Food & Beverage Magazine May 2020

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Boston Sword & Tuna (BST) announced April 6th the opening of its 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility located at 10 Codfish Way in Boston, MA 02210. BST announced in January 2018 its plans to leave its former 33,000 square foot facility on Seafood Way, where it had been since 2001, for the larger facility a half-mile away in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, part of a 6.5 acre waterfront property. The company remains less than three miles from Logan International Airport, which conveniently suits its 24-to-48 hour online order and delivery effort. The facility boasts a continuously controlled temperature monitoring system which is managed through energy consumption for maximum efficiency. The company said it has worked in conjunction with a business partner to allow instant access to temperature readings while on and off site at this facility. BST has also installed a completely automated


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ozonated water system with both on and offsite monitoring. BST said, "We are excited to introduce our new completely automated sanitation system which includes door foamers for the proper sanitation of all rolling equipment as they travel throughout our facility. The door foamers are also in place for the BST team members to ensure clean and sanitary working conditions throughout our facility. Each one of our processing divisions are equipped with a wall mounted sanitation system to ensure the most advanced procedures are carried out by our committed staff. Each morning before production begins microbiological swabs are taken to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness for our facility and production areas."

The company noted that Its staff, including sales, office and production staff, have all been trained in all required areas as per FDA Seafood HACCP and the Food Safety Modernization Act as well as in process of earning a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification in this calendar year. The company stated, "We pride ourselves on providing the freshest seafood available to our customers, our seafood is caught delivered to our facility, processed and is presented to our customers for immediate access. We have one of the most dedicated staffs in the industry where no detail is to small and no customer request will not be thoroughly vetted to ensure complete customer satisfaction.” Meanwhile, the new facility, located on Codfish Way, in Boston, boasts several new safety 444567*+*-./'58"7




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features that better position the company to battle with any concerns related to the coronavirus as well as more traditional food safety worries. It boasts a continuously controlled temperature monitoring system which is managed through energy consumption for maximum efficiency. It allows instant access to temperature readings while on and off-site. Each one of BST's processing divisions are equipped with wall-mounted sanitation systems. Each morning, before production begins, microbiological swabs are taken to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness for our facility and production areas, the company said.

ees and our customers and our family. We'll get through this, believe me.” Like everyone else in seafood, the coronavirus has definitely slowed the company's roll. Retail sales are way up and the CEO remains confident it will bounce back to normal as soon as the country gets back to normal.

Boston Sword & Tuna has been growing 10% to 22% every year for past seven years and now has over 150 employees. The 48-year-old company remains thankful to still have all 152 of its workers healthy and employed despite the worldwide pandemic. Michael Scola, the CEO and controller of Boston Sword & Tuna (BST), had planned to host a big reception with lots of fan fair at its brand new 50,000 square-foot facilities in conjunction with Seafood Expo North America both the opening along with the conference have both been postponed. ”It was supposed to be a happy time," Scola said. "We had the party all organized. We were going to have an open house at the new building ... and you know what, some things are just out of your control. But the most important thing is the health of our employ!""#$%$&'(')*+'$,*+*-./'$$ $$$,*0$1223'


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onvertible debt remains a key tool in the arsenal of early stage food and beverage companies. But like all innovations, whether in food or financing, things change over time. Over the last two years, the market for convertible notes has shifted, with the financing instrument becoming a more sophisticated, and in most cases, a less founder-friendly financial tool. Convertible notes still have the same structure: a loan by an investor with a nominal interest rate and a maturity date typically between 12 and 24 months that will mandatorily convert into equity upon a negotiated qualified financing. Additionally, notes typically convert into equity voluntarily upon a non-qualified financing, and these days, mandatorily at maturity. But in each case, the pricing of the conversion may vary. In connection with a financing event, the conversion will typically be priced at the lower of a discount (typically around 20%) applied to the price applicable in the financing event or a fixed or floating capped price. In the case of maturity or upon a sale of the company, the cap is usually set at a negotiated amount which may be lower than the cap which would apply in a financing event. So what has changed? What’s new over the last few years is what happens after the notes are issued. Traditionally, the risks of notes for entrepreneurs were focused upon the behavior of the holder of the notes – the risk that, at maturity, if


