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We continue to closely watch the guidance of local, regional, and national government restrictions to best shape our future in-person and event offerings. In the meantime, we continue to offer a collection of virtual and hybrid events designed to create opportunities for connection, networking, and knowledge sharing amongst our industry! Our hope is to provide opportunities for our industry to connect via conversation, education, and virtual networking to keep innovation happening and keep our industry mobilized! Use the links below to connect to those events and STAY TUNED - we are working with all of our members to build out more content for the the coming months!   

Upcoming CFBN Events:

    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL

    Join Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network as we bring back our popular Innovation Series for 2024 and go Behind the Golden Arches!

    CFBN is thrilled to welcome McDonald’s Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Michelle Gansle.  We will talk with Michelle and dig into the role of insights and data at McDonald’s as well as some of the changes expected in 2024 and how they are driven by consumer trends and data.  We will also have an open Q&A session where audience members can ask the questions that are on their mind!  Don’t miss this enlightening and informative event.

    It’s undeniable that McDonald's has masterfully adapted its business in the US and globally over the years. From marketing strategies to storefronts to menu and mascots, McDonald's has skillfully pivoted to match modern trends and consider consumer needs, wants, and desires in every era. And things don't appear to be changing any time soon -- 2024 will bring with it plenty of advances to the restaurant known for its Big Mac, Egg McMuffins, and Happy Meals. They are the #1 fast-food chain globally for good reason! 

    And, of course, you can count on great networking, terrific food and drink, and a great evening. 


    5:00pm  Doors Open/Registration

    5:30pm  Fireside Chat Begins

    6:15pm  Q&A with Audience

    6:30pm  Networking 

    8:00pm  Event Close



    Chief Data & Analytics Officer


    Michelle is a Global Insights, Analytics & Data Science professional, specializing in Insights, strategy, innovation and analytics with 30 years of experience in Marketing, Insights and Analytics. Her superhero powers include: connecting dots, resources and people to imagine and activate a better future for the communities she serves – both personally and professionally.

    Michelle has worked for and with several global Fortune 500 Companies including Dell Computers, Clorox, Nestle, Mars and McDonald’s.  Her Professional highlights include: 2020 Quirks Market Researcher of the Year award, reimagining the future of insights, developing best in class foresight and front end innovation processes, managing vision and strategy to drive simultaneous consumer, customer and company growth, developing marketing plans and programs to drive sales, managing launches across multiple countries, developing creative strategy that delivers a strong ROI, and uncovering shopper insights that drives both retailer and category growth.

    • 3 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Learn how to leverage CFBN’s resources to become an expert networker. Following networking best practices (and using CFBN’s Member Tools & Perks) can help you improve your communication skills, grow your business, and build your career. 

    Having the right connections can be a big advantage – that’s why networking is such an important skill, and why CFBN exists. In general, building up your networking skill set takes time and practice. Unsure how to get started?  Don’t worry –  CFBN’s list of best practices will set you on the path to networking success. The more you apply these simple guidelines to your networking efforts, the better your results will be.

    • 9 May 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lockton, 500 W. Monroe St. Suite 3400

    Springtime in Chicago is here!  It is definitely the start of the best time of year in this part of the world.  So, get ready to build your networks, meet new people, seek out new opportunities, and grow your business by joining us for our first pure play networking event of the year.

    No speakers, no content, just the perfect opportunity to connect in the cool event space of our host, Lockton.  

    Grab a drink and an appetizer, meet new industry contacts, and grow your business with CFBN -- the premier food & beverage industry organization in the region.  

    This event is FREE for CFBN Members. Members please log in to register for FREE.

    This event is in partnership with:

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Frain Industries, 245 E. North Ave, Carol Stream, Il 60188

    Join us, along with our friends from CPA (The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers) and Frain Industries, for an informative evening filled with speaker sessions and networking opportunities. This event is designed to bring together brands, contract manufacturers, and contract packagers to delve into discussions about the future of technology in manufacturing and its trajectory within the industry.


    1:00 PM   Welcome

    1:15 PM  State of the Contract Packaging industry – CPA State of the Industry report 2023

    1:30 PM  Panel Discussion 

    2:30 PM  Break

    2:45 PM  Panel Discussion

    4:00 PM  Networking session 

    4:15 PM  Tour

    5:00 PM  Networking social event

    5:30 PM Event Ends


    This event is in partnership with


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