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How BeatBox Beverages keeps growing - Link

- Austin Business Journal’s Sahar Chmais
  • BeatBox Party Punch Expands To 34,000+ Retail Accounts, Revenue Up 110% - Link

"The founders of BeatBox Beverages now have their wine-based "party punch" in more than 34,000 stores, up from 19,000 last year.

But, as a measure of success, they prefer to focus not on the number of stores that carry their product but the growing number of orders these stores place.

Aimy SteadmanBrad Schultz and Justin Fenchel founded Austin-based BeatBox in 2012. They have developed packaged alcoholic drinks, which are 11.1% alcohol by volume, in flavors like juicy mango and fruit punch.

Along the way, the founders have navigated several learning curves. BeatBox used to sell through wine and spirits networks but found it was better to go through beer distributors, which helped them reach convenience stores. The company also changed its packaging in 2017, moving into 500-milliliter Tetra packs." - Austin Business Journal’s Sahar Chmais

This Immigrant Entrepreneur Got His Start Hawking Jewelry in Houston Flea Markets. Now He’s Taking on Amazon. - Link

- Texas Monthly’s Tom Foster

", which helps retailers manage and process their online sales, already counts among its clients such giants as Dollar General and GNC, as well as hot smaller brands including Austin’s Howler Bros. and Florida-based Haymaker Coffee. On one hand, the e-commerce start-up operates in an entirely different universe from the scrappy upstarts at the flea market—shop after tiny shop selling everything from jewelry and jerseys to car-wheel rims and trunk-size subwoofer boxes—and yet Tariq marveled at the parallels."

Are you affiliated with a brand and seeking to perfect your story and pitch to investors or retailers? If so, this must-attend event is for you! Join us and our powerhouse panel Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 pm to discover tips, angles and approaches to perfecting your brand story and making it pitch-ready!


- Emily Kealey, Managing Director, SKU

- Michelle Breyer, Chief Marketing Officer, SKU

- Kat Weaver, Founder of Power to PItch


DFW CPG Presents: How to Perfect Your Pitch
Wednesday, August 10th 6:30 PM
Four Corners Brewing Company
1311 South Ervay Street Dallas, TX 75215

Wake Up! CPG Austin Meetup

Wake Up! CPG is the premier monthly event for people interested in the Consumer Packaged Goods community. Come join us for conversations with locals in and around the growing CPG industry. It's very casual - show up, grab a name tag and your coffee is taken care of by the wonderful baristas at Cosmic Coffee. As this is Austin, we are very open and welcoming to "new-to-Austin" and "new-to-CPG" people. Wake Up! CPG is proudly hosted by Texas-Boxed, with generous sponsorship from Egan Nelson ( and the Silicon Hills Lawyer blog (

Wake Up! ATX CPG Community meetup
Thursday, August 25th 8:30am – 10:30am
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd Ste 111, Austin, Texas 78704  

  • Introducing: Golden Ratio Coffee - Youtube
  • Amy Bell, The Cook's Nook: Planting seeds for impact - Link
  • John Mackey Debate Points On Cryptocurrency by Brett A. Hurt - Link
  • New psychedelic center offering guided ketamine sessions in Austin - Link
  • Local James Beard winner is staying busy a month after award - Link
  • Austin founder fills gap in beauty market with skincare line made of Latin American botanicals - Link
  • Ever heard of alcoholic edibles? These Austin-made snacks are infused with wine - Link
  • For Austin dog lovers, The Conscious Pet transforms kitchen scraps into food for your best friend - Link
    - Austonia
  • Restaurant365 Keeps All the Plates Spinning By Prioritizing Its People - Link
    - BuiltinAustin
  • The Future of Food Bringing The Flavor Back To SXSW 2023 - Link
    - SXSW
  • Music Commission wants Council to ‘expedite’ Live Music Fund activation - Link
  • Stream reveals details of six possible new Sixth Street music venues - Link
  • Parks board continues debating alcohol sales in parks - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • This H-E-B Fan Account Shows Off the Best of What’s in Store - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
  • Austin's eating evolution: Businesses adapt to changing tastes of fast-growing city - Link
  • As revenue nears $37M, BeatBox founders focus on this critical metric - Link
  • Small plates: Mini-chain Taco Flats reaches expansion milestone; G'Raj Mahal to reopen - Link
  • Radio Coffee and Beer opening second location, betting on 'area that's really primed for a lot of growth' - Link
  • North Austin brewery 4th Tap files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy - Link
  • Snap Kitchen hopes to embark on new chapter of growth after difficult few years - Link
  • Tiff's Treats employees in Austin attempt to unionize - Link
  • Trail mix startup that's just a year old is about to go national with Sprouts Farmers Market - Link
  • H-E-B opens e-commerce fulfillment center in Leander - Link
  • H-E-B edges Amazon as top e-commerce grocer in new report - Link
  • M&A wrap: Peak Rock Capital sells pizza crust company to General Mills - Link
  • H-E-B to expand Temple warehouse, add at least 100 jobs - Link
  • California CPG company's largest manufacturing facility coming to Kyle - Link
  • CBD manufacturer may put 85-job manufacturing, distribution space in Elgin - Link
  • Austin's Twin Liquors exports 'educational hub' store concept to San Antonio - Link
  • Small plates: Chicken salad franchise to roll out in Austin; Picnik opens another brick-and-mortar - Link
    - Austin Business Journal 

