We make it easy to invest in the future of food
The demand for ethical food security is being matched by incredible growth in this space. We’re focused on discovering the key investments in select regions that will deliver access to the best opportunities.
We’re directing the knowledge and experience of our management and investment teams addressing the problems of traditional food industries through this new channel.
Invest in innovation, focusing on growing the alternative protein industry, addressing the global demand for food security through the efficient creation of animal-free protein.
Deliver access to this dynamic areas of the food industry through quality deals as a result of early mover advantage and unparalleled sourcing skills.
Target medium-term unlevered returns of +20% through investment opportunities with industrial partners working actively with fund investors.
Discover 15-20 key equity-linked investments in a range of $1-10M over the initial 48-month deployment period with a minimum ownership goal of 5%+.
Provide capital for select buy-ins or buy-outs, along with early stage, growth, and expansion opportunities.
Focus on select geographic areas; North America, Europe, Israel, and continuing with key Asian and Latin American countries where opportunities are aligned with our objectives.
Realize exits through management buy-backs, industry trade sales, and/or public markets.
Our analytical framework, “PLATE” gives us a clear structure for mitigating risk with measurable gains for our investments. These metrics are our sources of sustainable competitive advantage and allow us to generate maximum returns.
Balancing the premium prices paid by early adopters with the tensility of mainstream retail price points once at scale.
Recognizing and identify strengths and areas of growth in leadership and innovation.
Stocked shelves and food menus are competitive, crowded spaces. Our choices will be selected for their ability to break through the noise with a compelling story for consumers.
An important factor, taste, is considered as we assess potential investments and measure portfolio progress.
We want to love what we invest in.
We all regularly consume food in a range of places – at cafés, in restaurants, in school cafeterias, on airplanes, and beyond. We see products that can be distributed quickly and widely across all types of outlets, supporting the wider scope of consumer behaviour.
Investment Committee Members
Lloyd has 46 years in grocery retail experience. He was just 21 years old when he bought his first SuperValu grocery store with his two partners. Together they operated four independent SuperValu stores over a span of fourteen years. In December of 1990, Mr. Lockhart and his partner opened their first Choices Market on a shoestring and grew their company to an eleven retail store grocery chain. They received multiple platinum, gold, silver and bronze Independent Grocer awards for all of Canada. In addition, they also received Entrepreneur awards for business in B.C. twice. Mr. Lockhart took the company to over one hundred million dollars per year before selling in 2017 after twenty-seven years. During that time they opened their own profitable wholesale division (CCW – Canadian Choice Wholesale), as well as a gluten-free bakery and commissary that supplied the chain in-store delis. Choices had nearly one thousand employees at the time of selling and many long term, working for Choices for over twenty-five years.
Mr. Kang has been self-employed since April 2015. He was the Director of Listed Issuer Services and held other positions with TMX Group from March 1992 to March 2015. He is a corporate finance professional who is experienced in all aspects of Exchange policy, corporate governance and public company obligations.
Mr. Kang is currently the principal of RSJ Consulting Inc., a firm that provides corporate finance advice. Mr. Kang received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and obtained his C.A. designation at Ernst and Young. See “Other Reporting Issuer Experience”.
Diane is an experienced business executive, specializing in strategic planning for sustainable success, growth and profitability for companies. With over 29 years of business experience in the Consumer-Packaged Goods industry, she has a proven track record in leading plant-based protein companies to become market leaders in their industries.
Previously, Ms. Jang led companies as CEO and Director of Hempco Food and Fiber Inc, President at Sunrise Soya Foods and General Manager at Earth’s Own Food Co Inc. Previously, Ms. Jang also served as a Director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. and as a Director of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
Alan has been in the Natural/Organic business for over 30 years. This includes a 25 year career in Senior Management with United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), an International Food Distribution Company. His responsibility was to work closely with both the Conventional Supermarkets and the Natural Retail Group in selecting products that worked best with their different classes of trade. His ability to recognize up and coming trends, then select the right company/product to be a leader in their category helped with positioning those products out of the thousands available that would work best with his customer base, as well as the consumers. In 2004 Alan was asked to lead the UNFI Expansion into the Asian Market.
In 2008, Alan formed ARL Associates. His group has focused on “plant based” products, as he knew this category was going to be part of the Food Future. From 2008 to today, Alan has worked with Food & Beverage Companies from the U.S., Canada, & Asia.
When analyzing a company, Alan looks at the Category, SKU Rational, Production Facilities, Product Distribution, Sales Strategy, Marketing Opportunities, Profitability and Managements commitment as well as their vision in continuing its growth.
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