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Consumer Packaged Growth Funds is a brand new investment syndicate on Angelist, managed by Jeff Jacobs and Marc Nathan that will primarily invest in early-stage emerging CPG brands. If you're an angel investor looking for VIP access to new opportunities, please apply to join here: CONSUMER PACKAGED GROWTH
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A subscription box full of emerging, high growth consumer brands for early-stage investors - Link

Redbud Brands’ New $46 Million Financing Round Signals Soaring Interest In Startup Studio-Backed Food And Beverage Brands - Link

- Forbes Senior Contributor Douglas Yu
 


 
"With the backing of Satori Capital, Sands Capital, and VMG Partners, Austin, Texas-based holding company Redbud Brands has secured $46 million in a latest financing round to accelerate the launch of its incubation-stage brand portfolio, while looking to acquire and create more compelling products on the market.

The company, founded by Brian Goldberg and John Ferrari, has primarily focused on creating, incubating and accelerating healthy, better-for-you consumer products since its inception in 2020, such as fermented ready-to-drink juice cocktail brand SunDaze, plant-based nutritional supplements brand KOS and cannabis-infused snacking company TSUMo Snacks. Goldberg has previously helped build Amplify Snacks Brands, parent of SkinnyPop Popcorn, as a senior executive before the company was acquired by Hershey in 2018 for $1.6 billion."

SKU Elevate '22 Selects Cohort
 

  • Four food startups named to SKU Elevate cohort - Link
    - Food Business News' Monica Watrous
  • CPG Accelerator ‘SKU Elevate’ Announces Second Cohort for Diverse Founders – Link
    - ForceBrands Rebecca Fryer
     

 
Brune Kitchen: Founded by Tania Sweis and Jahan Shahryar, Brune Kitchen makes clean, indulgent, tahini-based cookies that are grain-free, gluten-free, plant-based and free of refined sugars, additives and preservatives.

Butter'd Bodycare: Founded by Brittany Bygrave, Butter’d Bodycare is a sustainable, clean beauty brand that offers non-toxic skincare products for people of color with skin conditions.

Green Sahara: Founded by , M. Derin Raji, Green Sahara is on a mission to bring the delicious flavors from the African continent to our wider community of food lovers.

Heralogie: Founded by Connie Shih , Heralogie helps menstruators feel unparalleled comfort, security and peace of mind with our unique, tree-based, breathable period panties that mold to your body.

Oatmeal & Co: Founded by Darian Washington and her son Derrick, Oatmeal & Company is disrupting boring bowls of oatmeal and replacing morning routines with thoughtfully curated blends of fruit, organic oat and high-quality spices.

Pearl Honey Spreads: Founded by Moji Okuyemi, Pearl Honey Spreads is a honey-based spreads, preserves and jam company that offers healthy alternatives to sugar spreads.
"AUSTIN, TEXAS — SKU, the Austin-based consumer packaged goods accelerator, has named six startups to participate in the second cohort of SKU Elevate, formerly SKU M/O, beginning in June. The program was developed to build a more inclusive industry and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs of color.

Participants will receive education, mentorship and networking during the eight-week virtual program. Brands were selected based on market traction, innovation and founder story and must have revenues of between $5,000 and $100,000.

The track will be led by Kathy Guzmán Galloway, curriculum director and master teacher, with topics covering branding, channel strategy, product innovation and operations. The program will conclude with a pitch event. Each participant will receive equity-free capital to support growth.

Sponsors of SKU Elevate include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 301 INC, Foundry Brands and HumanCo. "

Inside eCommerce Presents:
Selling Consumer Goods in Web3

Join us on June 1 to discover what consumer goods companies look like in web3!

