Mezzanine Portfolio Companies
Founded in 1994 to supply coffee houses with all-natural, gourmet baked goods, Dancing Deer has grown to be one of the most admired brands in the natural/gourmet foods market. Dancing Deer is organized around a mission of social progress and community support; employees own 10% of the company; and its Sweet Home Project to help end family homelessness has won many awards for its contributions to the Boston Community.
Farmigo is dedicated to creating a healthy alternative food system for generations to come. Through their interactive food network and community, Farmigo enables connections between consumers and farmers that build long lasting, trusting relationships within local communities. Hundreds of farms use Farmigo to manage their community supported agriculture (CSA) program and deliver fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and eggs to over 3,100 community pick up locations.
Guayaki is a social enterprise that imports certified organic, rainforest-grown yerba mate from South America and has a bold mission to steward and restore 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest and create over 1,000 living wage jobs by 2020. Their innovative business model directly links customer purchases to their partner farming communities in the rainforest.
NatureMill is a San Francisco-based company that makes the world’s leading automatic home compost machine. A NatureMill composter recycles food into fertilizer with no mess or odors, and can be used year-round indoors or outdoors. The social enterprise’s machines consume less than 50 cents of energy a month, which is less than a trash truck would consume while hauling the waste to a landfill. The company is committed to diverting food waste from landfills (where it decomposes to methane and pollutes the atmosphere), and they hold a vision that someday everyone in the world will compost.
Nurture, Inc. (dba HAPPYBABY)
Nurture Inc.’s mission is to change the way babies and children are fed with nutritious alternatives to processed foods. By feeding babies an organic diet free of added chemicals and flavorings, children develop healthy eating habits that they are more likely to maintain for their entire lives. Nurture Inc. sells products under the HAPPYBABY brand and is now the leading premium brand of baby and toddler meals in the US, available in over 5,000 stores. The company is also working hard, state by state, to introduce the brand into the WIC Program.
Pleasant Valley Farms
Established in 1996, Pleasant Valley Farms was founded to preserve family farms by marketing and processing western Washington pickles and sauerkraut in the Skagit Valley, a rural region that is at risk for over-development. Pleasant Valley Farms is dedicated to providing the highest quality food product to the market with cornerstones of old-fashioned production, a healthy and affordable line of products, and a sustainable legacy for its employees and the community at large. Today, Pleasant Valley Farms is a community of farmers dedicated to being a vibrant part of the 100-year plan to keep the Skagit Valley sustainable.
Quantum Intech develops, licenses, manufactures, and distributes emotion-regulated technology products. Emotion-regulated technology helps users to become aware of the physiological processes that reflect their emotional state and gives them the skills to self-regulate and maintain balance to improve emotional and physical well-being. The company developed the HeartMath System – a leading scientifically validated system of stress relief and self-management.
Rustic Crust (RC) is the #1 U.S. national brand of naturally prepared, ready-made pizza crusts. Founded in 1996 as Ever Better Eating, Rustic Crust offers a variety of handmade crusts and frozen topped flatbread pizzas. Committed to the highest quality, RC sources fresh, local and organic foods from small New England farms whenever they are available. No artificial preservatives, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, GMOs, or added sugar are ever used in any Rustic Crust products.
Sambazon is the leading importer of Acai berries from Brazil for use in juices, smoothies and sorbet. The cornerstone of Sambazon is the promotion of ecological restoration and economic justice. Sambazon products are sustainably grown (certified USDA Organic), wild-harvested, collected and manufactured in a fair-trade supply chain that supports over 10,000 family farmers and protects 1.6 million acres of Amazon Rainforest. It is also one of the first companies to receive a B-Corp certification.
Scandinavian Child Inc. (SCI) is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of a broad assortment of innovative, functional and stylish children’s products. SCI currently represents the SvanTM, líllébabyTM and Béaba® brands and offers products in various categories including high chairs, bouncers, child-sized table and chairs, feeding appliances and accessories, baby carriers and diaper bags. Built on the company philosophy, Childhood Without Compromise, all SCI products meet the company’s criteria of safety, usefulness, eco-friendly design, style and superior quality.
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