Food Venture Financing News - Weekly Issue No. 18
In This Issue:
- Possible Changes to PPP Forgiveness
- Slow Traction for MSLP
- MSLP and Non-Profits
- Food Venture Financing Trends
- CPG Corporate Venture Funds
- Links to Relevant Content
Possible Changes to PPP Forgiveness
- Last week in testimony before the House Small Business Committee, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin suggested that Congress amend the Paycheck Protection Program to deem that all loans under $150,000 automatically be considered grants.
- These loans account for 86% of all loans issued under the PPP, and about 27% of the $520 billion of PPP loans issued to date.
- There is concern that the SBA is not prepared to handle PPP forgiveness applications. Reports indicate that some lenders have not begun accepting forgiveness applications.
Slow Traction for MSLP
- Demand for loans under the Main Street Lending Program is soft. Although the MSLP was fully launched on July 6, the Fed only started buying loans last Wednesday.
- On the first day the Fed only purchased $12 million in loans from the MSLP program.
MSLP and Non-Profits
Last week the Federal Reserve modified the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to nonprofits. Key terms that apply to nonprofits are as follows:
- Minimum Loan: $250,000
- Years in Operation: At least 5 years
- Minimum employees 10 (previously 50)
- Total non-donation revenues equal to or greater than 60% of expenses for the period from 2017 through 2019 (previously 70% of revenues)
- 2019 operating margin of 2% or more, (previously 5%)
- Current days cash on hand 60 days (previously 90 days)
- Current debt repayment capacity—ratio of cash, investments and other resources to outstanding debt and certain other liabilities—of greater than 55% (previously 65%)
Food Venture Financing Trends
- Venture firms and investors in the food and beverage sector are focusing on traditional metrics such as barriers to entry, IP, margins, and EBITDA rather than solely on revenue to evaluate the viability of potential investments.
- Sustainability, natural ingredients, and functional heath foods are top sectors for current food venture financings.
- The effect of COVID-19 on the food supply chain has prompted companies to develop new technological solutions for managing food production to prevent waste.
- Food startups are also developing sustainable proteins and ingredients to extend the duration of perishable products.
CPG Corporate Venture Funds
Our featured CPG corporate venture investment team this week is Kraft Heinz.
- In 2018 Kraft Heinz announced the formation of its $100 million venture capital fund, Evolv Ventures, which is based in Chicago, IL.
- Evolv Ventures invests in emerging tech companies that are transforming the food industry.
- Key investments to date include:
- GrubMarket, a San Francisco-based food-to-table delivery service (2019)
- New Culture, a San Francisco-based start-up that produces animal-free dairy cheese (2019)
- Flowhub, a Colorado-based cannabis tech firm (2019)
- Zippin, a cashier-less technology start-up that provides checkout-free services for grocery retailers (2019)
Links to Relevant Content
- Consumers Came Back in June, but for How Long?
- Speed and Efficiency With Curbside Pickup
- Meal Kit Industry Shines During Pandemic
- Why Food Brands Should Continue To Work With Influencers During The Pandemic
- Perfect Day Spins Off the Urgent Company as its CPG Arm
- Branching Out to a New Plant-Based Ingredient Made From Wood
- Sericulture Startup Mori Raises $12m Series A to Preserve Food With Silk
- Oatly News: Swedish Oat Milk Startup Gets $200 Million Cash Injection
- VC Investment Trends in Food & Beverage – Insights from Harbinger Ventures and Boulder Food Group
- 50% Of Food Grown Globally Is Wasted. Can AI Fix It?
- June VC Funding: 65 Startups Raise Over $2.2B With Agtech, Biotech Leading
- Cambridge Crops Rebrands As Mori; Secures $12M Series A For Food Waste Technology
- Oat-Milk Company Oatly Draws Investment From Blackstone-Led Group Including Oprah
- 13 Black Startups Changing the Food System
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