You'll learn about: 
- how CPG and e-commerce companies can start to create a web3 strategy?
- what are new ways in which institutional and retail investors can invest in CPG companies?
- CPG DAO's and how investing in CPG companies is changing
- Future predictions for the CPG industry

You'll hear from:
- Philippe LeBlanc (gmgnsupply.co) 
- Marc Nathan (T-Squared Agency)
- Elyse Eilerman (Chatty Matcha) 
​​​​​​​- Rohan Tangri (Chatty Matcha)

Inside ECommerce Presents: Selling Consumer Goods in Web3
Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CST
REGISTER

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 (http://www.egannelson.com/) and the Silicon Hills Lawyer blog (http://siliconhillslawyer.com/)

Wake Up! ATX CPG Community meetup
Thursday, June 23rd 8:30am – 10:30am
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd Ste 111, Austin, Texas 78704
https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Consumer-Products-Meetup/  

  • Introducing Madhu Chocolate, the Austin-based chocolate company with Indian flavors - Link
     - AroundAustin
     
  • The Best New Restaurants In Austin: The Austin Hit List - Austin - Link
    - The Infatuation
     
  • New mothers step up to donate milk as Austin weathers formula shortage - Link
    - Austonia
     
  • The Thicket Has Become Austin’s Premier Food Truck Park - Link
  • Beerburg Brewing is Creating a Whole New Type of Texas Ale - Link
  • This Austin-Based Watch Brand Made for Outdoor Enthusiasts - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
     
  • Why this serial entrepreneur thinks turning food scraps into dog food could be big business - Link
  • Franchising proves very fruitful for Austin founders' lucrative yard sign business - Link
  • 6 CPG companies join SKU Elevate, touting products from BIPOC-friendly body cream to menstrual underwear - Link
  • After worst financial quarter in years, Amazon puts plans for large distribution center in Round Rock on hold - Link
  • Austin startup Sommly eager to disrupt wine industry - Link
  • What Buc-ee's has in store for future expansion - Link
  • Tacodeli proves nimble as it changes expansion tactics - Link
  • Small plates: Stout's Pizza, Another Broken Egg coming to Austin; New Z'Tejas opens - Link
  • H-E-B opens pair of health clinics in Austin area, plans more - Link
  • With new packing hub, Vital Farms aims for $650M in annual revenue - Link
  • M&A wrap: Pet supplement startup Dandy acquired; Natural pest control deal done - Link
  • What do restaurant workers make in Austin, and how does that compare to rest of city? - Link
  • Kroger putting grocery delivery warehouse in NE Austin - Link
    - Austin Business Journal & Austin Inno's Brent Wistrom
     
  • H-E-B starts work on new store as Austin-area expansion revs up - Link
  • Whole Foods continues its evolution as part of the Amazon empire - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman
 

SAN ANTONIO
  • Special Leaf Tea Gets Support from Texas A & M - Link
    - Shelly Brenckman
     
  • The 28 hottest new restaurants and bars in San Antonio right now - Link
  • Elsewhere Garden Bar, Alamo BBQ Co.: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Walmart pulls cringey Juneteenth-themed ice cream after critics slam it on social media - Link
  • Texas Workforce Commission says restaurant owners can protest surprise pandemic-era taxes - Link
  • P. Terry’s Burger Stand opens fourth San Antonio location this year - Link
  • San Antonio’s Vista Brewing celebrating first anniversary with Memorial Day weekend bash - Link
  • Federal appeals court rules that delta-8 THC is legal under the Farm Bill - Link
  • Bentley's Age Limit, Project Pollo on Shark Tank: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Downtown San Antonio's Hotel Valencia Riverwalk revives boozy Poptails program - Link
  • Texas' Balcones Distilling releases Big Baby, its first bottled-in-bond corn whiskey - Link
  • San Antonio entrepreneur will pitch workout invention on Friday's Shark Tank season finale - Link
  • Alamo RMA paperwork questions revenue projections for Elon Musk's San Antonio tunnel - Link
  • Veteran-founded Black Rifle Coffee plans Northeast San Antonio location near IKEA - Link
  • San Antonio vegan food chain Project Pollo will appear on this Friday's Shark Tank season finale - Link
  • Torchy’s Tacos plans sixth San Antonio location, this one on the far West Side - Link
  • San Antonio-based Alamo Beer Co. and Twang partner on pickle michelada beer - Link
  • H-E-B launches home furnishings concept in recently opened New Braunfels store - Link
  • Brevity Coffee confirms more San Antonio locations are in the works, expanding the chain to 5 stores - Link
  • Wayback Burgers opening third San Antonio location, this one in northwest part of the city - Link
  • All the fun-loving folks we saw at Taco Fest, San Antonio's taco-fueled music festival - Link
  • American Craft Beer Week is May 16-22, and San Antonio breweries could use your support - Link
  • New canned wine and lemonade spritzer Roseade now available in Texas - Link
  • Texas-based Balcones Distilling releasing a second run of ZZ Top collaborative whiskey - Link
  • Horizons & More, AAPI Heritage Month Passport: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Texas-based Shiner Beer releases ¡Órale!, a new Mexican-Style Lager - Link
  • San Antonio's Roadmap Brewing and Second Pitch Beer Co. snag medals at world beer competition - Link
  • All the beautiful people — and tasty food — we saw at San Antonio Flavor 2022 - Link
  • Texas chain Whataburger will spend at least $500,000 expanding its San Antonio test kitchen - Link
  • San Antonio bars and restaurants sold $74.3 million in booze this March, more than in years - Link
  • San Antonio's Freetail Brewing wins coveted Crushie Awards for beer can designs - Link
  • San Antonio's Künstler Brewing revives Fog Fest, a puro twist on German May Day - Link
    - San Antonio Current
     
