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Cat Food Subscription Brand Gets Funding from Mars, General Mills

Article-Cat Food Subscription Brand Gets Funding from Mars, General Mills

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Young cat-food subscription company Smalls has received 19M in funding with investments from Mars and General Mills, among others.
Smalls, a six-year-old direct-to-consumer company, received investments from Mars and General Mills to expand into retail.

New York-based Smalls cat food subscription company, has raised $19 million from investors including General Mills’ venture capital arm 301 Inc and the Mars-affiliated Companion Fund.

The direct-to-consumer start-up focuses entirely on cat food. Smalls said it will use the investment to launch into retail for the first time.

It also plans to increase staff numbers by 25%.

Smalls said cats have been “chronically underserved and underinvested in, despite there being cats in 25% of US households.” Co-founder and CEO Matt Michaelson said cats were in “dire need” of innovation in the food category.

This funding round brings Smalls’ total funding raised to $34 million. Other investors in the round were Left Lane Capital, Valor Capital, and the Ohio State University endowment fund.

In a statement, Smalls said that with the funding, it will further invest in its mission of creating fresh food for cat health in a humane and sustainable manner. The funds will be used to make Smalls more accessible as the DTC-founded brand enters into retail for the first time and increases product offerings.

“Smalls’ team is one of the most diverse teams in the pet industry, with a strong cat-first brand, but people-first culture.” The cat food company also plans to increase employment by 25%.

Founded in 2017, Smalls has fed more than 100,000 cats with its subscription-based fresh food service, generating eight figures in sales, the company said in the press release.

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