Mikuna Foods, a Santa Barbara, CA-based clean, regenerative plant protein brand, closed a $5.6M seed funding round.
The roster of investors includes Olympians and World Champion athletes like Leticia Bufoni, professional skateboarder and six-time X Games gold medalist, professional surfer and three-time world champion Mick Fanning, and professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, as well as industry leaders like Joe Kudla, founder and CEO of Vuori Clothing; Shannan North, President of Boardriders; DJs & music producers Paul Fisher and Chris Lake; Bill and Laurie Benenson, award-winning documentary film directors and producers, and many others.
The company intends to use the funds to invest in people and teams, production capacity, retail and foodservice expansion, and product innovation beyond protein supplements.
Founded by Ricky Echanique, a native Ecuadorian from a fifth-generation farming family, and led by newly appointed Tara Kriese, Chief Executive Officer, and Gary Doherty, Chief Financial Officer, Milkuna offers Chocho, a regenerative, nutrient-dense plant, rich in fiber, iron, zinc, calcium and more protein than any other plant on the planet.
The company currently offers Chocho Superfood Protein, which includes 20 grams of complete protein from a single source, and the brand’s Pure Chocho flavor contains only one ingredient. Chocho Superfood Protein is also offered in two additional flavors — Vanilla and Cacao — and all three products are non-isolate, lectin-free, vegan, gluten-free, keto, paleo and non-GMO.
Products are sold direct-to-consumer on Mikunafoods.com, Amazon and in retailers and foodservice locations across Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and California.