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AIDP

Ingredients Supplier/Distributor Partner

AIDP

Analyze. Invest. Develop. Partner. For over 25 years AIDP, (Advanced Ingredient’s for Dietary Products) has been distributing specialty and functional ingredients to the nutrition, food, and beverage markets. At AIDP, we specialize in clinically researched brands that provide benefits for immune health, cognitive wellness, digestive health, joint support, healthy aging, cosmeceuticals and more. Our novel brands are carefully evaluated based on intellectual property, clinical support, sustainable sourcing methods, safety, and rigorous quality control. At AIDP, we work with market leading brands as well as emerging companies. We are there to help you at every step and meet every challenge you have with innovative solutions to grow your business. Our global footprint and distinguished suppliers enable us to react fast and be responsive to your specialty and commodity ingredient needs. Time and again, we helped early-stage brands become market leaders.

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Brand Hive

Strategic Branding/Communications Partner

BrandHive

We’re making noise in the healthy lifestyles marketplace. Since 1996, BrandHive has been generating buzz and measurable results for brands that promote natural, healthy living. BrandHive works with start-ups, early stage and well-established brands, plus we’re experienced in supplements, food, beverage and personal care.

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Creative Alignments

Recruiting Partner

Creative Alignments​

Creative Alignments is a recruiting company that partners with quickly growing brands in the natural products/CPG and technology industries. Whether they are creating a great place to work, innovating products or services that make the world a better place, or breaking barriers, we work as an extension of their internal team to help them hire the talent they need to reach business goals. Our hourly Time-Based Recruiting model means that we are aligned with our client’s specific needs, rather than a commission for each hire. This hourly model typically saves about 50% on recruiting costs, compared to traditional contingency recruiters and has allowed us to partner with 100's of growing brands over the past 10 years, from RXBAR to Kodiak Cakes to NextFoods and more.

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Davis Wright Tremaine

Business & Transaction Law Firm Partner

Davis Wright Tremaine

At Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT), a 550+ attorney national law firm, our commitment to the natural products industry runs deep. DWT’s team of 40+ Food + Beverage lawyers spends all day, every day helping food and beverage clients seize opportunities and solve the unique challenges of their industry. Our Food Venture Financing team works with emerging “seed” (0-$2mm annual revenue) and “scaling” ($2mm-$20mm) food and beverage brands and the investors who fund them. Our clients are based in all of the major food innovation hubs in the United States, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. We created DWT’s Food Venture Legal Lab specifically for them, to provide a one-stop shop for all of their food industry legal needs. DWT took a leadership role in forming Naturally Bay Area, the first regional affiliate of Natural Boulder. We’re helping the next affiliates of the Naturally Network launch in Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, and the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re an emerging food and beverage or natural products company looking to stand out, or an investor in the sector, we can help you craft a recipe for success.

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dicentra

Clinical Research Partner

dicentra

dicentra is a full-service Contract Research Organization (CRO) and professional consulting firm that specializes in addressing all matters related to safety, quality and compliance for all product categories in the life sciences and food industries. We evaluate, implement, and provide all the necessary support for nutraceutical and food products to gain market access and build confidence in your brand. We achieve this through our four business divisions: Life Sciences, Food Safety & Quality, Global Certifications, and Clinical Trials. Since our inception in 2002, we have completed over 18,000 projects and serviced over 1,200 companies internationally. Our beautiful CRO clinic is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, one of the world’s most multicultural cities, boasting over 200 ethnic groups. With over 6.5 million people located right at our doorstep, we are able to recruit study subjects for clinical trials at a very fast rate, allowing our study sponsors to obtain their results sooner. For more information, visit www.dicentra.com

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FONA

Flavor Partner

FONA International

Consumers today want it all and they expect their food and beverages to do more for them. Brands have to balance the demands of great taste, regulatory hurdles and consumer acceptance. The experts at FONA can help. Founded more than 30 years ago, FONA creates and produces complete taste solutions for food, beverage, and nutrition companies around the world. A unique proposition in the flavor industry, FONA prides itself on a high-tech, high-touch vision—helping our customers grow through both cutting-edge technology and personal customer service. From ideation to launch, we create a seamless, winning path for our customers, both large and small. Design, develop and scale up using our Innovation Studios in Geneva, IL and Irvine, CA.

