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The DFW CPG Insider – Community News January 2024

DFW CPG News Updates

Upcoming Events!
Navigating the CPG Financial Landscape | 25 January 2024
Join Us for our January 25th Huddle, Navigating the CPG Financial Landscape with Speaker David Koifman, VP of Sales, KickFurther.
Topics that will be discussed:
  • Explore the unique challenges and opportunities for funding
  • What are the funding options out there?
  • Understand how to effectively use funding for long-term success.
  • Gain insights into tailored strategies for preparing CPG brands for financing.

Register HERE

Networking and CPG Brand Showcase

Join us on February 7th for an unforgettable evening at our brand showcase, where you can sample or shop local brands and network in luxury! Enjoy complimentary appetizers in this HALL Arts designer hotel as you connect with fellow professionals. Plus don’t miss the chance to win an Apple Watch in our exciting raffle. Cash bar, parking onsite. Check back for more details. FREE to attend, but must register in advance, HERE.

Interested brands contact Derek. Please note Brand Showcase in the subject line.



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


SNX comes to Dallas this year – April 2024.  A 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.

Dallas-based Mooala Simple Almondmilk has made Eat This, Not That!’s list of The 30 Best Healthy New Grocery Products of 2023! This delicious and healthy milk alternative keeps it simple with only three ingredients: almonds or oats, water, and salt. Congratulations to Jeff Richards, Founder/CEO of Mooala and friend of DFW CPG. Also on the list is Perfect Bar Layers, immi Spicy Red Miso Ramen, GOODLES Dry Noodles, Simple Mills Cheddar Pop Mmms and Hippeas. Congrats!
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Thanks to Co-Founder Richard Riccardi and his wife, Cathy, for hosting our New Year Executive Committee Social Event on 1/10/2024! Their home was beautifully decorated with holiday trimmings and a sumptuous buffet was served as well as delicious cocktails and even champagne! As usual, a high energy evening and strong turnout from Executive Committee Leaders, Volunteers, Ambassadors and family. It was a lovely mix and mingle for everyone who works so hard for DFW CPG each year!


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Our appreciation goes to Loren Lirely, CPA – Senior Vice President – Accounting & Reporting Advisory at Stout for sharing his insight on a critical topic, “The importance of scaling your Finance and Accounting functions for strategic growth/transactions” at our Huddle on Dec. 14. It’s relationships with local industry leaders such as Loren who help make DFW CPG so vital for our members.


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Registration is open for the 48th Winter Fancy Food Show: January 21-23, 2024. Las Vegas Convention Center, West Hall.Register Here
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.

Natural Products Expo West

Don’t forget to register for the leading CPG brand expo, Natural Products Expo West, coming up March 6-12, 2024 in Anaheim.


This is your chance to get one-on-one time with retailers, distributors, health practitioners and food service professionals. Be there to tell your story and network with the industry!


Direct To Consumer Executive Event 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 available, apply early.


Last Chance for Free Retailing Classes
Do you offer your product D2C, either online or through your own retail store or pop-ups? Local, award-winning entrepreneur, Andrea Ridout, will be leading a Community Business Booster Program with a focus on retailing, in cooperation with UTD, once per week for 6 weeks starting next Monday, Jan. 22. Couples and partners welcome. The $1,500 tuition is funded through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration so it’s no cost to you! Learn more and register here.


BIPOC Founders in CPG
Is your company earning at least $50k in revenue? Applications are OPEN for the Spring 2024 Impact Ventures Growth Accelerator! Participating companies MUST attend an upcoming info session to apply for the program. Click here to learn more and find the next info session.
Last Call for Mentors
Do you have experience in the food and beverage industry? Your mentorship is needed by up and coming businesses. Join a special group of mentors who will be chosen to work with SKU companies for SKU’s Spring Food and Beverage Track. Contact: