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05.09.11 CWC Q1 2011 Health and Wellness M&A and Financing Report


This report is prepared as a courtesy to the Health and Wellness business community by Columbia West Capital, LLC based on our research and information collected by our firm. Despite our dedicated efforts, occasionally a deal might be missed or appropriate credit not given to legal or financial advisors. Please feel free to contact us if you have information on a transaction that you want to assure is included and credit attributed to appropriate advisors.     

M&A - Strategic 

1/13/2011 Asantae Holdings International Inc. (TSXV: JVA) acquired the rights to an immune system supplement formula of Health Technology Resources Inc. Health Technology Resources is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Asantae produces, markets, and distributes nutritional products and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

1/19/2011 Glanbia plc (ISE: GL9) acquired Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition, Inc. (BSN) for $140 million.  BSN manufactures and markets sports nutrition products and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.  Glanbia engages in the processing and marketing of cheese, dairy-based food ingredients, nutritional products and dairy-based consumer products, and is based in Kilkenny, Ireland.    

2/16/2011 Sprouts Farmers Market, LLC signed a definitive agreement to acquire Henry's Farmers Market from Smart & Final Stores Corporation. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Henry's owns and operates natural food stores, and is headquartered in Irvine, California.  Sprouts owns and operates a network of food retail stores and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.    

3/28/2011 Blue Gold Beverages Inc. (OTCPK: BGBV) executed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of Epic Nutrition, LLC. Epic Nutrition manufactures and distributes dietary supplements, and is based in Jupiter, Florida.  Blue Gold engages in water and beverage bottling operations and is based in Humble, Texas.      

M&A - Financial    

1/10/2011 TA Associates, Inc. acquired a majority stake in Dymatize Enterprises, Inc. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dymatize Enterprises manufactures and supplies nutritional supplements to college, Olympic, and professional athletic programs and is headquartered in Farmers Branch, Texas.  TA Associates is a private equity and venture capital firm and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.      

1/25/2011 Sycamore Ventures, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SYVN) acquired Whole In One Organics, Ltd. from Aero Financial, Inc. Whole In One Organics offers nutritional products for mental, muscular, and cardiovascular systems and skin, and is based in Los Angeles, California. Sycamore Venture's mission is to build a diversified holding company with a focus in Health, Nutrition and Education and is based in San Diego, California.    

1/26/2010 ICV Capital Partners, LLC acquired an unknown stake in Stauber Performance Ingredients, Inc. from J.H. Whitney & Co., LLC. Stauber distributes ingredients to food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and health food supplement industries and is based in Fullerton, California. ICV is a private equity firm and is headquartered in New York, New York.    

2/11/2011 Chongqing Difa Investment Management Limited Company acquired Fitwayvitamins, Inc.  Fitwayvitamins intends to develop a line of vitamins, protein powder, nutritional bars, and slimming aids, and is based in Carson City, Nevada.  Chongqing Difa is based in Chongqing, China.    

Private Placements    

1/27/2011 Joint Juice, Inc. announced that it will raise $9.2 million in a round of funding. Joint Juice produces drink mixes, supplement drinks, and supplements and is based in San Francisco, California.    

1/31/2011 DC Brands International Inc. (OTCBB: DCBR) announced a round of equity funding for gross proceeds of $10.0 million. DC Brands engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of health related products and is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.        

2/11/2011 Dr. Sears Family Essentials, Inc. announced that it will raise $6.2 million in a round of equity funding. Dr Sears operates as a functional food and beverage company and is based in Irvine, California.        

2/17/2011 Cambrooke Foods, LLC announced that it will raise $10.0 million in a round of funding led by Galen Partners and other investors. Cambrooke Foods provides dietary food products for people with errors of protein metabolism and is based in Iyer, Massachusetts.        

3/7/2011 Revolucion World Wide, LLC announced a round of funding for gross proceeds of $11.0 million. Revolucion World Wide markets nutritional supplements in the form of shakes, juices and snacks and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.