Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DWT is a full-service law firm with approximately 550 attorneys operating across our nine offices throughout the West and East Coasts of the United States, and in Shanghai, China. We are proud to have one of the most comprehensive and coordinated food and beverage legal teams in the United States. Our clients include food and beverage producers and distributors, packaged food companies, restaurants, franchisors, licensors, retailers, wineries, breweries and distilleries, importers, and wholesalers. We facilitate game-changing industry mergers and acquisitions, and litigate and resolve “bet-the-farm” disputes for food and beverage clients facing those transformational events.
Propeller Industries is a CFO and accounting partner for emerging companies that have outgrown bookkeeping but can’t yet rationalize hiring an in-house team. Propeller has taken clients from seed stage through exit and from $0 to over $100M in revenue, but the firm specializes in funded, consumer products, food & beverage, technology and services firms with annual revenue between $2M and $20M. Selected CPG clients and alumni include Krave Jerky, Sir Kensington’s, Chameleon Cold Brew and Kite Hill Foods. Consumer and tech clients include Casper, Giphy and TheSkimm.
New Hope Network
The New Hope Network is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors, service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through its mission to grow healthy markets, the New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships and trends that create opportunities to grow businesses and bring more health to more people.
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Aspect Consumer Partners
Aspect Consumer Partners is a leading, independent mergers and acquisitions, strategic and corporate finance advisory firm focused on advising consumer companies in healthy, active and sustainable living. Aspect Consumer Partners acts as trusted advisor to leading consumer products companies and their owners, offering thoughtful and innovative solutions backed by decades of experience. Our services include M&A advisory (sell-side and buy-side), valuation services, strategic alternatives evaluation, corporate finance advisory and strategic planning. Aspect Consumer Partners has unparalleled expertise and has advised on transactions with completed value in excess of $66 billion. What sets us apart? Experience. Focus. Integrity. Results.
Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company crafts nutritious and organic food to feed and inspire adventure, including the CLIF BAR® energy bar; CLIF Kid™, Nourishing Kids in Motion®; and LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar. Family and employee-owned, the company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and the planet.
Mezzetta is a family-owned California food company, offering a large variety of high quality, delicious products that include olives, peppers, pickled vegetables, and sauces. Since 1935, the Mezzetta family has scoured the world to bring the very best products into people’s homes. They strive to add joy to everything that they do. Their vision is to inspire people to add a little happiness to everyday life through food with the belief that when people share their food, they share a part of who they are.
The Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group – Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
The Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management has focused on helping food, beverage and consumer products entrepreneurs prepare for success and manage their financial lives for over 25 years. Mike Burbank’s family co-founded Bristol Farms, which was acquired by Albertsons in 2004, and Mike experienced the challenges of growing a business, coordinating tax and estate planning advice, and diversifying after a liquidity event first hand. Today the Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group manages over $1.7 billion and has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Top 400 Advisors in the United States every year from 2013 to 2017.
MISTA helps startups and large organizations optimize ideas, products, people and investments as they work toward solving some of the world’s greatest challenges while also taking advantage of some of the greatest innovations and opportunities in the food and beverage industry.
On their own, no one company or organization can solve our biggest food challenges. MISTA is creating a multi- dimensional, hyper-connected ecosystem to bring ALL aspects of the food system together to address challenges the ENTIRE food system is experiencing.
All of this comes together at the MISTA Optimization Center (MOC), a state-of-the-art development lab and co-working space located in San Francisco.
BPM LLP is one of the 50 largest public accounting and advisory firms in the country. With more than 600 professionals in the United States – as well as an office in Bengaluru – we help clients succeed around the world. BPM’s Consumer Business Industry Group understands the multifaceted sectors that make up the consumer industry – from online retail to food and beverage industries. Alongside our corporate tax, R&D tax and audit services, we provide world-class bookkeeping, outsourced accounting, and advisory services that span from Valuations and Appraisals to Managed IT Services.
We offer a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to the best and most qualified resources. To learn more, visit us at http://bpmcpa.com
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Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Heffernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Heffernan provides comprehensive business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits and financial services products to a wide range of businesses and individuals nationwide. With a commitment to people, we value a culture dedicated to serving our clients’ needs in an effort to protect their valuable assets and assist in making smart decisions for their business or family.Visit the Website
FORTIS Solutions Group
Fortis Solutions Group is a packaging company providing flexible packaging, pressure sensitive labels and pouches to a wide range of markets including companies in the natural products space.
Product packaging is at the forefront of any sustainability discussion today. Brand owners and retailers are sensitive to the environmental impact of packaging and consumers want the minimal amount of packaging as a means to reduce solid waste.
We have spent considerable research and development time and dollars on developing viable recyclable and compostable products for our customer’s packaging. We are at the forefront of trialing new materials and methods and we maintain close relationships with our material vendors to source and promote renewable materials.Visit the Website
Based in Boulder, Colorado – considered by many to be the “Epicenter of the Natural Products Industry,” Compass Natural is a boutique digital marketing, branding, PR, and business development agency serving the rapidly growing market for natural, organic, socially responsible, eco-friendly and other healthy lifestyles products. Founded in late 2001 and driven by a commitment to create a better world through business, Compass Natural has been a leader in the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) market.Visit the Website
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Cultivate Creations is a boutique marketing, strategy, and innovation consulting firm focused on driving expansive growth for emerging and established natural and organic brands.
We partner with companies from the seed of an idea to launch to in-market activation, and are on a mission to bring responsible products to the world. We love smart strategy and design, and believe in unique, breakthrough ideas that will be insanely successful.
Our 360° holistic approach ensures the foundation for smart decision making and effective plans that are successfully executed.
When we engage with you, we won’t just treat you like a partner…we treat your business like it’s ours. It’s personal to us and hope it is to you too.
Whole Foods Market
Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too.Visit the Website
Wendel Rosen LLP
Wendel Rosen has been a leader in sustainability for the past 16 years. Establishing ourselves as the first certified green law firm, founding a Green Business Practice serving companies focused on sustainability, and helping draft Benefit Corporation legislation for the State of California – we live our values. We represent food and beverage companies large and small. While these companies share the basic legal needs of any business, there are areas that require extra consideration, from relationships with co-packers and suppliers to special labeling laws. The firm’s multi-disciplinary practice balances trusted service with sophisticated advice to help our clients navigate entity formation, regulatory compliance, contracts, investment, brand management and protection, employment matters, litigation, and M&A. For more, please visit www.wendel.com.Visit the Website