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The DFW CPG Insider – Community News April 2022

DFW CPG News Updates

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day and it’s a great time to think about our own sustainability efforts, as well as highlight some companies who are using eco-friendly packaging and (or) ingredients. For instance, Keurig Dr. Pepper aspires to achieve net positive water impact by 2050. A few action items include: replenish 100% of water used for its beverages in the company’s highest water-risk communities by 2030, improve water use efficiency in its operations by 20% by 2025; and support regenerative agriculture and conservation on 250,000 acres of land by 2030. To learn more, visit here.

Are you going green? Tell us about it and we will possibly feature you in an upcoming newsletter.

Deadline tomorrow! SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is looking for small business owners & entrepreneurs to compete in the SCORE Tank Pitch Competition at this year’s Business Symposium on Monday, May 02, 2022 at The Clubs of Prestonwood in Dallas. If you have a “special and/or unique” product or business, click here to apply by tomorrow, April 22. Vendor tables are also available at the event. Space is limited. Contact the Event Manager for more details.

SKU also needs mentors for its second SKU Elevate track for BIPOC-CPG founders. SKU Elevate is an 8-week program starting June 2022 that fosters a more inclusive community by providing crucial education, networking, and mentorship.  Mentors are not just passive advisors; they are active coaches, engaged experts, and advocates for our entrepreneurs and their companies. If you fit the bill and are a fantastic listener, collaborator, and supportive team player, contact SKU by April 25 at mentors@sku.is.

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Note from the Editor: I’m Andrea Ridout, owner of White Rock Granola. Since taking over my company 16 months ago, we have made several eco-friendly changes. One of those is that we recently added a new biodegradable clamshell that we buy from a Canadian company. Read more on our blog.

Thanks so much to Rui Di and Carlos Cata from Dallas’ Caldwell Partners for their informative talk, Human Capital – The Force Behind Your Success, on the April 14th Huddle. Lots of great questions and answers to help us all manage our teams more effectively.


DFW’s Van’s Kitchen topped the list of North Texas Asian-Owned Businesses ranked by revenue for 2021 by the Dallas Business Journal. Congrats to Theresa and Carl Motter for taking such a leading role in our area!

DFW’s Kaurina’s Kulfi was recently profiled by Company Week for their South Asian frozen treats, based on a recipe that’s been passed down for generations. The company owns their own 30,000 facility and they are open to potentially working with other businesses who may need capacity. Check them out!

Kroger just announced that it has launched a restaurant supply business offering next-day delivery to establishments in the greater Dallas area. Kroger Restaurant Supply will offer “competitive wholesale pricing” by the case or unit to restaurants for delivery seven days a week. Click here to read more.

Are you a member of DEC, Dallas Entrepreneur Center? If so, you can participate in a free webinar, Financial Health Check for Startup Business! Join Cindy Hancock as she teaches what you need for Accounting Processes and Infrastructure, Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Click here for more info or to join DEC.

Always great to see DFW CPG brands throughout the country.  Check them out at Harmon’s in Salt Lake City.

DFW’s Impact Ventures has partnered with Santander Corporation’s Cultivate Small Business Program for food-industry or food-adjacent businesses, taught by Babson College. The program will have a focus on women-, immigrant-, and BIPOC-owned businesses and includes a FREE 12 week (September-November) mini-MBA for eligible food entrepreneurs. Apply here through June 15th.

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the sign-up period for opportunities in the GO TEXAN Pavilion at the 2022 State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept 30th – Oct 23rd. Interested in a sponsorship? Click HERE for 2022 GO TEXAN State Fair sponsorship opportunities.

Join the Center for Women Entrepreneurs and Amber Fletcher – Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs for an in-person and virtual event: Guide to Starting a Mobile Food Business, Thursday, April 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Amber Fletcher is the head of marketing for the multi-million dollar Texas staple, Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs, and the granddaughter of Dallas’ famous corn dog inventor and founder, Neil Fletcher. Click here to attend in person or online.

Applications are open for SKU Dallas. SKU is looking for founders of innovative emerging brands for their 12-week program that kicks off Aug. 23rd, supported by DFW CPG. The curriculum covers topics important to CPG startups, including Mission + Vision, Branding, Channel Strategy, Supply Chain and Innovation. Apply here by May 30.

If you have something you would like to share with the DFW CPG community, send us an email.