Carol Ortenberg

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VMG Looks to China with Hillhouse Capital Partnership

Investment fund VMG and Asian venture firm Hillhouse Capital announced today that the two firms will each allocate $100 million of capital to co-invest in consumer brands that hope to expand their global outreach -- particularly in China.

As Pilotworks Shuts Down, New Brands Face Uncertain Future

“Distributed kitchen” startup brand incubator Pilotworks abruptly ceased operations nationwide this weekend, leaving hundreds of food and beverage businesses without production and storage facilities or distribution to retail outlets.

Post WFM, Truesdell Joins Almanac & Ramps Up Canopy Copacker

At Almanac Insights, former Whole Foods Market global director of brands Elly Truesdale will help the firm evaluate possible investments and advise portfolio brands, which includes beverage makers Spindrift and New Barn.

Expo East 2018 Video: Editors’ Recap

In this video, NOSH editor Carol Ortenberg and BevNET assistant editor Martin Caballero explore some of the major themes and trends from Natural Products Expo East 2018 across food and beverage, including the rise of sparkling teas, the plant-based category’s maturation, and some of the most innovative products from this year’s show.

Fueling the Fire: CAVU Invests $8M in Kettle and Fire

Can bone broth be the next kombucha? Investment group CAVU Venture Partners thinks so. The fund announced today an $8 million series A investment in upstart bone broth brand, Kettle and Fire

Bundle Acquired by 1908, Expands Product Portfolio

Boulder-based 1908 brands announced today that is has acquired prenatal and lactation nutrition brand Bundle Organics. The deal comes as Bundle announces new products to take the company beyond teas and beverages and into other popular food categories.

Urban Remedy Looks Beyond California

In recent years, Urban Remedy has expanded distribution beyond Northern California into major urban markets statewide, while establishing a partnership to co-pack private label high pressure processed (HPP) juices for Whole Foods stores on the West Coast.

Rampolla Departs Beanfields as Califia Exec Steps Up

Snack brand Beanfields announced today that Mark Rampolla, founder of coconut water brand Zico, has left his role as CEO of the company and former Califia Farms executive Arnulfo Ventura has stepped into the role.

Dean Foods Acquires Majority Share of Good Karma

Dean Foods Company announced today that it has increased its ownership percentage and taken a majority stake in flax-based dairy brand Good Karma. The investment marks a return to plant-based products for the dairy producer.

GoodBelly Lands $12M Round, Led By 301 Inc.

Today NextFoods Inc, the producer of GoodBelly Probiotics, announced the close of a $12 million round of funding led by 301 Inc, the venture arm of General Mills.