Clean, Regenerative Plant-Based Protein Brand Mikuna Raises $5.6M in Seed Funding
Superfood Company Builds Sports Investor List, Expands Retail and Restaurant Partnerships
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Mikuna Foods announced the closure of its $5.6M seed tower – a major source of momentum that will further accelerate Mikuna’s efforts to increase production capacity and launch its products nationwide over the next year. Mikuna is the first company to introduce Chocho – a clean superfood protein from the Andes – to the US market.
The oversubscribed round was led by a collective of internationally renowned athletes, stakeholders and advisor-investors aligned with the mission and at the forefront of wellness, food, sustainability, music and of the culture. The round table is also marked by the appointment of Tara Kriesea consumer marketing veteran, as CEO of mikunaand Gary Doherty as chief financial officer.
“Mikuna has identified an exceptionally promising white space in the growing plant-based protein market, and I’m thrilled to join the company at such a crucial time of growth and innovation,” said Tara Kriese. “Chocho is the future of plant-based protein, and as we look to the brand’s pipeline of products and innovations, Mikuna is poised to bring the plant-based industry back to its clean, whole food roots.”
For its seed funding, Mikuna’s roster of investors includes Olympians and world champion athletes like Leticia Bufoni, professional skateboarder and six-time X Games gold medalist, pro surfer and three-time world champion. Mick Fanningand professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg. The brand has also attracted investment from industry leaders like Joe Kudlafounder and CEO of Vuori Clothing; North ShannanPresident of Boardriders; DJs and music producers Paul Fisher and Lake Chris; Bill and Laurie Benensonaward-winning documentary film directors and producers, and many more.
“Mikuna has been a game-changer in my personal nutritional journey and provides me with, in my opinion, the best vegetable protein that I need to perform at the highest level,” says Leticia Bufoni. “I’m thrilled to be part of their mission.”
“I’ve always wanted a clean protein powder, and Mikuna is as clean as it gets with one simple ingredient, Chocho,” says pro surfer Mick Fanning. “With Mikuna, I am investing in both the future of nutrition and our planet, and joining such an impressive community of individuals to support Mikuna’s growth was a natural fit for me.”
Founded by Ricky Mechanicala native Ecuadorian from a fifth-generation farming family, mikuna offers Chocho, a regenerative, nutrient-dense plant rich in fiber, iron, zinc, calcium and more protein than any other plant on the planet. Although the plant has been used by indigenous communities for thousands of years, mikuna is uniquely positioned by Ricky’s Ecuadorian heritage and personal connections within the Andean farming community to be the exclusive supplier of premium Chocho to the US market.
“My entrepreneurial focus has always been rooted in building and supporting brands with bold visions, and I’m thrilled to be part of an incredible community of investors at a time when Mikuna is growing rapidly,” says Joe Kudla, Founder and CEO of Vuori Clothing. “The plant-based protein market is truly ripe for disruption, and Mikuna is leading the charge by introducing clean, naturally regenerative and nutritionally-packed plant-based protein with versatility that will enable rapid market and product expansion.
Like mikuna is embarking on its next stage of growth, the infusion of $5.6M will fuel the company’s investments in people and teams, production capacity, retail and foodservice expansion, and product innovation beyond protein supplements.
mikuna currently offers Chocho Superfood Protein, which includes 20 grams of complete protein from a single source, and the brand’s Pure Chocho flavor contains only one ingredient. Chocho Superfood Protein also comes in two additional flavors – Vanilla and Cocoa – and all three products are non-isolated, lectin-free, vegan, gluten-free, keto, paleo, and non-GMO.
mikuna the products are sold directly to the consumer on Mikunafoods.comAmazon and in retailers and food establishments across Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and California.
About Mikuna Foods
Mikuna is the first company to introduce Chocho to the US market. As part of a mission to change the future of food in a way that has a positive and lasting effect on the planet, Mikuna has built the operations and network of local Andean farmers to provide the supply necessary to meet the demands of high-growing plants. protein based category. Mikuna prides itself on creating clean, plant-based products that are rooted in regenerative agriculture and strives to have a positive global impact.
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SOURCE Mikuna Foods