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Swedish Brothers Ride Oat Milk Boom to $562 Million Fortune

It began with a group of scientists and a wild idea: That the byproduct remaining after making oat bran could be turned into non-dairy milk. That idea became the foundation of Oatly Group AB, the Swedish oat milk company that debuted Thursday in New York after raising $1.4 billion in an initial public offering.

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Investors Dig Into Plant-Based Foods

The growing demand for plant-based alternatives has spurred record investments in the industry, drawing both venture capital as well as large consumer and packaged foods companies looking to acquire or invest in up-and-coming brands.

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Nexus Capital Management LP Announces Strategic Growth Investment In Sky Organics

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Nexus Capital Management LP (together with certain affiliates, “Nexus”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today the completion of a strategic growth investment in Sky Organics (the “Company”), a rapidly growing lifestyle brand centered on natural and certified organic beauty and personal care.

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Amazon-Born Sky Organics Gains Private Equity Investment And Grows At Retail

Los Angeles private equity firm Nexus Capital Management has made a strategic growth investment in the beauty brand maturing from single-ingredient solutions sold on the giant e-tailer (one of its bestselling Organic Castor Oil items is snapped up each minute) to curly haircare and anti-aging products available at retail locations across the United States. Terms […]

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Nestlé in talks to buy The Bountiful Company, maker of Nature’s Bounty and other supplement brands

News that the No. 1 CPG company could be buying the No. 1 supplement company is a sign that big business is confident in the wellness market, insiders say.

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Vitamins brand VOOST acquired by Procter & Gamble

Australian maker of effervescent supplements VOOST has been acquired by The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today. P&G intends to expand the company’s range of vitamins, minerals and supplements once VOOST joins its suite of brand, including Oral-B, Tampax, Braun, Head & Shoulders, Olay and Old Spice.

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Eric Ryan Sells A Third Brand With Unilever’s Acquisition Of Welly

Unilever has acquired a majority stake in Welly Health PBC, the playful bandage brand from the mind of entrepreneurial consumer packaged goods maverick Eric Ryan, for an undisclosed price.

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InstaNatural Is Acquired In A Deal Involving An Affiliate Of Monogram Capital Partners

A portfolio company of the investment firm acquired the skincare brand, according to Oliver Nordlinger, co-founder of and partner at Monogram, who declined to divulge further details. Monogram has been expanding its reach in beauty and personal care, a sector of focus for it along with apparel, pets, healthcare, restaurants, and food and beverage. The […]

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Beauty Inc Issue #34

From forecasting the future of M&A activity to an A-Z breakdown of beauty’s key investors, WWD Beauty Inc takes an in-depth look at the financial picture heading into 2021.

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Why GNC slumped during the vitamin supplement boom

For decades, GNC was the place to shop for vitamins, protein powder, and practically any kind of weight-loss supplement. If you ever needed a health boost, chances were there was a GNC at a mall nearby. But the once strong supplement store has grown frail during a time when the dietary supplement industry is seeing […]

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Unilever to acquire Liquid I.V.

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – Unilever announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Liquid I.V., a U.S-based health-science nutrition and wellness company.

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Natural products industry can do more to connect investors with BIPOC entrepreneurs

Following a summer full of Black Lives Matter protests, the natural products industry has become increasingly more conscious of systemic racism. But BIPOC entrepreneurs wonder when this awareness will turn into funding from investors.

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Beauty Inc Issue #17

Investor interest in wellness deals is accelerating thanks to the global pandemic, but their approach is shifting in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Paging Dr. Nature: Vitamin and Supplement Sales Boom Amid Coronavirus

Vitamins, supplements and even homeopathic remedies are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pandemic drives supplement sales, possibly in long term

Pandemic Potential Part 10: Consumers are turning to supplements because pharmaceuticals offer few answers to the coronavirus. Many industry watchers believe this growing awareness about the link between basic nutrition and immunity could lead to increased sales for years.

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e.l.f. Acquires Clean Beauty Company W3LL PEOPLE to Expand Brand Portfolio

OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–e.l.f. Beauty (NYSE: ELF) today announced the acquisition of cruelty-free, clean beauty company W3LL PEOPLE for $27 million in cash. e.l.f. plans to leverage its marketing, customer relationships and operational capabilities to drive the W3LL PEOPLE brand. e.l.f. expects W3LL PEOPLE to contribute approximately $7 million in net sales and $0.01 to its […]

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E.l.f. Enters Clean Beauty With $27 Million W3LL People Deal

E.l.f. is paying $27 million to take over the business, which is expected to do $7 million in net sales for 2020. The deal is expected to add 1 cent to E.l.f.’s adjusted earnings per share for fiscal 2021, the company said.

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What Can Beauty Entrepreneurs Learn From Drunk Elephant’s Big Exit? Investors Share Their Thoughts

Last week, news broke that Shiseido is acquiring Drunk Elephant for $845 million. In light of the news, in this edition of Beauty Independent’s ongoing series posing questions about beauty entrepreneurship, we ask 12 investors and investment bankers: What lessons can beauty startup founders draw from Drunk Elephant’s exit?

