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In the wake of the cancellation of ExpoWest, CFBN wanted to embrace its' mission as a "platform" for connection and collaboration for our industry!  We are committed to continuing this work as more expos and events get canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We are offering Food & Beverage companies in Chicagoland the opportunity to create a brief posting sharing the information about the products, services, or new offerings you would have featured or networked at ExpoWest or any other industry expo, event or offering.  This listing will be posted (BELOW) on a directory and is being networked to press, buyers, distributors, and investors in the Network and throughout Chicagoland. 

The connections will still be up to you, just like at the show, but we hope this will help provide one FREE opportunity for exposure to keep the momentum going!

Who Can Post? All Chicagoland-based companies offering food & beverage products or services that would have been featured at ExpoWEst or canceled expos and events during the COVID-19 impacts.

How Do I Post?  Please take two minutes to complete this brief 5 question google form to help us capture the information and then email your logo to us (JPEG, PNG, or PDF).

How Do I Connect?  We are sharing and promoting this effort with press, buyers, distributors, and investors in our Network and beyond - we will also be sharing this platform with all of our partners to share with their networks!  Know someone who should post or could be a connection - please share it with your network as well!  #virtualtradeshow

We will continue to post listings as they are submitted and are continuing to promote and connect these listings with press, buyers, and partners!  


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 Blake's Seed Based

Contact:

Blake Sorenson, Founder

Blake's Seed Based makes Snack Bars made from Seeds + Fruit that are Allergy Friendly (Nut Free, Gluten Free, Vegan) 

  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature:  New packaging

BRIZO Everything Dressing

Contact:

Hayley Sanderlin - Sales & Marketing Lead


BRIZO Dressing is a multi-meal condiment or everything dressing. BRIZO is shelf-stable and doesn’t have to be refrigerated after opening. My aunt has been making BRIZO for the past 30 years and we’ve been adding it to our meals at each and every family get together. Made up of simple yet quality ingredients, BRIZO is a marinade, pasta sauce, salad dressing, dipping sauce, or finishing dressing - to sum it up, it can be used on just about anything savory!

  • Spicy BRIZO Everything Dressing, 
  • Mild BRIZO Everything Dressing
  • Speak to Buyers,
  • Speak to Investors,
  • Speak to Distributors,
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Comet Bio

Contact:

Loula Merkel, VP Business Development


  • Arrabina - A prebiotic dietary fiber made from upcycled crop leftovers.
  • Arrabina is an arabinoxylan plant fiber extract which is clinically shown to promote growth of beneficial gut bacteria with only 2.2 grams per day.
  • Arrabina is fully soluble and an easy ingredient to add to beverages, bars, baked goods, confectionary and more
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Curion Insights

Contact:

Patricia Manos


Curion is a full-service consumer insights firm that uncovers what ensures repeatable delight for consumers by understanding preferences in real-life & controlled environments. We accomplish this with our product testing heritage, innovation, processes, facilities & data

  • LifeLabs: In Context Research, S2P: Sensory Packaging Preference, 
  • qPOD: Fragrance and Aroma mobile evaluation systems, 
  • eFive: Faster consumer insights to support agile development.
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Cutting Edge Foods

Contact:

Ashley Jones, Sales Manager


At Cutting Edge Foods, we are launching a new brand of Meat snack, called Real Snacks. Our focus is creating a snack that engages the younger, more brand-conscious consumer with beautiful design, transparent and clean ingredients, and innovative products & flavors. It is a healthy and convenient product! KETO friendly, KOSHER, no added sugar and Gluten Free!


  • Real Snacks Beef Jerky
  • Tomer Kosher Beef Jerky
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Gifted Breads, LLC

Contact:

Tathy Vosgerau, Owner


It all started because we wanted real bread! Just that it needed to be gluten free…Gifted Breads is a Gluten Free Artisan Bakery focused on high quality and great tasting breads. Our products have no artificial preservatives, and are made of whole grain and non-GMO flours.

  • Gluten Free Baguette, 
  • Gluten Free Burger Bun 
  • Gluten Free French Dinner Roll
  • Speak to Buyers,
  • Speak to Distributors,
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

hellowater

Contact:

Rusty Jones, Founder


hellowater is a fun fresh delivery system for fiber with zero sugar and 7 in sliding flavors. INSPIRE. HEALTH.

