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A subscription box full of emerging, high growth consumer brands for early-stage investors - Link
  • Adda Veggie (deck/site) - female founder, super innovative, retailers love them
  • Aila (deck/site)- female founder, early but persistent growth
  • DeliverZero (deck/site) - first B2B for FL, will be huge when network effects take off
  • Javy Coffee (deck/site) - $1M MRR in less than 12 mo. since launch, are you kidding me?!
  • Joy Milk Tea (deck/site)- first mover, strong growth rate and retail #'s
  • OffLimits (deck/site)- female founders, quirky, big vision with strong content play
  • RDCL (deck/site)- founder with exit, in deep talks with big talent agency to bring on celeb
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Black Rifle Coffee going public through $1.7B SPAC deal - Link

- San Antonio Business Journal’s Jeannette E. Garcia
"The deal will allow Black Rifle to grow its company, including its storefront footprint from nine locations to 78 by 2023."

I ❤️ Texas CPG Holiday Happy Hour


Join us for a Texas-size holiday happy hour bringing together the incredible Texas CPG ecosystem at the newly-opened PREP ATX facility! We are so excited to see you all in-person and feature Texas beverages and local vendors. Bring some cheer and let's kick-off the holidays! ***The event will have both indoor and outdoor options to mingle.

Beverages provided by Beatbox Beverages​Luna Bay Booch​Crisp and Crude​Austin Eastciders​ 

The I ❤️ Texas CPG Holiday Happy Hour is hosted by Naturally Austin in partnership with SKUDFW CPGIronClad, and Egan Nelson. A big thanks to our host venue, PREP ATX.

I ❤️ Texas CPG Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday December 2nd, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PrepATX Commercial Kitchens
1300 East Anderson Lane

SKU Dallas 2021 Virtual Showcase

Join us for the premiere of the SKU Dallas 2021 Virtual Showcase and learn more about these innovative brands and their founders.

SKU Dallas 2021 Virtual Showcase
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, 12:00 PM -1:30 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, December 23rd - 8:30am - 10:00am
*We're keeping the fourth Thursday this month,
and expect a light (but interesting) turnout

Cosmic Coffee and Beer
121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704
  • From Reddit User samanthaaaa:

