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As we flip the page from 2021 to 2022, I’d like us all to reflect on the positives of the CPG community here in Texas: more brands, more capital (including syndicates), more venues, and more customers. We’ve strengthened our community with organizations like SKU, DFWCPG, and NaturallyAustin and we’ve even enjoyed a few get togethers in person in the last few months. The general feeling that I’m hearing from CPG founders, investors, and other service providers is that Texas and specifically Austin is earning a very strong reputation in the CPG space – and that’s drawing a lot of positive attention from the rest of the world. There’s a certain optimism for all of the companies that have survived the pandemic and every startup I talk to is having normal growing pains of finding more co-man and storage capacity while looking for more capital to grow their brands. It seems like all of the hard work that many of you have put into to your companies is paying off for everyone.
We are all tentatively planning budgets, inventory, and sales for 2022 with upcoming events like Fancy Food Show, Expo West, the Consumer VC eCommerce Summit (March 1st - 3rd), and SXSW right around the corner. Speaking of SXSW, while there is no ‘official’ CPG track this year, there will be the #FutureFoodSXSW hosted by our friend RNA and presented by Zero Hunger | Zero Waste by Kroger and my business partner, Mike Gelb the founder of The Consumer VC Podcast will be coming to Austin for a half-day CPG community event including a special edition Wake Up! CPG meetup and a live audience podcast series. If you happen to be in Los Angeles on January 12th, Mike is hosting the first LA-based Wake Up! CPG meetup. Please REGISTER and share the event with your LA CPG friends.
Thanks for your loyal readership and I welcome any suggestions on how I can improve this newsletter and our meetups to better serve you.
Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Marc Nathan

DFW CPG Presents:
M&A Trends in the Food & Beverage Industry and Tips for Business Owners

DFW CPG Presents
M&A Trends in the Food & Beverage Industry and Tips for Business Owners
January 27th, 2022 12:00 PM

Wake Up! CPG Conversations over Coffee
Fourth Thursdays Monthly

Wake Up! is hosted by Texas-Boxed, with generous sponsorship from Egan Nelson ( and the Silicon Hills Lawyer blog ( and Dell for Entrepreneurs (Dell)
Austin CPG brands, retailers, service providers, and local enthusiasts should join us for a lively discussion about the CPG scene and helping each other grow our businesses.
Wake Up! CPG Meetup 
Thursday, January 27th - 8:30am - 10:30am
Cosmic Coffee and Beer
121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2021 - Springdale Ventures - Link
  • Naturally Austin 2021 Impact & Trends Report - Link
  • The 2021 Eater Austin Holiday Gift Guide - Link
    - Eater Austin
  • Soley Beverage Launches Distilled Spirits Activation Agency Nova Collective - Link
  • PetHonesty Names Pet Industry Veteran Daniel Horner as Vice President of Sales - Link
  • Paul Janowitz of Mantra Labs talks Chrononutrition and Mental Health - Link
  • Austin Restaurant Headline Predictions for 2022 - Link
  • Texas Barbecue Legend John Mueller Dies at 52 - Link
  • Kevin Williamson, Founder and Chef of Ranch 616, Has Died - Link
  • 11 Decadent Cookie Delivery Services in Austin - Link
    - Eater Austin
  • Polish Delegation Visits Austin to Promote Organic Food Trade - Link
    - Silicon Hills News
  • NadaMoo! raises nearly $10 million in Series B funding - Link
    - Food Business News
  • Ricky Williams Finds a Higher Purpose - Link
  • 4 Great Local Nonalcoholic Options to Get You Through Dry January - Link
  • This NYE Pop-Up Will Provide Free, Stylish Clothes for Those in Recovery - Link
  • For ATX Brand Luxe Refill, Zero Waste is the Goal - Link
  • Meet the Mother-Daughter Duo Behind This Popular Accessories Brand - Link
  • Brick By Brick, This Lego-Inspired Bar is Being Built in Austin - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
  • Austin Sector Deep Dive: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) with Kirstin Ross, Managing Director SKU - Link
    - Austin Next Podcast
  • Inventory Intelligence Company Hires Former Kroger Exec - Link
    - Progressive Grocer
  • Restore Hyper Wellness Raises $140M for Its Cryotherapy, IV Treatments - Link
  • UNION Gained $22M, Moved Its HQ, and More Austin Tech News - Link
  • Pod Foods Raises $10M to Bring Emerging Brands to Grocery Retailers - Link
    - Built in Austin
  • Restaurants open on Christmas Day in Austin - Link
  • Franklin Barbecue, Sazan Ramen, Oseyo close their doors: Austin restaurants respond to omicron spread - Link
    - Austonia
  • Legendary Texas barbecue pitmaster John Mueller dies at 52 - Link
    - Austin American-Statesmen
  • With $22M funding round, Austin startup Union aims to be in thousands of restaurants, bars - Link
  • Easy Tiger expands South Lamar location, adds to-go bread market - Link
  • Z'Tejas approved for first Kyle restaurant incentives - Link
  • Kendra Scott to open Walt Disney World store - Link
  • Central Texas Food Bank leader departing for similar job in Florida - Link
  • TABC's new web portal for alcohol licensing off to troubled start - Link
  • Yeti opens first Houston store - Link
  • Tso Chinese Delivery adds third location — just start of wider expansion push - Link
  • Torchy’s Tacos to open two Orlando locations - Link
  • H-E-B ready to rebuild South Congress store - Link
  • Journal Profile: Bre Cruickshank applies radical style to VC, empowerment, apparel - Link
    - Austin Business Journal

