Irish-based food brand Strong Roots has raised $18.3m to help fund its global expansion.

The company, which offers a range of plant-based frozen foods, raised the money in a Series A fundraiser, led by New York private equity firm Goode Partners.

Strong Roots began in 2015, selling bags of frozen sweet potato chips. Over time it has expanded its offering, including products like kale and quinoa burgers and cauliflower hash browns.

It has also expanded into other markets and is currently the fastest growing food and drink brand in the UK, while being stocked in 3,000 locations in the US.

We're excited to bring our unique, plant-based products to people across the US," said Strong
Roots founder and CEO Samuel Dennigan. ""Consumers globally are more educated than ever about harnessing the nutritional benefits and delicious taste of plant-based foods and are looking for high-quality options that are convenient to prepare."

"We are very excited about establishing this partnership with Sam Dennigan, the Company’s Founder and
CEO," said Dan Bonoff, a partner at Goode. "Sam is an extremely talented and passionate entrepreneur who has created a truly differentiated brand and line of delicious plant-based food products. 

"In an impressively short amount of time, Sam has built an exciting brand that resonates with consumers’ increasing preferences towards healthful and environmentally sustainable foods."