Jan 4, 2022 • 44M

The Evolution of the Natural Foods Movement with Stephen Hughes, co-founder & GP at Sunrise Strategic Partners

The Consumer VC Podcast #186 with Stephen Hughes, co-founder & GP at Sunrise Strategic Partners

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Hey Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday.

The first episode of Consumer VC in 2022 is with Stephen Hughes, co-founder and General Partner of Sunrise Strategic Partners.

Sunrise Strategic Partners provides growth capital and expertise to emerging brands in the healthy, active, and sustainable living space. Some of their investments include Cali’flour foods, Kodiak Cakes, and Maple Hill Creamery.

If you’re interested in CPG, you won’t want to miss this episode. Stephen was one of the pioneers in the natural foods movement and we cover quite a lot of ground:

  • When should a DNVB head into retail

  • What makes a category attractive to invest in

  • His approach to packaging

  • History of the natural foods movement

  • Current analysis of the SPAC market

  • What strategics are looking for today in brands

I hope you enjoy!