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Food and Bev [clear filter]
Friday, November 11


LAUNCH & LEARN: Consumer Packaged Goods
Limited Capacity filling up

This event is BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag! 

Have you ever wondered how food products make their way to the shelves of grocery stores and in the hands of consumers around the world? What makes a great product? What do you have to do to get your product to market? What's it like growing a CPG company in Houston? 

Join us in this conversation about resources and best practices, and let's explore the world of consumer packaged goods! 


• Tallent Ricca, CEO of b pop

• Wendy Nunnelley, Interim Head of Strategy & Planning Assignment for The Coca-Cola Company: Japan Business Unit; CPG lead for Houston Angel Network 

• Missy Hunter, Brand Marketing Manager, Simply 7


11:30am - Doors open, networking, lunch
12:00pm - Discussion begins
1:00pm - Wrap up discussion, open for networking and CPG showcase! (1-2pm)


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Josephine Tran

Activist & Community Organizer, Houston Startup Community
sustainability - entrepreneurship - happiness

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Missy Hunter

Brand Marketing Manager, Simply 7 Snacks
Missy Hunter is the Brand Marketing Manager for Simply 7 Snacks, a Houston-based manufacturer of simply delicious snacks made from simple ingredients like kale, quinoa, chickpeas and organic veggies.
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Wendy Nunnelley

Vice President, Strategy, The Coca-Cola Company
Fact-based consumer goods and services leader with experience in the US and abroad in up to US$8B businesses. Drives short-term and long-term growth with strategic, holistic, connect-the-dots thinking. Deep experience in business unit & commercial strategy development and revenue... Read More →
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Tallent Ricca

Owner, RICCA Co.
CEO of b pop [bpopbetterpop.com]


HTX Consumer Packaged Goods Showcase
Following LAUNCH & LEARN: Consumer Packaged Goods, we're going to spend a little time getting to know Houston's food startups!

If you're a CPG startup and would like to participate, feel free to bring some goodies/flyers/business cards. Get in contact with us via Facebook Messenger if you'd like more information. 


Starting Up in the Beverage Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered how that cold brew (beer or coffee) made its way into your thirsty hands?

Let's talk beans & hops. From sourcing to production to marketing and more, we're going to serve up a big tall glass of what it means to start up in the beverage industry.

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Kaitlin O'Brien

Co-founder, Ecommerce/Design, XELA Coffee Roasters
Specialty coffee roasting, design, and lifestyle products all in one: XELA Coffee Roasters. Always representing & supporting Houston for life.


Exploring The Food Tech World
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're interested in food tech, don't miss this discussion about how to start up in the food tech industry, things you wouldn't think about before getting elbow-deep in the metaphoric potato salad of food tech, and the challenging and rewarding aspects of the industry. 

3-3:30 - Open doors/Networking
3:30-4:30 - Panel
4:30-5:00 - Food Tech Networking

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Zach Casler

Founder & CEO, Dindr
Passionate about food, people, and technology. I love to cook, dine out, ride bicycles and travel. I'm always up for discussing what's new in mobile.

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Door Dash

General Manager, DoorDash
DoorDash powers on-demand, local delivery for any business. We empower local economies by helping small businesses grow, give underemployed people meaningful, flexible work, and offer an affordable delivery service to consumers. As General Manager in Houston, Ben is the CEO and leader... Read More →
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Dadbeh Shirvanloo

Dadbeh is a marketing and tech professional that has Co-founded Mince, an industry focused platform for all restaurant, bar and hotel technologies, connecting various applications, devices and data.

Kevin Valdez

Kevin is the COO at GroupRaise.com. Groupraise.com is host to a vibrant community of charitable groups, schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, sports teams, and many more local community groups eager to connect with local restaurants all across the US. GroupRaise.com today is... Read More →