Coolhaus, a US-based ice cream manufacturer, has received an undisclosed investment from Sunrise Strategic Partners.
Located in Los Angeles, Coolhaus makes sweet and savoury ice cream, and has recently rolled out a vegan range. The company initially launched its product via ice cream trucks, but now has a presence in more than 6,000 grocery stores, including speciality outlets and conventional retailers.
Natasha Case, chief executive and founder of Coolhaus, said: “Coolhaus has seen strong growth and impressive brand loyalty since launching in 2009. With our continued innovation in super premium flavours, our new vegan line, and a brand new novelty concept, we have lots on the dashboard to propel our growth. I’m looking forward to leveraging the Sunrise team’s expertise as we continue to expand.”
Sunrise is based in Colorado and was co-founded by Steve Hughes and private-equity firm Trilantic North America. Hughes was also the founder of health and wellness food producer Boulder Brands, which is part of Pinnacle Foods, the US manufacturer set to be acquired by fellow giant Conagra Brands.
Sunrise describes itself as an accelerator investor in emerging brands revolving around the “healthy, active and sustainable living space”.
The fund’s other investments include US confectioner Little Secrets and US egg supplier Vital Farms.
Hughes said: “Natasha’s story of starting Coolhaus is one of the most creative entrepreneurial feats I have encountered in my career. Her passion has created a unique and impressive brand that brings innovative flavours and formats to the ice cream category and is celebrated by loyal consumers across the country.”