Food Venture Financing News - Weekly Issue No. 110
In This Issue:
- Food Venture Financing Trends
- CPG Corporate Venture and Private Equity Funds
- Links to Relevant Content and Events
Food Venture Financing Trends
- Atomo Coffee, a reverse-engineer coffee startup, announced that it raised $40 million in its Series A round. The company plans to use the funds to expand its new product development and launch their consumer products, including its ready-to-drink cold brews.
- Current Foods, an alternative protein startup company based in California, announced that it raised $18 million in seed funding.
- Symbrosia, a sustainability startup that develops seaweed feed additives for livestock, announced that it closed its $7 million Series A round. The round was led by Danone's corporate venture arm – Manifesto Ventures.
- Eclipse Foods, a plant-based ice cream company, announced that it raised more than $40 million in its Series B round.
CPG Corporate Venture and Private Equity Funds
This week's featured CPG Corporate Venture and Private Equity Fund is 7-Ventures.
- 7-Ventures, LLC, is the 7-Eleven® corporate venturing arm focused on discovering, partnering and investing in startups that complement 7 Eleven's mission of convenience.
- Portfolio companies include:
- KeyMe Locksmiths
- 7-Ventures invests in early-stage food and beverage businesses as well as convenient services to anticipate and respond to the ever-changing consumer. Its portfolio companies gain access to the 7-Eleven business system, offering guidance with commercial distribution, operations support, product development, marketing, insights, and analytics.
- This VC fund has established a successful track record investing in some of the most innovative and fastest-growing early stage food and beverage companies.
Links to Relevant Content and Events
- Chocolate Works Announces Moonstruck Chocolate Acquisition
- Beyond Meat to Offer Sliced-Steak Product, CEO Ethan Brown Says
- A Taste of Microsoft's All-Electric Kitchen
- Pure Harvest Smart Farms Secures $180.5 Million in Funding Round
- Seaweed Biomaterials Startup AlgiKnit Nets $13 Million Series A Funding
- Coming Out of Stealth, Paleo Unveils Six Animal-Free, GMO-Free Varieties of Heme
EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Naturally San Diego: Webinar: New Legislation Requires Food Manufacturers Donate Surplus Food
Thursday, July 14 | 10:00 -11:00 p.m. PT
New legislation SB 1383 requires food distributors and manufacturers to donate surplus edible food to food recovery organizations.
During this session, you will:
- 1. Understand how Feeding San Diego works with local and national food donors to rescue food and provide it to people facing hunger - including SB 1383 and what you need to do in order to reach compliance
- 2. Learn about the organization and establish understanding of Feeding San Diego's mission
- 3. Receive tangible actions on the timeline of enforcement and how you can comply with SB 1383
Naturally New York: Hot 2022 Compensation Trends
Tuesday, July 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT
Barbara Bevilacqua and Kristin Russum, Talent & Organizational Management Directors at TriNet, will lead a critical conversation where you'll hear about the impact of a shifting workforce on pay trends, and what you should consider as you re-evaluate compensation strategies for your business. Then, get your questions answered during Q&A.
- Barbara Bevilacqua, Director, Talent and Organizational Management of Trinet
- Kristin Russum, Director, Talent and Organization of Trinet
Naturally Bay Area: Survival Training Series for Emerging CPG Brands
Weathering the Gathering Storm: Part 2, Managing Cash (7/20, 12 p.m. PT)
Wednesday, July 20 | 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CDTJoin this discussion of current economic considerations and how to plan during uncertain times, with a focus on managing your cash and increasing your runway.
This is the second of a four-part series to help entrepreneurs prepare for and endure the financial uncertainties of the current market.
Part 1: Raising Capital (6/29/22)
Part 2: Managing Cash (7/20/22)
Part 3: Borrowing Money (October, details to come)
Part 4: Becoming Profitable (November, details to come)
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