    Hey ATX,
    I thought this spreadsheet I created last year might come in handy again. I know that the allure of buying from Amazon is very convenient (and in some cases the most affordable option). However! If you have some flexibility, please consider shopping locally- in store or online. Every small business purchase makes a big difference- financially and environmentally. Alternatives to Amazon- Austin
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2021 - Springdale Ventures - Link
  • Naturally Austin 2021 Impact & Trends Report - Link
  • How Packed Party's Founder Started Her $50 Million Business - Link
    - Business Insider
  • The 2021 Eater Austin Holiday Gift Guide - Link
    - Eater Austin
  • Ranch Rider Sprits Hires Allison Wetsel As Executive Vice President Of Sales - Link
  • The World's First Free Beverage Company Recently Launched in Texas - Link
    - Talk 1340
  • How to Shop For the Foodie on Your List? Just Head to Asahi Imports - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
  • Food delivery "ghost kitchens" face major obstacles - Link
  • H-E-B dominates Austin-area grocery stores - Link
  • Austin's Recess Pickleball brings trendy gear to the sport - Link
    - Axios Austin’s Nicole Cobler
  • In Crisis? Be Scrappy! (Erin Thompson, CEO of Bowls, Inc.) - 13 min - CEO Blind Spots - Link
  • Veronica Garza of Siete Foods Tells Her Story - Link
  • MilkRun Announces $6 Million Series A Funding Round Led by Spark Capital - Link
  • Esker Beauty Raises $500K In Pre-Seed Funding To Help It Grow Into An Elevated Modern-Day Version Of Calgon - Link
    - Beauty Independent
  • Austin startup has big plans by offering free water to everyone - Link
  • Pani Raises $2.3M in Seed Funding to Bring Its 'Keurig for Water' to Market - Link
    - BuiltinAustin
  • 2021 gift guide: Ditch the big-box stores for these local makers - Link
  • Former Torchy's CEO lists Spanish Oaks home for $7.5 million - Link
  • Delta-8 retailers rejoice after Austin judge grants temporary injunction - Link
    - Austonia
  •  Austin's Yeti soars as consumers snap up its outdoor gear - Link
  • Surging consumer spending helps drive Austin rebound - Link
  • Austin's Elevate Brand, lands $55 million to expand - Link
  • Austin merchants bet big on Small Business Saturday - Link
  • TV network Shop LC to move HQ from Austin to Cedar Park - Link
  • Black Friday is back, and Austin retailers say they're ready - Link
    - Austin American-Statesman
  • Sahar Chmais to cover retail, restaurants, CPG for the Austin Business Journal - Link [Welcome to the Austin CPG Community Sahar!]
  • Austin Inno's 2021 local gift guide: Options for reading, eating, riding - Link
  • How NatureSweet CEO aims to build a multibillion-dollar agriculture business in Texas - Link
  • BookPeople's next chapter: Austin's largest independent bookstore gets more digitally savvy - Link
  • Dripping Springs extends moratorium on new development - Link
  • Expansion of Aggieland favorite Layne's Chicken Fingers runs through Austin - Link
  • Digitizing your supply chain? Don’t leave your people behind. - Link
  • Food, adhesives manufacturers eye space in Bastrop business park as EDC aims to make site 'shovel-ready' - Link
  • How this six-time entrepreneur got Clayton Christopher, Brian Sheth to back his water-device startup - Link
  • Shopping network Shop LC to move HQ to Cedar Park, may become city's largest employer - Link
  • Journal Profile: Clint Howard provides artistic flair for college campuses, Buc-ee's - Link
  • Whataburger opens first Kansas City-area location, causing Texas-sized lines - Link
  • Tiff's Treats valuation surpasses $500M with latest funding - Link
  • Silicon Valley robotic farming company tees up second facility in Lockhart - Link
  • Funding wrap: Ladder scores money from Gary Keller, Doss Cunningham; Elevate Brands snags $55M - Link
  • Freebirds CEO's legal background, curiosity help him guide burrito chain during new expansion push - Link
  • Alamo Drafthouse once again adding theaters across US - Link
  • Sibling startup founders see sales surge after Mark Cuban bit on 'Shark Tank' - Link
  • Judge gives hemp retailers brief reprieve with temporary injunction in Delta-8 lawsuit - Link
  • Amazon considers Georgetown site for large warehouse - Link
  • Austin tech and startup hires: Brewbike appoints new CEO; ESO adds to C-suite - Link
  • GJ Hart steps down as Torchy's Tacos CEO - Link
    - Austin Business Journal

