Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017

Industry vet Barry Calpino of Conagra Brands shares his tips for innovation in the food and beverage industry.

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

VP of innovation says products in the center of the store are facing a unique set of challenges. The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network is a newly launched program designed to build a collaborative platform for food and beverage companies in Chicago.

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

Barry Calpino, Conagra Brands’ new Vice President of Innovation. is the first of many Chicagoland leaders we are highlighting as we aim to shape the future of Chicago’s regional food and beverage industry. Mr. Calpino believes that Chicago has a lot of exciting things going on in the food and beverage space. This creates the perfect atmosphere for inspiration, but also an increased difficulty to solely “focus on the good stuff.”

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

We had the pleasure of hearing Barry Calpino speak during our inaugural Innovation Breakfast Series on July 13th. Barry is the first of many Chicago leaders we will highlight as we aim to shape the future of Chicago’s regional food and beverage industry. With the astronomical amount of growth and constant shifting occurring in our industry, Barry says it’s important for innovators in the Chicago food and beverage industry to remain focused.

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Manufacturing in Chicago Gets a Boost

Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017

New group aims to make Chicago the ‘Silicon Valley of food and beverage’

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Food and beverage manufacturing already racks up $32 billion a year in the Chicago area. A new nonprofit, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, wants to see that number get even bigger.

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A new non-profit seeks to grow the food and beverage manufacturing industry in and around Chicago.

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A new nonprofit, the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, hopes to establish the city's reputation as the Silicon Valley of the food and beverage industry by partnering with local businesses to address regional concerns.

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New organization to spur innovation and new job opportunities within the region. The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network launches today. This newly formed nonprofit brings together the region’s food & beverage leaders to collaborate and drive economic growth – both in the industry and for neighborhoods across Chicagoland.

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

Simple Mills CEO Katlin Smith writes in Inc. about Why Chicago Is the Best City to Start a Business in Food

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017

On December 15th 2016, the MacArthur Foundation announced $11.6 million in new Chicago investments to help spur economic development in low-income neighborhoods, create opportunities for youth and prevent violence, promote police reform and accountability, and support arts and culture.

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The new year could bring food trucks in Chicago a little breathing room. In early December, the future of the mobile food industry in Chicago appeared bleak. A food truck owner lost a four-year court battle to overturn parts of regulations voted in by the City Council that set strict rules on where and when mobile vendors could operate.

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Employees of the scientific research arm at the Agriculture Department were ordered Monday to cease publication of “outward facing” documents and news releases, raising concerns that the Trump administration was seeking to influence distribution of their findings.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Every year in the food and beverage industry is like a ride at Disneyland: filled with some thrills, some scary moments, maybe even a horror or two. Yet, when it’s over, you safely get off, maybe a little shaky-legged, and get in line for the next ride.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday selected Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, to be his secretary of agriculture, two senior transition officials said, making his final cabinet selection two days before he is to be sworn in as president.

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call it cracked crystal ball syndrome, but if one word could sum up the outlook for food manufacturing in 2017, it would be uncertainty.

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2017

This year, perhaps for the first time in history, the fortunes of the U.S. food and beverage industry may depend upon the president of the United States.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Former McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is back in the food business.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 was another eventful year for the food and beverage industry. From the farm … through manufacturers, processors, packers, distributors, transportation, foodservice and retail … to the table, the industry was affected by the first of the finally effective Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules and all that came with that, plus ongoing recalls and their ever-increasing impact of consumer-driven initiatives and posting/tweeting/liking/pinning.

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Cook County Circuit Court judge said Monday that the current laws governing food trucks are constitutional, meaning the trucks will continue to operate under city guidelines. The truck operators call them too restrictive.

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food & beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. Most producers will be required to adhere to the new rules within two years (2018), though producers that earn less than $10 million per year in revenue will have until 2019 to meet the changes.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016

Chicagoans and other residents of Cook County will see soft-drink prices rise after a new tax on sugary beverages was narrowly approved by county officials on Thursday, aimed at both addressing health issues linked to sugar consumption and trimming a budget shortfall.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016

It's been a couple of generations since the stockyards gave Chicago its brawny prestige. Now a string of recent company moves is reviving our hog-butchering, wheat-stacking reputation.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Corporate Chicago is about to get a little sweeter. Mars, the company that bought Chicago's hallowed Wrigley chewing gum in 2008, has decided to locate its global confectionery in Chicago, it is announcing today.

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