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Back to blog February 08, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Gluten-Free Companies

Gluten-free food has been a significant trend for the past decade, especially the last few years. Consequently, select private equity firms have made investments in companies that offer an assortment of gluten-free food.

Our research database shows 52 investments in gluten-free brands (collectively held by 42 unique private equity firms). Of these, 36 are current holdings, 16 prior investments. 2017 had the most investments of any year thus far with 9 gluten-free portfolio investments. By comparison, there were 6 in 2018 and 3 in 2019.

Sample Transactions

Panoramic Growth Equity invested £1.5m of growth capital into Freed Foods. Freed Foods Limited is a premium healthy snack company producing various flavors of gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, organic tortilla chips and crackers.

Strand Equity made a minority investment in Real Good Foods. Real Good Foods offers high-protein and low-carb alternatives to traditional frozen foods. The Company’s products are grain-free, gluten-free, and made with all natural ingredients and zero preservatives.

San Francisco Equity Partners invested in Brazi Bites. Brazi Bites is a producer of naturally gluten-free Brazilian-style cheese bread.