  • fiber infused
  • zero sugar
  • 5g fiber
  • 7 inspiring flavors
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Hoppy Planet Foods

Contact:

Matt Beck, Founder


We are Hoppy Planet Foods, and we make the foods you love, love you back! Supported by our key ingredient, Acheta Protein, we take everyday snacks and rebuild them to be delicious, more nutritious, and sustainably produced. For anyone who doesn't want to give up the foods they love, but still feel better about what they eat, Hoppy Planet is your home.

  • Chocolate Chirp Cookies - the savory, soft-baked classic with 3x the protein and 30% fewer net carbs! 
  • Peanut Butter Hop Fudge Cookies - these turn dessert into dinner packing 6g of protein and 30% fewer net carbs! 
  • Strawberry Fruit Bites - fruit bites actually made from real fruit boosted with an Acheta Protein pop!
  • Speak to Buyers,
  • Speak to Distributors,
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

LIL BUCKS

Contact:

Emily Griffith, Founder & CEO


Lil Bucks began with a life-changing acai bowl by the beach in Australia. Blown away by the texture and nutrition of the sprouted buckwheat in the bowl, Emily (the founder) became obsessed with this superfood, and is on a mission to share the love of buckwheat with crunch-lovin’, health-conscious Americans while promoting sustainable farming!

  • Lil Bucks Sprouted Buckwheat Crunch - Sprouted buckwheat seeds used as a gluten-free crunchy topping for smoothies, yogurts, oatmeal, salads and more. Organic-certified, these are commonly used as a grain-free granola and are high in protein, fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. 
  • Available in Cacao, Matcha, Original. 
  • *NEW LAUNCH FOR EXPO WEST* Clusterbucks - Adaptogenic Buckwheat Clusters launching to the public on March 13. Grain-free, gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, with added power from adaptogens. Available in Chocolate Reishi and Turmeric Lemon Myrtle.
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature,
  • We are hoping to meet with Whole Foods buyers in New York and SoCal regions.

Llama Naturals

Contact:

Brad Baum, CEO


Llama Naturals offers a line of Plant-Based Vitamin Bites, made with organic fruit, no added sugar, and natural vitamins from real fruits and vegetables. Llama Naturals’ Kids Multivitamin Bites were awarded Best Multivitamin by NEXTY in 2019.

  • Llama Naturals Plant-Based Multivitamin Bites
  • Llama Naturals Organic Probiotic & Prebiotic Bites
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Mammoth Creameries

Contact:

Tim Krauss, Co-Founder


Mammoth Creameries provides the cleanest and most delicious KETO frozen custard on the planet. We only use the best ingredients like 100% grass feb butter and heavy whipping cream. Less ingredients taste better and are better for you.

  • Vanilla Bean KETO frozen custard, 
  • Chocolate KETO frozen custard, 
  • Lemon Buttercream KETO frozen custard, 
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter KETO frozen custard
  • Speak to Investors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Mezcla

Contact:

Griffin Spolansky, CEO


Mezcla, meaning mixture in Spanish, is a delicious vegan, gluten-free protein bar that highlights the world's diversity through food and art. Launching in June of 2020, Mezcla provides a modern opportunity to celebrate people and ingredients from around the world!

  • Japanese Matcha Vanilla Vegan Protein Bar 
  • Mexican Chipotle Hot Chocolate Vegan Protein Bar 
  • Peruvian Cocoa Peanut Butter  Vegan Protein Bar
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
Munchy Pops


Contact:

Sales


Munchy Pops strives for a balance between delicious and good-for-the-body. By expanding the flavors of our product — from spicy to salty to sweet — we bring forth a completely new yet pleasantly familiar snack into the U.S. kitchens. It’s time to share this ancient, health-elevating food with modern, nature-loving consumers.

