Trilantic North America has made a new investment in Sunrise Strategic Partners, a Boulder, CO based accelerator of emerging brands in the healthy, active and sustainable living market.

“Our partnership with Trilantic North America has created a new model for value creation for emerging brands in our sector,” said Steve Hughes, co-founder and managing partner of Sunrise Strategic Partners. “The capital, and more importantly growth expertise, we provide is empowering brands to disrupt their categories. We are excited to continue this rewarding partnership with Jamie Manges and the entire Trilantic North America team.” 

Sunrise has recently completed two exits. Sunrise invested in Kodiak Cakes in 2016 and was also an investor in Vital Farms, which completed its IPO in 2020. Other brands in the Sunrise portfolio include Cali’flour Foods, Coolhaus, Kill Cliff, Little Secrets, Maple Hill Creamery, Pact, and Teton Waters Ranch.

“With two successful exits and a portfolio of world-class brands, Sunrise Strategic Partners remains well-positioned to continue identifying and accelerating brands in the better-for-you food and beverage space,” said Jamie Manges, partner at Trilantic North America. “We look forward to the next phase of our partnership, supporting the next generation of extraordinary founders and scaling their businesses to become category leaders.”

“Joining Sunrise allows me to live my passion of helping founders and management teams scale their business and create tremendous value,” said Peter Burns, managing partner of Sunrise Strategic Partners. “Millennial consumers are driving a massive shift from legacy brands to emerging brands that are better aligned with their values. I’m excited to join Sunrise because we are uniquely positioned to partner with these disruptive brands and provide the tools and expertise needed to capitalize on this shift in the industry.”

Sunrise has also promoted Nick Mole to principal.