The first day of the conference will feature live seminars on topics covering everything from branding and marketing to financing where participants can ask questions in real time.
Day 2 features an industry-first online speed pitch where food brands can showcase their products and their company’s story in front of buyers, brokers, and distributors.
Get inspired to take your business to the next level by listening to speakers like Seth Goldman, Co-founder of Honest Tea, who secured an order from Fresh Fields (Whole Foods Market) for 15,000 bottles from a home-brewed batch of iced tea and mocked-up packaging that he presented to a buyer.
Make connections and grow your network by interacting with guest speakers during the live Q&A sessions, chatting with other food producers in the private online chat room, and by pitching your products to food buyers, brokers, and distributors.
Build your sales revenue by applying to the Speed Pitch where you can showcase your food products to buyers, brokers, and distributors from around the country. Not yet ready to get in front of buyers? Watch and learn as other food brands pitch their products.
Gain the strategic expertise you need to move your business forward in the right direction with seminars designed specifically for small, emerging food brands.
Tim began making yogurt on his kitchen stove for his family, and knew he had a unique product – an organic, 100% grass-fed whole milk, creamline style yogurt. In July of 2009, he left his corporate job and officially opened Maple Hill Creamery, a small storefront less than half a mile from his family farm.
With the help of Pete Meck, and his wife, Tim’s sister Julia, they gained a growing foothold in stores in upstate New York and New York City, and then across more of the Northeast, despite the toll the recession was taking on food producers, consumers, and retailers alike.
In order to increase production capacity, in 2012 the Josephs and Mecks relocated to an existing farmstead milk plant in Stuyvesant, NY, in the Hudson River Valley, and converted it to a yogurt production facility. The Josephs
stopped milking cows at the Little Falls farm in January 2013, and placed their entire focus on developing andmarketing the Maple Hill Creamery product line.
In late 2012 Tim began working with the creamery’s organic certifier, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, (PCO) to develop a third-party 100% grass-fed certification program. In 2014, having received certification under PCO’s
Certified 100% GrassFed program, Maple Hill Creamery was designated as the first national dairy brand to be third-party certified as PCO 100% Grassfed. .
Over the course of two years, Maple Hill Creamery went from being on shelf to in about 600 stores—mostly independents in the Northeast—to over 6,000 stores, including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Target, Walmart, Ahold, Safeway, Natural Grocers, EarthFare, and many others.
Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Over the past eighteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets.
In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system.
Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage. The brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s and Chik-fil-A restaurants. In 2016 Honest Tea’s distribution will be expanding to Europe.
In 2016, Seth transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea as TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands business unit. This transition allows him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, a privately held California-based enterprise where Seth has served as a board member since 2012. Beyond Meat is a company on the cutting edge of plant protein research and development, with a goal of providing plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat.
NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts, Seth's presentation will be pre-recorded
Since 2013, Patrick Robinson has worked in Business Development for CircleUp.
The CircleUp mission is to help entrepreneurs thrive.
They believe that entrepreneurs should have the resources they need to grow. Which is why they have built the largest online marketplace for investing in innovative consumer and retail companies.
Jordan Hill is a food branding extraordinaire at Hungry Studio.
Based out of NYC, Hungry Studio works with cutting edge food brands, from branding to video production, and a whole lot in between.
Fed Pacheco, the co-founder will also join Jordan in the presentation.
Full bio to come soon.
The International Man of Food Development - In the food business since 1988 -- has worked at Unilever and Nestle.
Tim helps companies add thousands of retail locations, millions of dollars in revenue, and millions in capital investment.
He can take the best practices of big food business and synthesize them for small business success.
Adam is the US Digital Marketing Manager at Kiva.org. Adam helps U.S. companies get no-interest loans up to $10,000. One of the fastest growing company profiles are food and agriculture startups.
At Credit Karma, Adam ran two scrum teams that focused primarily on Product and Marketing priorities. He worked closely with members of the Marketing and Product teams to understand user needs, translated these needs into goals, user stories, specs and plans, then drove delivery with Design and Engineering.
He partnered with Design/UX team members in running in-person and online usability testing, and regularly pulled data from the database to guide project plans and product decisions.
Prior to Credit Karma, Adam was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, where he partnered with local and regional governments, as well as international organizations, to positively impact communities and economies.
Adam is on the board of Friends of Albania, an non-profit that funds community driven projects in Albania, where he is the Chair of the Web and Social Media Committee. He holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (Scrum Alliance).
Alli Ball is the founder and principal of Allison Ball Consulting, helping food industry professionals succeed in launching & growing their businesses through her one-on-one consulting and online group course, Retail Ready.
Alli helps producers understand what it takes to get their products on the retail shelf- and keep them there- by sharing the behind-the-scene secrets and thought process of wholesale Buyers as they assess new products for their stores.
Simultaneously, Alli helps specialty stores increase their sales through consulting on product assortment, merchandising, and staff training & retention. Working with both CPG and Retail clients is crucial in Alli’s consulting, as she understands the needs, expectations and challenges of each side of the food industry.
Prior to launching her consulting business three years ago, Alli was essential in the development of the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, sourcing product & consulting up-and-coming food businesses for years on 18th Street, and then as Head of Grocery & Store Manager at Divisadero, which earned 7 million of revenue in the first year.
Outside of her consulting, Alli volunteers her time as the Pantry Chair for The Good Food Awards, as an Advisor for both La Cocina and Kitchen Table Advisors, and as a mentor for The Food Business School.
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b. A solid internet connection (at least 10mbps down and 5mbps up) check here at Speedtest.net
c. If you are pitching your food brand, a webcam
We are inviting food buyers, brokers, and distributors from around the US and Canada to be part of the event.
During and after the show, buyers will select the food companies they are interested in. You will receive a custom list with their contact information within 3 business days after the show so that you can follow up with price sheets, samples, etc.
Until June 10th, 2017.
Yes, no questions asked.
Food brands - April 15th for Buyer Pitch
Seminar Only / Buyer Pitch Observation - April 30th
Buyers, brokers, distributors - April 30th
We need time to analyze the applications, set up the schedule, and keep the logistics stress free so that food brands can focus on their pitch.
The only people who will be given your contact information are those brands that you indicate during the speed pitch you would like follow up from. We know your time is valuable and want to respect your privacy.
We're excited about the group of buyers who will be attending the event. However buyers' contact information will only be shared with you for those buyers that indicate interest in your company during the speed pitch.