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Chicago-based Vital Proteins plans big international expansion as beauty-seekers clamor for collagen

When Kurt Seidensticker launched Vital Proteins, a brand of collagen products, he was a runner in his late forties seeking a cure for achy knees.



a group of people sitting at a table: Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.


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Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.

Seven years later, Chicago-based Vital Proteins has become a powerhouse wellness brand, expecting to pull in more than $250 million in revenue this year as it embarks on a robust international expansion amid a collagen boom driven by the quest for glowing hair and skin.

Vital Proteins, headquartered in Chicago’s Fulton Market District with a manufacturing facility in suburban Franklin Park, in June agreed to sell a majority stake in the company to Nestle Health Science,

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Sally Beauty Commits to Canada Expansion With Acquisition

Sally Beauty Holdings has acquired a Canadian professional beauty products business as it eyes expansion in the country.

Sally Beauty’s Beauty Systems Group subsidiary has acquired La Maison Ami-Co. Inc., which is based in Quebec. Through the deal, Sally is buying the company’s 10 stores, adding 17 direct sales consultants and taking over exclusive distribution rights for several professional brands in the region, including Wella Professional, Goldwell and Oribé.

Sally’s Beauty Systems group already has 122 professional wholesale CosmoProf and Chalut stores in Canada. The company said the acquisition will help it to further expand Quebec operations and increase professional offerings in its existing store network.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy to gain additional exclusive distribution rights of professional hair color and care brands and should further strengthen BSG’s position in Canada while adding synergies between the Chalut and La Maison Ami-Co operations,” said Mark Spinks, president of

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Sisu: Cosmetic surgery startup raises $5.5 million for US expansion

  • Sisu, a new chain of beauty clinics founded out of Ireland, has raised $5.5 million in Series A VC funding from Greycroft and Bullpen Capital. 
  • Sisu’s clinics offer Botox, anti-wrinkle injections, and teeth whitening, and other aesthetic procedures.
  • “People are increasingly getting procedures done not for vanity but because they want to change subtle features,” Sisu cofounder Dr Brian Cotter told Business Insider in an interview.  
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Beauty disruptor Sisu has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding from Greycroft and Bullpen Capital. 

Sisu, founded out of Ireland, is a chain of beauty clinics that offers aesthetic procedures such as Botox, anti-wrinkle injections, and teeth whitening.

Despite its clinics closing during the main months of the coronavirus pandemic, Sisu is confident that it can succeed in a market which is set to be worth $15.9 billion by 2025, per Markets and Markets.

“People are

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