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Be a Part of the Only Food and Beverage CPG Community in Dallas Fort Worth

Where local CPG leaders find success through collaboration and shared vision

Our Mission

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing hubs for business headquarters, and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is no exception. The region is home to billion-dollar food and beverage enterprises, early- to late-stage brands, investors, and other CPG participants. Our members are changing the way we eat, drink, and live. The region’s CPG community is growing by the day, and its products are making a mark across the globe.

 

Our mission is to form a community of brands and people who will make an impact and support one another in building strong, meaningful businesses in the industry. This is the place for all with a common interest in food and beverage consumer packaged goods to come together and build a community. Our community will identify, mobilize, and leverage the resources of the Dallas-Fort Worth market to make it one of the leading ecosystems in the United States for food and beverage CPG companies.  


By combining and sharing our strengths, our effort is aimed at enhancing the success of our members and the community as a whole.

What is CPG?

“CPG” stands for consumer packaged goods. And by that, we mean products that are packaged for sale to consumers. Our organization focuses on companies that produce food and beverage products, but CPG includes other categories, such as personal care, apparel, supplements, etc. We are not focused on food or beverages sold in restaurants (unless they’re also sold in retail, such as soda or beer).


 If you’re new to the CPG world, we’re here to help educate and support your endeavors.


Brand Spotlight

Craft Brands

Co-Packers

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Riccardi Ventures, LLC

Craft Brands
Co-Packers

About The Membership

The community is comprised of anyone with an interest in food and beverage CPG. Our attendees include early-stage to mature brands, product and service suppliers (food processors; ingredient suppliers; sales/marketing firms; brokers; equipment financing firms; and other industry professionals), and investors (angels, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and corporate venture arms).


Every other month the Greater Dallas Food and Beverage CPG Community hosts a local meet-up. We provide an environment that fosters connection, sharing, and learning with our peers. Each meet-up includes a panel of speakers addressing relevant topics and developments. Our panelists are industry leaders in their fields, ranging from noted entrepreneurs, leading brand founders/leaders, and industry executives.  


Look below at the Recent Events section to see the topics and our past speakers.

Survive and Thrive: How Brands are Adapting their E-Commerce Strategies in 2020

Speakers at This Event Included... 

  • Brice McBeth, Founder & CEO of Reap Commerce 
  • Bill Senenko, Senior Director of Account Management at Ideoclick
  • Special Guest - Sam Owen, Account Manager at New Hope Network

May 14, 2020

How to turn Problems into Opportunity & Following your Passion

Speakers at This Event Included...

  • Phil Romano, Restaurant Savant and Founder of Trinity Groves
  • George Esquivel, co-founder, Four Corners Brewing Company

September 12, 2019

6-8pm

4 Corners Brewing Co.

Power of Branding, Core Values and How a Single Campaign can Radically Change your Brand’s Success.

Speakers at This Event Included...

  • Rob Baker, Creative Group Head/Writer at The Richards Group
  • Susan O’Brien, Founder of Hail Merry
  • Lora DeVuono, Strategic Marketing Operating Partner of Riata Capital Group

November 7, 2019

6-8pm

4 Corners Brewing Co.

Everything you Need to Know to experience success at EXPO 2020

Speakers at This Event Included...

  • Sam Owen, Account Manager at New Hope Network
  • Marissa Bertha, Senior Director of Business Development at 7-Eleven
  • Jordan Campbell, Vice President of Marketing at Mooala

January 23, 2020

6-8pm

4 Corners Brewing Co.

Past Events

EXPO West Networking Meet-Up

Join us for an EXPO West wrap up and networking event. 

Cancelled

Anaheim Convention Center

4-5pm

Webinar: Feeding the Amazon Flywheel

4 MUST-HAVE Amazon strategies to protect your brand, build new channels, and propel your success in today's climate. Hosted by:

  • Brice McBeth, Founder & CEO of Reap Commerce 
  • Bill Senenko, Senior Director of Account Management at Ideoclick

May 28, 2020

4-5pm

Virtual Event: Fundraising after COVID-19 and the Value of E-Commerce Strategies

Speakers for this event will include:

  • Adam Michaels, Mondelez International, Director for Insights & Analytics
  • Jay Desai, Kainos Capital
  • Dave Gassko, Kainos Capital
  • Felipe Vega, Iron-Clad Consulting
  • Brien Davis, AltaCrest Capital

Special guest, Kirstin Ross, from SKU will share exciting news!

July 16, 2020

4-5pm Central

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End of Summer Happy Hour 

Shake your drinks and pull out the lawn chairs the DFW CPG community is gathering virtually with drinks in hand for one last summer hurrah! We’re missing our happy hours but that’s not going to stop us from connecting. 


Join us for a conversation and breakout sessions with potential investors, the DFW CPG team, and partners.

August 20, 2020

5-6pm Central

Upcoming Events

One-on-One Chat with Angie Bastian
Join us (virtually) for a one-on-one chat with Angie Bastian, Co-Founder of Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP. Angie is a nationally-recognized CPG leader and expert. Her passion for entrepreneurship and service will inform and inspire! 

September 16, 2020

4-5pm Central

The Founders

Rick Jordan

Rick Jordan

Co-Founder

Rick Jordan is an active legal adviser in the consumer products space. He assists investment funds and high-growth brands with financing rounds, day-to-day matters, and exits. Rick serves as Co-Chair of Polsinelli’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice.

Richard Riccardi

Co-Founder

Richard Riccardi is an early-stage food company board member and investor. He is active as a mentor and connector in the Dallas and Austin CPG communities. Previously, he led Food Source, his family’s food processing business, for 25 years until its acquisition in 2016. He is also an attorney and CPA. 


2020 Steering Committee

Jay Desai

Kainos Capital Partners

Susan O'Brien

Hail Merry Snacks

Ponder Foods

Ben Ponder

Marisa Bertha

7-Eleven

Felipe Vega

IronClad Consulting Services, LLC

Hanks Brokerage, Inc.

Greg Hanks

Grant Christopher

Bridge Leasing Group

Hima Pandya

Tin Star Foods

Cesar Bustamante

Tejas Works

In The News

See recent news features highlighting our group, events, and more.

"The food & beverage and consumer packaged goods (CPG) business sectors seem to be easily overlooked, although many of the sectors’ brands are found on grocery and retail store shelves..." Continue Reading

F&B/CPG: How a New Initiative Plans to Catalyze a Growing Industry in Dallas-Fort Worth

January 2020 | Dallas Innovates

"Dallas-Fort Worth has a national reputation as a leader in the food and beverage sector. And with high-profile entrepreneurs Phil Romano and George Esquivel at the helm, recent industry event turned into a 40-minute master class..." Continue Reading

Brewing Up Business: Phil Romano and George Esquivel on Crafting a Company

September 2019  | Dallas Innovates

"Dallas-Fort Worth hosts a variety of accelerators for its evergrowing community of entrepreneurs. Coming this fall is a niche program tailored to later-stage startups specifically focused on consumer packaged goods (CPG)...." Continue Reading

DFW CPG to Support the ‘Nation’s First Consumer Products Accelerator’ Coming Soon to Dallas-Fort Worth

July 2020 | Dallas Innovates

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