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May 2019

Sugar Reduction & Your Business: Sweetener Sourcing in a Changing Regulatory Landscape

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

The clock is ticking, and by January 2020, all food and beverage products in the US will have to reflect the grams of ‘added sugar’ on their Nutrition Facts Tables. Drawing on deep consumer research, this talk addresses how this change impacts consumer sentiment and their product purchase decisions, as well how much sugar is acceptable to consumers in key product categories, and what is the consumer perception of alternative sweeteners. Building in that, there will be an overview of the…

Hatchery Networking – Juice Culture in Chicago

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$15

Juice is one of the most competitive segments of the beverage industry. Join us to hear from a panel of juice industry entrepreneurs and experts as we dig into juice culture in Chicago! About the panelists: Kristina Sciarra Harvest Juicery’s inception was Kristina Sciarra’s brainchild after spending time working in both the restaurant and wellness industries. After seeing her own health benefits from juicing, Kristina’s passion drove her to blend the two. Eventually, transforming an idea into the “modern-day milk-woman”,…

June 2019

PivotUp! Workshop: Building & Planning for a Pivot

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

Join The Hatchery, FamilyFarmed, and Kim Kleeman in a workshop designed to help you plan a Pivotup! to the next level. Take time to think strategically about your business and where you want to grow. Explore an opportunity or a possible transition by yourself or with your leadership team in this interactive business seminar. Take time to strategize an action plan for growth in order to gain momentum and finish 2019 strong! Spend time thinking big picture with your team or on…

Sourcing: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

Developing and executing the right ingredient and packaging sourcing plan is critical to the success of any business in the food and beverage industry. Join Hatchery partner Pepsico's Global Procurement Senior Director and Market Supply Office, Jennifer Tsai, for this interactive discussion about sourcing challenges and how to create robust raw material strategies to ensure competitive costing and reliable supplier relationships as well as mitigate risks in supply, quality and overall company reputation. About the presenter: Jennifer Tsai As Global…

Digital Marketing: Strategic Investments for Big Returns

June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

You have a million ideas, two pennies, and a Facebook page. How are you going to start spreading your brand's good name online? In this seminar you'll learn how to prioritize digital media channels based on your audience and goals. Spoiler alert: don't try to launch them all at once! When launching a brand, it's rarely ideas that are lacking - but the time and resources to support those ideas is decidedly more limited. Digital marketing offers startups and small…

Feeding the Influencer: Driving Food & Beverage Sales with Influencer Marketing

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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FREE!

Home to food tech incubators, a strong food entrepreneurship scene, and many multi-national consumer product goods (CPG) companies it's no wonder Chicago is one of the best (if not the best) city for food entrepreneurship. To create a thriving food startup, consumers need to discover your brand. With many of us spending hours a day on social media, influencers are a natural fit to help a business drive sales. This panel discussion will feature Influencers working with consumer product goods…

July 2019

Starting a Food Business

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

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Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery's cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you'll get started on the right track. An experienced business attorney will also cover the many…

Accounting & Finance for Startups

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

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In this introductory course, we will take a look at the basics of accounting, financial statements and financial analyses - specifically as it relates to food & beverage companies. We'll go through accounting methodology for important aspects of the business, as well as key KPI's to track as you grow. Time and again, incredible companies with amazing visions are unable to scale because they lack a good handle on their finances. Don't let this happen to you! Let's take a…

Hatchery Speaker Series – Kuli Kuli Founder & CEO Lisa Curtis

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$15

The Hatchery’s Speaker Series Welcomes Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, America's leading moringa brand! FREE registration for Hatchery Members using your code! About the speaker: Lisa Curtis Lisa Curtis is the Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, the leading brand pioneering the superfood moringa in the US market. Lisa founded Kuli Kuli after working with moringa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lisa has grown Kuli Kuli from a Peace Corps dream into a multi-million dollar social enterprise…

Prepare Your Brand for Successful Retail Relationships

July 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$130

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the basic framework of the 4 Ps: Product Assessments (size, costs, “look”), Pricing (the best model, staying competitive, maximizing margin), Promotions (extending to the customer, calendar planning, demos), and Placement (costs of entry, slotting, e-commerce). Other topics covered include broker & distributor relationship management, strategies for market entry, and evaluating sales data. About the presenter: Andrew Kramer has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, on both retail and distribution areas of the business, leading teams in Operations, Marketing, Advertising, and…

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