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Expert Insights: Takeaways from Expo East

Baltimore, MD—Expo East isn’t just where trends are found; it’s where expert advice and insights are gathered. Here’s what WholeFoods learned:

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Nestlé Health Science expands into personalized nutrition with acquisition of Persona™

Nestlé Health Science (NHSc) a globally recognized leader in the field of nutritional science, is expanding into personalized nutrition with the acquisition of PersonaTM, a leading personalized vitamin business founded in 2017. Persona will operate under NHSc’s USA-based Atrium Professional Brands.

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Snapdragon Capital Partners and The Maze Group Join Forces with HGGC by Making Strategic Growth Investment in Nutraceutical

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — HGGC, a leading middle-market private equity firm, today announced it has agreed to the sale of a minority stake in Nutraceutical International Corporation—a vertically integrated manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of branded nutritional supplements, personal care, and other natural products—to Snapdragon Capital Partners LLC and The Maze Group […]

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Unilever to Acquire OLLY Nutrition

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Unilever announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire OLLY Nutrition, a premium U.S.-based wellbeing business in the vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category.

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DSM, Walgreens, The Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts Farmer’s Market and Other Industry Leaders Attend Vitamin Angels 25th Anniversary Celebration

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On March 6th, Vitamin Angels, a global aid organization that protects millions of women and young children from malnutrition, hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration at Disney’s California Adventure® Park. Nearly 350 guests from the natural products industry and beyond as well as Founding Partners Rainbow Light and […]

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GNC forms strategic partnership with International Vitamin Corporation (IVC)

Joint venture to generate meaningful manufacturing efficiencies and support GNC’s innovation and growth initiatives GNC to receive approximately $176 million ($101 million received in 2019) from International Vitamin Corporation (“IVC”) and in exchange for Nutra manufacturing and Anderson facility net assets, and will initially retain a 43% interest in the new joint venture with IVC

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Viome acquires Habit from Campbell Soup Company to become the undisputed leader in personalized health

Viome will combine its personalized food recommendations based on insights from the microbiome with Habit’s unique nutrition plans and engagement tools to offer the first “whole-body” approach to human health.

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Herbal industry leaders to meet at 7th annual AHPA Botanical Congress

Las Vegas Nevada, Oct. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Herbal Product Association’s (AHPA’s) 7th Annual Botanical Congress features insights from more than 25 herbal industry experts who will discuss a host of issues from legal and regulatory issues to sustainability and cannabis.

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P&G’s vitamin boost could signal more to come

LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Procter & Gamble’s $4.2 billion deal for Merck’s vitamin and supplements business demonstrates that major consumer companies remain hungry for health-related products.

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$329,000 Pledged as Vitamin Angels Challenges Senior Executives to Support Launch of Global Prenatal Campaign

On Thursday, March 8, Senior Executives from over 60 companies in the natural products, food, and venture capital industries attended an exclusive gathering hosted by William Hood & Company and the NBJ Summit in support of Vitamin Angels, a global aid charity that provides nutritional support to women and children in need.  Seeking incremental funds for its newly announced Global […]

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Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Announce Merger

Plano, TX and Burlington, MA – Keurig Green Mountain announced plans Monday morning to buy Dr Pepper Snapple in a deal that creates a new beverage giant with $11 billion in sales, according to a company press release.

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2018 Forecast: Full Speed Ahead in China

After a recent week spent traveling through China, we continue to be impressed by the energy and focus on the growing role of health and wellness in the attractive and increasingly wealthy Chinese consumer market.

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Hershey Amplifies its Snack Appeal for $1.6 Billion

Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. announced it will acquire all outstanding shares of better-for-you snack maker Amplify Snack Brands in a $1.6 billion deal, through which it also assumes nearly $600 million in Amplify debt.

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M&A, Naturally: Making Sense of the Natural Business Space

On Oct. 6, in his first major move as CEO, Steve Cahillane announced that Kellogg agreed to acquire Rx bar for $600 million. “Adding a pioneer in clean-label, high-protein snacking to our portfolio bolsters our already strong wholesome snacks offering. RXBAR is an excellent strategic fit for Kellogg as we pivot to growth. With its strong millennial […]

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Atrium Innovations to be Acquired by Nestlé for $2.3 Billion DECEMBER 5, 2017 NEWS, PRESS RELEASES

Atrium Innovations, a globally recognized leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative, science-based, natural health products, and Permira, the global investment firm, today announced that Atrium will be acquired by Nestlé from a group of investors including a company backed by the Permira Funds, Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et […]

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William Hood Launches Investment Bank With Natural Focus

New York, N.Y. — With the aim of becoming the premier adviser to consumer goods companies in the healthy living and wellness space, investment banker William Hood has launched his own firm.

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