  • Munchy Pops, the new superfood snack brand, introduces a unique kind of snack to the American health-food market. 
  • Fox nut, known in India as Makhana, has been consumed for thousands of years and is known for its medicinal qualities in the world’s oldest holistic healing system, “Ayurveda”. 
  • It is a natural food packed with plant-based protein, making it not only tasty but beneficial for the body.
  • Speak to Buyers,
  • Speak to Distributors,
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Nature's Nosh

Contact:

Liza Cohen, Owner/Founder


Nature's Nosh, maker of delicious, all natural CBD-infused fruit and nut bites, is on a mission to revolutionize the edible cannabis landscape by making it healthier and more convenient for consumers to reap the benefits of this functional ingredient. By pairing the natural benefits of hemp-derived CBD with other functional ingredients, we aim to prove that food is medicine.

  • CBD-infused Dried Fruit and Nut Bites
  • Available in 5 flavors:  Peanut Better and Jolly; In Mint Condition; Chill-i Lime; Oatmeal Risin' & Blueberry Bliss
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Path of Life

Contact:

Ashley Collins, Brand Manager


We're Path of Life. We make nutritious, great-tasting frozen sides that are ready in minutes. Our Frozen Blends are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & Plant-Based!

  • Frozen Rice Blends
  • Frozen Quinoa Blends
  • Frozen Cauliflower Blends
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

 Healthful Habits LLC (Phyter Foods)

Contact:

Gloria Athanis, Owner/Partner


Phyter is a plant based chilled snack bar with dessert like indulgent flavor, 100% plant-based and made with fresh vegetables and fruits as the #1 ingredients. No preservatives. No chemicals. Organic, low in sugar, gluten free, vegan and kosher.

  • Phyter bars - Plant-based chilled snack bar with dessert like indulgent flavor made with fresh organic veggies and fruit as the main ingredient.
  • Flavors: Carrot Cake, Cocoa Brownie, P&J, Apple Cinnamon, Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Poppilu Lemonade

Contact:

Melanie Kahn, Founder/CEO


Poppilu Antioxidant Lemonade - bold on citrus, not on sugar; refrigerated 12oz bottles. NEW Poppilu Bold & Tangy Lemonade pouches for kids - shelf stable.

  • Poppilu Antioxidant Lemonade - bold on citrus, not on sugar; refrigerated 12oz bottles. NEW Poppilu Bold & Tangy Lemonade pouches for kids - shelf stable.
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Rösti, LLC

Contact:

Stephen Caldwell, Founder



There has never been a filled potato in the market until now. Our products cross all cultures worldwide as a naturally gluten free, clean label and under 100 calories per piece. Inspired by a traditional Swiss dish, Rösti reinvented these crispy filled potatoes for America.

  • Swiss Rösti - Hand Held Crispy Filled Potato Deliciousness in 3 flavors: Classic Raclette, Baked Potato & Chili Cheese
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  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

 Rumi Spice

Contact:

Patti Doyle, CEO


Rumi uses spice as a force for good. We bring flavorful, ethically sourced & socially responsible spices from Afghanistan to our customers while driving economic development in Afghanistan & providing jobs to Afghan women that hand harvest the spices.

  • Rumi Saffron
  • Rumi Cumin
  • Rumi Coriander
  • Rumi Fennel
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

The Salad Project LLC

Contact:

Anne Klassman, CEO 


Launching soon, enjoy salad from the palm of your hand with Undressed Salad Bars! A delicious savory greens-based shelf-stable bar that is certified gluten-free and non-GMO, and 3/4 flavors are vegan. Each bar is equivalent to more than a serving of vegetables!

  • Chipotle Cranberry Salad Bar
  • Cilantro Lime Salad Bar
  • Honey Mustard Salad Bar
  • Sesame Ginger Salad Bar
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Seely Family Farm Inc.

Contact:

Mike


We are a 4th gen mint farm, since 1943. We know and grow the mint. All heirloom peppermint and Spearmint. We make a killer peppermint pattie, as well as dark melts, bark, white chocolates candy canes. Handmade right on the farm with real mint oil.

  • Mint Confections
  • peppermint patties
  • dark mint melts, etc
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Simple Mills

Contact:

Jamie Rubinstein/Brand Manager


Simple Mills' new Veggie Pita Crackers are made with only whole food ingredients, including our 3 veggie blend of sweet potato, parsnip, and celery root. They're perfect to dip with your favorite hummus, and they have over 1 serving of vegetables per box!