  • 22 San Antonio-area restaurants we said goodbye to so far in 2022 - Link
  • The Cottage, Black Potion: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • San Antonio winemaker launches panel discussion and tasting series with charitable angle - Link
  • Tickets now on sale for San Antonio’s anticipated four-day Texas Wine + Food Festival - Link
  • San Antonio hospitality fixture Dan Ward stepping away from Piatti restaurants after 24 years - Link
  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller calls for expanding state's medical cannabis program - Link
  • Mr. and Mrs. G's, ADA Lawsuits: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • San Antonio's Gold Coffee launches its Lil' Treasures kitchen — and sells out in 40 minutes - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee Co. names new executive ahead of San Antonio expansion - Link
  • Texas brewer known for zany pickle beers introducing variety pack in San Antonio with two new flavors - Link
  • San Antonio's Second Pitch Beer Co. snags three U.S. Beer Open medals - Link
  • New pickleball retailer opens on San Antonio's Northside - Link
  • Texas' Yellowbird hot sauce expands national retail footprint with Academy Sports deal - Link
  • Trio of East Side mom-and-pop businesses worry they may not survive ADA lawsuits - Link
  • San Antonio influencer Chris Flores lands Favor Delivery's Chief Taco Officer gig - Link
  • The 25 most popular San Antonio restaurants right now, according to Yelp - Link
  • Salad and Go, Mana Mobile: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Eater names San Antonio's Jerk Shack one of America's best restaurants for fried chicken - Link
  • San Antonio favorite Cerroni's Purple Garlic permanently closing Austin Highway location - Link
  • Texas-based Karbach Brewing Co. launches Ranch Water Wanderer contest with $10,000 travel stipend - Link
  • San Antonio-area brewery run by Major League pitcher Jeremy Affeldt launches music series - Link
  • Texas Monthly says San Antonio's El Pastor Es Mi Señor may serve the state's best tacos al pastor - Link
  • East San Antonio burger joint Mark’s Outing reviving competitive eating series - Link
  • Bombshells, P. Terry's: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Texas Supreme Court upholds ban on smokeable hemp being produced inside the state - Link
  • Winos and rhinos come together at a new winery and rhino reserve north of San Antonio - Link
  • Food Truck Journey: Chef Ryan Rhys is all about change in his personal and culinary life - Link
  • San Antonio's Second Pitch Beer releasing 4 new beers in as many weeks - Link
  • San Antonio’s Tech Port Center now offering $5 weekday happy hour at onsite bar - Link
  • P. Terry’s to build its next San Antonio store on Broadway, tear down former King's Palace eatery - Link
  • San Antonio's Alamo Biscuit Co. launches morning happy hour aimed at overnight workers - Link
  • San Antonio chef behind Pharm Table picked for esteemed James Beard Foundation dinner series - Link
  • $1 million Roots Food Hall coming to San Antonio's northwestern suburb of Helotes - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • Pricey chicken and costly labor: San Antonio restaurants brace for a tough year ahead - Link
  • Beyond the restaurant: Mr. & Mrs. G’s legacy is more than just soul food - Link
    - San Antonio Report
  • H-E-B is testing a futuristic 'run your basket through' check-out device - Link
  • Tesla filed a trademark for Texas-shaped logo. Now what is Elon Musk doing? - Link
  • DeLorean unveils legacy behind new electric car engineered in San Antonio - Link
  • Dutch Bros continues San Antonio expansion with 21st planned coffee shop - Link
  • Illinois' answer to Buc-ee’s is trending, some say the beaver should watch out - Link
  • Houston-based gym chain Fitness Connection opening on San Antonio's Southside - Link
  • H-E-B expanding frozen storage center in Temple, bringing in over 100 jobs - Link
  • Radio Shack reviving, rebranding into cryptocurrency platform - Link
  • San Antonio-based H-E-B bests Amazon, ranked top online grocery retailer - Link
