Feburary 12th - 17th, 2018 | Austin CPG Week

You can see the current schedule of events here

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Mason Arnold and Shauna Martin talk about starting a CPG business in Austin

Testimonials

Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your Event at Vault Space today. I appreciate it so much. The speakers, presentations and fellow exhibitors were fantastic. It was a wonderful experience. What a great time. Thank you for including me!”- Julie

” We really enjoyed meeting you on Monday night at the happy hour and also really enjoyed participating in the Texas Consumer Venture Forum. We learned a lot from the other speakers and gained insight into areas that we need to grow in in the future.”- Melissa

“Thanks for the opportunity to speak. Everything at my venue went off without a hitch. I hope the rest of the week turned out well!”- Fernando

“BIG thank you again for inviting me to be a speaker during Austin CPG Week. I really enjoyed the session as well as attending some of the others. And great job putting the first year event together.”- Lyn

Thanks for including me in CPG Week. I enjoyed speaking to the group.”- Douglas

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    Scott Jensen

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    Mason Arnold

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    Shauna Martin

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1×1 Meetings

Spice-Madam

Board of Directors

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    Hall T. Martin

    Founder & CEO

    TEN Capital Network, Texas Entrepreneur Networks

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    Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

    Founder

    Strategic Economies

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    Trish Wesevich

    Founder

    Capital Kitchens

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    Scott Collier

    Global Growth & Business Development

    Whole Foods Market

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    Shari Wynne Ressler

    Founder and President

    SKU

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    Genevieve Gilbreath

    Director of Programming and Development

    SKU

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    Marc Nathan

    VP Client Strategy

    Miller Egan Molter & Nelson, LLP

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    Kyle W. Dufour

    Managing Attorney

    Dufour Law

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    Marshall Jones

    Partner

    Sumptuary, Unwashed Foods

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    Janet Chaykin

    Owner

    Chaykin Consulting

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    Mokshika Sharma

    CFO & Co-Founder

    Full Fridge

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    Sonia Gaillard

    Office of the Governor

    State of Texas

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    Jan Triplett

    CEO

    Business Success Center

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    Lynda Berrios

    Owner

    Little Spoon Consulting

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    Jenna Gelgand

    Local Producer Loan Program Sr. Administrator

    Whole Foods Market

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    Peg Richmond

    Business Advisor

    SBDC, Texas State University

Companies

Investors

Panels

9AM Panel – Whole Foods Strategic Investment Program
10:30AM Panel – Growing Your CPG Company: Common Pinch Points
12PM LUNCH
1PM Panel – How to Raise Funding for Your CPG Business
2PM Panel – Social Impact Panel Strategies for Your CPG Business
3PM Panel – Data Analytics for CPG
4PM Wrap Up & Networking
5PM Happy Hour
9AM Panel – Whole Foods Strategic Investment Program

Whole Foods Strategic Investment Program

Whole Foods venture fund provides funding for strategic projects and product placements within Whole Foods stores. Come hear how Whole Foods funds its strategic ventures.

Speakers:
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    Scott Collier

    Global Growth & Business Development

    Whole Foods Market

10:30AM Panel – Growing Your CPG Company: Common Pinch Points

Growing your CPG Company – Common Pinch Points

Brand isn’t the entity with which we begin – we start with product. And getting from product to brand to functioning company is a long journey. In this panel at the Texas Consumer Venture Forum, Growth and its Obstacles, four entrepreneurs heading growing, scaling enterprises will discuss their journey from product to brand to company, and the key dilemmas they’ve faced as they’ve done so. Each will be open about a major decision and challenge they’ve had to overcome and will provide the audience with thoughts about what has gone right for them – from the key decisions to the lucky encounters. With Jeffrey Klineman, Adam Grossman, Martin Berson, Nick Mysore and Chris Campbell.

Moderator:
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    Jeff Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief

    BevNET

Speakers:
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    Adam Grossman

    Founder and CEO

    The Seaweed Bath Co.

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    Martin Berson

    Founder and President

    Snap Kitchen

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    Nick Mysore

    Visionary Business Leader, President, CEO, Brand Builder

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    Johnny Heiselberg

    CEO

    Austin Eastciders

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    Chris Campbell

    President & CEO

    Chameleon Cold Brew

12PM LUNCH

All attendees will receive a box lunch.

1PM Panel – How to Raise Funding for Your CPG Business

How to Raise Funding for Your CPG Business

Consumer Product Goods funding comes from Financial venture capital, Corporate venture capital, funding portals and other sources. This panel will showcase each type of funding, their criteria for investment and what they look for in companies.

Moderator:
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    Matt Bair

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    <p><strong>Miller, Egan, Molter &amp; Nelson LLP</strong>

Speakers:
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    Scott Collier

    Global Growth & Business Development

    Whole Foods Market

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    Patrick Robinson

    Business Development

    CircleUp

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    Clayton Christopher

    Founder

    Deep Eddy Vodka, Sweet Leaf Tea, CAVU Venture Partners

2PM Panel – Social Impact Panel Strategies for Your CPG Business

Social Impact Panel Strategies for Your CPG Business

Customers value companies with a social cause and look for products made by companies with a social impact. This panel will explore several examples of social impact.

