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  • Steady Supply of Food & Beverage Companies Seek Growth Capital

    Steady Supply of Food & Beverage Companies Seek Growth Capital

    Grant Ferrier, Nutrition Capital Network||April 29, 2013
    Supplement and ingredient companies are offering higher level of scientific sophistication.


  • NH&W Financing Up; M&A Volume Down but Size Increasing

    NH&W Financing Up; M&A Volume Down but Size Increasing

    Grant Ferrier, Nutrition Capital Network||October 23, 2012
    When looking over the transaction activity in the broader nutrition and health & wellness industry over the first half of 2012, interesting observations arise.   Before we go any further though, it is worth explaining what I am calling the n…


  • The Perils of Proposition 37

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||September 15, 2012
    The State of California is famous for unusual ballot initiatives. This November voters will be asked to pronounce on a measure requiring food companies to label any product sold in the state with the words “Partially Produced with Genetic Engin…


  • Do Product Claims Really Impact the Bottom Line?

    Do Product Claims Really Impact the Bottom Line?

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||August 15, 2012
    I attended the NBJ Summit in Dana Point in July and once again the event was a big hit with a large group from across the supplement industry. Many congratulations to Jerry Holly and Jeff Bland for their lifetime achievement awards. One of the highli…


  • Early-Stage Funding

    Early-Stage Funding

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||July 15, 2012
    As we hit the middle of the year, several tracking services have begun to report on the performance of the venture capital (VC) industry. Few of us will be surprised to learn that the Internet sector accounts for nearly a third (27%) of all new finan…


  • Inside the DSM/Ocean Nutrition Deal—and Other Important Observations

    Inside the DSM/Ocean Nutrition Deal—and Other Important Observations

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||June 15, 2012
    The recent acquisition of Ocean Nutrition by DSM caps a remarkable story of entrepreneurial endeavor. About 15 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Orr, co-founder and long-time CEO of Ocean Nutrition, at a conference in Rhode Island (it h…


  • More Nutrition Deals!

    More Nutrition Deals!

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||May 15, 2012
    The last month witnessed more financing activity in nutrition. Annie’s Inc. the Napa, CA-based company selling organic macaroni and cheese saw its share price almost double immediately after the company went public. This gave the company a mark…


  • A New Dawn for Nutraceuticals

    A New Dawn for Nutraceuticals

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||April 15, 2012
    Expo West was once again a huge success. The number of financial firms, including major Wall St. firms, holding receptions or events struck me. Fifteen years ago, bankers and investors coming to the show could have taken one cab from the airport. Tod…


  • Financing and Expo West

    Financing and Expo West

    Steven Allen of Nutrition Capital Network||March 15, 2012
    As industry headed off to Natural Products Expo West last week, there was optimism about the growth prospects for the nutraceutical and functional food industries. The sales tracking companies report growth in many categories. In fact, extremely stro…


  • The Public Capital Markets and Nutraceutical Companies

    The Public Capital Markets and Nutraceutical Companies

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||February 15, 2012
    As I am writing this, news media are all full of the news about Facebook filing for what is expected to be the largest Internet IPO of all time. I thought it was interesting that the most successful IPO of 2011, measured by return from the offering p…


  • Where Are All the Angels?

    Where Are All the Angels?

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||January 16, 2012
    According to the Angel Capital Association, there are between 10,000 and 15,000 people who belong to Angel groups throughout the U.S. A recent Wall Street Journal article suggests the number of businesses that have received funding in 2011 have incre…


  • Crowd Funding

    Crowd Funding

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||December 15, 2011
    We’re just back from our 9th Nutrition Capital investor meeting where 22 companies raising capital presented to more than 70 investor groups. One of the topics discussed in a forum before the meeting was the funding gap for companies raising th…


  • Pharma & Nutrition: Uneasy Bedfellows?

    Pharma & Nutrition: Uneasy Bedfellows?

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network||November 15, 2011
    Pfizer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, is thought to be planning to sell its nutrition business. This comes barely two years after the acquisition of Wyeth, a unit responsible for bringing in $2 billon a year in revenue for…


  • What Are Investors Looking For?

    What Are Investors Looking For?

    Steven Allen , Nutrition Capital Network||October 17, 2011
    In the last few years we’ve seen hundreds of business plans from companies seeking equity capital. Together with my colleagues from Nutrition Capital, we put together a list of criteria used by experienced investors to screen potential food and…


  • The Art of Raising Capital

    The Art of Raising Capital

    Steve Allen of Nutrition Capital Network||September 15, 2011
    Earlier this year we saw how easy it seemed for technology companies, including the earliest start-ups, to attract investors—often at stratospheric valuations. Meanwhile entrepreneurs in the nutrition and health and wellness industry continue…