blue horizon buys stake in Runa LLC

blue horizon, a global impact investment firm, has invested in US-based Runa LLC (“Runa”). The investment was made together with PG Impact Investments.  It will help Runa’s growth plan and its efforts to enable small farmers within the Amazon rainforest.

Founded in 2009, Runa produces and markets 100% Organic, Fair Trade and Non-GMO certified “ready-to-drink” teas and energy drinks. Runa’s core ingredient is Guayusa tea (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”), a rare leaf from the Ecuadorian Amazon that contains as much caffeine as coffee and double the polyphenol antioxidants of green tea.

As a social enterprise, Runa is improving livelihoods for over 3,000 indigenous farming families in the Amazon who sustainably grow guayusa in the rainforest. To date, these farmers have planted in excess of 1.2 million guayusa trees. In 2015, Runa sold 4.5 million ready-to-drink bottles and energy cans in over 10,000 stores in the US, including Whole Foods and Safeway. Runa has been featured in National Geographic, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company and Dr. Oz.

Watch a National Geographic video about RUNA: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/140703-news-guayusa-tea-vin

Tyler Gage comments: “In the last few years, we have built the world’s only supply chain for guayusa and established the Runa brand in the US. We are now ready for the next phase of our expansion.”

 

About blue horizon

blue horizon was founded in 2015 with the vision that profit-oriented strategies and the common good can be united. blue horizon is a global, mission-driven private sector investment firm focused on scalable ventures that accelerates the global transition towards sustainable food and agriculture.
In 2016, the blue horizon Foundation was started to support the transformation of farms from animal factories to sustainable plant production facilities.

About PG Impact Investments

PG Impact Investments is  a global impact investment firm backed by Partners Group, one of the largest private markets investment managers in the world. PG Impact Investments was founded in 2015 with the vision that private investment, innovation and entrepreneurial talent can bring sustainable growth and provide solutions to the challenges facing our society.

About Runa

Founded in 2009, Runa is a producer and marketer of 100% Organic, Fair Trade and Non-GMO certified “ready-to-drink” teas and energy drinks. Runa’s core ingredient is Guayusa tea (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”), a rare leaf from the Ecuadorian Amazon that contains as much caffeine as coffee and double the polyphenol antioxidants of green tea. As a social enterprise, Runa is improving livelihoods for over 3’000 indigenous farming families in the Amazon who sustainably grow guayusa in the rainforest, and has planted in excess of 1.2 million guayusa trees.