Author Archives: Lars Hem

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, the plant-based meat (PBM) category was riding high.  Impossible Foods was about to announce a new $500 million financing round amid record revenue growth, and public company bellwether Beyond Meat was trading at about $100 per share, or about 14x revenue. Today, the PBM […]

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Coca-Cola’s recent announcement that it will discontinue its Honest Tea brand at the end of 2022 sent shockwaves through the food & beverage industry.  Honest Tea was a beloved brand that pioneered the organic, low sugar beverage movement in the early 2000s, and founder Seth Goldman is an industry icon who lives the values of […]

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Last week’s announcement that Olipop, a low-sugar, functional soda, had raised $30 million of growth equity was the latest funding news for a low/no sugar food & beverage brand. Consumers are increasingly seeking out products that are low in sugar.  This rising demand reflects the growing awareness among consumers of the importance of metabolic health. […]

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