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Marketing Horsepower For CPG Brands


Content is the lifeblood of CPG brands. The story and meaning behind your brands - and the ability to bring your products to life through media - are your biggest differentiators.

My friends at 3rd + Lamar, an Austin-based media agency, are adept at working with CPG brands and startups to tell their stories and fuel their growth. 

They’re among the only studios in Texas with a cinema robot (pictured above), which enables them to film with precision up to 1/1,000th of an inch. Their high-speed camera also films in super slow motion at 1000 fps. 

Browse their work with Siete FoodsReebok/NerfGlenfarclas, and MUSH Oats. These videos were produced locally at their 1,600-square-foot studio space with a 40-foot by 25-foot matte black wall.

3rd + Lamar also buys media for companies across paid search and paid social channels. In many cases, the videos that they use in ad campaigns are the ones that they produce at their studio.

Nick Schenck, former SVP of marketing at Austin-based FloSports, founded 3rd + Lamar in 2019 with Tony Stolfa, FloSports’ former managing producer/DP, and Heather Grass, who scaled another local agency from infancy to 50+ employees.

The Cook's Nook, business dedicated to nutritious and accessible food, has new CEO - Link

- Austin Business Journal's Sahar Chmais


 
"The Cook's Nook has been addressing the crucial topics of food access and equity since it was founded in 2017 by Joi Chevalier.

After five years, the company has entered a new phase, as Chevalier moved from CEO to president June 20 and welcomed Amy Bell as chief executive.

Bell was previously senior principal of the strategic investment arm of Austin-based Whole Foods Market Inc.

Prior to Whole Foods, Bell led the social finance business at JPMorgan Chase in New York and managed $100 million in service of low-income and underrepresented populations. Additionally, Bell had leadership positions at EcoEnterprises Fund and Tideline, early-stage businesses in impact investing.

Bell had previously been an adviser to The Cook's Nook. She and Chevalier partnered to profitably scale the company by building on its Mosaic Meals, which are fully cooked and delivered meals with affordable pricing and convenience. This portion of the business began as a way to provide healthier and high-quality options for people lacking access to nutritious food or seeking to change their diets to manage disease."

 

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The Conscious Pet is a new Austin-based pet food company with sustainability at its core. Their first product, DoggieBag, is a gently cooked, shelf-stable, highly nutritious human-grade food for dogs. They are rescuing clean, high-quality kitchen scraps and unused foods from local restaurants - before they’re seasoned and plated - and upcycling them into nutritious dog food.

Learn more and save 50% off your first subscription order!
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Cool Vibes Hot Dogs - The Conscious Pet Launch Party!
Thursday, July 14, 2022 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Central Machine Works
4824 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
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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, July 28th 8:30am – 10:30am
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd Ste 111, Austin, Texas 78704
https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Consumer-Products-Meetup/  

  • Sellers of Amazon: Slowly but sweetly with Elite Donuts - Link
     
  • Chameleon Coffee and REBBL Acquired By SYSTM Foods - Link
    - BevNET.com
     
  • Nestlé sells Chameleon coffee to food and beverage operator - Link
    - Food Dive
     
  • Refraction AI Tests Autonomous Delivery at Two Chick-fil-A® Restaurants in Austin, TX - Link
     
  • Case Study: How We Created The Siete Family Foods Spec Ad - Link
    - 3rd & Lamar
     
  • Texas Supreme Court Bans Manufacture of Smokeable Hemp - Link
    - Texas Hemp Reporter
  • Austin Beerworks and _OFCOLOR Release Limited Edition Beer In Honor of Black Art WKND - Link
    - Brewbound.com
  • Distribution Roundup: Afia Expands Presence Into Mid-Atlantic; Walgreens Brings In SpoonfulONE Mix-Ins - Link
    - NOSH
  • Sustainability office spearheading regional food plan - Link
    - Austin Monitor
  • Baker Olga Koutseridi is Bringing Sweet Relief to Ukraine - Link
  • This Local Company Is Making Waves with Its Resort Wear Line - Link
  • How Austin-Based Kiro Action is Working to Solve the Nationwide Homeless Crisis - Link
  • Central Market is Taking Plant-Based to a Whole New Level - Link
  • Central Texas is Getting the World’s Largest Buc-ee’s - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 18-hour city: Downtown Austin alcohol sales record-high as tourism recovers - Link
  • New era, same shop: Austin's oldest grocery store finally reopens after pandemic closure - Link
  • South Congress legacy business Tesoros Trading Co. to close shop - Link
  • Austinites take Egypt: Six local designers debut brands in pop-up abroad - Link
  • Sustainability office spearheading regional food plan - Link
    - Austonia
     
