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.
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!
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.
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.
"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
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