  • Leading Ladies: Meet five driven women reshaping San Antonio’s food scene - Link
  • San Antonio-based Pabst Blue Ribbon wants to give $100,000 to artists via its 2022 Art Can Contest - Link
  • New poll: More than 2/3 of Texans support legalizing recreational marijuana - Link
  • San Antonio-based Taco Cabana to donate $25,000 to Central Texas food banks - Link
  • Texas-based Blue Bell ice cream releases three holiday-inspired flavors - Link
  • Gather Brewing announces opening date on San Antonio’s far North Side - Link
  • Whataburger, Tomatillo's Cafe: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Bud Light panders to Texans with a new can design featuring (gasp) an actual star on the packaging - Link
  • More Local Choices: 10 gifts from San Antonio makers that will brighten someone’s holiday - Link
  • San Antonio's Maverick Whiskey debuts limited-edition barrel proof bourbon - Link
  • San Antonio-based Whataburger among 27 fastest-growing restaurant chains in U.S. - Link
  • Little Caesars becomes the latest big food brand to debut 'cheesy' merchandise line - Link
  • Topo Chico Hard Seltzer will soon be available in San Antonio in glass bottles - Link
  • Shark Tank alum Jackson’s brings line of sweet potato-based snacks to San Antonio - Link
  • Texas said delta-8 is illegal. But state troopers haven’t made a single arrest. - Link
  • Pet-related tech company Rover Group Inc. will open San Antonio office, creating 90 jobs - Link
  • Texas governor signs bill allotting $180 million for food and tourism recovery - Link
  • Biden’s infrastructure plan will set aside about $35 billion for Texas projects - Link
  • A new Republican-led bill could be the middle-of-the-road solution to legalizing and taxing marijuana - Link
  • Judge grants injunction making delta-8 THC legal in Texas again — for now - Link
  • As court considers delta-8's future in the state, new poll shows 94% of Texans support it being legal - Link
  • Trinity University Press releases coloring book featuring badass women of Texas and Mexico - Link
  • Austin Eastciders to launch seasonal spiced peach flavor Nov. 13 - Link
  • Texans can now order booze and snacks from Spec’s via new partnership with DoorDash - Link
    - San Antonio Current
  • SA-based beer maker to get new CEO - Link
  • San Antonio-based tech company behind troublesome TABC web licensing launch - Link
  • Grunt Style apparel company establishes nonprofit organization - Link
  • How one national food company is working to be a good neighbor in Texas - Link
  • San Antonio franchise company fuels unique fast casual concept - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • It's Jerky Y'all with Brett — Snack Impact - Link
  • California boot company relocating headquarters, opening retail site in Stockyards - Link
  • Texas leads nation in number of open restaurant jobs - Link
    - Fort Worth Business Press
  • New ‘Fruitcake Fraud’ Documentary Tells Nutty Story About a Famous Texas Bakery - Link
    - Eater Dallas
  • Two Dallas VCs Make First Three Investments in Food and Beverage ‘Disrupters’ from $15M CPG Fund - Link
  • Walmart Is Building Two Dallas-Area Facilities That Are So High Tech, 400 New Jobs Will Require STEM Skills - Link
  • Pudu Robotics Offers Free Trials of its Food Delivery Robots to Dallas Restaurants - Link
  • Amazon Partners with DRC to Elevate Community Initiatives - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
  • How to Buy Better Wine in Dallas - Link
  • StarChefs Announces Its 2021 Dallas-Fort Worth Rising Stars - Link
  • A Master Sommelier in North Texas Faces Sexual Assault Allegations - Link
  • Dallas Lifestyle Brand Hari Mari Drops First Slipper Collection - Link
  • News Bites: Burrito-Delivering Robot Servers in Plano and Downtown’s New All-Day Cafe - Link
  • KERA Airs Dallas Food Justice Documentary About Oak Cliff and West Dallas - Link
  • PepsiCo Foods North America CEO Steven Williams Explains Dallas’ New PepsiCo Digital Hub - Link
  • Conversation: Why Now Is a Great Time to Invest in Marijuana - Link
  • Chefs For Farmers’ Iris McCalister Talks Economic Impact of Her Decade-Old Food and Wine Festival - Link
    - D Magazine
  • How one national food company is working to be a good neighbor in Texas - Link
  • California-based private equity firm acquires majority stake in Velvet Taco - Link
  • Shell Shack acquired by private equity firm - Link
  • Combining ‘avocation with vocation” led this CFO to this direct-to-consumer winery - Link
  • American Eagle announces $350 million buy of Quiet Logistics in "supply chain transformation" move - Link
  • Apollo acquires Grapevine alcohol management solutions firm - Link
  • Walmart building two new logistics facilities in DFW - Link
  • CFO for Santander Consumer USA is excited about opportunities from going private - Link
