Our annual holiday party featuring ugly sweaters and a food drive. More to come!
It is inevitable, that at some point in the life cycle of a brand, you'll need capital to continue to grow. Whether that capital is needed to fund purchase orders, build a team or for R&D, fundraising is a crucial puzzle piece in the evolution of a successful brand.
Partnering with the right strategic investment partner is one of the most important decisions a founder will make. It should be approached with a solid understand of the agreement and partnership.
Our esteemed panel of investors include some of the brightest names and firms in the natural food space.
Carole Buyers – BIGR Ventures - https://bigrventures.com/
Bruce Morgan – P2Bi - https://www.p2bi.com/
Stephen Daubert - Echo Capital Group - http://www.echocapital.com/
Ben Fenton – BFG Partners - http://bfgpartners.com/
Free for members | $10.00 for non-members
Join Colorado Food Works and Naturally Boulder
for our first ever collaboration!
Teatulia Tea Bar -2904 Zuni St, Denver
November 12th 5:30-7:30
Ever wonder about becoming B-corp Certified or becoming a 1% for the Planet business?
Naturally Boulder and Colorado Food Works are hosting a collaborative Networking Night + Meet Conscious Businesses! The panel will have a range of different brands and businesses that all focus on conscious business and leadership that help nourish company culture as well as greater impact. Meet and learn those leader who conscious business seriously!
This event is free for Colorado Food Works and Naturally Boulder members, $10 at the door for non-members
Join our panel of craft distillers and vintners from Distillery 38, Jack Rabbit Hill Farm, Rising Sun Distillery, 3 Hundred Days of Shine, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery as they tell their stories about making profit from their passion. The panel will discuss everything from formulation to operations to distribution in the growing industry of craft alcohol.
This event is free for members, $10 at the door for non-members.
2017 was a landmark year for both Colorado Food Works and for the natural foods industry. In March of 2017, CFW launched as a forum for a few friends to gather and share resources. From this humble beginning, CFW has grown to more than 400 members has become a pillar of support in the booming natural foods industry in Colorado.
Concurrently, the natural foods industry is attracting more attention, more capital and more entrepreneurs than ever before. High profile acquisitions like RXBar from Kellogs for $600m and Snyder’s-Lance to Campbells for $6.1 billion have set the tone that “natural and organic” food options are no longer a fad but a lifestyle. The movement has also spawned a surge of investment projects from legacy food giants, too. From General Mills creating their investment arm 301 Inc. to Chobani’s natural food incubator program, opportunity is everywhere.
In our sophomore Denver Startup Week session, CFW will again highlight some of the industry’s most prolific “foodtrepreneurs.” We’ll look to the founder“foodtrepreneurs” to colorfully narrate their stories of trial, failure and ultimately, of success. We’ll follow a short storytelling format that allows panelists to touch on those topics they find most relevant to the next generation of “foodtrepreneurs.” Finally, we’ll conclude our session with a quick-fire q&A session with our panelists.
Colorado Food Works is proud to have grown into an organization that provides educational and networking resources to our budding food community. Learn more at www.coloradofoodworks.org and follow us on LinkedIn.
This event is free to attend.
A recent survey found that nearly 40 percent of marketers plan to increase influencer marketing budgets for 2018, with the majority planning to spend between $25,000-50,000. It's no surprise these investments are growing with more than 90 percent of marketers also believing their influencer programs were driving impact for their brand. Join us in August to learn how you can make the most of your influencer programs so that you develop authentic partnerships and drive the strongest ROI for your business, no matter the level of investment you're ready to make. We'll have a panel of experts, including nationally-recognized bloggers, brand marketers, and agency experts to share their tips on how to build win-win partnerships that help you reach your business goals. Featuring panelists include:
- Elle Queen, co-founder of WellevationHQ, a Colorado-based agency dedicated to creating meaningful connections between influencers and brands
- Leah Lesko, senior marketing manager at Justin's, who has both brand and agency-side experience developing and leading influencer campaigns
- Ashley McLaughlin, blogger, photographer and digital content producer at Edible Perspective | EP on Instagram
- Lindsey Wilson, blogger behind Lindsey Lee & Co | LL&CO on Instagram and owner of the American Gluten Free, a subscription box company
- Juli Bauer, blogger behind PaleOMG and author of, "Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook"
Colorado Food Works is excited to announce our inaugural Summer Sizzler to our ever-growing community!
In the last year, our amazing CFW community has grown to more than 400 engaged members! We couldn't be prouder of helping advance the food and beverage community here in Colorado. We feel a party is in order to thank each of you for helping us grow to this point and to celebrate the success of our industry as a whole.
- Free admission!
- DiFranco's Italian passed appetizers
- Signature cocktails, beer and wine - TWO drink tickets per guest
- Live DJ - because who doesn't love dancing?