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there was no forcible conversion, the noteholder would be in a leverage position to foreclose on the company and snatch the company for the value of the debt. But even where you have true “friends and family” and such foreclosure risk is not meaningful, there remains a problem in the current market. And that problem is: that the days of “free equity” are over. In prior years, the next investor – the one in the qualified or unqualified financing who represents the real equity round – historically treated the notes as if they were an advance on new money. This means that the notes were treated as part of the “post-money” and not the premoney capitalization of the company. As an example, if an entrepreneur raised $2 million in notes, and then found an equity investor to add $5 million at a $10 million premoney value, it was treated as if $7 million dollars was being invested at the $10 million premoney value. In such deal the shares issued upon conversion of the notes would typically be issued at the discounted or capped price. This led to a few odd outcomes. First, the investor who thought they were buying one-third of the company would find out in that scenario that they owned a substantially lower percentage. Second, the value of their investment actually decreased at the moment of their investment, because while they were buying full price shares, the noteholders were buying shares at a discounted or capped value. Today’s market is different. Many investors are 444567*+*-./'58"7

now laser focused on the post-money valuation and treat all preexisting notes or other convertible instruments as part of the premoney capitalization of the target company. Using the prior example, the new investor would treat the $10 million pre-money valuation as including not just the value of the equity but also the value of notes. This means that the preexisting equity holders absorb 100% of the dilution not just from the principal and interest under the notes, but also the value consumption effects of any cap or discount. In this scenario, the post-money valuation does actually equal $15 million, and the investor gets the one-third they bargained for. Correspondingly, the preexisting equity might represent only $7.5 million in value or so, given that the principal, interest and discount or cap effect of notes are being treated as the remaining $2.5 million. If the clock was wound back in time, and the entrepreneur could have raised the initial note investment dollars at between $7.5 million and $10 million, they would have suffered less dilution had they done the deal as equity and not as debt. There is also no doubt that the second scenario is more economically rational. If the notes were not convertible, the company would have a $2+ million obligation. It would be strange if an identical company without such debt was valued in the same way. Treating the notes as a deduction against enterprise value is both rational and consistent with how more mature companies are valued by private equity markets. One key problem with the change in the market is that there is often a lack of early communication about these issues. While entrepreneurs and investors may agree on the $10 million premoney valuation, the investor is talking about enterprise value (before the deduction for the debt), and the entrepreneur is talking about equity value. This

can lead to disconnection and misunderstandings between the parties that can blow up deals. Most importantly, this change by Series A investors in the treatment of the notes means that entrepreneurs should anticipate that the company will have to build value fast enough to overcome the debt itself, as well as the interest, discounting and cap effects of the notes. If the company is not on a high growth trajectory, the notes which were selected to permit the company to build equity value, may actually serve to create more dilution than had the company initially accepted an equity investment.

This article was prepared by Jeremy Halpern, the co-leader of the Food and Beverage Group at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. For more information, please contact Jeremy or your Nutter attorney.

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Pivot: Change your business model to highlight what the market needs now. While the location of your business hasn t changed, the trade area and community surrounding it likely has. Customers that used to commute are now at home and tourism has dropped to near-zero. Naked Farmer, a Tampa Bay restaurant serving vegetables and meats from local farmers, decided to pivot their business model. While staying true to their mission of increasing access to locally sourced food, Naked Farmer pivoted their restaurant business and created a digital farmer s market. The menu is based on the same supply chain that is used in their restaurant and created a more

Commit: Mexicue, a restaurant with five locations throughout the northeast made the decision to commit to their current business plans. Mexicue had spent the six months leading up to the pandemic creating a new delivery experience, MexiCrew, based on friends and family dining together at their homes and offices. With Mexicue s commitment to remaining open, they have doubled down and are addressing the question of what do people need now. Their delivery menu enables easy group ordering with food that is designed to be delivered, and alcohol delivery available in NYC and DC. By committing to their core brand identity, Mexicue is serving as a convenient and delicious option for families and roommates

For any restaurant that is offering delivery, it is important to protect your brand reputation and profit margins even during the pandemic. In the short-term, restaurants need to generate cash flow, but in the long-term it will be brand and profits that keep the lights on. While each restaurant is unique, meaning no one solution fits all, Figure 8 s biggest recommendation is to build a business that will be sustainable after the pandemic ends - whether through investing, pivoting, or committing.

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“We knew that we had to move quickly to support restaurants that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Krystle Mobayeni, Co-Founder and CEO of BentoBox. “The donation feature is easy to use and should serve as an instant source of relief while we work to attain substantial industry-wide relief measures.” BentoBox launched this feature in response to firsthand insights into COVID-19’s impacts on the restaurant industry from running over 5,000 restaurant websites in the United States. Over the past three weeks, BentoBox has seen a 50% week-over-week increase in online orders, making this a prime channel for driving relief fund donations. The company is also in touch with leading advocacy groups for restaurants, having created

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With the COVID-19 shutdown turning the entire food and beverage industry on its head, kitchen owners and food operators are reimagining what the future holds for their businesses. With hundreds of thousands of facilities essentially becoming ghost kitchens overnight, countless opportunistic models, services, and technologies will be emerging as the ecosystem resets. Enter Kitch, the world's first commercial kitchen marketplace connecting underutilized spaces with food businesses. With the online marketplace launching mid-May 2020, we are excited to announce that Kitch has just started pre-signups with kitchens from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, supermarkets, country clubs, commissary and ghost kitchen facilities. Kitchen owners can now generate new revenue streams by renting out their space to experienced, permitted, and insured operators. On the Kitch platform, kitchens create their


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