  • Whataburger’s Chicago owners drive out-of-state expansion - Link
    - San Antonio Report
     
  • Local entrepreneur, professional boxer pitches his new product on 'Shark Tank' - Link
  • Scooter's Coffee adds San Antonio to Southern expansion plans - Link
  • H-E-B to open new $43M plant on East Side - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee one step close to expansion goals with fourth SA store - Link
  • California-based GrubMarket buys South Texas produce company - Link
  • Tech job postings are booming in San Antonio, but some worry a national slowdown is coming - Link
  • Now that it's gone public, what's next for Black Rifle Coffee Company? - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee makes revenue gains after going publc - Link
  • SA parents turn to social media to find infant formula - Link
  • H-E-B looks to add capacity to pharmaceutical distribution - Link
  • Local craft beer crushes competition for can design - Link
  • SA nonprofit for pregnant women sells hemp production land for a loss - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • SKU Dallas '22 applications are open! Ideal candidates are market-validated companies with compelling founders and innovative products in hot categories. We are accepting applications from companies across the country. You do NOT need to be based in Dallas to apply. Any nationwide companies interested in applying for SKU Dallas 2022 can apply here
     
  • DFW’s Impact Ventures has partnered with Santander Corporation’s Cultivate Small Business Program for food-industry or food-adjacent businesses, taught by Babson College. The program will have a focus on women-, immigrant-, and BIPOC-owned businesses and includes a FREE 12 week (September-November) mini-MBA for eligible food entrepreneurs. Apply here through June 15th.
     
  • How a North Texas Fashion Startup is Bringing Transparency and Sustainability to Retail - Link
  • Hey, Restaurants: Hospitality Includes Your Employees, Too - Link
  • Meow Wolf Comes To Texas in 2023 - Link
  • How Sarah Zubiate’s Adoption Experience Taught Her to Advocate for Others - Link
  • Why Do Halal Restaurants Always Have Great Fries? An Investigation - Link
  • Three North Texas Businesses Led by ‘Momrepeneurs’ - Link
    - D Magazine
     
  • DI People: Brinker International, DART, GameStop, Stream Data Centers, ATTPAC, Dallas Regional Chamber, and More Make Leadership Moves - Link
  • Indoor Farming Pioneer Gotham Greens Is Expanding to North Texas - Link
  • Eco-Conscious Plastics Firm Expands to McKinney, Will Invest $30M in New Facility - Link
  • Firm Bringing Major Retail Brands to Dallas Is Acquired by Public Company - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
     