  •  San Antonio Food Incubator Stirs Up New Culinary Businesses - Link
  • Taylor: San Antonio organic recycling company’s trifecta — trendy, sustainable and delicious - Link
    - San Antonio Express-News
  • Two San Antonio spots land on Yelp's ranking of Texas' 10 best places for tamales - Link
  • Texas Monthly’s Taco Trail listing updated to include 5 new San Antonio spots - Link
  • San Antonio-based Whataburger teases new mystery sauce on Twitter - Link
  • Texas whiskeys star in these warming winter cocktails - Link
  • San Antonio's West Side gains craft beer haven in new Big Hops location - Link
  • San Antonio TV personality David Elder’s Tex's Hot Chicken having soft opening this weekend - Link
  • Yet another San Antonio native to appear on a celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cooking show - Link
  • Texas' Shiner Beer debuts Berries & Cream brew inspired by TikTok's Little Lad phenomenon - Link
  • Distiller near San Antonio is only Texas outfit to land on Whiskey Advocate's 2021 best-of list - Link
  • San Antonio's Second Pitch Beer Co. the latest local brewery to score H-E-B shelf space - Link
  • San Antonio brewery's Big Red-flavored beer now available at H-E-B stores - Link
  • Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay moves North American restaurant headquarters to Texas - Link
  • San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance awards $17,000 in its first round of grants to local businesses - Link
  • San Antonio Food Bank seeks used laptops to help residents in need access the Internet - Link
  • Veteran-founded Black Rifle Coffee Co. plans seven new San Antonio locations - Link
  • San Antonio's Papa's Burgers shares new name after legal scuffle with Houston's Pappas family - Link
  • Anheuser-Busch nixes partnership with Travis Scott, discontinues Cacti hard seltzer line - Link
  • As winter sets in, Texas' Shiner Beer releases Bonfire Brewskis variety pack - Link
  • Papa's Burgers Name Fight, Hotel Holidays: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • More than 60 San Antonio eateries will participate in winter Restaurant Weeks deals starting in January - Link
  • 'Welcome to Texas' is trending on Twitter, and not because folks like Abbott, blackouts or abortion bans - Link
  • San Antonio is the in the bottom 10 of U.S. metros when it comes to broadband Internet access - Link
  • Report: 54% of employees of Texas-based Topgolf claim to have been sexually harassed - Link
  • New Marfa distillery's Chihuahuan Desert Sotol available now in San Antonio - Link
  • DEA officials throw support behind White House plan to make it easier to conduct cannabis research - Link
  • Candy maker Brach’s introduces Funfetti candy canes in a major affront to Christmas joy - Link
  • Be Kind & Rewind, New Guillermo's location: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • The chef-owner of Jerk Shack and Mi Roti balances growing her business and her family - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • Blackstone Growth takes majority stake in San Antonio-based Supergoop - Link
  • Midwest grocery chain won't enter Texas market citing H-E-B dominance - Link
  • Epic Western pursuing aggressive US spirits expansion - Link
  • Food Bank offers new program to help bridge digital divide - Link
  • Black Rifle Coffee opens three new Texas locations - Link
  • SA-based Devils River Whiskey is taking its spirits to international markets - Link
  • Family-owned Ace Mart Restaurant Supply changes leadership - Link
  • Family-owned restaurant sues city of San Antonio - Link
  • San Antonio's Inno 2021 Holiday Gift Guide - Link
  • Grand Hyatt teaming with Topgolf to add new 'Swing Suites' - Link
  • Exclusive: California poke bowl chain to open first SA location - Link
  • Southtown craft beer maker to open Hemisfair brewpub - Link
  • SA-based beer maker to get new CEO - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • The Most Read Eater Dallas Stories of 2021 - Link
  • Gordon Ramsay Relocates His Restaurant HQ to Las Colinas - Link
  • No One Knows How to Pronounce Buc-ee’s - Link
  • Here Are 2021’s Eater Awards Winners for Dallas - Link
    - Eater Dallas
  • Shop with Purpose: Gift Giving to Empower Women- and Minority‑Owned Businesses in Dallas‑Fort Worth - Link
  • T-Bag Coffee Innovator Appoints Former Sony CEO and Quantum Leaps Co-CEO as Advisors - Link
  • Sherwood Bedding To Build New Plant in Billingsley’s Austin Ranch Development - Link
  • 7-Eleven, Nuro Pilot California’s First Autonomous Delivery Service - Link
  • Dallas-Based Corganics Receives Series A Funding to Accelerate Delivery of Clinical Cannabinoid Products to Healthcare Providers - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • The 13 Locally Brewed Wintry Beers You Need to Sip This Season - Link
    - D Magazine
  • DFW company offering high-tech gadget for pet care gets valuation of $400 million - Link
