VCs Investing In Food & Bev Startups

Published February 22, 2021
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Over the past couple of years, we have seen a dramatic increase in financing for the food/beverage/restaurant industry. Recently, throughout the pandemic, there has actually been more investment into this space, as shown below and sourced from CB Insights. The increase in recent food industry investment can be explained by the pandemic exposing some of the food industry’s current flaws. With many brick and mortar stores shutting down for months at a time, investors have seen the fragile structure of thousands of in-person food businesses. Therefore, many investors seem to be optimistic about finding new solutions and creative ways to continue to grow and innovate within this food industry.

Below, we give insight into 10 varying VCs within the food industry. You can further evaluate these investors and thousands more on Visible Connect!

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Food Industry Investors

AF Ventures

About: AF Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in visionary founders building authentic, next-generation consumer brands driving omnichannel innovation. We manage 35+ portfolio brands across the consumer landscape of food and beverage, health & wellness, beauty, personal care, and pet.

Location: New York City

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Fund Size: $12M

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About: AgFunder is an online Venture Capital Platform based in Silicon Valley. AgFunder invests in exceptional and bold entrepreneurs who are aiming to build the next generation of great agriculture and food technology companies.

Location: San Francisco

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed

Recent Fund Date: July 25, 2017

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Ankur Capital

About: Early-stage venture capital fund focused on opportunities created by rising aspirations & digital access for next billion Indians.

Location: Mumbai, India

Stage: Seed, Series A

Fund Size: $50M

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Barrel Ventures

About: Barrel Ventures is a seed-stage fund based in the heart of the midwest. They invest across the following categories: Food & Beverage, Food-Tech, Consumer, Retail-Tech, D2C, Infrastructure, and Supply Chain.

Location: Chicago

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Check Size Range: $50k – $500k

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Bread and Butter Ventures

About: Bread and Butter Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Minnesota, the Bread and Butter State, investing globally while leveraging our state and region’s unparalleled access to strong corporate connections, commercial opportunities, and industry expertise for the benefit of our founders.

Location: Minneapolis

Stage: Seed, Series A

Fund Size: $25M

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Evolv Ventures

About: Evolv is empowering entrepreneurs to reshape the food industry. They are a $100m venture fund backed by Kraft Heinz to invest in early-stage technology companies disrupting the food industry. Also, Evolv leverages the resources of the world’s 5th largest food and beverage company to provide access to unparalleled market intelligence, strategic partnerships and industry influence.

Location: Chicago

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Fund Size: $100M

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Five Seasons Ventures

About: Five Seasons back Food and Ag Tech entrepreneurs for a healthier, more sustainable and more efficient food system. They invest in technology companies across the food value chain and European entrepreneurs with international ambition.

Location: Paris

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B

Fund Size: $77M

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Melitas Ventures

About: Melitas Ventures is a VC fund that invests in early-stage food & beverage companies through the entire value chain, focusing on better-for-you branded food & beverage products. Their team has unique access to competitive investment opportunities and a very selective investment process.

Location: New York

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Fund Size: $60M

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Sandbox Industries

About: Sandbox does everything a successful venture capital firm typically does, but their activities are uniquely focused on the corporate partners investing in our funds. Their Collaborative Investment Vehicles are designed to generate extraordinary returns – as well as to augment and challenge the strategic visions of our corporate partners and bolster the success of our portfolio companies.

Location: Chicago

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth

Fund Size: $340M

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Tyson Ventures

About: Tyson Ventures is the investment arm of Tyson Foods. They aim to be the strategic partner of choice for disruptive innovators transforming the food industry and provide sustainable nutrition to a growing global population. Tyson’s current areas of interest focus on emerging proteins, technology enablers and sustainability.

Location: Chicago

Stage: Series A, Series B, Series C

Fund Size: $100M

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