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Foster Garvey

Legal & Regulatory Partner

Foster Garvey

The Food & Beverage group at Foster Garvey offers the depth of industry knowledge and experience of a boutique firm with the resources and breadth of a full-service mid-sized firm. Supported by corporate securities, intellectual property, regulatory, and entertainment attorneys, the group services the needs of entrepreneurial emerging food and beverage brands, established corporate brands and the angel, venture capital, private equity and celebrity investors who fund those brands. Our attorneys represent early-stage ventures to established businesses, including packaged food and beverage companies, subscription box companies, candy manufacturers, processors and distributors, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and retail stores, as well as individual investors and venture capital and private equity funds who invest in the industry. From providing strategic guidance on the structure and execution of an array of corporate and commercial transactions to identifying and offering practical solutions to navigate the myriad of intellectual property and regulatory issues within the food and beverage industry, Foster Garvey’s counsel enables its clients to focus on growth opportunities and maximize business potential while mitigating risks. For more information visit www.foster.com

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LEK

Strategic Consulting Partner

L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private- and public-sector organizations, private equity firms, and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,600 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, go to www.lek.com

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Accounting Partner

Moss Adams

Unbound from industry orthodoxy and big CPA from conventions, we like to say that our optimism and forward-thinking approach brings more West to business. While our locations aren’t limited to the West, our firm and our professionals represent the excitement and innovations of the West – it’s defined us and our client relations since we opened our doors for business more than 108 years ago.

In a fiercely competitive investment environment, you need a tenured and technically proficient business advisor who understands your transaction methodology from start to finish as well as your target industry. That’s why more than 200 investment and private equity firms looks to us for transaction advisory, portfolio company, and fund services. In addition to our transactions services experience, our firm’s National Food & Beverage team delivers a full spectrum of industry-specific accounting, consulting, and wealth management services to over 1,500 food, beverage, and agribusiness companies nationwide. Beyond technical acumen, Moss Adams shares the same entrepreneurial ethos and deep industry understanding as our clients. With keen insight into industry trends paired with transaction expertise, we’re able to identify planning opportunities for our clients that might otherwise go untapped.

For more information, please see www.mossadams.com

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PLT Health Solutions

Innovation & Commercialization Partner

PLT Health Solutions

PLT Health Solutions is a discoverer, developer, and marketer of high-quality, scientifically-supported ingredient solutions for the natural products, food & beverage, and cosmeceuticals markets. PLT’s ability to drive product development and clinical strategy based on the specific needs of leading consumer brands is a key reason why both major manufacturers and early-stage ingredient innovators choose to work so closely with us. With 70 years of experience, we have the expertise and infrastructure to help you successfully commercialize your ingredient or technology and access many of the leading consumer products companies across the world.

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Presence Marketing

Broker Partner

Presence Marketing

PRESENCE is the leading National Sales Broker dedicated to representing Natural and Organic Food, Beverage, Nutrition, and Body Care CPG manufacturers. Our talented 500+ employees provide strategic partnership to our 270+ clients, providing sales, marketing, and retail execution solutions to improve selling efficiency, distribution, and product placement across various retail channels.

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Specialty Nutrition Consulting

Technology Commercialization Partner

Specialty Nutrition Consulting, Inc.

Specialty Nutrition Consulting, Inc. is a nutrition brand-building firm focused on commercializing innovative, IP-protected nutritional and health-promoting technologies. SNG acts as co-development partner with large consumer products and nutrition companies to rapidly commercialize nutrition innovations, represents academic institutions and individual inventors to find new commercial applications for their inventions, and develops its own brands for commercial launch in the commercial market. The professionals of Specialty Nutrition Group, Inc. have been responsible for launching new nutraceuticals products with current annual retail sales for over $1.1 billion.

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SPINS

Performance Insights Partner

Spins

For more than 20 years, SPINS – the leading wellness-focused analytics and consulting firm for trends and performance in the natural space – has been on a mission to increase the presence and accessibility of Natural and better-for-you products that help people live their healthiest and best lives and drive sustainable production practices in North America. From our founding, our data and industry definitions have become the common language of the Natural Products Industry, helping brands communicate their growth for retailers to scale their distribution and helping retailers understand and maintain their points of difference. Today, both retailers and brands look to SPINS to capture early indicators of progressive shopper preferences based on high-growth new products and shifting category dynamics – leveraging SPINS Product Intelligence to understand the specific characteristics driving buying behavior across the most comprehensive collection of health & wellness attributes in the industry. To learn more, visit www.spins.com

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Whipstitch Capital

Investment Banking Partner

Investment Banking Partner

Whipstitch Capital is the largest, independent investment bank in the U.S. solely focused on the better-for-you consumer sector. We are full-service bankers providing unmatched experience, industry knowledge, relationships and ability to execute optimal transaction outcomes. Since 2004, the Whipstitch team has closed over 100 transactions and provides private placement and buy-side / sell-side mergers & acquisitions advisory services for leading consumer products companies in the healthy, organic, natural and/or functional food, beverage, supplements, personal care and related retail companies. The Whipstitch team has completed transactions with innovative consumer companies over the past 10+ years, including KeVita, Core Nutrition, Purple Carrot, Country Archer, Blake’s All Natural Foods, GoodBelly, Yasso, Spindrift, Lesser Evil Snacks, Essentia Water, Saffron Road, Fermented Sciences (Flying Embers), The Switch, Otter Creek Brewing, Peeled Snacks and more. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter highlighting M&A and private placement transactions announced during the previous week at www.whipstitchcapital.com/newsletter

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