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.
Brandarella is a San Francisco based branding and packaging studio. We partner exclusively with growing food and drink companies to create lovable, delicious branding. We listen to the market place, consumers and our brands’ founders to craft meaningful stories and experiences. It’s important to stand out — but we seek to connect. Our scalable agency model tends to be a great fit for growing or established brands.
GABY develops, manufactures, produces and markets high-quality wellness products, using healthy and unique ingredients in innovative ways to create alternatives to traditionally unhealthy and preservative-laden food and beauty products. The award-winning family of brands includes: Gabriella’s Kitchen™ – a line of healthy plant-based frozen entrees; gaby – CBD-infused food and beauty products sold in conventional retail locations; and Sonoma Pacific – a line of THC and CBD products sold in dispensaries, in select US states.
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.
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.
BPM LLP is one of the 50 largest public accounting and advisory firms in the country. With six offices across the San Francisco Bay Area – as well as offices in India, Oregon, Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, and now Orange County – 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, we help clients improve productivity to ensure their business is running as efficiently as possible. We offer a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to the best and most qualified resources.
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.
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.
Navitas Organics™ is a premium organic superfood company offering the best quality, plant-based and nutrient-dense superfood ingredients and snacks since 2003. Navitas Organics products are USDA certified organic, non-GMO and contain health benefits that have been celebrated for generations – handled with purpose and care to preserve their vital superfood nutrients. We work hard to power the positive in all we do: in how we source our products and work toward the greater good. Navitas Organics offers a wide range of nourishing foods used for baking, cooking, smoothie making and ready to pop-in-your-mouth snacking to empower a modern, nutritious lifestyle. Navitas Organics is proudly a Certified B Corporation.
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.
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Nutiva nurtures vitality by conscious curating of the world’s finest plant-based organic foods. For us, it starts with organic, non-GMO farming—done without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Our pure superfoods provide vital nutrition while accelerating the organic food movement. Serving as catalysts, innovators and pathfinders, we inform and inspire, offering thoughtful solutions to planetary challenges. As these ideas take root, communities everywhere are strengthened. We’re Green Business certified, holding ourselves accountable to sustainable principles by reducing our carbon footprint, becoming a zero waste facility, and donating 1 percent of our sales. Join us in raising the bar for social and environmental responsibility. Together we can ensure a vibrant future by revolutionizing the way the world eats!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.
Once Upon A Farm
Once upon a time… we dreamed of bringing baby food back to the roots with organic fruits and veggies harvested from local farmers, blended with love and served fresh from the fridge. We dreamed of feeling less stressed about mealtimes because we could feed our little ones foods that give them all the nutrients they need – and then some! We dreamed of a company filled with co-workers we’re happy to spend time with every day and that offers the balance between work and life that every parent needs. Now, with Once Upon a Farm, our dream has come true. Learn more about our farms, our family & our mission.Visit the Website
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Amy’s Kitchen has pioneered the organic food movement since its founding in 1987. The company remains a privately held, family-owned business committed to offering convenience food made with homestyle cooking methods at an accessible price. Amy’s Kitchen makes over 250 varieties of frozen and packaged foods, and the company is proud to offer options across gluten-free, vegan, lactose-free, tree nut free, Kosher, and sodium-conscious categories. Amy’s products are widely available in the U.S. as well as more than 25 other countries around the globe. To see Amy’s full lines of foods, visit website.Visit the Website
Jyve is a talent marketplace and business optimization service provider for brands and retailers. Jyve connects clients to quality-certified talent to accomplish a variety of in-store jobs including Auditing, Brand Ambassadorship, Display Building, E-Fulfillment Shopping, Merchandising, Ordering, Stocking, and more. Jyve leverages proprietary technology to dynamically surface in-store jobs to their talent network and give real-time visibility to their clients.
Jyve is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and was founded in 2015, by Bradford Oberwager, Cammy Bergren, James Kairos, and Sam Purtill with the mission to change the way the world works.Visit the Website
Luke’s Circle is a fast-growing, email-based network that connects talented professionals with insider opportunities at growing companies. It’s quickly grown to become the best way for professionals to find out about the most desirable opportunities at some of the best up-and-coming companies. The jobs distributed through the Circle are normally difficult to otherwise hear about.
Luke’s Circle was founded by Luke Vernon, an entrepreneur and leader based in Boulder, Colorado. Luke is a Managing Partner of Ridgeline Ventures, an investor in natural foods, active lifestyle, and health and wellness companies. Luke was previously the COO of fast-growing Eco-Products, Inc. when he started the site. He wanted a better way to find talented professionals and maintain contact with those people as his company had many jobs to fill. He created Luke’s Circle and opened it up to other employers to distribute jobs through as well.Visit the Website