Research and Development Spending: Tech Vs Consumer [Infographic]

Big consumer companies are slow to adapt to changing consumer tastes because they spend so little on researching what those tastes are. More investment in R&D could actually save Big CPG a lot of money in the long run because it could keep them from having to pay hundreds of millions to acquire upstart consumer ...

Helio Insights: Medicinal Mushrooms

The Helio Insights series uses our machine learning platform Helio to shine a spotlight on interesting products and brands in the consumer goods sector.  Medicinal mushrooms have been on several lists as a trend to watch in 2018, so we thought we’d take a data-driven look. Mushrooms-not just for pizza and soup anymore “Medicinal,” “adaptogenic,” ...

Helio Can Now Predict Future Product Distribution

By Arvind Ganesan and William Dowling  For a consumer brand that is sold offline, the number of doors it is sold in matters a lot.  The more doors, the more exposure a brand has and the greater opportunity it has to sell its products to customers.  If a brand is gaining doors, it’s generally a ...

Helio Insights: Sustainable Seafood

The Helio Insights series uses our machine learning platform Helio to shine a spotlight on interesting products and brands in the consumer goods sector. What is Sustainable Seafood? “Sustainable seafood” is seafood that is farmed in such a way that the long-term health of the species is preserved and the overall ecosystem is intact. Overfishing ...

Boost the Sales of Your Brand with Growth Analytics

Big consumer goods companies like Unilever and Nestle understand how to use sales data to get more shelf space (which in turn gets them more sales, thus better performance data). Small, growing consumer goods brands rarely tell their own stories using data, which makes it hard to truly break through the clutter and grow. Growth ...

Consumers Read Product Labels…Investors Should Too

By William Dowling and Jake Cabala  Today’s consumers care deeply about the ingredients and composition of the products they buy.  This is especially true in the health and beauty sector where over half of women carefully read ingredients of beauty products before deciding whether or not to purchase them.  While in some categories consumers scan ...

Chocolate Ingredients [Infographic]

Using the product model in our machine learning platform, Helio, we analyzed the ingredients of thousands of chocolate products.  

Why Kettle & Fire Chose CircleUp Credit Advisors

By Justin Mares, Founder of Kettle & Fire When business owners think of taking on capital to grow their business, one obvious choice is equity. Equity raises are celebrated in the news, often mean the involvement of a strategic partner, and offer the opportunity to assert a new valuation for the company. It’s exciting, but ...

How Halo Top Became a Consumer Sensation

Halo Top has emerged as one of the biggest consumer phenomenons in recent years, with a devoted consumer base that snaps up as much of its low-calorie high protein ice cream as stores can stock. Until recently, they did almost no advertising, and the team continues to forgo a traditional office, instead working remotely and ...

Announcing the Consumer Reach Index: A Measurement of Brand Growth

When you think about strong consumer brands, many of the companies that come to mind are probably brands that you encounter in your everyday life. The bottle of Coke you see while walking down the aisle of your local grocery store or the pint of Halo Top you see while scrolling on your favorite social ...