Global Thought


Recognized globally as influencers and thought-leaders, William Hood & Company principals regularly partner with the industry through speaking engagements, sponsorships and co-hosted events.

Recent Speaking Engagements and Media Placements

William Hood to present Industry M&A overview at Natural Products Expo East on Thursday, September 12th in Baltimore

Luc-Henry Rousselle participated in the Deal Appeal panel at the BeautyX Capital Summit in New York on August 20, 2019

William Hood presented Industry M&A trends at the NBJ Summit on July 17th, 2019 in Los Angeles

William Hood presented M&A trends at the AHPA Botanical Congress at Supply Side West on November 10th, 2018 in Las Vegas

William Hood and Jill Staib presented M&A and International trends at the NBJ Summit on July 18th, 2018 in Los Angeles

William Hood served as a panel judge at Bayer’s G4 Generator shark tank event on May 24th, 2018 in New York

William Hood and Jill Staib presented Food & Beverage and Supplement M&A trends in two sessions at Expo West on March 6th, 2018 in Anaheim

Recent Press Mentions

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.


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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


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.


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.


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.


$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 […]


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.


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.


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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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