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The DFW CPG Insider – Community News October 2023

DFW CPG News Updates

Sandra Daniels

Brand Spotlight:

Hippos & Hashbrowns: A Culinary Gem in Dallas

Located in the heart of Dallas, Hippos & Hashbrowns grab-and-go bakery stands as a testament to passion, perseverance, and the age-old art of baking. Founded by Sandra Daniels in 2016, this unique establishment caters to those with a penchant for quality, scratch-made baked goods that seamlessly blend traditional values with the demands of the modern lifestyle. Read more here.

North Texas Farm-Grown Skincare Co. Launches ‘Smurfs’ Collaboration To Help Animal Rescues
According to Dallas Innovates, “Founded in 2004 with an early boost from Oprah Winfrey, FarmHouse Fresh focuses on high-nutrition ingredients and potent botanical extracts grown daily through sustainable hydroponic farming. It said the new partnership will bring the Smurf Forest to life while offering a real-world benefit of rescuing animals.” Read more here.


Upcoming Events!
DFW CPG Brand Showcase
Amazon LogoDFW CPG Huddle presents: Amazon Packaging and Profitability Strategies

Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 12:00PC CT
Join DFW CPG for another informative Huddle presentation.  Presenters Brice McBeth, Reap Commerce and Yuttana Chiaravalloti, Smurfit Kappa North America, will discuss how CPG brands can keep more of the money they make online when they optimize their packaging and take other steps to reduce costs. Register here.


Impact Growth AcceleratorImpact Growth Accelerator
Twice a year, Impact Venture’s hosts their Impact Growth Accelerator program, designed to support the development and growth of small business owners through education, technical assistance, business resources, mentorship and access to capital. This accelerator is not usually specific to CPG – BUT the Spring Accelerator is going to be CPG FOCUSED for the first time! Register for info session here.


SKUCome celebrate with the founders and mentors of the eight brands participating in the Petcare and Women & BIPOC Tracks on Nov. 14th in Austin. You will have the opportunity to see each company present their pitches at the SKU Showcase – an evening of networking and celebration to celebrate the culmination of the 12-week program. Click here for details.


Buff GreebeSKU has hired veteran consumer-product leader and SKU mentor Buff Greebe as Executive Director of the nation’s leading CPG accelerator. Greebe is a seasoned executive with more than 35 years of experience in the CPG and consumer healthcare (CH) industry. He has held senior leadership positions at some of the world’s most iconic companies, including Unilever, Coca-Cola, Bunge, Novartis, and GSK. Read more here.


Whole Foods LogoWhole Foods Market’s Trends Council unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2024 in the retailer’s ninth-annual Trends predictions report. Caffeine with added benefits, going back to basics in the plant-based category, complex heat from global peppers, and water conservation and stewardship are all among the food trends expected to rise in popularity across the industry in the next year.


Thank you
George BrysonOur heartfelt thanks to Growth Strategist & COO, George Bryson of Startup Field Guide for his informative virtual Huddle, helping us all to Design your Plan for Sustainable Growth. Watch the recording here


Foxtrot LogoFoxtrot is accepting applications for their annual Up & Comers program aimed at helping small makers reach their full potential. Now in its third year, they are looking for the most innovative group of makers yet. Got a funky flavored snack or a new idea for an elixir? Submit your product to win a spot on our shelves (IRL and URL) and so much more. Apply here by Oct. 30, 2023.


Brand Profile: BarmaladeLooking 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.


Boss Vision Conference
Calling all driven, purposeful women in business who yearn to make a meaningful impact while building a thriving living – Boss Vision Conference, October 27-28 in Dallas, is your gateway to unleashing your potential, transforming lives, and achieving what you define as success. Register here. For sponsor/vendor inquiries email @Wendy Rodriguez or apply here!SKU
Are you the founder of an emerging brand who would like to successfully scale with mentorship from top CPG leaders, investors and successful founders? SKU, the nation’s leading CPG accelerator, is now accepting company applications for the Spring ’24 track. The 12-week cohort will run March through May, culminating with a Showcase Pitch Event. The program is hybrid and mentors and founders need not be located in Austin. Apply here by November 19th.


Grant Opportunity
Hello Alice, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and supported by Etsy and Progressive, is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to assist small business owners in accelerating their growth. To be eligible, a business must have less than $1M in annual revenue, a commitment to their customers and community, and a clear plan to use the grant funds. Apply here by Oct 27.