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The DFW CPG Insider – Community News April 2024

DFW CPG News Updates

Upcoming Events!
Huddle: CPG Graduation: From Cottage Law to Emerging Brand | Bill Centrella | April 25, 2024 at 12pm
Huddle: CPG Graduation: From Cottage Law to Emerging Brand | Bill Centrella | April 25, 2024 at 12pm




BuzzBallz Buzz:
Dallas Innovates announced that Sazerac has acquired North Texas-Based BuzzBallz.
“Merrilee Kick, the visionary behind BuzzBallz, is stirring up a new chapter. Known for its clever cocktails in ball-shaped containers, the brand is ready to shake up the global ready-to-drink scene with Sazerac’s reach.” Read full article here.


Addison LaBonteLocal Startup:
Addison LaBonte, a former college athletic star, has founded Sweet Addison’s Cookies offering paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free treats. Her delicious treats are gaining traction with local customers, especially those with special dietary needs. Congrats to Addison and also for her recent write-up in Morning Honey online. Read all about it here.


SnackolaEarth Day Launch:
White Rock Granola is proud to launch its newest product, Snackola – The Snackin’ Granola, in eco-friendly 4 oz packs just in time for Earth Day. Wildkind Packaging in Austin produced compostable stand-up pouches for the new gluten-friendly, plant-based flavors: Texas Kick, Boho Bites and Double Trouble. #EatSnackola


SNXSnack Event in Dallas:
Attention snack brands! SNX, SNAC International’s education and collaboration forum, is coming to Dallas – April 14-16. SNX is designed to spark dialogue, innovation, and growth, helping you build deeper relationships across the entire supply chain. DFW CPG members can get 50% off if you fill out this form. Ignore deadline dates. Learn more about event here.


Texas Food Processors AssociationOur own Richard Riccardi will be a speaker at the 2024 TFPA (Texas Food Processors Association) Annual Meeting, May 15th – May 17th, at The Hilton Hotel in Southlake, TX. Greg Hanks with Hank’s Brokerage, one of our sponsors, is also involved. The Texas Food Processors Association (TFPA). is a non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the production of food products. Don’t miss this chance to connect, learn and share. Register 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 must be a Go Texan member of Tier 2 or above. Apply here by May 16.


Justin AndersonURGENT!
There are only a few spaces left! GO TEXAN has a few discounted booths left for GOTEXAN members at the June Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, June 19-22 at Dallas Market Hall. Here is our own Justin Anderson from last year’s event. Discounted cost: $400 for a 10×10 both. Reach out to GOTEXAN NOW or the spaces will all be gone!


Client Consumer Convenience Experience | May 7-9, 2024 | DallasThe NAMA Show is coming to Dallas, May 7-9. NAMA is the association representing the $34.9 billion US convenience services industry such as coffee bars, convenience stores and vending machines. These can be tremendous secondary markets for CPG brands. Register here.


Summer Fancy Food ShowSFA 68th Summer Fancy Food Show
The Summer Fancy Food Show returning to the Javits Center in NYC, June 23-25. The show will provide incredible insights into the state of our industry. For the first time ever, co-location with Vinexpo America provides Summer Fancy Food Show badge holders free access on June 24-25. Advanced pricing good thru April 15. Register here.


Thank you
            Jessica Gore             Daniel Huff
Thanks so much to Daniel Huff and Jessica Gore for their informative Huddle on March 28: Unlock Business Growth with Powerful Strategic Insights. Participants learned to crack the code and supercharge their brands with the insight of market research.
Panel photo with Chi Nguyen and Austin Patry


What an awesome meeting last night at Four Corners Brewing delving into alternative CPG markets! A world of thanks to our panelists: Austin Patry, Co-Founder at Realsy and Chi Nguyen, Founder & CEO at Purpose Tea. Moderator: Jenica Oliver, Chief Marketing Officer, Blueprint Marketing Group, LLC.


Teneisha McKinney, Stacey Segal, and Trevor StowersWe were also honored to be visited last night by a group from the Dallas Sports Commission. Shown right to left are Teneisha McKinney, Event Support Manager, Stacey Segal, Director of Operations, and Trevor Stowers, Director of Events. The Commission is seeking local products that could be included in gift baskets for visitors to Dallas.


H-E-BHere They Grow Again:
H-E-B continues its expansion in Dallas-Fort Worth, with progress on two major projects. The retailer just broke ground on a store in Prosper, located at the southeast corner of Frontier Parkway and Dallas North Tollway. Prosper is one of three new stores slated to open on the east side of DFW in 2025, along with stores opening in Melissa and Rockwall. Read more here.


Brand Profile

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