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MetaBrand Capital | Engredea News & Analysis

October 7, 2014

 

MetaBrand Capital, a “conscious capital” private equity fund and the new investment pillar of MetaBrand—a full-service firm providing product formulation, outsourced operations, and sales and marketing services to natural, organic and nutritional food and beverage brands—announces a $5.75 million investment in Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Runa LLC, supporting the growth of the natural, “healthy energy” food and beverage category utilizing the Amazonian guayusa tree-leaf.

Taking the Triple-Bottom Line approach to corporate social responsibility one step further, MetaBrand founder and longtime natural products entrepreneur Eric Schnell embraces the “Quadruple Bottom-Line,” a socially and environmentally aware business philosophy dedicated to People, Planet, Profit—and Purpose. Through the MetaBrand Capital fund, the company will primarily focus on growth capital investments in the food, beverage, nutrition and natural and organic product industries with strategic partners that embody and embrace a similar socially conscious business approach.

“This is the first major investment for MetaBrand Capital,” says Schnell. “Runa represents all the criteria that we see in the Quadruple Bottom-line business model. MetaBrand has previously partnered with Runa in helping to pioneer the ‘healthy energy’ beverage category, and this strategic partnership allowed us to see that Runa truly is a perfect example of what a conscious capital investor cares about—fair trade, organic and natural, socially responsible with a strong moral obligation to give back. We absolutely believe in Runa’s authentic story, vision and potential for the brand. The investment was the natural progression of our commitment to their mission.”

Other notable investors joined MetaBrand Capital in the round, including Mark Rampolla, founder of Zico; and Brian Krumrei, managing director, TSG Consumer Partners; plus investors from the music and entertainment industry including Jon Fishman, drummer for the band Phish, and Coran Capshaw, founder of artist management company Red Light Management. Nick Giannuzzi, attorney, The Giannuzzi Group, LLP, represented Runa in the deal.

Guayusa, cousin to yerba mate, leads ‘healthy energy’ beverages
Runa, cofounded in 2009 by college classmates Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie, is a privately held company that sells beverages made from guayusa (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”) leaves. Guayusa is a native Amazonian super-leaf with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and double the polyphenols of leading green tea products. Unlike traditional teas, guayusa has no tannins, so it tastes surprisingly smooth and naturally sweet. Indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon have brewed guayusa like tea for thousands of years as an essential part of what makes them “Runa”—fully alive.

With a mission to improve the livelihoods of indigenous farmers in the Amazon, Runa’s founders believe that consumers everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the rainforest without destroying it, starting with the people who live there. Runa works directly with more than 3,000 indigenous farming families who are proud to see guayusa shared around the world. These families are Runa’s partners in a Fair Trade relationship, and by organically growing guayusa in traditional forest gardens they help protect the rainforest.

“We’re anticipating strong multi-category growth of the guayusa ingredient, and we’re truly excited to work with the powerhouse MetaBrand team in our efforts to become a leading brand and ingredient platform in the organic, specialty and conventional markets,” says Gage. “With this new investment, we plan to increase our support of the distributors and retailers that have helped us build our brand so far, and go deeper in key markets where Runa is growing. We are committed to being focused and targeted with our sales growth, and are excited to educate more consumers about the benefits of guayusa and the spirit of the Runa brand.”

“Runa has successfully pioneered and established a clear market demand for guayusa as a unique ingredient,” says Debbie Wildrick, MetaBrand chief advisory officer. “The company has emerged as one of the fastest growing certified organic and natural ready-to-drink brands in the U.S., and we see the opportunity for guayusa as an ingredient to have useful applications in a range of healthy products—from beverages to dietary supplements. We see guayusa as the next green tea trend, and look forward to helping Runa define clear sales and distribution strategies across food, drug, mass and convenience store channels.”

 

Business Wire

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc.
September 23, 2014 8:00 AM

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (“The ONE Group”) (STKS) today announced that it signed a hospitality services agreement with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust to provide food and beverage services at W Los Angeles – Westwood in Los Angeles, California, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014. In addition to providing pool side restaurant and hospitality services at the hotel, the Company will open an STK restaurant in 2015.

“We are excited to announce our collaboration with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, which marks a significant milestone for our Company. We are looking forward to leveraging our restaurant and hospitality expertise to bring guests at W Los Angeles the truly unique and cosmopolitan experience that they have come to expect from both us and the W Hotels brand. As an innovative luxury lifestyle brand, W Hotels combines a unique blend of cutting-edge design with glamorous entertainment experiences to provide renowned accommodations for the most contemporary and refined travellers, which we view as a synergistic fit with our core customer.” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group.

