Ep. 72 of Taste Radio features a conversation with Poorvi Patodia, founder and CEO of Biena, a fast-growing maker of roasted chickpea snacks. Patovia discussed how the combination of familiar snack flavors and a healthy, whole food option continues to win over investors, distributors, retailers and consumers.
The Austin-based company today announced the close of a $17 million funding round led by Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR), a growth equity fund the partners with early-stage natural and organic products.
Given the investments into a cohort of cold brew companies and the pervasiveness of the new style, it’s likely that stores and distributors are going to need to find room for both clean and sweet cold brew styles. Thus far, it’s been left to individual companies to carve out their own philosophy towards indulgence.
Based on internal research that found approximately one-third of coffee consumers have an aversion to stevia, High Brew has removed the zero-calorie sweetener from three of its products.