• Way Better Brands LLC Created

    January 16, 2019

    Avrio Capital and Alliance Consumer Growth partner on ‘Way Better’ Snacking Investment

    CALGARY and MINNEAPOLIS, January 15th, 2019 – Avrio Capital Inc (“Avrio”) together with Alliance Consumer Growth (“ACG”) are proud to announce their ongoing support and significant investment in a newly created combined entity, Way Better Brands LLC (“Way Better Brands”).   Way Better Brands is a better-for-you snack food company created through the strategic merger of two rapidly growing snack food companies; Live Better Brands LLC and its Way Better Snacks from Minneapolis, MN and Left Field Foods makers of Spokes based in Calgary, Alberta.  The merger will provide for significant expansion of the collective distribution networks, providing substantial revenue enhancement opportunities for both the award-winning low-calorie Spokes air-puffed potato snacks and the unique sprouted seed and grain-based Way Better Snacks tortilla chips and crackers.

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  • Avrio, EDC and Investeco Capital invest $13M in Sol Cuisine Inc.

    May 3, 2018

    Avrio Capital Leads Investment in leading alternative protein brand, Sol Cuisine Inc.

    CALGARY and TORONTO, May 3rd, 2018 – Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce that it has recently led and closed a syndicate that has provided C$13M of growth capital to Sol Cuisine Inc. Avrio has partnered with Export Development Canada (“EDC”) and Investeco Capital Inc. (“Investeco”) to consummate the transaction. Based in Toronto, ON., Sol Cuisine Inc. (“Sol” or “Company”), is one of the leading brand platforms in the burgeoning alternative protein space. Founded in 1980, Sol Cuisine is a trusted Canadian legacy brand catering to a growing community of retail and food service customers in search of alternative, plant-based proteins manufactured on a Gourmet Vegan, Non-GMO, wheat and gluten-free basis that also contain many popular superfoods. The Company offers a wide selection of convenient great tasting options including veggie burger... Continue Reading

  • FODY Food Co. Signs Deal to Help IBS Sufferers

    December 14, 2017

    $2.25M Raised In Round Led by Avrio

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Dec. 14, 2017) – FODY Food Co. (“FODY”), North America’s leader in manufacturing, developing and commercializing of low FODMAP foods for the millions of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (“IBS”), today announced that it has raised $2.25 million in a Series A financing round led by Avrio Capital (“Avrio”), Canada’s premiere food-specific private equity investor. Aki Georgacacos, Managing Director and co-founder at Avrio, will join Jonathan Ross Goodman, co-founder and former CEO of publicly traded Paladin Labs Inc., and founder and CEO of publicly traded Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:GUD) as lead investor and Board member.

    This cash injection will help Montreal-based FODY accelerate its USA and Canadian distribution presence both online and in retail, a... Continue Reading

  • Fish, Fava or Fermented Food? Where’s the Meat (Alternative)?

    November 20, 2017

    "The opportunities for Canadian Entrepreneurs to capitalize on this global challenge are tremendous"

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  • Avrio Fund III Closes Three More Deals

    September 6, 2017

    Avrio Capital Provides Investment Activity Update, Purchases Majority Stake in Morris Industries Ltd.

    CALGARY, AB / September 6th,  2017 / CNW / Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce an update to its investment activities from its third institutional late stage venture fund, Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership III (the “Fund”).   During the quarter, Avrio was active, having deployed approximately $20M of capital across three new investments.

    “In a typically slow period for deploying capital, we are very pleased to have completed three platform investments that highlight the entire spectrum of the Avrio investment strategy. Flexing from agricultural technology to food tech and encompassing all the novel and innovative agribusinesses in-between, we continue to tune our investment strategy identifying world class companies in our verticals of interest,” commented Aki Georgacacos, Managing Partner of the Fund.

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  • Avrio Fund III Closes Its Sixth Investment

    June 18, 2017

    Avrio Capital and POS Bio-Sciences Inc. partner to drive Agri-Food tech commercialization model

    SASKATOON and CALGARY, June 18th, 2017 /CNW/ – Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce that it has completed its sixth investment, closing an investment with POS Bio-Sciences Inc. (“POS”).    Based in Saskatoon, SK, POS is a global leader in the creation of value-added products from biological-based raw materials — providing R&D, custom processing, and analytical services to clients on six continents.  Having operated since 1977, the Company has worked closely with entrepreneurs, multi-national corporations and governments in providing innovative solutions in processing and extracting complex proteins, oils, starches and bioactive components from various forms of biomass.  Avrio is one of Canada’s longest standing venture franchises having accumulated 15 years of investment experience in food and agricultural technology.

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  • Avrio earns nearly 5x its money with Farmers Edge recap, backs FarmLead

    March 24, 2017

    By Kirk Falconer - The PE Hub Network

    Avrio Capital is seeing a lucrative payout on money invested in Farmers Edge following the precision agriculture company’s refinancing earlier this year.

    Farmers Edge, provider of a digital platform to help farmers boost crop production, in December announced an investment by Fairfax Financial, the holding company of Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa.

    Terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which wrapped up a few weeks ago. It may well have been Farmers Edge’s largest financing to date. That’s because in addition to recapitalizing the Winnipeg company, Fairfax injected fresh cash.

    As part of the deal, Fairfax bought out stakes held by venture capital firms, which played a key role in the some $74 million Farmers Edge raised in prior rounds.

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  • How FarmLead’s Funding Helps You, The Farmer

    March 20, 2017

    Farming is a very patient occupation. The hours spent alone out in a field. The fortitude required to deal with malfunctioning equipment – seemingly for no reason (something that’s been compounded by technology these days). The patience required to watch a crop grow, and the patience to pray that Mother Nature stays amicable throughout that season.

    You can’t forget the patience and endurance needed to deal with the grain markets.

    In an increasingly globalized world, events and issues that affect specific markets are observed, speculated upon, and ignored faster than ever before. My grandfather, were he alive, would be wondering how to make a grain sale with so much changing so quickly.

    Patience is a trait I was taught to respect growing up. Over time, I’ve learned to patiently let things run their course. That being said, once you’ve figured out how to d... Continue Reading

  • CVCA News – Harvesting Results

    December 7, 2016

    Agribusiness VC Investment Surges in 2016

    Canadian investment in the agribusiness sector has been on the upswing since 2013. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the sector generated $108.1B in revenue in 2014 and contributed 6.6% of Canada’s GDP. VC activity has grown from $14M to $27M in 2014, to $42M in 2015, and now to $153M in the first three quarters of 2016.

    CVCA wanted to dig below the surface to get a deeper understanding of the conditions fueling this complex, integrated marketplace, and examine the recent surge in agribusiness investment.

    To do that, we spoke with Aki Georgacacos, co-founder and managing partner of Avrio Capital, a global leader in ag-tech and long-time CVCA member. Aki and his partners have invested exclusively in agribusiness since 2002, with a fund that’s currently valued at $110M. They’re familiar with the landscape, activities, opportunities and risks. In fact, ea... Continue Reading

  • Avrio Wins Deal of the Year for the Third Time

    May 25, 2016

    CVCA recognizes firm's investment in Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

    The Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) announced winners of its annual Deal of the Year Awards during its 2016 Annual Conference in Toronto today. Avrio Capital is pleased to announce its win for Venture Capital Deal of the Year. (more…)

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