  • Local startup looks to grow from McKinney with first deployment of hospitality tech - Link
  • 'It was scary': OrderMyGear got through pandemic challenges, ramped hiring - Link
  • 'We want to be opportunistic': Why Solo Brands' CFO sees IPO as path to new growth - Link
  • This West Coast restaurant tech startup quietly moved its HQ to Southlake - Link
  • Executive insights: Fahmi Karam, CFO of Santander Consumer USA (video) - Link
  • Neiman Marcus releases its annual Christmas fantasy gifts collection - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Harvard MBA Brainiac Brings Tech Into the World of Wigs and Extensions — This Upgrade is a Very Different Houston Salon - Link
    - Paper City Magazine
  • H-E-B leader gifts $5 million to historic Houston-area university - Link
  • Elon Musk taps into Texas workforce for out-of-this-world bartender gig - Link
  • How this Houston-based alcohol importer, distributor uses tech to stay ahead of the curve - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
  • Tajín Finds A Home In Houston - Link
    - Houstonia
  • Yeti opens first Houston retail store in Highland Village - Link
  • Ketchup made from tomatoes grown in Mars-like conditions - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
  • Accredo Packaging building 4th expansion of Sugar Land HQ campus - Link
  • Yeti opens first standalone Houston store - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Darts bar in Regent Square sets opening date; Several eateries open - Link
  • House of Pies plans Katy restaurant as opening nears for Cypress location - Link
  • Chris Shepherd announces new restaurants, closures for Underbelly Hospitality - Link
  • Luby's increases value of liquidation distributions after property sales, better-than-expected results - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Berg sets opening date for Heights trattoria; In-N-Out Burger plans Woodlands location - Link
  • Sysco sees sales, profits rebound in first fiscal quarter, eyes further growth emerging from Covid-19 - Link
  • 3 Houston resources for veterans and military-connected entrepreneurs - Link
  • Buc-ee's to break ground on 4th Alabama travel center, on heels of 3rd - Link
  • Kroger names new president of Houston division - Link
  • hires finance exec Frank Parker as CFO, sets sights on public markets - Link
  • Judge gives hemp retailers brief reprieve with temporary injunction in Delta-8 lawsuit - Link
  • Francesca’s launches standalone brick-and-mortar locations for tween line - 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
  • Kara Goldin Replaced as CEO Amid Exec Shakeup at Hint - - Link
  • 15 Holiday Packaging Ideas - Best Seasonal Flexible Packaging Solutions - ePac - Link
  • Plant-based ice cream 2.0? Eclipse Foods buoyed by ‘incredible’ early data from Whole Foods - Link
  • How Clearco's Revenue-Based Financing Fuels Beauty Business - WWD - Link
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger Continues To Bet On Intelligent Brands... Including His Own. - Taste Radio - Link
  • 9 CPG Retail Trends - Top Consumer Packaged Goods Trends For 2022 - ePac - Link
  • Alex Bromage – Insights on operations for the food, food tech and supplement industries - Link
  • 4 Ways DTC Brands Can Beat Supply Chain Logjams - Global Trade Magazine - Link
  • Announcing Fund III and the Bread & Butter Innovation Circle - Link
  • Ex-JPMorgan Trader Who Ditched the Desk for the Dirt is Inspiring Others - Bloomberg - Link
  • 5 FoodTech Predictions in 2022: From farms of the future to the boom of mushrooms | FoodHack - Link
  • Food tech company Amara gobbles up $12M for its nutrient-dense infant products | TechCrunch - Link
  • Assessing the rise of RTD cocktails, decline of hard seltzer with CANTEEN Spirits CEO - Link
  • 4 FoodTech Accelerators And Incubators Open For Applications Right Now | FoodHack - Link
  • Gooder Foods brings in $6.4M to offer its take on a more grown up mac n’ cheese | TechCrunch - Link
  • Five Big Predictions for Retail in 2022 | Chain Store Age - Link
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NaturallyNetwork Presents:
Working With Walmart: Omni-Channel and the Road to Bentonville
December 9, 2021 3 PM - 4:30 PM

A Texas Tale: Stories of Food Resilience, Access, and Equity
Thursday, December 9th, 2021 at 6:30 PM
DFW CPG Presents:
A Look Back with a View Forward. Change-making coach, motivational speaker, and author Rocky Garza and multi-faceted CPG Leader Ben Ponder, CEO of Ponder Foods and Barcode (former CEO of SKU and COO of Siete Foods) will guide us through a challenging, growth-oriented discussion preparing you for the year ahead. Thursday, December 9 at 12:00 PM CST. Register here.
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