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.
DFW CPG exists to cultivate the growth of DFW’s CPG ecosystem for consumer packaged goods businesses, starting with food and beverage. We serve as the catalyst for a thriving, impactful and nationally-recognized community that supports the community’s collective success.
By combining and sharing our strengths, our effort is aimed at enhancing the success of our members and the community as a whole through knowledge sharing, mobilizing resources, and community building.
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.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Riccardi Ventures, LLC
About The Membership
Our community is comprised of anyone with an interest in food and beverage CPG. We welcome early-stage to mature brands, product and service suppliers (food processors; ingredient suppliers; sales/marketing firms; brokers; equipment financing firms; and other industry professionals), investors (angels, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and corporate venture arms), and retail distributors.
Every month DFW CPG hosts industry leaders who share their expertise or a meet up fostering connection, sharing, and learning with our peers.
Look below at the Events section to see upcoming and past events.
Come hang out with us for our virtual Happy Hour hosted by our friends at Tejas Packaging. There will be hosted breakout rooms that are meant to serve as a place for meaningful networking and casual conversation on given topics.
We are changing things up a bit and trying out new meeting software courtesy of our friends over at Social Hour! There is no registration you only need to save the link below In the "Access the Event" button for the day of the happy hour (we will be sending out reminders with link included). For the first time, we will also have general discussion rooms for un-hosted networking opportunities.
June 10, 2021
Virtual Event: CPG Investing and Raising Capital
Are you a CPG startup or emerging business and looking to take your brand to the next level? If so, this is the event for you! Join us as our moderator, Jeff Richards, CEO of Mooala Brands connects with our incredible investor community about sourcing investments to scale your business. Presenters include:
Moderator: Jeff Richards Founder and CEO, Mooala Brands
Panelist: Blake Wiley Co-Founder, Access Capital
Panelist: Jessica Gaffney CEO and Executive Director, Beam Founders
Panelist: Heather Buffo, Republic Venture Growth and Partnerships Lead
Come hang out with us for our virtual Happy Hour on April 8th from 4:30 - 6:00 PM CST hosted by our friends at 7-Eleven. There will be breakout rooms that are meant to serve as a place for meaningful networking and casual conversation on given topics.
Breakout room hosts include:
Emerging Brands: Marisa Bertha Sr. Director New Business Development & 7-Ventures
Investor Room: Blake Wiley Co-Founder, Access Capital Partners
Finance Solutions: Felipe Vega Founder, Strategic Business Advisor, Iron Clad Consulting
April 8, 2021
Hometown Resources Available to the DFW Entrepreneur
Join us for a conversation with Dallas Community Leaders to discuss available resources to DFW Entrepreneurs. Panel speakers include:
Lisa Tran, Managing Director of Corporate Engagement & Strategic Partnerships at the SMU Cox School of Business
For a donation fee, 55 participants can get a box that includes Austin and Dallas-based #CPG products, a recipe from the Dragon Spirits Marketing team to create an alcoholic/non alcoholic concoction during the happy hour, lemons, limes, and a cocktail stirring spoon. The boxes are first come, first serve! Must be able to provide home address (no PO boxes) and cell phone to receive your delicious box of goodies. You do not have to purchase a box to attend.
February 11, 2021
We're excited to bring together CPG experts from the Specialty Food Association, New Hope Network, BevNET, and Startup CPG. These organizations support early-stage CPG companies and are a resource to many. Live Q&A at the end!
Join us for a conversation with Tapan Shah from PepsiCo and Jennifer Bernhardt from Danone Manifesto Ventures.
Tapan is a principal at The PepsiCo Ventures Group and is focused on identifying, securing, and nurturing PepsiCo’s partnerships with emerging food & beverage companies.
Jennifer is with the venture arm of Danone, a global food & beverage company built on four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. Danone's investment portfolio is made up of both international brands (Active and Evian) and brands in local markets (Silk, Vega, and Horizon Organic).
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!
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 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
Kainos Capital Partners
Hail Merry Snacks
IronClad Consulting Services, LLC
Hanks Brokerage, Inc.
Bridge Leasing Group
Tin Star Foods
In The News
See recent news features highlighting our group, events, and more.
July 2020 | Dallas Innovates
DFW CPG to Support the ‘Nation’s First Consumer Products Accelerator’ Coming Soon to Dallas-Fort Worth
"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
January 2020 | Dallas Innovates
F&B/CPG: How a New Initiative Plans to Catalyze a Growing Industry in Dallas-Fort Worth
"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
September 2019 | Dallas Innovates
Brewing Up Business: Phil Romano and George Esquivel on Crafting a Company
"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
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