Naturally Chicago Webinar: Trendspotting at Expo West

By |2020-02-27T13:56:22-06:00February 27th, 2020|News Briefs, Resources|

With more than 3,600 companies exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West, it can be challenging to decide how to focus. But trendspotting is the organizing principal for those looking for the next big things.

Naturally Chicago Co-Founder Anchored Food Tank’s Hatchery Debut

By |2020-02-25T19:28:08-06:00February 25th, 2020|News Briefs, Resources|

It was a homecoming when Food Tank kicked off its monthly series at The Hatchery. Food Tank takes global view on the health, environmental and economic benefits of a better food system And to provide a similarly broad view about Chicago's role in Good Food, Food Tank invited Jim Slama of Naturally Chicago — to play the anchor role at the event.

Mingle: Accelerator Puts Pedal to Metal with New Cohort, Reach

By |2020-02-10T14:09:02-06:00February 10th, 2020|CPG Entrepreneurs, News Briefs|

The Good Food Accelerator (GFA) has played a big role in developing Chicago startups. Now the program is taking next steps with new Managing Director Shelby Parchman.

All’s Wellness: Naturally’s Party at Vital Proteins Was a Smash

By |2020-02-07T11:40:36-06:00February 5th, 2020|News Briefs|

250 people attended Naturally Chicago's Winter Wellness Party at Vital Proteins' beautiful offices. They enjoyed delicious, wellness-focused food and mocktails. Even more importantly, they enjoyed each other's company.

You Too Can Be a $100 Million Brand: Advice from Vital Proteins

By |2020-01-24T15:24:39-06:00January 24th, 2020|CPG Entrepreneurs, News Briefs|

Tracey Halama is Vice President for Sales at Vital Proteins, the Chicago-based collagen-products company that has grown exponentially since its founding in 2013. She did a presentation at Naturally Chicago’s Friday Morning Mingle on January 24 titled “How to Build a $100M Brand: Growth and Retail Strategies for [...]

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 [...]