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Recent news regarding Sunrise Strategic Partners and Portfolio Brands

Sunrise Strategic Partners Prepares for Next Phase of Growth

Sunrise Strategic Partners is aiming to accelerate the next generation of disruptive food and beverage brands with the addition of a new leader and new funding from its partner Trilantic North America….

Read the full article from Food Business News

Private Equity Firm Acquires Kodiak Cakes

Private equity firm, L Catterton, announced that it has acquired Kodiak Cakes. Kodiak’s existing shareholders, including Sunrise Strategic Partners, Trilantic North America, and the Company’s founders and management team, will continue to own a significant minority stake in the Company going forward….

Read the full article from WholeFoods Magazine

Kodiak Cakes Sells to L Catterton, Will Look to Go ‘Where White Flour Dominates’

Protein remains a major force of attraction for consumers, as is evidenced today by the sale of protein enhanced baking mix and snack brand Kodiak Cakes to private equity firm L Catterton….

Read the full article from NOSH

Sunrise Strategic Partners expands partnership with Trilantic North America

Sunrise Strategic Partners announces new funding from its partner, Trilantic North America, solidifying the company’s place as one of the preeminent investors in better-for-you food and beverage and as the largest food and beverage investor on the Front Range….

Read the full article from Globe Newswire

Venture Capital vs. Bootstrapping: Vincent Love of Sunrise Strategic Partners On How To Determine If Fundraising Or Bootstrapping Is The Right Choice For Your Startup

As a part of this series, Vincent Love sits down to discuss whether fundraising or bootstrapping is the right choice for a brand….

Read the full article from Authority Magazine

BizWest Podcast: Steve Hughes on what will drive natural/organic sales in the near future

BizWest editor Chris Wood talks with Sunrise Strategic Partners CEO Steve Hughes about what he thinks will generate the growth of natural and organic companies that he might invest in the near future….

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Organic Authority: Will Our Small Farms Survive The Pandemic?

The pandemic has changed our lives for good, and that includes our food system. Despite the locavore movement democratizing local, sustainable food more than ever before, experts say that the pandemic may well decimate America’s small farms. Steve Hughes weighs in….

Read the full article from Organic Authority

Grocers Wrest Control of Shelf Space From Struggling Food Giants

The biggest U.S. food makers, already dealing with increased competition and shifting consumer tastes, now face an additional threat: supermarkets are taking away prime shelf space….

Read the full article from Wall Street Journal

Food Startups Reinventing Nostalgic Confectionery Snacks Gain Steam Among Private Investors

As plant-based, keto, and dairy-free continue to be the top buzz words in the food industry throughout 2019, entrepreneurs who are reinventing nostalgic sweet snacks with a healthy and clean twist are also increasingly attracting private capital….

Read the full article from Forbes


In an interview for Taste Radio, Steve Hughes reflects upon his career and his role in shaping the current market for natural food. He also discusses Sunrise’s investment philosophy, why the funding environment for natural CPG companies is “capitalism at its absolute best,” and what he sees as the most exciting development for consumer brands….

Read the full article from Taste Radio