  • The Coleman Company closing New Braunfels plant, laying off 150 employees - Link
  • Dollar General expands pOpshelf home goods chain with 4 San Antonio stores - Link
    - San Antonio Express-News
  • Kiolbassa Smoked Meats announces first president outside the family - Link
  • Truly teams with SA-based Twang to court Latino market - Link
  • H-E-B opens e-commerce fulfillment center in Leander - Link
  • Q&A: How drought, inflation are affecting SA's Pharm Table - Link
  • H-E-B rolls out new line of home products and accessories - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee Company appoints new executive to push expansion - Link
  • LA company advancing plans for Broadway area brewery development - Link
  • Q&A: Loretta Ortiz of Heavenly Catering on industry rebound - Link
  • Beerville: Boerne an emerging craft brewery destination - Link
  • BRCC partners with Amazon for product placement in new series - Link
  • Uber for restaurant employees? TRA partners with app staffing platform - Link
  • San Antonio's TINT UGC partners with e-commerce platform - Link
  • Austin's Twin Liquors pivots out of pandemic with larger footprint in Alamo Heights - Link
  • H-E-B named top e-commerce grocer, beating out Amazon - Link
  • H-E-B to expand distribution facility in Temple - Link
  • Pharm Table owner to represent SA in James Beard Foundation series - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Merger of Green Light Distribution and United Wine & Spirits Forms Third Largest Spirits Distributor in Texas - Link
    - BEVnet
  • Food + charity: DFW Restaurant Week celebrates 25th anniversary - Link
  • Texas restaurants bounce back but owners facing staffing, supply chain issues - Link
  • Fort Worth’s Renfro Foods thrives under third-generation leadership - Link
    - Fort Worth Business News
  • Texas Restaurant Show To Bring $2 Million to Dallas This Weekend - Link
  • What Would an All-Local Texas Beer Taste Like? - Link
  • This Dallas Company Makes Candles That Smell Like Your Favorite Celebrities - Link
  • A Robot at Target Painted My Nails - Link
  • Why Mark Cuban Put His Name on a Drug Company - Link
    - D Magazine
  • Canadian Chocolate Maker Brings Tech, 120 Jobs to New Rockwall Production Facility - Link
  • The Last Word: Mary Kay’s Dr. Lucy Gildea on the Skin ‘Microbiome’ - Link
  • The Last Word: Canoo CEO Tony Aquila on His LDV Vans Coming to DFW Walmart Locations - Link
  • Dallas-Based OrderMyGear Names New CEO to Lead Its Next Stage of Growth - Link
  • Bitewell Meal Planning App Launches its ‘Healthy Eating Ecosystem’ in Dallas - Link
  • The Last Word: Funky Picnic Brewery’s Collin Zreet on Fort Worth’s Craft Beer Scene - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • More H-E-B: Prosper joins the club of cities building a store, according to the DMN - Link
  • Amazon's Rivian electric delivery vans now testing in Dallas-Fort Worth - Link
  • 7-Eleven cutting 880 corporate jobs in Irving and Ohio as it restructures - Link
  • H-E-B rolls out new line of home products and accessories - Link
  • Walmart buying 4,500 electric delivery vehicles, testing them in DFW this year - Link
  • Smoothie King appoints executive to lead national expansion - Link
  • Snack food company The Good Jerky looks to scale up with fish - Link
  • Kitchen United MIX makes its debut in Dallas - Link
  • Ben E. Keith selects Houston firm to power Dallas distribution facility - Link
  • DFW Restaurant Week celebrates 25th anniversary supporting DFW nonprofits - Link
  • As H-E-B expands into DFW, its Temple distribution facility is growing too - Link
  • Portillo's brings Beef Bus tour to DFW, ahead of grand opening in the fall - Link
  • DFW brewing company partners with Favorite Brands to grow Texas distribution - Link
  • Texas alcohol distillers seek more changes in next state legislature, including selling on Sundays - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  •  Changes Coming to Local Retail Incubator - Link
    - inFourney
  • Houston Vietnamese restaurant wins $1M VC investment in top industry competition - Link