Segal continued, “This announcement follows our recent agreements with Meliá Hotels International for the new ME Miami, will include the operation of an STK Rebel, as well as the ME Milan Il Duca, both of which are scheduled to open in 2015. We are excited about the robust development pipeline that we are building for our Company and for our shareholders.”

About The ONE Group

The ONE Group develops and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides ONE Group Hospitality, a turn-key food and beverage service for hospitality venues including boutique hotels, casinos and other high-end locations both nationally and internationally. The ONE Group’s primary restaurant brand is STK. STK is a unique steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and in London. STK artfully blends two concepts, the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge, into one offering a high-energy, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. STK Rebel offers the same vibe-driven steakhouse with a slightly broader menu targeting both lunch and dinner guests at a more accessible price point. Additional information about The ONE Group can be found atwww.togrp.com.

About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) organized to opportunistically acquire and invest primarily in upper upscale, full-service hotels located in urban markets in major gateway cities. The Company owns interests in 31 hotels, including 25 wholly owned hotels, with a total of 6,046 guest rooms, and a 49% joint venture interest in six hotels, with a total of 1,775 guest rooms. The Company owns, or has an ownership interest in, hotels located in ten states and the District of Columbia, including: Los Angeles, California (Hollywood, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westwood); San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Miami, Florida; Buckhead, Georgia; Bethesda, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York, New York; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Columbia River Gorge, Washington; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit us at www.pebblebrookhotels.com and follow us on Twitter at @PebblebrookPEB.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including but not limited to, (1) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, our ability to open new restaurants and food and beverage locations in current and additional markets, grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with suppliers and obtain adequate supply of products and retain our key employees; (2) factors beyond our control that affect the number and timing of new restaurant openings, including weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory and/or licensing authorities; (3) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (4) the possibility that The ONE Group may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (5) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 1, 2014.

Investors are referred to the most recent reports filed with the SEC by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

Contact:
Investors:
ICR
Don Duffy or Sheryl Freeman, 203-682-8200

STK Chicago will be The ONE Group’s 10th Location

The ONE Group

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (“The ONE Group”) (STKS) today announced that it has signed a lease for a new STK in Chicago in 2015.

“We are very excited about launching the STK brand in Chicago. We’re confident that STK’s unique blend of innovative menu, vibrant lounge scene and high-energy atmosphere will resonate well with those consumers looking for a modern fine dining steakhouse destination,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group.

The new STK Chicago will be over 13,000 sq. ft. and will be located in the heart of River North at 360 North State Street. River North is one of Chicago’s top neighborhoods for dining and nightlife and is a prime destination for restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues. The River North area includes a large concentration of art galleries and is close to some of the top hotels in Chicago. The area has experienced residential development and population growth over the last several years.

“Our development pipeline is filling up nicely and is consistent with the growth strategy we articulated to the investment community when we went public. We expect to open two STKs in 2014, one of which has already opened in Washington, D.C. in April of this year, and we now expect to open at least two STKs in 2015, one each in Orlando and Chicago. In addition, we expect to launch a new hospitality services location in 2015,” continued Mr. Segal.

About The ONE Group

The ONE Group develops and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides ONExperience™, a turn-key food and beverage service for hospitality venues including boutique hotels, casinos and other high-end locations in the United States and United Kingdom. The ONE Group’s primary restaurant brand is STK®, a unique steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and in London. STK artfully blends two concepts, the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge, into one offering a high-energy, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. The ONE Group’s food and beverage hospitality services business provides the development, management and operations for premier restaurants and turn-key food and beverage services at high-end boutique hotels and casinos. Additional information about The ONE Group can be found at www.togrp.com.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including but not limited to, (1) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, our ability to open new restaurants and food and beverage locations in current and additional markets, grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with suppliers and obtain adequate supply of products and retain our key employees; (2) factors beyond our control that affect the number and timing of new restaurant openings, including weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory and/or licensing authorities; (3) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (4) the possibility that The ONE Group may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (5) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 1, 2014.

Investors are referred to the most recent reports filed with the SEC by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

Contact:
Investor Contact:
ICR
Don Duffy or Fitzhugh Taylor, 203.682.8200