Category: CircleUp News & Resources

Helio Insights: Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a significant impact on businesses across the globe, including consumer packaged goods (CPG). At CircleUp, we are closely tracking developments in our industry using data from our machine-learning platform, Helio, to better understand the resulting changes in consumer behavior across categories, brands, channels and retailers in the United States. ...

Welcome Koia – Here’s to a Plant-Based Future!

Our team first met Chris Hunter in 2017, early in his journey in making Koia the leading plant-based beverage company in the United States. His story is an inspiring one – from founding Four Loko at the age of 25 to selling Not Your Father’s Root Beer to Pabst to becoming a spokesperson for a ...

Enter Corona: Emerging CPG, Pandemic, and Recession

The longest period of economic expansion in modern US history has just come to a crashing end, courtesy of the COVID-19 virus and a price war in the global oil markets. The global economy is seemingly grinding to a halt as more and more of the world is now adjusting to “shelter-in-place” mandates from governmental ...

On Data, Unicorns and Granola Bars

A quant’s journey in the private markets After a career spent applying systematic and data driven techniques to investing in the public markets, I am now on a path to do the same in the private markets. The time is now for quantitative investing to begin, in earnest, the disruption of the private markets. The ...

Welcome Peach––making the side-hustle work for women

To help women thrive. That’s the mission of Peach, a direct sales, lifestyle apparel brand focused specifically on contemporary athleisure and it’s a big part of the reason that CircleUp Growth Partners made an investment in the business. We are thrilled to welcome Janet Kraus (CEO), Derek Ohly (COO) and the entire Peach team to ...

CircleUp25: Announcing the 2019 Winners

We’re excited to share the seventh installment of CircleUp25, our annual award recognizing some of the most innovative consumer brands on the market.  CircleUp25 is decided on by our expert judges and Helio, our technology platform that identifies, classifies, and evaluates an ever-growing universe of consumer brands. The finalists signal where innovation in the consumer ...

Welcome Cali’flour Foods –– the better-for-you and grain-free pizza

There’s a lot of confusion today about what “better-for-you” means. Is it low carb? High protein? Low calorie? Low sugar? Grain-free? And, the question of “does it taste good?” is often an afterthought. It’s not easy to come across a product that has a quantifiably better nutrition profile and is known for its taste. When ...

Who are the most innovative consumer brands of 2019?

Announcing the call for nominations for the seventh annual CircleUp25

Welcome The Good Crisp Company––the guilt-free stacked chips

Originally hailing from Australia, The Good Crisp Companyhas reimagined the classic canister stacked chip and is now winning over the American consumer with their guilt-free and great tasting potato chips. Earlier this year, we announced our investment in the company and today we wanted to share why we were most excited by the opportunity. An ...

Webinar Recap: Why Flexible Working Capital Could Be The Right Solution For Your Brand

CircleUp Credit Advisors (CCA) has financed a portfolio of over 100 emerging CPG brands and extended $150M+ in credit since launching in mid-2017. We lend to all types of consumer brands using innovative credit products, second-to-none consumer industry expertise, and friendly terms to make the process easy. Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar on ...