Industry Events

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CFBN offers posting in our Industry Event Listings to member companies, industry partners, and related non-profit and industry organizations throughout Chicagoland! If you would like to submit an event to be included in our Industry Event Listings, please email us your event information

Please note, all events listed on this page are offered by the organization and sponsors listed - please follow the links for registration and additional information. If you have additional questions about an industry event, please direct your inquiry to the appropriate person with that organization as listed.

Our industry partners and member companies typically offer CFBN members in good standing discounts or special access to registration offers - we have noted these offers in the listings where possible, but you can always check the current offerings in the MEMBER PERKS & OFFERS area of the website (you must be logged in to access this area).

Upcoming Industry Events:

    • 25 May 2022
    • 26 May 2022

     How do you grow and innovate a food & beverage business in Chicago? With the resources available here, it might be easier here than anywhere else in the US. 

    Join us for an in-depth look at how the incredibly deep resources available in Chicago for food & beverage companies and start ups help ensure their success.  You’ll hear from start-up Founders how starting their business in Chicago has made a big difference in their growth trajectory and ability to scale.  You’ll also hear (from representatives of the eco-system itself) how Chicago is truly unique in the depth and breadth of resources available for companies large, small, and in-between. 


    Alan ReedExecutive Director, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

    Alan is the Executive Director of the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, a 5-year old industry organization that brings industry together, provides a forum for collaboration, and connects the industry across Chicagoland to drive innovation and growth in the region. 


    Jeremy AndersonFounderFifty Gazelles

    Jeremy is business development professional with a passion for getting new ideas into market.  Fifty Gazelles' practice focuses on building long-term contract manufacturing  and adding  capacity and external expertise to to commercialization teams. 


    Andy Dratt, EVP& Chief Commercial Officer, Imbibe

    I have over 20 years of experience in the flavor and ingredient industry, working with and developing products for some of the largest companies in the food industry. I joined Imbibe eight years ago and have led the company to become one of the leading beverage development resources for CPG, QSR and private label brand owners.

    Michelle McBride, Founder and CEO, GoodSport Nutrition

    GoodSport® founder, Michelle McBride didn’t want her son drinking sports drinks filled with artificial ingredients at his baseball games. She wanted a natural option that was proven to provide effective hydration. Reading about athletes who drink chocolate milk for recovery after sports sparked the idea to look at milk as a natural source of hydration. So, she gathered a team of the world’s top sports nutrition and dairy food scientists to unlock the hydrating power of milk. The result is the patent-pending formula for GoodSport®, the first natural source of truly superior hydration.

    Nikkita RandleFounder, Twisted Eggroll

    Nikkita is a Chicago native, is a charismatic spirit that loves to travel, cook, eat, dance, sing, and experience new things. A graduate of both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Keller Graduate School of Management. Desires of entrepreneurship, cooking, and leaving an incredible legacy fuel her.  After losing her father to ALS in 2010, it was time to establish her own business. Favor has followed Twisted Eggroll since its establishment. A recipient of the Red Eye Big Idea Award Food & Drink 2015,  a partnership with 1871 establishing the ChiBuys program, and a vendor of the inaugural Chicago Riverwalk Community Marketplace. Now her eyes are set on retail and e-commerce. Intertwine your palate with Twisted Eggroll.

    Natalie Shmulik, CEO, The Hatchery Chicago

    Natalie Shmulik is The Hatchery’s CEO, and go-to resource for launching a successful food and beverage business. Along with an M.L.A. in Gastronomy from Boston University, she has a wide range of experience working with supermarkets, culinary publications, consumer packaged goods companies, and food service establishments. After successfully operating her own restaurant, Natalie was hired as a specialty consultant for one of Ontario’s largest supermarket chains where she enhanced consumer experiences through educational initiatives. 

    *This event is a World Business Chicago event. Please email Justin Chang or Julie Schuster to register. 

    • 1 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hosted at City Hall: 838 W. Kinzie St.

    Join our friends accenture, as they shine a spotlight on innovation in Chicago's food industry. Experience food reflecting what's new in tastes and trends, and hear from some of the city's top food innovators discussing the new industry directions that wow and excite them.

    *This event is presented by accenture

    • 8 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    • Virtual

    We can all agree that Chicago is a leading city for the food industry. With traditional food makers, start-ups, ingredient providers, and a thriving restaurant scene, Chicago is host to more food industry talent than any other major area in the country.

    Hear from top executives on the top issues facing the industry, where it’s headed, and how it is being reshaped by technology and innovation. Crain’s reporter Ally Marotti will moderate the expert panel.

    $60 ticket | $650 for a table of 10
    CFBN Members CLICK HERE for your discount code

    *Please note this is a CRAIN'S Chicago Business event

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    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • McCormick Place; Chicago, IL USA

    We are back in Chicago after 4 years!  Plan on attending PACK EXPO International, October 23-26 — the one show where you can discover all of the latest packaging and processing solutions for nearly all industries, under one roof. You’ve got to see itexplore it, and experience it.  Learn more here

    Registration opens March 2022.

     CFBN Members CLICK HERE  to register with your Complimentary Code!

    *This event is offered by Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)

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