We unite our region’s diverse Good Food and Natural Products industry…
To accelerate business growth…
To foster networking, collaboration and cooperation…
And increase access to healthy and sustainability-focused products
The Good Food and Natural Products industry has enjoyed robust growth, reflecting the growing market for healthier and more sustainably produced goods. Naturally Chicago, launched in May 2019, provides a much-needed, year-round platform for the industry’s myriad interests. A program of nonprofit FamilyFarmed… co-founded by industry powerhouses KeHE, Presence Marketing and SPINS… and affiliated with the Naturally Network based in Boulder, Colorado… Naturally Chicago’s goal is no less than to elevate our city’s well-earned reputation as an international leader in this sector.
Please scroll down for highlights of the immediate impact Naturally Chicago has made.
GATHERING OUR COMMUNITY
KICKOFF KEYNOTE WITH WALTER ROBB — MAY 2019
Naturally Chicago’s first major event — held at the BMO Harris Auditorium in Chicago’s Loop — featured an industry legend: Walter Robb, the longtime Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. The event also featured a panel of rising-star food entrepreneurs, Alison Velazquez of Skinny Souping, Megan Klein of Field + Farmer, and Jordan Buckner of TeaSquares, moderated by Ryan Pintado-Vertner of Smoketown LLC.
“This opportunity for you to build a regional ecosystem here, a strong one, a vibrant one, is not just a contributor into the success of these fine entrepreneurs, but it’s going to build community and it’s going to build economic strength. It’s going to build jobs.” — Walter Robb