  • North Texas tippers are leaving more for food service workers during pandemic, study finds - Link
  • Clinical CBD company lands new funding and a new name - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • The Most Read Eater Houston Stories of 2021 - Link
  • Timbits Peddler Tim Hortons Is Bringing Its Canadian Coffee to Texas - Link
  • Here Are 2021’s Eater Awards Winners for Houston - Link
    - Eater Houston
  • Houston sprouts up as a top U.S. city for winter farmers markets - Link
    - CultureMap Houston
  • Houston Community Fridges see success in Third Ward one year later - Link
    - University of Houston
  • Who says retail is dead?! If Houston’s scene is any indicator, brick-and-mortar boutiques are alive and well — and ready for holiday shoppers. - Link
    - Houston CityBook
  • Find your perfect outfit at these Black-owned Houston boutiques - Link
  • Texas just got its first non-alcoholic bottle shop - Link
  • Why a Houston Bar Is Serving Pappy Van Winkle at Cost - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Fertitta Entertainment to pay up to $33M to cancel deal with blank-check co. - Link
  • Sugar Land Town Square to be home to first ‘Department of Wonder’ immersive experience - Link
  • Op-ed: Texas’ economy, restaurant industry need Congressional reform to support immigrant workers - Link
  • Houston-based vertical farming co. secures $50M, will build 100K-SF facility - Link
  • Sysco buying fresh produce distributor to grow in mid-Atlantic region, add capabilities - Link
  • Haircare startup raises $2M, opens flagship location in Third Ward - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Mendocino Farms, Mala Sichuan to open in M-K-T; Several more eateries opening - Link
  • Fertitta Entertainment seeks to terminate deal with blank-check co. - Link
  • Goode Co. plans new restaurant concept in The Woodlands - Link
  • Restaurant group Adair Concepts to open 2 restaurants in West University - Link
  • For the community, by the community: New north Houston supermarket gives platform to Black vendors - Link
  • Yeti opens first standalone Houston store - Link
  • Accredo Packaging building 4th expansion of Sugar Land HQ campus - 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
  • Top NOSH Stories of 2021: Investments and Acquisitions Ramp Up - Link
  • 6 things to keep in mind when seeking investment in 2022 - Link
  • Delivery Startup Gopuff Aims to Dominate Dark Convenience Store Business – Bloomberg - Link
  • Meat Alternatives Forecast To Play A Bigger Role In The Comfort Food Aisle - Link
  • KeHE's 10 Macro Trends for Retailers to Watch in 2022 - Progressive Grocer - Link
  • Blossom, Speedinvest Alum Found VC Cocoa, Target $15m Fund - Link
  • Reef buys startup 2ndKitchen to link ghost kitchens with hotels, bars - Link
  • Leaked Reef Ghost Kitchens Emails Show Customer Complaints of Raw Chicken, Burgers - Link
  • A $9 billion dollar industry is poised to replace your supermarket’s ‘ethnic aisles’ - Link
  • How This Women’s Health Company Overcame Supply Chain Issues And Grew During The Pandemic - Link
  • Neo Bites Launches First Line of Functional Dog Food Toppers Powered By Insect Protein - Link
  • Austin Eastciders Light Cider Launch Party in Austin at Austin - Link
  • Inside the $22 billion deodorant industry’s effort to ditch plastic - Link
  • Co-warehousing startup to open 100K-square-foot facility in Denver - Link
  • Coolhaus Ice Cream To Be Fully Animal-Free After Acquisition By Perfect Day’s CPG Subsidiary The Urgent Company - Link
  • Meet the 10 BIPOC Brands in Sephora’s 2022 Accelerate Program - Link
  • What Instant Delivery Services Could Do to Cities - Bloomberg - Link
  • Shopify, Amazon Retail Rivalry Heats Up With Covid-Sparked Online Shopping Boom - Bloomberg - Link
  • SuperNet Raises Series A to Fund 2022 Cannabis Credit Card Launch - Link
  • Food Ecosystems Update 2021 / Twitter - Link
  • Crypto Packaged Goods - Link
  • Supply Chain And Logistics: Things To Watch In 2022 - Link
  • Why Bobbi Brown left Estée Lauder and launched startup Jones Road — Quartz at Work - Link
  • 'Keurig for cocktails' abruptly decides to shutter operations - Food Dive - Link
  • Irish whiskey firm prevented from trading by Texas regulator - Business Post - Link
  • Clif Bar launches incubator to pursue disruptive innovation - Food Dive - Link
  • Is This The Best Sugar Free Canned Cocktail? - Link
  • Cold Foods Processors to Watch in 2022 - Refrigerated & Frozen Foods - Link
  • 2021's Most Active FoodTech Investors And Where They're Investing - FoodHack - Link
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DFW CPG Main Event : Storytelling For Influence
January 12, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Four Corners Brewing Company
1311 South Ervay Street Dallas, TX 75215


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