- Theme? Of course there's a theme. This year's Summer Sizzler is taking CFW to the beach. Be sure to come in your best beach attire.
- Amazing views of mountains and Denver skyline are complimentary.
Colorado Food Works is honored to host Whole Foods Market - Rocky Mountain for this much anticipated Town Hall event.
Join us for an evening of networking, followed by a panel session made up of Whole Foods veterans. The panel will field questions from the audience on a range of topics to help brands grow their businesses.
Here's who is on the panel:
- Darcy Landis: Coordinator – Local Products (All Categories): 19 years with WFM in Rocky Mountain and Southern Pacific regions
- Kari McGuiness: Coordinator – Specialty (Cheese, Beer, Wine, Taprooms): 18 years with WFM in Rocky Mountain, Florida, Southern Pacific and Midwest regions
- Melanie Judge: Senior Buyer – Local Products (Grocery Category): 15 years with WFM in Rocky Mountain region
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Do you have a question you'd like to see asked?
Submit your question below.
ForceBrands, Colorado Food Works, 34 Degrees, and Interact Boulder are coming together to bring you CPG in DEN Networking Mixer!
Please join us for an evening of creativity, inspiration, and conversation. The CPG in DEN Networking Mixer will give you a small taste of the kinds of opportunities and connections you can expect as an active member in the thriving Denver community.
GOOD TO KNOW:
- Name tags will be provided to all attendees
- Please remember to bring plenty of business cards
- Dress code is casual
This event is FREE to attend. Must RSVP.
Please use #cpginden to share comments or pics from this event
***As alcoholic drinks are served at this venue, all attendees must be 21+.***
This event is free for members, $10 at the door for non-members.
Colorado Food Works, in partnership with The Women of Denver, is proud to present our February event, “Women in CPG: Bad-Assery in the Boardroom.” This exciting joint event will feature a panel of fascinating and inspiring women with experiences ranging from start-ups to big CPG, from not for profit organizations to mission focused companies, and an opportunity to network and be inspired by some of the best and brightest in Denver. Join us for an evening celebrating the women of Denver and our vibrant food scene. Be sure to have your questions ready and business cards in hand!
Panelists will include
- Victoria Hartman – VP of Sales Lotus Foods
- Jane Miller – JaneKnows.com; former CEO of Hannah Max Cookie Chips and Rudi’s Organic
- Mara Fleishman – CEO Chef Ann Foundation
- Alex Hanifin – CEO Alpine Start
- Linda Appel Lipsius – CEO Teatulia
- Maddy Hasulak – CEO Love Grown Foods
We know the holidays can be a busy time with holiday parties and travel, so for our December event we'll be putting on a low-key networking happy hour.
We'll also be partnering with "There With Care", an organization that provides compassionate, kind, and practical support to local families with critically ill children. One of the greatest challenges to those families is having the time, money, and energy to shop for basic food and household needs.
We ask that you bring one food item in the below categories:
Macaroni & Cheese
Salty Snacks (crackers, pretzels, nut packs, seaweed, meat sticks, etc…)
Lastly, all attendees are urged to come adorned in an ugly holiday sweater ... those that do, will get their first drink on the house! There is no charge to attend this networking event.
Safe travels and Happy Holidays!
If you've worked in the industry in the past 3 months, no doubt you've seen the constant news about Amazon moving into the natural foods space.
There is no shortage of questions! How will this affect my business? How can my brand best work with Amazon? How do I even get started on Amazon? We've got you covered! Colorado Food Works is excited to welcome Amazon broker extraordinaire Beekeeper Marketing to Denver on Thursday November 9th to help answer these questions and more.
The landscape of entire grocery world is undergoing a massive pivot and things are being shaken up like never before. Sumi Mukoyama, from Beekeeper, will guide business owners through the fundamentals of building strong foundations when selling on Amazon and using digital marketing tools to reach their maximum potential. Topics will include how to sell on Amazon, how to increase discoverability, and how to set your products up for success on an eCommerce platform.
Complimentary cocktail and networking hour will begin at 5:30 followed by Beekeeper promptly at 6:30. Help us spread the word to friends and colleagues.
Our session will be called “Natural Foods 3-O-3”. We’ve compiled a group of industry veterans that will discuss the important must-haves needed to succeed as a Natural Foods startup. The panel will be made up of established CEOs, distributors, brokers and VPs of Sales, Marketing and Operations. Our panel will help create a road map for budding entrepreneurs on what the first and next steps are; from production, to distribution straight through to marketing your brand. Our experts will share their insights on the 3 largest “dos and donts” they’ve learned. This will be followed by a “road-mapping” (live consulting) segment for 1 lucky startup willing to participate. This lucky company will also win a free consulting package from CFW members.
In addition, Colorado Food Works will facilitate 2-3 tents at the farmers market on the opening day. We’ll bring together our family of vendors to sample out their products and also showcase Colorado Food Works’ value to Denver’s startup community.