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Axial Radar: The Case for Investing in Alternative Proteins

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Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Axial Radar!

Here’s a fun fact. In the year 2020, the average person ate 165 pounds of meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. All of that consumption has posed a real challenge for animal-based protein producers to sustainably keep up with soaring global demand. In comes alternative-based proteins.

The venture community was quick to back the early movers in the alternative protein space, allowing them to slowly start to chip away at animal protein’s market share. However, the alternatives market still has a long way to go until there is parity in taste, and more importantly, price point with animal proteins. In this week’s featured Industry Trends article, we take a look at how private equity and other institutional investors are targeting the alternative protein space to fund the still-fledgling industry’s next phase of growth.

Our featured buy-side members this week include a Florida-based private investment firm, a 40 year old private equity firm, and a Toronto-based growth and value investor. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to two full-service middle market M&A advisory firms.

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Featured Members

Wind River Investors

Wind River Investors
​​​​​Family Office

Wind River Investors is a private investment company that partners with people and companies, often including owners who choose to remain in the business as minority shareholders. Wind River Investors’ partners have successful track records with both public and private companies, assisting their financing needs from seed to initial public offering. The firm has specialized expertise and a unique ability to create value across many industry verticals and geographic areas.

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Strategic MA Advisors

Strategic M&A Advisors, LLC
M&A Advisory Firm

Strategic M&A Advisors, LLC (“SMAA”) specializes in exit strategies and confidential business divestitures. The members of SMAA have been assisting middle-market business owners during the final stages of the business life-cycle for over two decades in their capacities as lawyers, accountants, corporate risk managers, and business advisors.

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Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners

Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners
Private Equity Firm

Founded in 1984, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners is a private equity firm that targets entrepreneur and family-owned companies (or corporate divestitures) with a dominant position in their niche sub-sectors of B2B services, distribution and highly engineered manufacturing. Since its inception, HRCP has deployed over $1.6B of capital, acquiring 61 companies.

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Pacifica Advisors

Pacifica Advisors
M&A Advisory Firm

Pacifica Business Advisors is a San Diego-based business advisory firm offering brokerage and M&A services to small and medium business owners. The firm focuses on strategic exits and add-on acquisitions for companies with EBITDA of $500K to $10M and Enterprise Value of $2M to $100M.

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Socium Capital

Socium Capital
Independent Sponsor

Socium Capital is a Toronto-based private investment firm built on the foundation of partnership, integrity and trust. The firm is focused on investing in exceptional private businesses across North America. Socium uses its capital, operational expertise and extensive networks to accelerate growth and drive value over the long-term.

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Food for Thought: The Protein Transformation

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