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mikClean Juice Opens First Store in New Hampshire

Husband and wife team open their first location in the Granite State while purchasing another in neighboring Connecticut

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NASHUA, N.H. /PRNewswire/ — Clean Juice®, the first and only USDA-certified organic juice and food bar franchise, announced the opening of its first store in Nashua, New Hampshire, located at 2 Cellu Drive in Amherst Street Village shopping plaza. Franchise owners Marybeth and Chris Fiengo will celebrate a weeklong Grand Opening to introduce the brand’s popular all-organic, hand-made smoothies, wraps, salads, acai bowls, and more beginning Saturday, September 16.

For years, Marybeth and Chris wanted a restaurant of their own. They considered New Haven-style pizza and other popular food concepts. Chris, who coached several community sports teams for young adults, noted how much pizza, burgers, and chicken people consumed and how limited access the community had to legitimate healthy restaurant options.

As the Fiengos started a conscious effort to live and eat healthier post-pandemic, they discovered that preventative health attitudes resonated with many others, including the baseball team Chris was coaching. This inspired them to research a concept that served organic, healthy, fast-casual food options. This was when they discovered Clean Juice.

“We traveled down to North Carolina for our Discovery Day and quickly realized we were aligned with an amazing vibe and mission,” said Chris. “We met with Landon and Kat and immediately connected. They are such great people who truly believe in this brand, and we felt right at home. They truly believe in their mission and the brand’s unrivaled healthy and clean products that so many guests have come to love. We wanted our community to have this!”

The tasting of Clean Juice’s product line-up sealed the deal for Marybeth and Chris, and they knew this was something that the residents of New Hampshire’s Gate City of Nashua would fall in love with.

“There are very few healthy food options in Nashua,” said Marybeth. “Even though considered healthier than the famous burger and chicken brands in our town, the healthy foods could be healthier. And that is Clean Juice!”

The Fiengos were so excited about their New Hampshire Clean Juice that they jumped on the chance to purchase the Simsbury Clean Juice store in Connecticut. Clean Juice opened in Simsbury in 2021 near several high-traffic shopping areas and high schools. Chris and Marybeth saw the opportunity to utilize its location to benefit its community while reaching more people interested in eating healthier while on the go. They are preparing an infrastructure that will enable day-to-day involvement across both locations.

“We are so thrilled for Marybeth and Chris and for the residents of Nashua to have access to truly healthy, fast, and delicious food,” said Landon Eckles, CEO of Clean Juice. “We are inspired by their high-energy and can-do, positive attitudes! While our menu is truly amazing and makes you feel good, the success of Clean Juice relies on its people and their desire to serve others.”

 About Clean Juice®

Landon and Kat Eckles started Clean Juice® in 2016 as the first USDA-certified organic juice and food bar franchise focused on sharing the importance of an organic, plant-based diet. Rooted in the “healthy body and a strong spirit” (3 John 1:2) scripture, Clean Juice® offers only organic cold-pressed fresh and bottled juices, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, açaí bowls, toasts, salads, and other healthy foods in a warm and welcoming retail experience. The organization has over 100 open stores, with another 50+ in development. For more information about Clean Juice®, its leadership team, core values, and franchising opportunities, please visit www.cleanjuice.com or www.cleanjuicefranchising.com.

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Sipping Sunshine: Celebrating National Margarita Day

Celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd with a glass rimmed with salt, savoring the taste of summer whether on the rocks or blended! 🍹☀️ #NationalMargaritaDay

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February 22nd marks a beloved occasion for cocktail enthusiasts worldwide – National Margarita Day! This festive day invites individuals to raise their glasses and indulge in the tangy, refreshing flavors of this iconic beverage.

The classic Margarita, with its perfect blend of zesty lime, smooth tequila, and a touch of sweetness, encapsulates the essence of summer in every sip. Whether you prefer it on the rocks, elegantly garnished with a salted rim, or blended to icy perfection, National Margarita Day is a celebration of versatility and taste.

Beyond its delightful flavors, the Margarita embodies a spirit of relaxation and enjoyment. It’s a drink that beckons you to unwind, kick back, and savor the moment. Whether shared with friends at a lively gathering or enjoyed solo as a personal indulgence, the Margarita has a way of brightening any occasion.