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    Joy Stoddard

    Development & Outreach Director, Whole Planet Foundation

    Whole Foods Market

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    Cameron Crake

    Director of International Production

    Raven + Lily

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    Caroline Freedman

    CEO & Co-Founder

    NurturMe Organic Baby Food

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    Lisa Helfman

    Founder & Board Chair

    Brighter Bites

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    Jonathan Hoeflinger

    Chairman & President

    Sharemeister

3PM Panel – Data Analytics for CPG

Data Analytics for CPG

Data analytics is critical to growing a consumer product goods company. This panel will explore the various databases, sources of data analytics and how a consumer product firm can use this data to increase revenue and improve margins.

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    Michael Garel

    Founder and CEO

    eyeQ

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    Gary Hoover

    Retail Strategy &amp; Analysis Consultant

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    Scott Price

    Founder

    Strategic Rise Partners

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    Cristina Silingardi

    Managing Director

    Virtual CFO

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    Patrick Robinson

    Business Development

    CircleUp

Workshops

9AM Workshop – Keynote Speakers
10AM Workshop – Welcome & Getting Started in CPG
11AM Workshop – Packaging and Labeling
11:30AM Workshop – Food Testing & Audits: Self Life, HAACP, SOP’s, Organic Certification, more…
12PM LUNCH
1:00PM Workshop – Social Media Best Practices
2PM Workshop – Distributors & Transportation: Your Options
2:30PM Workshop – Brokers: what they are, what they do, when you need one, how to choose
3PM Workshop – Understanding Distribution Channels
4:15PM Workshop – Ignorance is Not Bliss – Legal Work for CPG Success
5PM Happy Hour
9AM Workshop – Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Moderator:
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    Cristina Silingardi

    Managing Director

    VCFO

Speakers:
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    Scott Collier

    Global Growth & Business Development

    Whole Foods Market

10AM Workshop – Welcome & Getting Started in CPG

Welcome & Introductions

Getting Started – The Homework you Should do for Yourself

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    Trish Wesevich

    Founder

    Capital Kitchens

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    Janet Chaykin

    Owner

    Chaykin Consulting

11AM Workshop – Packaging and Labeling

Packaging and Labeling

Key Points:
  • How to source packaging & labeling
  • What is required on a label
  • Where to get a UPC
Speakers:
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    Cecil Winzer

    Product Manager

    Real Natural Products

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    Jessica Kezar

    Sales Squasher

    Veggie Noodle Co.

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    Dan Gillotte

    Chief Executive Grocer

    Wheatsville Food Co-op

11:30AM Workshop – Food Testing & Audits: Self Life, HAACP, SOP’s, Organic Certification, more…

Food Testing & Audits: Shelf Life, HACCP, SOP’s, Organic Certification, Gluten Free Certification, USDA, and 3rd Party Inspections

Key Points:
  • Resources
  • How to maximize your dollars.
Speakers:
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    Emmanuel Casasola

    Director of Quality & Technical Services

    IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

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    Michael De La Zerda

    Director Technical & Regulatory Support

    IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

12PM LUNCH

All attendees will receive a box lunch.

1:00PM Workshop – Social Media Best Practices

Social Media Best Practices

Key Points:
  • Gaining traction and audiences
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    Emily Kealey

    President

    Conversation Piece Marketing & PR

2PM Workshop – Distributors & Transportation: Your Options

Distributors & Transportation: Your Options

Key Points:
  • What options are there? Drive to store, drive to distribution, LTL, Freight brokers, Refrigerated, Frozen
  • Contracts, fees, costs, programs
  • Who pays for freight
  • How to attribute freight to your product
  • How to decide on how much to give as a freight allowance
  • How to maximize your dollars
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    Scott Price

    Founder

    Strategic Rise Partners

2:30PM Workshop – Brokers: what they are, what they do, when you need one, how to choose

Brokers: who they are, what they do, when you need one, how to choose

Key Points:
  • Who they are
  • What they do
  • When you need one
  • How they get paid
  • How to choose
Speakers:
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    Scott Price

    Founder

    Strategic Rise Partners

3PM Workshop – Understanding Distribution Channels

Understanding Distribution Channels

Key Points:
  • Choosing distribution channels.
  • Costs associated.
Speakers:
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    Matt McQuinn

    Principal

    408 Consulting

4:15PM Workshop – Ignorance is Not Bliss – Legal Work for CPG Success

Ignorance is Not Bliss – Legal Work for CPG Success

Speakers:
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    Shari Wynne Ressler

    Founder and President

    SKU

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    Rick Ressler

    Managing General Counsel

    MWR Legal

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    Lorrie Orton Heath

    Consumer Goods and Reg Counsel

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    Matt Burr

    Intellectual Property Counsel

    MWR Legal

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