The DFW CPG Insider – Community News April 2023

DFW CPG News Updates

KazooDallas’ Kazoo Snacks Tortilla Chips wins Good Housekeeping’s 2023 Sustainable Innovation Award using upcycled corn grain and other clean ingredients, saving water with each bag that they produce. Available at Whole Foods, Central Market, on Amazon and soon at Sprout’s. Shout out and congratulations! (upcycling is trending)

Instagram Logo Social Media Specialist – Volunteer Opportunity with DFW CPG – Are you a social media expert and enjoy creating content? If so, we need you to help us spread the word on all things DFW CPG through Facebook, LinkedIn and InstaGram. Looking for approximately 4 hours of time per week. Please take a look at the job description and reach out to Matt Smith.

Inclusive Capital SummitImpact Ventures is hosting The Inclusive Capital Summit, May 3-5, at The Women’s Building at Fair Park in Dallas. The 3-day interactive experience will connect founders, funders, and innovators focused on seeking solutions to lack of capital, access, tech, and inclusion for under-estimated communities. All guests will also network and be a part of the summit which includes amazing brand activations, founder marketplace, happy hours and more. Click here to learn more and register. Tickets start at $150.

State Fair of TexasWinning awards is a great way to bring attention and credibility to your business. The State Fair of Texas has announced The Battle for the Blue Ribbons that hosts three of the Fair’s most popular Creative Arts Cooking Contests—Cookie, Cake, and Bread—over one fun-filled weekend, May 19-21. All blue-ribbon winners will receive great prizes and will be invited to “Best of Show-Down” in the Competition Kitchen during the Fair! Learn more here.

Go TexanGrant Opportunity: The GO TEXAN-Marketing Enhancement Grant Assistance (MEGA) provides grants to GO TEXAN Partners for the marketing and promotion of certified Texas agricultural products, including those that have been produced, processed, or otherwise had value added to the product in Texas. Applicants may request up to$40,000 and certain restrictions apply. Apply here by May 3.

Startup CPGStartup CPG has launched the Shelfies Awards with the goal of giving exceptional small CPG brands the recognition they deserve. As the first and only awards program specifically for emerging CPG brands, the Shelfies eliminate the typical hurdles involved in awards applications and create opportunity for brands in their earliest stages. Learn more here.

Hudson NonstopHudson Airport stores is seeking suppliers for DFW Airport and Love Field as well as San Antonio International Airport.  In an effort to support local businesses, Hudson is looking for products in categories such as grab-n-go snacks, gifting, souvenir, bath & body and home. No drinks. Ideally, items that are best for travel with a focus on Texas-themed. Contact Jessica Spaeth, their Local Procurement Coordinator.

Sweets and SnacksRegistration is now open for the 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo from May 22 – 25at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is the can’t-miss event for the candy and snack industries – the best place for attendees to discover brand new innovations, gain actionable insights and benefit from unparalleled access to category and retail industry professionals. Booth costs start around $50/sq ft.

SFAThe Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show returning to the Javits Center in NYC, June 25-27. Promoted as the largest B2B gathering of U.S. specialty food makers and buyers, tens of thousands of products will be on exhibit. The show will also focus on everything from supply chain remedies to trending brands to new research, providing incredible insights into the state of our industry. Learn more here.