Parks and Nash: Making Instant Soup Healthy, Tasty… and Sexy?

By |2020-01-14T12:22:43-06:00January 14th, 2020|CPG Entrepreneurs, News Briefs|

Parks and Nash is the startup company that won the Judge’s Choice Award at the Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam, held November 6 at FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. They did so with an exquisitely simple idea: bringing better health and taste to the mundane instant soup [...]

Springboard Fellow Ka-Pop On Shark Tank Sunday

By |2020-01-13T19:51:08-06:00January 13th, 2020|CPG Entrepreneurs, News Briefs|

Ka-Pop, a maker of ancient grain popped snacks — and a participant in the KraftHeinz Springboard incubator program — will be pitching for investment dollars on ABC-TV's Shark Tank program this Sunday (January 19) at 8 p.m. central time. Ka-Pop produces popped chips, made with ingredients such as quinoa [...]

A Short History of Naturally Chicago

By |2020-01-07T14:29:00-06:00December 17th, 2019|News Briefs, Resources|

Naturally Chicago is a community-based program, launched in 2019, that embodies Chicago’s role as an international center for Good Food and Natural Products. This world-class network — fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and thought leadership — is modeled on Naturally Boulder, which has a played a key role in making [...]

SPINS Sales Chief’s Keys: Differentiation, Perseverance

By |2020-01-06T10:38:07-06:00December 13th, 2019|News Briefs|

Virtually every entrepreneur is told that the key to success in a highly competitive marketplace is product differentiation. To Jason Lovelace — Chief Sales Officer for SPINS, the leading data and insights company for the Natural Product industry (and a Naturally Chicago co-founder) — differentiation is the very [...]

Sacred Serve: Tastes Great, Good For You

By |2020-01-07T20:33:34-06:00December 13th, 2019|CPG Entrepreneurs, News Briefs|

Good Food is Good Medicine is one of Naturally Chicago’s sister programs. So we were inspired when Kailey Donewald — founder and CEO of Sacred Serve, a plant-based gelato — spoke to our Friday Morning Mingle December 6 about how the personal health journey behind her fast-emerging brand. [...]