COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--D.A. Davidson & Co. announced that it has served as exclusive financial advisor to Chef’d, Inc., a best in class e-commerce meal marketplace, in its first closing of the Series B capital raise with Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) and Fresh Direct, LLC. The transaction makes Campbell the largest strategic investor in Chef’d, an El Segundo, California-based company. As part of this first close, Fresh Direct made a follow-on investment to their Series A investment.
Chef’d offers consumers across the U.S. the opportunity to choose and reorder meals at any given time without the hassle and cost of subscriptions or membership fees. Chef’d collaborates with a rapidly growing group of commercial partners. To date, the company has aligned with over 125 different groups, including notable chefs, culinary personalities, media outlets, technology companies, and a host of trusted brands in food, fitness and health & wellness to offer over 1,000 meal solutions spanning all meal occasions.
“We are always looking to add strategic partners and Campbell’s outlook on the future of food and e-commerce aligns perfectly with the Chef’d vision of the future of online grocery,” said Kyle Ransford, CEO at Chef’d. “Both Campbell and Chef’d believe in continuing to drive innovation in the new food economy, particularly around consumer customization and e-commerce solutions.”
“Chef’d is a true innovator in the rapidly growing direct-to-consumer food market. It is fitting that they have aligned with a dynamic, progressive, forward-looking organization such as Campbell Soup Company,” said Jeff Cleveland, Managing Director and Head of Food, Beverage and Agriculture Investment Banking at D.A. Davidson. “We are privileged to represent Chef’d in securing this and future investments.”
Kyle Ransford added, “We look forward to continuing to work with Jeff and his team at D.A. Davidson. They have been instrumental in positioning our company for this capital raise and in representing Chef’d in the marketplace as a trusted advisor.”
Campbell’s and Fresh Direct’s investment is the first closing of the Series B capital raise. D.A. Davidson continues to represent Chef’d as their exclusive financial advisor in the Series B capital raise.
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