their products.
Seventure Partners invests in European start-ups with high growth potential, with an amount of investment from 0.5 million euros up to 20 millions euros per firm from seed to later stage rounds. Seventure is a subsidiary of Natixis Private Equity which manages more than 4 billion euros in private equity. Seventure invests in two business areas: IT and Life Sciences.
Founded in 1999, Sherbrooke Capital is a venture capital firm that provides growth and expansion capital to emerging companies in the Health and Wellness industry exclusively. Sherbrooke has a particular interest and expertise in healthy consumables, with a focus on food, beverage and personal care products companies; active lifestyle; bioactives and ingredients; animal care and nutrition; consumer services and education; delivery systems; non-invasive medical devices and food safety. Portfolio companies include Angie’s Kettle Corn, Ciao Bella, Farmigo, Halfpops, VetCentric, Advanced BioNutrition, Boathouse Sports, Affinnova, and TransMedics. Former portfolio companies include Izze Beverage (acquired by Pepsi), FoodShouldTasteGood (acquired by General Mills), Immaculate Baking (acquired by undisclosed buyer), Cooke Pharma (acquired by United Therapeutics), Outside The Classroom (acquired by EverFi), and Oregon Chai (acquired by Kerry Foods).
For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.
Soho Flordis International (SFI) is an international provider of natural health solutions. An Australian registered company, SFI is building an international community of leading companies, herbal and medical experts, scientists and researchers to collaborate in the development of natural medicines with high specific evidence. SFI advocates the concepts of ‘specifically clinically proven natural medicines’ meaning that the clinical evidence is specific to the finished product. SFI has developed partnerships with renowned research centres, universities and governments. SFI is actively looking for partners to rapidly build a global presence together. SFI’s Mission is to become internationally known as the leading provider of patient solutions in clinically proven natural medicines, promoted through healthcare professionals, supported by leading edge research and innovation, and endorsed by world class opinion leaders. SFI will provide a wide range of natural medicines which are specifically clinically proven. Specifically clinically proven means that the EXACT product has been proven safe and effective in clinical studies.
Suan Farma Group is a leading marketer of active ingredients for the pharmaceutical, nutritional, food and veterinary industries throughout the world. Our complete and experienced team is glad to guide all ingredients throughout the development process, including regulatory aspects, so our customers' formulas reach the intended markets without delay. With a presence in more than 40 countries, we offer customized delivery programs and fair competitive cost. Additionally we have created an investment fund, Suan Farma Biotech SGECR, to help with the development of novel ingredients within the broad term of the Health Science industry. To date, we have invested in 9 European projects in new pharmaceutical development, drug reprofiling, new drug delivery systems, functional foods and biomarkers.
Suntory was established in 1899, starting from the production and sales of wine. Since then, Suntory has continuously expanded its business and become a global company, covering alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and health foods, and delivering a wide selection of products to consumers internationally. Currently, Suntory has global market share of 4th position in the soft drinks category and 3rd position in the premium sprits category after the acquisition of Beam Inc. Inheriting the DNA as the first Japanese whisky-creating company, Suntory is famous for its innovative product development capability. Suntory has been offering new value in soft drinks to consumers with the aim to bring happiness and wellness into everyday life. Suntory has also been conducting business in health foods, seeking out ingredients that contribute to health and verify ways of maximizing their benefits scientifically.
Tate & Lyle Ventures LP is a venture capital fund backed by Tate & Lyle PLC, the global food ingredients group. Tate & Lyle Ventures’ first fund was launched in 2006 and is fully committed; a new fund was launched in January 2013 and is currently being actively invested. The Fund’s goal is to make financial returns whilst providing a window on the world of new innovations for Tate & Lyle. Tate & Lyle Ventures focuses its investment strategy on high growth companies in the areas of food sciences and technologies. Tate & Lyle Ventures benefits from access to the global network, market knowledge and technical expertise of Tate & Lyle in sourcing, evaluating and maximising the value of opportunities it invests in. Tate & Lyle has no special rights over the Fund’s investments but portfolio companies are able to engage with the broader organisation to explore how Tate & Lyle could help them accelerate their time to market or leverage their assets into new markets.
The Corporate Venturing Group at Unilever has built a portfolio of private equity and venture capital investments in the technology and branded consumer areas. Unilever, with $65 billion in annual sales, is one of the world’s most successful and influential branded consumer products companies. Unilever’s 400 brands span personal care, home care, refreshment and foods and are sold in over 170 countries. Unilever is the global market leader in all the refreshment and foods categories in which the company operates: Savory, Spreads, Dressings, Tea and Ice Cream. Unilever innovation efforts are extensive. Unilever employs an R&D team of over 6,000 scientists and engineers, leading research and new product development at 6 global research centers and 13 global product development centers, along with regional centers throughout the world.
WM Partners LP (“WMP”) is an asset management firm specializing in Private Equity investments. The firm was founded in 2015 by a team of prominent veterans of the Pharmaceutical and Nutrition industries. WMP's experienced management team provides a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and support it its investments. WMP focuses on the management of small to mid-sized companies specifically in, but not limited to, the Nutrition and Natural Personal Care industries. The firm seeks out companies that aim to benefit from WMP's operational expertise, strong management, and access to resources. The firm is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Zaluvida is a full circle life science group. Our passion is creating ground breaking health products. By using unique bioactive compounds extracted from nature we pioneer in tackling some of the world’s big health challenges like obesity, antibiotic resistance and livestock emissions. Our teams are united by the desire to use our continuous visionary biotech innovations to help shaping a better future for as many people in the world as possible. Our products range from market leading easy-to-use weight management solutions, new ways to help cystic fibrosis patients, to stunning new respiratory allergy cures and much more. Furthermore we develop and distribute animal health products and feed supplements. Some of them help to reduce the need of antibiotics to raise livestock. All of them address big global health issues! The Zaluvida group operates on a global level and consists of cutting-edge life science companies, active across the entire value chain. To give back and support people beyond our products Zaluvida has founded the Zaluvida Foundation, which actively supports the NGO Healthnet TPO by being its main financial constituent, as well as driving Community Care programs in all of Zaluvida’s locations around the globe.