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YPOG advises Katjes Greenfood on € 36 million financing of The Rainforest Company

18. Janu­ary 2023

Berlin/Cologne — The funding of The Rain­fo­rest Company has a total volume of € 36 million and was led by Kalt­roco Ltd. Katjes Green­food parti­ci­pa­ted in the finan­cing round via a secon­dary. This is one of the largest finan­cing rounds in the German food tech sector in 2022 and the largest invest­ment amount recei­ved by a women-led food tech company in Europe to date. A YPOG team co-led by Johan­nes Janning and Benja­min Ullrich advi­sed Katjes Green­food on this finan­cing round for food startup The Rain­fo­rest Company.

The Rain­fo­rest Company achie­ved impres­sive growth rates in 2018 following the entry of Katjes Green­food. Thanks to a success­ful multich­an­nel stra­tegy with listings in more than 12,000 retail loca­ti­ons world­wide and a strong D2C busi­ness, the startup has already achie­ved sales of € 20 million. In order to further expand the company’s success, the addi­tio­nal capi­tal will be used for inter­na­tio­na­liz­a­tion and product expansion.

Albana Rama (photo © THe Rain­fo­rest Company) is foun­der of The Rain­fo­rest Company, the Euro­pean pioneer of sustainable super­foods with a focus on açaí, the “super­food” from the Brazi­lian rain­fo­rest. There are curr­ently two natu­ral, vegan products: The frozen açaí puree of the tropi­cal fruit, which is curr­ently parti­cu­larly popu­lar for prepa­ring healthy bowls and deli­cious smoot­hies, and the world’s first açaí bowl-to-go in blue­berry, mango and ginger flavors.

About Katjes Greenfood

Katjes­green­food GmbH & Co. KG, based in Düssel­dorf, toge­ther with its two sister compa­nies Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG and Katjes Inter­na­tio­nal GmbH & Co. KG, form the Katjes Group. As a legally inde­pen­dent invest­ment company, it invests in growth compa­nies in the food indus­try that are rede­fi­ning the future of nutri­tion with inno­va­tive and sustainable products. In addi­tion to finan­cial invest­ments, a profound network and in-depth exper­tise in food retail­ing are the central pillars on the basis of which the port­fo­lio compa­nies are built into market leaders and the iconic brands of tomorrow.

About The Rain­fo­rest Company

Since 2016, The Rain­fo­rest Company has been on a mission to provide 100% natu­ral foods to make a lasting diffe­rence in the lives of its custo­mers across Europe. The company specia­li­zes in the vegan life­style, super­foods, acai-based products, orga­nic and healthy foods, and trans­pa­rent sustaina­bi­lity. The Rain­fo­rest Company was foun­ded in 2016 and is based in Berlin.

Consul­tant Katjes Green­food: YPOG
Dr. Johan­nes Janning (Co-Lead, Tran­sac­tions), Part­ner (elect)
Dr. Benja­min Ullrich (Co-Lead, Tran­sac­tions), Partner

About YPOG

YPOG is a specia­list tax and commer­cial law firm opera­ting in the core areas of Funds, Tax and Tran­sac­tions. The YPOG team advi­ses a wide variety of clients. These include emer­ging tech­no­logy compa­nies and family-run medium-sized enter­pri­ses as well as corpo­ra­ti­ons and private equity/venture capi­tal funds. YPOG is one of the leading addres­ses for venture capi­tal, private equity and fund struc­tu­ring in Germany. The firm and its part­ners are natio­nally and inter­na­tio­nally ranked by JUVE, Best Lawy­ers, Legal 500, Focus, and Cham­bers and Part­ners. Today, YPOG employs more than 100 expe­ri­en­ced lawy­ers, tax advi­sors, tax specia­lists and a notary in three offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

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