  • Walmart-backed delivery drone effort will reach DFW by end of 2022 - Link
  • Ohio-based ProAmpac acquires Fort Worth's Specialty Packaging in second deal of 2022 - Link
  • How Tesla plant fits into manufacturing 'mega region' taking shape between Austin, San Antonio - Link
  • Dak-backed Plano startup OxeFit wants to shake up the home fitness industry - Link
  • What are Texas-based Buc-ee’s' new expansion plans? - Link
  • Brinker CEO Wyman Roberts announces retirement; company names replacement - Link
  • How one small business is infusing Mexican culture into American fashion - Link
  • Sales and scones: Society Bakery looks to feed 'untapped market' with new venture - Link
  • Why California-based Ruiz Foods is making Frisco its co-headquarters - Link
  • Form D Friday: Biotech, crypto and tequila all raise capital - Link
  • Irving-based Darling Ingredients completes acquisition of Virginia-based Valley Proteins - Link
  • Dallas-Fort Worth stands out among growth markets when it comes to retail - Link
  • 'We're off to the races': Barber Partners and Bain Capital announce nationwide cold storage joint venture - Link
  • The North Texas industrial expansion cycle appears to be moderating - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  •  Top Chef Houston Features H-Town’s Diverse Eateries and Restaurateurs - Link
     
  • Houston-area credit union pumps up customers with new Buc-ee’s credit card - Link
  • Houston beauty startup raises $1M, medtech accelerator opens apps, and more local innovation news - Link
    - Innovation Map Houston’s Natalie Harms
     
  • Gourmet Ranch opens meat-processing plant in NW Houston - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: James Beard winner Robert Del Grande retiring; Rice Epicurean Markets closing - Link
  • Houston-born entrepreneur, professional boxer pitches Aqua Glove on 'Shark Tank' - Link
  • Buc-ee's sets groundbreaking date for first Colorado location with massive travel center - Link
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks increases prix fixe meal prices, donation amounts - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Speakeasy-style space opens in C. Baldwin hotel; Drift bar owner plans new concept - Link
  • Local Group Brewing near downtown Houston sold to new ownership group - Link
  • Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu reveal plans for restaurant in Galveston hotel - Link
  • First look: Memorial City Mall's former Sears site to transform into town center - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Tim Hortons' first Houston-area location underway; Bobby Heugel unveils new bar - Link
  • Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole's Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar to open in future mixed-use project - Link
  • Upgrade Boutique wig brand launches tech marketplace on heels of new funding - Link
  • Luby's sets date to delist from NYSE after selling business unit to Pappas Restaurants entity - Link
  • Conroe microbrewery B52 Brewing Co. seeking a buyer - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Doris Metropolitan team sets opening date for Hamsa; Bombshells expands - Link
  • DSW of the future: Designer Brands ready to open first reimagined store in Houston - Link
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing CEO on NextSeed default: 'This is not a deal that I'm going to walk away from' - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
     
  • Turkey Leg Hut founders named 'Hustlers of the Year' by Rick Ross - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
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
     
  • Britt on Blast: Morgan Potts of Granarly (05/25/22) - Britt on Blast - Link
  • Whole Foods Market names tenth annual supplier award winners – Produce Blue Book - Link
  • Jay-Z Backed Food Catering Platform HUNGRY Forays Into Healthy Snacks With Acquisition Of NatureBox - Link
  • Let's Eat with Mark Samuel, Investor Series, Episode 1 - with Adam Spriggs from The Angel Group - Link
  • Hormonal Wellness Brand Wile Raises $3M From Serena Williams And Others, Launches At Whole Foods - Beauty Independent - Link
  • Never Let a Competitor Put You Out of Business - Joshua Schall - Link
  • Empowering Communities through Social Justice in our Food System - Link
  • Investor Q&A: Selva Ventures Co-founder Kiva Dickinson - Link
  • Does Your Mayo Need a Mission Statement? - WSJ - Link
  • The Supply Chain Crisis Is About to Get a Lot Worse - WIRED - Link
  • NOSH Live Summer 2022: Looking Forward & Creating Win/Win Partnerships with Whole Foods Market - NOSH - Link
  • The Best in Packaging From 2022: Dieline Awards Winners Revealed - Dieline - Design, Branding & Packaging Inspiration - Link
  • Bolthouse Farms To Acquire Juice Brand Evolution Fresh From Starbucks - BevNET.com - Link
  • Guest Insights: Want Investors? Here Are the Attributes That Inspire in CPG - BevNET.com - Link
  • Bold Metrics, Which Helps Online Shoppers Order the Right Size, Scores $8 Million in Funding - Link
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