So, on this National Margarita Day, take a moment to treat yourself to this timeless cocktail. Allow yourself to be transported to a sun-soaked beach with every sip, relishing the flavors and embracing the carefree spirit that the Margarita embodies.

Whether you’re a devoted Margarita aficionado or new to the world of tequila-based delights, National Margarita Day is the perfect excuse to raise a glass, toast to good times, and celebrate the joy of this beloved cocktail. Cheers to National Margarita Day – a day dedicated to sipping sunshine in a glass!

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TEXAS-BASED AUSTIN COCKTAILS NAMED OFFICIAL CANNED COCKTAIL PARTNER OF THE PROFESSIONAL PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION

Rapidly Growing, Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Company Is Tapping into the #1 Growing Sport In The U.S.A.

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AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — This month, Austin Cocktails and the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA Tour) are announcing a multi-year marketing partnership, introducing the brand as the “Official Canned Cocktail Partner of the PPA Tour.” Austin Cocktails is a female-founded, premium cocktail brand that is tapping into the national pickleball craze with an all-out campaign in partnership with the PPA Tour, targeting the sport’s most loyal fans. From activations and venue takeovers to swag, sponsorships, and social collaborations, Austin Cocktails is becoming synonymous with the hottest cultural phenomenon to reach consumers and pickleball devotees across the nation. 

“We are thrilled to become the PPA Tour’s exclusive spirit-based ready-to-drink and ready-to-serve sponsor. Pickleball is a huge part of my family and community already. I have seen the rapid growth and participation first-hand for players of all levels, including my son whose college team recently won the National Championship,” says Austin Cocktails Co-Founder Jill Burns. “Austin Cocktails knows what it’s like to break new ground like the PPA and are honored to partner with them as the growth of this sport continues.”

“Pickleball and the PPA Tour are synonymous with fun and camaraderie, and Austin Cocktails is the perfect partner to help elevate that experience to fans,” said Kim Pettit, Vice President of Partnerships at the PPA Tour. “We are excited to welcome Austin Cocktails to our spectacular events across the country and share in the joy of pickleball and a good beverage!”

Cocktail enthusiasts and pickleball fans will be able to attend the tour’s scheduled tournaments and events this year to watch the world’s top professional pickleball players, while enjoying Austin Cocktails drinks courtside. Available in three varieties— Bergamot Orange Margarita, Cucumber Vodka Mojito, and Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail— these full-strength, spirit-based cocktails are made with natural ingredients and sweetened with just a touch of agave. Subtle carbonation helps deliver a balanced, elevated clean taste in the convenience of a can.

For more information about this year’s PPA Tour scheduled events and tournaments, please visit PPATour.com, and for more information about Austin Cocktails, please visit AustinCocktails.com. Follow along via @AustinCocktails #AustinCocktails  

About Austin Cocktails
Austin Cocktails is an Austin-based premium cocktail brand founded by two sisters. The brand was inspired by their grandfather’s tradition of “Cocktail Time,” an inviolable family ritual of dropping everything at 5 o’clock to have a cocktail with everyone around at the end of a long day. Mixed with premium spirits and complex, natural ingredients, Austin Cocktails offers consumers an elevated flavor experience with pour over simplicity, delivering more spirit, complexity, balance, and naturally less sugar. At 12.5% ABV, Austin Cocktails is available in three distinct varieties ranging from 95-122 calories – Bergamot Orange Margarita, Cucumber Vodka Mojito, and Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail. Simply pour over ice and garnish to enjoy.  

About Carvana PPA Tour:
Founded in 2019, the Carvana PPA Tour is where pickleball’s top athletes go head-to-head to determine the best male and female players in the world. The Carvana PPA Tour organizes and conducts tournaments at world-class facilities across the country, establishes player rankings, and showcases the world’s best pickleball week in and week out. Inviting amateur players to also compete and “play where the pros play,” the Carvana PPA Tour offers divisions for every age group and skill level. Characterized by a uniquely festive and fun atmosphere, Carvana PPA Tour events deliver unparalleled experiences for fans on-site, including pro player meet-and-greets, clinics, food, beverages, live entertainment, giveaways, games, shopping, and VIP upgrades. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com, and follow us on social: TwitterInstagramYouTubeFacebookLinkedIn

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Açaí Brand OAKBERRY Raises $67 million in Series C Funding with BTG Pactual to Grow U.S. Restaurant Footprint

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MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — Today, global açaí brand OAKBERRY announced that it has successfully raised $67 million (325 million Brazilian Reais) through a Series C funding round. The round was raised through funds managed by the Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual (BPAC11) – the largest investment bank in Latin America, including an impact fund portfolio. The new partnership will accelerate OAKBERRY’s global expansion strategy, most notably through rapid growth in the United States market.