    - Innovation Map Houston’s Natalie Harms
  • CookinGenie lands $2 million seed investment from Allison Wood Ventures - Link
  • Target Evolution Opens New Store Serving Youth Entrepreneurs - What Now Houston - Link
  • Cool new wine shops are now open in Houston - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Restaurant Roundup: New concepts replacing Revival Market, Verdine, Beer Market, Union Kitchen Washington - Link
  • James Beard Award winner Chris Shepherd leaving Underbelly Hospitality - Link
  • Toys R Us set to reopen at Macy's stores in Houston, elsewhere - Link
  • Nuro, developer of grocery-delivering robot, cuts jobs in Mountain View, Phoenix and Houston - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Gatlin's BBQ owner opens new concept; More restaurants hit by scam - Link
  • HungerRush aims to accelerate growth, eyes M&A after private equity investment - Link
  • Staffless gym concept Iron 24 to open first location nationwide in Pearland - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Revelry on Richmond to close; Voodoo Doughnut plans Katy location - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Jet Hospitality opens Babylon nightclub; Burns Original BBQ and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams expand - Link
  • Berg Hospitality teams up with Bastion to transform La Table, add new restaurant concept - Link
  • Texas spirits makers seeking legislative change amid pandemic - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
Local CPG-related Podcasts
  • The Food Startup Podcast by Hema Reddy - Link
  • The Foodshed Investors Podcast on Apple Podcasts - Link
  • The Barcode Startup Podcasts - Link
  • Houston Food Finder Podcast - Link
  • The Startup CPG Podcast on Apple Podcasts - Link
  • TO BE BLUNT - The Cannabis Podcast For Marketers - Shayda Torabi - Link
  • My Food Job Rocks Podcast by Adam Yee - Link
  • The Consumer VC Podcast with Mike Gelb - Link
  • Whole Foods to Focus on Prices as Pandemic Eases, Says Incoming CEO - WSJ - Link
  • Shop Circle wants to keep Shopify merchants from going ‘round and ‘round finding apps they need - Link
  • Clif Reaches $10.5M Settlement On Healthy Label Claims | NOSH - Link
  • How food inflation is shaping the shopping habits of price-sensitive consumers | Food Dive - Link
  • Subscription Box Company Alltrue, Which Shut Down Suddenly In April, Has New Owners - Link
  • How Selling $160 Sweatpants Turned A SoCal Surfer Into One Of America's Richest Women - Link
  • How a Black entrepreneur founded the 'Heinz of cannabis' - Link
  • The Speedy Downfall of Rapid Delivery Startups Like Jokr -  WIRED - Link
  • Announcing 12 startups in the Techstars Farm to Fork Class of 2022 - Link
  • Accenture To Acquire The Stable To Bolster Its Commerce Transformation Expertise In North America -  Accenture - Link
  • Beauty tech company Mayvenn secures $40m in financing round - Link
  • Howdy, Carbon Partners: Texas Cowboys, Investment Startups, and Regenerative Agriculture - Link
  • Last week's biggest retail technology plays at a glance — Retail Technology Innovation Hub - Link
  • Small candy makers forced to rethink their business strategies | Food Dive - Link
  • Amazon Aggregators Will Live or Die Based on 4 Key Things: Insiders - Link
  • Do’s and Don'ts of Working in a Commercial Kitchen - YouTube - Link
  • SKU View: Raising capital in an economic downturn - Food Business News - LinkHeinz Introduces "Spoon Friez" for National French Fry Day | HYPEBEAST - Link
  • The Checkout: Giant Foods Loops In Waste-free Model; Swapples Acquired By Stone’s Throw | NOSH - Link
  • You wouldn’t believe how many different things in this grocery store are reused - Link
  • Why Brain Health Is Patrick Schwarzenegger’s Latest – And Most Important – Investment - Link
  • CloudKitchens sold these restaurants a dream. What they got was a nightmare - Link
  • Appendix 103: Sample List of VCs and Growth PE Firms in CPG — The Idea Gallery - Link
  • Food Rocket eyes next fundraise - Link
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