Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners Invests in Texas-Based NurturMe

Partnership with Farm Credit and USDA Rural Business Investment
Program Funds First Pure Quinoa-Based Baby and Toddler Food Company

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NurturMe–Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners, LP (ACAP) announced today a
$3.7 million investment in NurturMe, which produces organic quinoa-based
baby food and toddler snacks. Dedicated to providing capital to
companies in food and agribusiness industries, ACAP has selected
NurturMe – a startup founded by Austin, Texas-based entrepreneurs
Caroline Freedman and Lauren de la Rosa – as the first company within
the baby food category to receive support from the fund. The investment
will help NurturMe accelerate its rapid growth as the first and only
brand to offer pure organic quinoa products for babies and toddlers, as
well as expand its innovative family of naturally gluten-free, organic
ancient grain-based baby and toddler foods.

“We created NurturMe as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to
the traditional options on the baby food aisle,” said Caroline Freedman,
cofounder and CEO of NurturMe. “We’re dedicated to finding innovative
new ways to ensure children are forming healthy eating habits right from
the start and are excited to continue revolutionizing the way modern,
health-conscious parents feed their little ones.”

A certified B Corporation, NurturMe has experienced rapid growth since
launching its first line of organic quinoa-focused products in 2014. By
end of year, NurturMe baby and toddler foods will be available in more
than 5,000 stores nationwide, including major retailers such as
Babies“R”Us® and buybuy BABY, as well as Whole Foods Market and Safeway.

“NurturMe paved a new path with its innovative quinoa-based products and
is working to set the standard for ancient grain-based, gluten-free baby
and toddler food ingredients,” said Tyler Mayoras, Principal at
Advantage Capital. “A greater focus on nutrition is driving a boom in
the baby foods market as parents look to start early to influence
babies’ food habits. This is a company with a great growth trajectory,
doubling its sales in the last two years, and we look forward to
watching its continued success.”

In addition to providing healthier, more nutrient-rich baby and toddler
foods that are certified-organic, naturally gluten-free, non-GMO and
kosher, NurturMe is committed to influencing social and environmental
change. In 2015, the company launched NurturNiños, a charitable
initiative to support the health, education and other basic needs of
children in the farming communities and surrounding rural areas where
its organic quinoa is sourced.

“I’m thrilled that the Rural Business Investment Company is maintaining
momentum to deliver private sector investment in rural America,” said
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Matching private investors
with businesses in rural communities helps companies get the capital
they need to grow and create jobs. We are excited to see this fund
continue to support businesses like NurturMe and look forward to seeing
more partnerships like this come to fruition in the coming months.”

ACAP is a $154.5 million fund that is licensed by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC). The
fund is a partnership between Advantage Capital and nine Farm Credit
organizations, established to bring together resources and people
focused on providing more private capital, small business investment and
quality jobs to rural America. Farm Credit supports rural communities
and agriculture with reliable, consistent access to credit and financial

About Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners, LP (ACAP)

Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners, LP (ACAP) is a $154.5 million
fund that is licensed as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which focuses on businesses
involved in the production, processing and supply of agricultural
products. It is a partnership between Advantage Capital Partners and
nine Farm Credit organizations: AgCountry Farm Credit Services (Fargo,
N.D.); AgStar Financial Services (Mankato, Minn.); AgriBank (St. Paul,
Minn.); Capital Farm Credit (Bryan, Texas); CoBank (Denver, Colo.); Farm
Credit Bank of Texas (Austin, Texas); Farm Credit Services of America
(Omaha, Neb.); Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (Louisville, Ky.);
and United FCS (Willmar, Minn.).

About Farm Credit

Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable,
consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm
Credit has been fulfilling its mission of helping these areas grow and
thrive for a century by providing farmers, ranchers and others in rural
America with the capital they need to make their businesses successful
and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services.
Because a steady flow of capital means more jobs and economic growth,
Farm Credit is able to invest in the vibrancy of communities throughout
rural America. For more information about Farm Credit, visit

About NurturMe

NurturMe is the first and only family of gluten-free ancient grain-based
meals and snacks for little ones. The company’s innovative Quinoa Infant
Cereals, NurturMeals Baby Food, Quinoa Squares and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler
snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first
steps, and everywhere in between – creating healthy eating habits right
from the start. A Certified B Corporation, all NurturMe baby and toddler
foods are certified-organic, naturally gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher,
without any added preservatives or sugars. Only the good stuff. For more
information on NurturMe’s gluten-free family of baby food and toddler
snacks, visit

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accredited investors within the meaning of Regulation D under the
Securities Act of 1933 (Reg. D) will be permitted to review offering
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accredited investors, individuals and institutions must provide certain
information and satisfy the criteria of Rule 506(c) under Reg. D.
Advantage Capital has not admitted any new investors to Advantage
Capital Agribusiness Partners since the fund closed in 2014 and has no
intent to open the fund to new investors during the life of the fund.


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