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The DFW CPG Insider – Community News February 2024

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Upcoming Events!
2/22/24 Huddle Details





Best of the Best!
DFW CPG president, Jenica Oliver, and her firm, Blueprint Marketing Group, have just been awarded 2024 WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) of the Year! This award recognizes only three women-owned businesses each year that exemplify outstanding business acumen, industry leadership, and a commitment to doing business with fellow WBEs. So Jenica is definitely the Best of the Best!


Our friends at Smurfit Kappa packaging have been named as early adopter of TNFD, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. This is certainly forward movement in the effort to make climate change priorities more transparent. Let’s join them by doing our own part for the planet! Read more here.


Brand Showcase Photos
DFW CPG Brand Showcase Success!
Thanks to everyone who joined us last night at the DFW CPG Brand Expo at Hall Arts Hotel! It was an amazing turnout highlighting so many innovative local brands. This is truly the kind of event that makes our group so valuable to local CPG companies, vendors and service providers. Special thanks to Derek Ramos and his team for pulling together such a fabulous evening!


SNX | April 14-16, 2024 | Dallas, TX

SNX comes to Dallas this year – April 2024.  Be sure to join this vertically integrated snack food trade show from Snac International (SNAXPO parent company), exhibition and networking event with suppliers, producers, vendors, processors, tastemakers and more. Register to attend.

5 lucky brands will be chosen to pitch at this event with the chance to win $10,000. Judging by Daymond John (Shark Tank) and Ryland Allen (Walmart). Apply to Snac Tank by 2/16 for a chance to compete.


Impact Happy Hour | 2/22 at 5pm

Dallas Impact Happy Hour Join MassChallenge and SWAN Impact Network for an exclusive networking event, uniting founders, investors, and key stakeholders in the North Texas startup ecosystem. Enjoy light bites and drinks on us! Feb 22 at 5:00 pm at Chelsea Corner on McKinney. More information Here.

Adam FranksLong-time DFW CPG supporter Adam Franks shared this latest:
“For anyone who has heard me speak at DFW CPG, you have probably heard me say “I am a salesman at heart,” so when I had the chance to return to Campbell’s where I spent over half of my career it was an easy decision.  I am still passionate about not only helping emerging brands, but the mission of DFW CPG, so y’all aren’t getting rid of me!” He rejoins Campbell’s as Customer Vice-President of US Convenience from 7-Eleven, where he was the Director Private Vault Brands and Emerging Brands. Congratulations, Adam!

Thank you
David KoifmanThanks so much to David Koifman,VP of Sales KickFurther, for our January 25 Huddle, Navigating the CPG Financial Landscape. This informative event provided helpful tips for those of us who are navigating financial ups and downs of ownership.


Lakewood Brewing
Brewing Science Certificate 
Lakewood Brewing Co. is brewing up the next generation of beer talent through a collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington, which is offering a new Brewing and Fermentation Science Certificate. The program is open to anyone – students, hobbyists and the curious – wanting to learn more about the science of making beer. Learn more here.


Juntos Crecemos

The Greenhouse Accelerator Program Juntos Crecemos Edition is a six-month, mentor-guided program to support the acceleration of emerging Hispanic innovations that are transforming the way consumers live their lives. Applications open on March 11. Click Here for more information.

Founders Pitch Slam 2024Game-changing founders…
Applications for the 2024 NIQ Founders (NielsenIQ)  Pitch Slam are officially open! Join for a showdown of innovation and entrepreneurship. Apply by March 24th for a chance to win over $500k in prizes, including a $50k cash prize! 💰 Apply here, today!


Direct to Consumer Executive Summit | March 2024
FounderMade is coming to Austin!  D2C brands may want to check out this Executive Summit for a day of innovative networking with 75+ Founders and top executives in high-growth D2C & CPG companies, on March 7th, at Soho House. Hosted by Foundermade, a future-minded media company. Limited seats are available, apply early.

Brand Profile

Looking for Brand Exposure?
We’re on the look-out for a few highly-motivated Brand Founder/CEOs who are in need of free publicity. Are you interested in sharing your company’s journey? How you got to where you are and where you’re headed? If so, answer these 5 EASY QUESTIONS and spend a few moments talking to our very own in-house PR Guru Charles Nicolas and he’ll work his magic to create a high-impact Brand Profile of your dynamically-growing company.