  • Texas alcohol distillers seek more changes in next state legislature, including selling on Sundays - Link
  • Facing a daunting future, Texas restaurant association leader discusses state of the industry - Link
  • Cocktail syrup maker Liber & Co. moving to new warehouse to keep up with demand - Link
  • International food academy eager to open in Austin - Link
  • Former football pro Kenny Vaccaro adds to his budding business ventures on South Congress - Link
  • M&A wrap: Alamo Drafthouse sells merch arm Mondo, plus another recent deal - Link
  • Journal Profile: Michelin-starred chef Phillip Frankland Lee finds fresh success in Austin - Link
  • Torchy's Tacos prepares to open first Arizona location - Link
  • Buc-ee's incentives deal could save company millions of dollars for new Luling store - Link
  • Frozen food maker Afia scores Whole Foods distribution - Link
  • Pair of Austin chefs win prestigious James Beard Awards - Link
  • Dairy-free yogurt startup raising millions for expansion - Link
  • Tim Tebow hired by snack bar company as chief mission officer - Link
  • Boot maker Tecovas taps new CEO as it aims for sustained growth - Link
  • Vegan ice cream shop Sweet Ritual closes after 10-plus years in business - Link
  • Austin's DeliverB4 teams with Skipcart for on-demand delivery - Link
  • Texas French Bread to resume baking after fire - Link
    - Austin Business Journal


SAN ANTONIO
  • UTSA study finds that Texas distilleries generated billions in economic output - Link
    - University of Texas at San Antonio
     
  • Bar Age Limits, Panchito's Free Plates: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Texas' Blue Bell Ice Cream releases seasonal strawberry lemonade flavor - Link
  • Summer Spirits: These three Texas-made liquors are a perfect addition to hot-weather drinks - Link
  • San Antonio's El Camino food truck park welcomes two new mobile kitchens - Link
  • Coca-Cola brand launches “Latin American-inspired” canned aguas frescas ... and we're skeptical - Link
  • San Antonio Airport soon will allow alcoholic beverages inside the terminals - Link
  • San Antonio's pay-what-you-can Comfort Café asking customers for plate, bowl, mug donations - Link
  • San Antonio's Il Forno named one of the 50 best pizzerias in the U.S. by Italian rating guide - Link
  • San Antonio-based Whataburger continues expansion with three new Missouri locations - Link
  • Report: Most LGBTQ+ restaurant workers experience homophobia, transphobia while on the clock - Link
  • San Antonio Starbucks becomes first in city, third in Texas to join union - Link
  • San Antonio coffee vendor Olla Express' bottled raw piloncillo syrup now on H-E-B shelves - Link
  • Another San Antonio Starbucks store seeks to unionize, says company fired worker in retaliation - Link
  • Planet K owner sues Austin suburb over its ban on head shops - Link
  • Cannabis decriminalization headed to ballot in Central Texas city of Harker Heights, activists say - Link
  • Uvalde benefit by San Antonio-area craft breweries raises more than $43,000 - Link
  • San Antonio's 20 must-try barbecue restaurants - Link
  • Texas-based Tito’s Vodka launches $250,000 grant program for entrepreneurs - Link
  • New Orleans-based PJ’s Coffee opening second San Antonio shop near Camp Bullis - Link
  • San Antonio-tied Lone Star Beer launches dad-tastic merchandise line ahead of Father's Day - Link
  • San Antonio student wins Scripps National Spelling Bee in rapid-fire tiebreaker - Link
  • San Antonio-area breweries holding two-day festival in support of Uvalde this weekend - Link
    - San Antonio Current
     
  • $1M dollar food hall to debut at Helotes' The Legacy - Link
  • New Pearl CEO Mesha Milsap on how expanding district can catalyze new redevelopment - Link
  • Texas spirits makers seeking legislative change amid pandemic - Link
  • Facing a daunting future, Texas restaurant association leader discusses state of the industry - Link
  • Q&A: Terry Corless, CEO of Mad Dogs Restaurant Group, talks Alamo Plaza transformation - Link
  • New booze rules at two San Antonio airports - Link
  • Warehousing parts supplier expands San Antonio presence during critical industrial space shortage - Link
  • Petco pins Floresville as test market for rural supply concept - Link
  • H-E-B contributing $1M for Brackenridge Park improvements - Link
  • Massachusetts-based IV therapy business DripBar opening new SA locations - Link
  • Whataburger announces Missouri expansion - Link
  • Some SA Asian restaurants already feeling heat of Sriracha shortage - Link
  • It's official: Buc-ee's will build its largest travel center in Luling, Texas - Link
  • 'Restaurant Impossible' star dishes on SA military role and SA's rise as culinary destination - Link
  • SA holdings firm calls for Cracker Barrel to replace CEO - Link
  • SA custom clothier ditches library basement for the Oxbow - Link
  • Shaq-backed Big Chicken signs multi-unit franchise deal for major Texas markets - Link
  • Pearl marketing veteran to lead development's new hospitality group - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee expands Utah retail presence - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  •  Meet Kourtney Brooks - TINGE founder + CEO - Link
    – SHOUTOUT DFW
     
  • Texas bootmaker Tecovas plans more stores as founder gives up CEO title - Link
    - The Dallas Morning News
     
  • Santander Consumer USA Brings Cultivate Small Business Program to Dallas in Partnership with Impact Ventures - Link
     
