While Chicago is known for its pizza, what might not be common knowledge is that the city is home to 4,500 food manufacturing companies.
And like the rest of the manufacturing world, they are having trouble finding qualified workers for job openings. Not a city to sit idle, it created The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network (CFBN). The group’s goal is to tap into the collective knowledge of local industry food & beverage players -- big and small – to help identify curriculum needs to train a workforce.
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Chicago is the first city of food and beverage. The role of this org is to keep workforce, food and safety training as well as innovation the focus so that it remains that way. The Innovation Breakfast Series / Bar Fest now has 11 straight sell out events with partner Fifty Gazelles. Tonight’s roundtable is focused on Chicago’s craft distillery movement featuring the founders of Rhine Hall, Apologue and Letherbee.
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No nuts in sight: Blake's Seed Based Snack Bars
If you suffer from food allergies, these bars might become your new go-to. They’re seed based, come in three flavors (including the unique pineapple), and are nut-free and top eight allergen-free. Plus, they’re so lightweight you won't even notice one in your bag.
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Starting a new company is extraordinarily difficult, requiring untold hours of hard work to overcome the myriad of hurdles and pitfalls. Having both built food-tech companies from the ground up, and having transformed our dreams into functional, working businesses, we fully understand the immense challenges new food entrepreneurs face when trying to get things up and running. For 175 businesses across the country, Pilotworks was their headquarters and home – the kitchen and community that enabled them to turn their dreams into real, delicious food for all to enjoy. It is nothing short of devastating for so many incredibly promising, early-stage companies to have the rug pulled out from under them with the recent and sudden bankruptcy of Pilotworks.
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PepsiCo is buying plant-based nutritional bar maker Health Warrior as the beverage and snack giant presses deeper into good-for-you products.
Founded in 2011, Health Warrior makes nutritional bars with natural ingredients such as chia and pumpkin seeds. It also makes a range of other healthy products, such as protein powder.
For PepsiCo, maker of Doritos and Mountain Dew, the deal furthers the company's evolution into healthier items as customers increasingly demand alternatives to sugary beverages and junk food.
Read the full article by USA Today here. Photo by Justin Sullivan.
On Oct. 18, we took a trip to Manhattan, IL to tour a beautiful farm with our members. We were led by Will County farmer, Dave Kestel and his family. We explored the land on a combine ride, listened to stories about their agricultural methods and enjoyed a farm-to-table lunch. Read more about the farm and our visit on our website.
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You know food, period. You’ve cultivated deep connections in the food and beverage industry and you’re ready to get to work shaping a new position in the industry. Bring your leadership experience to Bader Rutter, an independently-owned full-service agency. We’re as unique as you are because for more than 40 years, we’ve worked with farmers, ranchers, growers and the businesses responsible for food production. This makes us passionate about all things food – from how it’s made to how it’s consumed.
Bring us your ability to grow businesses and brands and we’ll position you with our executive team, launching a role that you’ll shape. We want your rich leadership experience, your ability to uncover insights about people’s businesses and help act on them. We want your dynamic style, your fresh ideas and your passion.
We want your more than 10 years of experience in agency or industry food marketing and your desire to build something new and meaningful. We know you get excited by linking business strategy to branding and execution – so do we. And you can get excited about this: a Chicago office in the epicenter of the industry with a unique focus on food intelligence and the food influencers driving the changes in the way food is branded and marketed.
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Dairy Farmers of America has invested in SomaDetect, a dairy technology startup, to help farmers utilize artificial intelligence to more closely monitor the health of their herd and improve milk quality.
“This is a potentially game-changing technology for our farmers and the industry as it allows dairy farmers to know the health of each cow and quality of milk in real time,” says David Darr, president, farm services at DFA. “With access to better data, our farmers can make more knowledgeable decisions, which is a huge value.”
Read this full article here on Delta Farm Press.
We've got exciting news from our member The Kraft Heinz Company! They just announced that they are now accepting applications for their second incubator class! Want to shape the future of food? Check out the details below.
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Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
1 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel (312) 525-9653