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  • 22 May 2018 1:54 PM | Deleted user

    We’ve all heard that with great power comes great responsibility. And for this reason, brands in the past have been cautious about dabbling in social and political issues, worried that it might hurt their brand. They haven’t all considered it as part of their corporate social responsibility, or CSR.

    Today, however, we are seeing more and more organizations saying, ‘enough is enough’ and using their influence to make a stand on movements they’re passionate about. Let’s take a look at how these companies have aligned with relevant causes, proving that social advocacy can be cool. (You just have to be authentic, prepared, and committed, because you’re likely to face criticism and backlash. More on that, in a previous blog here.)

    Ready to jump in? Here are some examples of companies taking their corporate responsibility initiatives to heart.


    Chobani, the #1-selling Greek-style yogurt brand in America, not only announced in 2016 that it would be giving its employees 10% of the company’s shares but also has made a point to hire refugees for their U.S. plants.

    Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya is an immigrant himself. He tells CBS’s 60 Minutes, “The minute they get a job, that’s the minute they stop being a refugee.” Ulukaya describes his employees who have 19 different nationalities as the most loyal, hard-working people. To help them adjust to their new jobs, he’s even brought in 16 different translators.


  • 21 May 2018 3:46 PM | Deleted user

    In order to remain competitive and meet the demands of consumers, many food retailers are joining forces with 3PLs to make their supply chain as efficient as possible.

    In recent years, we’ve seen the retail landscape make a major shift. To survive in a marketplace where e-commerce has taken a front seat, retailers are adapting to shorter delivery windows and consumer expectations. The food and grocery landscape isn’t exempt from this wave of change, however, and many food retailers are focusing on boosting online sales in order to increase revenue, maintain brand relevance and compete with Amazon Fresh.


  • 14 May 2018 11:35 AM | Deleted user

    05.14.2018 By Rebekah Schouten

    CHICAGO — Five start-ups have been selected for the inaugural incubator program class for CFBN member Kraft Heinz Co.’s Springboard platform, which is dedicated to scaling and accelerating food and beverage brands.

    Read the entire Food Business News article.

  • 14 May 2018 11:32 AM | Deleted user

    CFBN member Kraft Heinz bets on 5 disruptive brands through its inaugural Springboard Incubator Program class: from antioxidant lemonades to avocado-based sauces, egg-white chips, fermented kraut, and South-African biltong & droëwors.

    Read the Business Wire announcement here

  • 14 May 2018 10:28 AM | Deleted user
    Looking for the next big thing in Chicago business, tech and innovation? Follow these 20 young change-makers to find clues. Among their ranks: social problem-solvers, emerging entrepreneurs and money masters. Some generate big revenues. Others challenge the status quo. Not one is older than 29. 

    Read about our member, Dan Klein, Founder of Tiesta Teas,  here

  • 27 Apr 2018 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    Crain's talked to two entrepreneurs and one venture capitalist about the challenges they face and what needs to happen for more women-owned businesses to reach the next level of growth. 

    Read the article here

  • 23 Apr 2018 3:06 PM | Deleted user

    SEA’s weekly round-up of good news in our community, our industry and our world.

    Check out number 5 here.

  • 20 Apr 2018 1:57 PM | Deleted user

    Nothing better illustrates the vibrancy of entrepreneurship than Inc.'s Rising Stars, the inspiring under 30 founders who are blazing paths in fields ranging from diamond-making to tech to beekeeping.  Presenting the 30 Under 30 stars of the future--and for today. 

    This year, they are the only Chicago entrepreneurs on the list and are 1 of 4 Food & Beverage companies that made the list!

    Read about our members here.
  • 18 Apr 2018 9:23 AM | Deleted user

    MADISON, WI – April 17, 2018 – Kinsa Group announced today they have been recognized by Forbes, Inc. as one of 2018’s America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms.

    Working with market research company Statista, Forbes, Inc. set out to identify the most well respected recruiters in the United States. Forbes, Inc. compiled a top 250 ranking of the best recruiting firms based on recommendations from thousands of recruiters, professionals, and hiring managers. Of the 250 recruiting firms named, Kinsa Group is the only firm that exclusively focuses on food and beverage industry hires.

    On average, Kinsa Group places 75 food and beverage industry professionals and executives annually in C-Suite, Sales/Marketing, Food Production/Operations, Food Safety/Quality, R&D/Product Development, Supply Chain/Procurement, Engineering, Finance and HR roles. Kinsa Group clients are located all across the US, with significant concentrations in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Florida.

    “I am excited that Kinsa Group’s relatively small recruiting team was nominated by numerous clients and talented professionals in the food industry niche for our quality of communication and process as well as selection of talent and jobs. It is a great recognition for our hard work and dedication to making Kinsa Group a leader in food and beverage executive search and recruiting,” said Kinsa Group Vice President, Laurie Hyllberg. “We are proud of this accomplishment and our ability to serve the food and beverage marketplace for 33 years as consultants to identify, recruit and match top talent for a variety of critical food industry positions.”

    About Kinsa Group

    Kinsa Group is an executive search firm based in Milwaukee, WI that specializes in the placement of management, director, vice president and C-suite level positions within the food and beverage industry. Kinsa Group’s parent company, ABR Employment Services, helps connect people to jobs and provides workforce solutions to companies in Wisconsin. ABR is an eight-time recipient of Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Awards.


  • 17 Apr 2018 12:10 PM | Deleted user

    The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network is partnering with the SmartFood Expo & Conference in an exciting opportunity for your company and our industry to raise our profile and reach key wholesalers, retailers and foodservice executives.

    The inaugural SmartFood Expo & Conference will take place June 25-27, 2018 at Chicago’s McCormick Place and is powered by United Fresh Produce Association, EnsembleIQ and Progressive Grocer. This NEW food and beverage event will offer the following:

    • SmartFood conference sessions driven by retail, food industry and market experts

    • In depth Learning Center right on the show floor for further education and networking

    • 10,000+ attendees from multiple wholesale, retail and foodservice channels, as well as food industry leaders, venture capital firms and other investors

    • 100's of complementary exhibitors and sponsors from the fresh, healthy and better-for-you food sector

    • National food media and bloggers looking for the next big thing in food

    The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network will host “The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Start-Up Zone” on the SmartFood Expo floor to promote food and beverage start-up companies in the city of Chicago. SmartFood Expo is making booth space available to CFBN member companies at a rate of $995 that includes a branded kiosk, allowing attendees to sample products and drive success.

    The SmartFood Expo is held alongside four existing trade shows, which attracted 7,500 attendees and more than 700 exhibiting companies last year. United Fresh hosts United FreshMKT featuring hundreds of fruit and vegetable marketers, reaching retail and foodservice fresh foods buyers. In addition, co-located events focus on technology innovations in fresh foods (United FreshTEC), cold chain management (Global Cold Chain Expo) and the global floral business (International Floriculture Expo).

    The new SmartFood Expo offers local start-ups and next-stage firms with a high-profile opportunity in a well-established trade show that already attracts many of the supermarket and restaurant buyers that you want to reach.

    For further information, please contact Nina Sader at 202-303-3401

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