  • Syracuse Sausage acquisition logical next step for Fort Worth family’s Standard Meat - Link
    - Fort Worth Business News
     
  • The DoorDash of Luxe Parties Relocates HQ from New York to Dallas - Link
  • RAVE Restaurant Group Mike Burns, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Burns has been promoted - Link
  • Dallas Is Ground Zero for Empowering and Employing the Neurodivergent Workforce - Link
  • Instagram Is Killing Food Pictures - Link
    - D Magazine
     
  • Buc-ee's incentives deal could save company millions of dollars for new Luling store - Link
  • RAVE Restaurant Group promotes current COO Mike Burns to EVP role - Link
  • Lifetime Achievement in Cheese: Mozzarella Company Founder Wins International Award - Link
  • Open Wide: Robots Are Doing Dental Implants in DFW - Link
  • Molson Coors Breaks Ground on New $65M Packing Warehouse at Its Fort Worth Brewery - Link
  • Gatik Will Deliver Goods Autonomously to 34 DFW Sam’s Clubs - Link
  • Step aside, Slurpee: 7-Eleven concept store offers a different frozen concoction - Link
  • Amazon retail CEO Dave Clark — who recently moved to Dallas — steps down - Link
  • Velvet Taco is moving its headquarters from Plano to Far North Dallas - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Buc-ee’s Creator Giving $50 Million For Hospitality Entrepreneurship Program At Texas A&M - Link
     
  • A Houston Black-Owned Company to Release a Vodka for Juneteenth - Link
     
  • Houston startup seeks to simplify sustainable fashion - Link
    - Innovation Map Houston’s Natalie Harms
     
  • Restaurant Roundup: Davanti Ristorante Italiano to open near Highland Village; House of Pies opens in Katy - Link
  • Bad Astronaut Brewing to open north of downtown Houston; City Acre Brewing, Brash Brewing sold - Link
  • Galveston couple known for historic home restoration TV show opens ice cream shop - Link
  • Texas Original opens Houston's first permanent medical cannabis pickup location - Link
  • Julep named only Houston winner in 2022 James Beard Awards - Link
  • Synthica Energy plans food waste-to-RNG facility along Houston Ship Channel - Link
  • FreshBrew launches $10M expansion of production facilities in Houston - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Latin Restaurant Weeks begins; Agricole Hospitality plans new Heights bar - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: New cantina opens on Washington; Phat Eatery coming to The Woodlands - Link
  • Buc-ee's founder gives Texas A&M $50M for new academic center - Link
  • FM Kitchen & Bar team to open new pickleball sports bar - Link
  • Round Rock-based baseball entertainment business picks Katy area for its second location - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Pitmaster sets opening date for new concept; barbecue joint closes - Link
  • Going flat? Craft beer industry sputters amid flood of challenges - Link
  • PE firm acquires majority stake in restaurant tech co. HungerRush - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
     
  • A Houston ice cream business is making junk food-inspired flavors — and selling out in seconds - Link
  • Stetson's iconic cowboy hat triggers dispute with haberdasher - 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
     
  • dear: a dry drinkery - Link
  • Tips for Scaling An E-commerce Business by Cart.com’s Omair Tariq – WWD - Link
  • ReFED and Closed Loop Partners launch $100 million funding initiative - Link
  • How The Supply Chain Crisis Is Being Solved - Link
  • Cleveland Kitchen Details $19M Investment, Acquisition & New Product Launches - NOSH - Link
  • Star Power: What Makes Celebrity Booze Brands Fly or Fail - BevNET.com - Link
  • CPGD — The Consumer Packaged Goods Directory - Link
  • Troy Aikman's Eight Light Beer - Review, Taste Test, Background - Link
  • Marc Lore’s Food-Delivery Startup Wonder Is Valued at $3.5 Billion After Capital Raise - WSJ - Link
  • Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss: The side hustle I’d start to make money - Link
  • The Economics of Legal Weed Don't Work - Time Magazine - Link
  • J&J SNACK FOODS TO ACQUIRE DIP - GuruFocus.com - Link
  • How Sprouts is quickly adding emerging products to its stores - Grocery Dive - Link
  • SKU View: Developing a retail channel strategy - Food Business News - Link
  • SKU Town Hall: Are you Ready to Pitch to the Sharks? Tickets, Wed, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM - Eventbrite - Link
  • Mondelez (MDLZ) to Purchase Energy-Bar Maker Clif for $2.9 Billion - Bloomberg - Link
  • Kellogg shares jump on plans to separate into three companies - Link
  • Clif Bar Billionaires Reap 2,400% Gain by Rebuffing Early Buyout - Bloomberg - Link
  • Your Favorite Beer Bar Is Now Brewing Coffee - WSJ - Link
  • How Brands Can Thrive in the Great Resignation - BE Insights - Link
  • PepsiCo Selects 10 Emerging Innovators To Grow the Next Generation of Wellness Technologies, Services and Ingredients - Link
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https://naturallyaustin.org/events/

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https://foodbevy.com/events/

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https://www.nosh.com/events
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