Simple Mills NEW Veggie Pita Crackers


  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

Skinny Souping

Contact:

Alison Velazquez,

Founder & CEO


SKINNY ON INGREDIENTS - BOLD ON FLAVOR. Healthy soups packaged for on-the-go, made with simple ingredients, designed to be delicious hot OR chilled, microwave-safe jars allowing to heat + eat, vegan, gluten-free, no preservatives, trending unique flavors

  • Line of healthy fresh soups packaged for on-the-go
  • single serve
  • REAL FOOD MADE PORTABLE
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Snooze

Contact:

Wesley Raz, Sales  


Snoooze: The Natural Sleep Drink. Snoooze is organic, vegan, and gluten-free. It contains the following sleep-inducing herbs: Valerian Root, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, and Linden Flower. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet. CLICK HERE for a product spec sheet.  CLICK HERE for more info on Snooze.

  • Snoooze Strong: to support those who want to sleep well and soundly.
  • Snoooze Regular: to help those who want to relax enough to fall asleep gently.
  • Speak to Buyers,
  • Speak to Investors,
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature, Trade Publications, Influencers, and PR

Spinning Wheel Brands

Contact:

James Curley, Co-Founder & EVP Sales


Portfolio is three brands in the natural/specialty CPG space: Hope & Sesame, the first sesame milk! Mozaics Organic Popped Chips. Veggicopia Dips. Plant-based brands offering real nutrition in convenient and delicious products.

  • Hope & Sesame Sesame Milk
  • Mozaics Popped Chips
  • Veggicopia Dips
  • Speak to Buyer
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Tahoe Trail Bar

Contact:

Wes King, CEO


The Tahoe Trail Bar is a plant based, gluten free, Non GMO line of the best tasting energy bars on the market, no joke. We are scaling fast and looking for retail partners.

  • Tahoe Trail Bar energy Bars:  Peanut Butte Chocolate and Mango Coconut
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature

TeaSquares

Contact:

Jordan Buckner, CEO


TeaSquares Focus Bites are deliciously crunchy bites made with ingredients to help increase mental energy, focus, and clarity. We're on a mission to help people reach their aspirations in life by fueling them with healthy foods.

  • TeaSquares Focus Bites
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

This Little Goat

Contact:

Laurie McKinley, Director of Brand Strategy

 
  • This Little Goat is a line of globally inspired cooking sauces and spices that make global flavors effortless in the home kitchen.
  • Created by Top Chef, Iron Chef, James Beard Award Winning Chef, Stephanie Izard.
  • Speak to Buyers

Upton's Naturals

Contact:

Natalie Slater/Marketing Manager


Upton's Naturals is a vegan-owned food manufacturer based in Chicago. Since 2006, we have produced meat alternatives, vegan meals and snacks with simple ingredients and complex flavors. We're proud to introduce the Updog - a vegan hot dog with snap! We are also introducing a Banana Blossom fish alternative, and lightly seasoned Shredded Jackfruit, a whole-food alternative to shredded pork and poultry.

  • Banana Blossom
  • Shredded Jackfruit
  • Updog vegan hot dog

Whoa Dough

Contact:

Todd Goldstein, Founder


Whoa Dough is a line of on-the-go nut butter based cookie dough bars that are Non GMO project verified, Plant Based, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Grain Free, OU Kosher. Our tagline is “Real Cookie Dough Bars. Real Ingredients.” 

  • Cookie dough bars with nut butter and protein
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors

Yellow Iris Foods, Inc. (Brand: AL Chipino)

Contact:

Arjun Lalbhai, Founder


AL Chipino brings to you a better-for-you spin on a traditional tortilla chip snack. It combines bold and exotic flavors from around the world, each of which are vegan, gluten free and non-gmo, and together tries on 'Bringing the world closer, one chip at time'.

  • Flavors include BBQ Tikka Masala
  • Bollywood Sweet & Sour
  • Peri Peri
  • Thai Green Curry
  • Salsa Picante
  • NY Deli Cheese
  • Speak to Buyers
  • Speak to Investors
  • Speak to Distributors
  • Share a New Product, Service, Offering, or Feature



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