A Growing Industry
A Better Chicagoland


Our Mission

Build a Platform for Access & Collaboration to Help Chicagoland to be recognized as “The Silicon Valley of Food & Beverage” based on its growth, ideas, diversity/inclusion, and strength and connectedness of industry in the region.

the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

CFBN is the premier platform for food and beverage professionals to connect, contribute, and transform the industry.

400+
Events Hosted

1200+
Members

60+
Organizations

20+
Partners

Why CFBN?



Networking Opportunities

Collaborate and interact with other leaders and innovators from the local food & beverage industry and expand your professional network.


Information & Education

We are your central source for the latest food & beverage industry events, forums, headline news, and the only job board solely dedicated to Chicagoland’s food & beverage industry.

Exclusive Perks & Events
Members enjoy exclusive benefits and perks, including discounts, early access to events, and special offers, all designed to help you save time and money.


Brand Development
Increase your visibility and reach new audiences with access to leading edge practices, partners, and thinking on new technologies, new markets, and more.


Community Impact
Play a role in building the economy, creating jobs, and making our neighborhoods better. We work together to create new opportunities for all.

Industry & Co-packer Directory
Get connected with our exclusive directory, featuring a comprehensive list of Co-packers, businesses, and professionals in the industry. 

And much more! What are you waiting for?


What Members Are Saying

"CFBN has been an amazing partner! The team puts on incredibly valuable events that benefit companies both small and large. The network is designed to foster the food and beverage industry in Chicago, and the group lives up to this goal. The connections run both wide and deep, and I cannot recommend CFBN more highly for anyone interested in bettering the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Community."

-Executive, 
KraftHeinz

“Chicago’s reputation as a leader in the global food and beverage innovation and manufacturing sector is the result of many varied dedicated professionals who recognize what the Windy City has to offer. Until the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network was formed, there was no organization where we could all come together to learn, share and strengthen Chicagoland’s ability to nourish and feed the world.”

-Joel Warady 
President, Catalina Crunch

“As a degreed food scientist and industry communicator, and a life-long resident of the city, I appreciate all of the contacts I have made by attending CFBN events that I never would have met elsewhere. This includes marketers, lawyers, financers, analysts, academia, designers, and more. The entrepreneurs who share their stories do so to help others succeed. Together we make Chicago shine!”

-Donna Berry 
Food Scientist, Editor and Consultant

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UPCOMING EVENTS

What's the latest


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The Founders Series: February 26th, 2020
The Founders Series: February 26th, 2020
The Founders Series: February 26th, 2020



In the Spotlight

Featured Blog Post:

DMA's Chain Links

The chain restaurant business is one of the most significant segments in foodservice. Technomic’s Top 1500 chains, for example, will deliver nearly $400B of the total $569B in restaurant and bar sales projected in...

Newsletter Highlights:

Food & Beverage Salaries #5

In their fifth Food and Beverage Salaries Series post, Kinsa Group expands upon the details shared in their Innovation, Research & Product Development salary section of their 2022 Salary Guide...

New Feature:

CFBN Forum

Check out our latest feature for connecting with other professionals and exchanging ideas - the CFBN Member Forum!



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