Alliance Consumer Backs EVOL Foods

Boulder, Colo.-based EVOL Foods, which makes natural and organic frozen meals and snacks, has sealed a minority growth capital investment from private equity firm Alliance Consumer Growth. The financing will be used to expand EVOL’s distribution, and expand its products.

EVOL® Foods, Boulder-based maker of made-from-scratch natural and organic frozen meals and snacks, today announced it received a minority growth capital investment from leading consumer-focused private equity fund Alliance Consumer Growth (“ACG”). ACG’s investment will enable EVOL to further accelerate nationwide distribution, expand new product innovations, and continue to generate consumer awareness and trial.

EVOL’s chef-inspired frozen burritos, entrée bowls, pizzas and flatbreads are all-natural and delicious. From sourcing humanely- and sustainably-raised chicken and beef, to cheese and meat that is always hormone-free, EVOL is dedicated to finding responsible farmers and suppliers with the best-tasting, highest-quality ingredients.

After chef-entrepreneur Phil Anson launched the company in 2004 with a line of delicious frozen burritos, EVOL received an investment in 2009 from the founders of Bear Naked Granola, Brendan Synnott and Tom Spier. With Anson focusing on product innovation and quality, and Spier and Synnott actively involved in building the brand, the company has broadened its product line and distribution to become one of the fastest-growing natural food brands both locally (within Boulder, Colo.) and in the country.

“We’re excited to announce our partnership with ACG and we’re looking forward to the next stage of growth for the brand” said CEO Tom Spier. “We believe with this latest equity investment we can continue to build on the brand’s momentum and take EVOL Foods to the next level through new distribution opportunities, product innovation and driving brand trial.”

“Phil, Tom and Brendan recognized that products made with great-tasting, responsibly-produced natural ingredients would have broad appeal and could invigorate the frozen food category,” said ACG Managing Partner Trevor Nelson. “They are not only frozen food innovators, but also a best-in-class management team with whom we are tremendously excited to partner. We look forward to helping them continue to build the EVOL brand.”

San Francisco-based Bee Partners also participated in the transaction.

About EVOL Foods
EVOL (ee-vuhl) Foods, based in Boulder, Colo., is changing the way the world thinks about frozen food. Philip Anson, chief operating officer, chef and founder, is very choosy about what goes into his burritos, wraps, snacks, entrees, flatbreads and pizzas: antibiotic-free chicken, pork, beef and chorizo sausage; artisan hand-tossed dough; cage-free eggs; traditionally made tortillas; herb-roasted skin-on potatoes; house-made green chilé and salsas; and numerous local and organic ingredients. There’s a lot to LOVE about EVOL. EVOL Foods is available in grocers nationwide.
About Alliance Consumer Growth
Alliance Consumer Growth, based in New York, is a private equity fund which invests in high-growth, pioneering consumer brands such as BabyGanics, PawGanics, The Honest Kitchen and EVOL Foods. Prior investments by ACG principals include The Nest Collective (Plum Organics and Revolution Foods), and DenTek.