Açaí brand OAKBERRY has successfully raised $67 million to accelerate its global expansion strategy.

Founded in 2016 with the ambition to make better-for-you food more easily accessible, the company currently has approximately 700 stores across more than 40 countries. Now, the Brazilian-founded açaí brand expects to reach over $200 million in revenue and nearly 1,000 stores globally by the end of 2024.

“We designed OAKBERRY to be a global brand with a strong footprint in the United States, and the investment from BTG Pactual brings not only a financial partner, but also a strategic partner with a keen focus on reinforcing our expansion. The strategy to invest in corporate stores in high demand markets, like the United States, represents an excellent opportunity for capital allocation while, at the same time, establishing our brand in these regions,” said Georgios Frangulis, CEO and Co-Founder of OAKBERRY. 

Since the arrival of Bruno Cardinali as Global Head of Marketing and Leandro Gasparin as Head of Business North America, the pair – both alumna from dominating restaurant chains Burger King and Popeyes – have guided OAKBERRY through an aggressive expansion in the U.S. and globally, opening more than 150 new stores in 2023 alone. Now, with 35 locations in the U.S., Cardinali and Gasparin, in partnership with OAKBERRY’s leadership team and BTG Pactual, will lead the açaí brand to 200+ U.S. stores, while also tripling its European footprint by 2026. 

In addition to its corporate stores in the United States, the chain is exploring co-investments in countries such as Australia and Portugal as additional markets of importance for funding allocations from the capital round.

This latest funding round represents the third time OAKBERRY has strengthened its capital structure. In 2021, the company raised its first private round of $17.3 million with Monte Bravo and its manager, Kilima Asset, to invest in its fully verticalized operations. In 2022, the brand made its capital market debut with the issue of a green Agribusiness Receivables Certificate (CRA) of $10.3 million for the purchase of sustainably managed açaí. OAKBERRY’s sustainable sourcing and operation, with clear ESG metrics monitored by external auditing companies, was one of the key elements that caught the attention of BTG Pactual’s impact fund. The company is dedicated to promoting the sustainable agriculture of its suppliers, contributing significantly to the local economy of riverside residents.

To learn more about OAKBERRY, visit https://oakberry.com/en/, and for franchise opportunities visit https://oakberryfranchise.com/.

About OAKBERRY
OAKBERRY was founded in Brazil in 2016 by Georgios Frangulis and Renato Haidar following a dream to create a quick-service superfood brand that is delicious, easy and fun to eat, and accessible to everyone. That dream became OAKBERRY’s refreshing and indulgent menu of açaí bowls and smoothies served up in visually appealing layers of açaí and customizable, unlimited toppings at shops worldwide. OAKBERRY’s açaí is sustainably sourced from Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest and is an abundant source of energy, rich in antioxidants, all-natural and organic with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors added. 

A fast-growing brand with over 700 locations across 40 countries, OAKBERRY’S fully verticalized business model provides flexibility and operational efficiencies for its growing franchise model. To learn more about OAKBERRY, visit https://oakberry.com/en/ and follow along on social media at @oakberryusa; for franchise opportunities visit https://oakberryfranchise.com/.

About BTG Pactual

BTG Pactual (BPAC11) is the largest investment bank in Latin America and operates in the Investment Banking, Corporate Lending, Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Wealth Management and Banking markets. BTG Pactual has established itself as one of the most innovative investment platforms in the country, with a complete transactional bank to support the moment in life and the construction of its clients’ stories. Furthermore, it is a pioneer in the ESG agenda, with financial products that support the transition to a greener and more sustainable economy. The institution is internationally recognized and awarded, and has more than 7,000 employees in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, United States, Portugal and Luxembourg.

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