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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.

 

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.


mmmpanadas 

Another delicious product from SKU DFW's inaugural cohort! mmmpanadas is the creation of husband-and-wife team Cody and Kristen Fields. A UT Austin grad, Cody fell in love with empanadas while working in Costa Rica. Then, on a trip to Austin, Cody met Kristen and fell in love with her, too. 


Together, they began making a variety of empanadas for local bars and coffee shops. Next thing they knew, they were married and slinging gourmet empanadas out of a big red truck. Twelve years and two kids later, mmmpanadas has moved beyond the truck and can be found in many local and regional grocery stores. Through it all, Cody and Kristen have been beyond lucky to work with amazing people who have helped them take mmmpanadas from a small shared kitchen to your frozen food aisle. Take a bite and discover what the mmm is all about! 


Now available at H-E-B, Whole Foods Markets, Market Street, and Central Market.

Brand Spotlight

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Craft Brands

Co-Packers

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.


Upcoming Events

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
  • Bill Chinn, CEO of The DEC Network
  • Trey Bowles, Co-Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

March 11, 2021

4-5:15pm Central

Past Events

I Heart CPG Happy Hour with Naturally Austin and SKU

Do you love Texas CPG? So do we! For the first time, but certainly not the last, Naturally Austin, SKU, and DFW CPG are joining forces to bring you the “I ❤️ CPG” Happy Hour.


There will be 5 breakout rooms that are meant to serve as a place for meaningful networking and casual conversation on the following topics: 

  • 2021 e-Commerce Strategies with Brice McBeth, Founder of Reap Commerce
  • CPG Recruiting / Finding Top Talent in 2021 with Dustin Cherry from ForceBrands
  • Legal & CPG with Ryan Gravelle and Jerry Galvan from Kastner/Gravelle
  • Social Media Trends 2021 with Kelsey Lawrence from Nine Supply Co.
  • Nutritional Labeling & Trends with Allison Beadle and Megan Lacy from WildHive Marketing

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

5pm Central

CPG Resources 

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! 


Speakers include... 

  • Tressa Kennedy, Specialty Food Association
  • Sam Owen, New Hope Network
  • Jeffrey Klineman, BevNET
  • Karina Martinez, Startup CPG

January 14, 2021

4-5:30pm Central

November DFW CPG Meeting

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).

November 19, 2020

4-5:15pm Central

October 29, 2020

DFW CPG Halloween Virtual Happy Hour

Our happy hour will be hosted by STOUT and will have 4 breakout rooms with the following hosts:

  • Marisa Bertha of 7-Eleven
  • Brice McBeth of Reap Commerce
  • John Lahti of Stout
  • Blake Wiley of Access Capital Partners

4:30-6pm Central

October 2, 2020

Amazon Prime Day 2020 

Join the founder of Reap Commerce, Brice McBeth, as he discusses how to strategically approach Amazon Prime Day for your brand.

4-5pm Central

September 16, 2020

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!  

4-5pm Central

July 16, 2020

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!

4-5pm Central

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May 28, 2020

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

4-5pm

May 14, 2020

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

4-5pm

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

Ben Ponder

Ponder Foods

Susan O'Brien

Hail Merry Snacks

Marisa Bertha

7-Eleven

Felipe Vega

IronClad Consulting Services, LLC

Greg Hanks

Hanks Brokerage, Inc.

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.

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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