The Future of Brewing
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Future of Brewing

The Future of Brewing: Panel Discussion and Tasting Event

The global beer industry faces its greatest challenge in 50 years. According to McKinsey & Company, all at once, there is falling consumer demand, increasingly competitive products, heightened requirements by retailers and consumers, and tougher market access. This confluence of challenging developments is not merely creating temporary roadblocks for large beer manufacturers – it marks the beginning of a difficult era for the entire industry.

So what does the future of the industry look like?

Greater Boston's brewing scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands.


On Wednesday, September 26th, Branchfood is teaming up with Wolf & Company PC and CIC to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the industry. Join us for a panel of experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who will tell us how they got started, where they found funding, and how they brew, market, package, sell, and distribute their product, and where the industry is going.

Come thirsty AND hungry!

Get your tix today! http://bit.ly/branchfoodFOBrewing

About the Speakers

Rob Burns

President at Massachusetts Brewers Guild
Co-Founder and President at Nightshift Brewing

Rob is a Co-Founder and President of Nightshift Brewing and President of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild. From its humble beginnings as a homebrewing operation, to its first home in a small warehouse in Everett, to its more recent life as a massive production and distribution operation with an extremely popular taproom, Night Shift Brewing has come a long way since its founding in 2012 by 3 Bowdin graduates. 


Maureen Fabry

Founder at CraftRoots Brewing

CraftRoots Brewing is Milford's first brewery! It is also the first 100% woman-owned "brick-and-mortar" brewery in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The company is a 7-barrel brewery with taproom, serving eight different beer styles daily. With sustainability at its core, CraftRoots Brewing is grounded in a truly grassroots idea: connect the circle between farmers, maltsters, brewers and beer lovers. CraftRoots opened in 2014 as an LLC and brewed its first batch of beer in 2015. In March 2017, the brewery opened in a warehouse in Milford.From 2016 to 2017, the brewery grew by 1,440 percent, from 20 barrels produced in 2016 to 308 in 2017. In 2017 it was named the fastest growing craft brewery in the USA.


Bruce Downes

Head of Marketing at Willie's Superbrew

Bruce leads marketing efforts for Willie's Superbrew, a craft beverage startup founded by a group of friends and graduates from Brown University. Willie’s Superbrew is creating an entirely new category for the alcoholic beverage industry. Superbrew is a cross between hard cider and spiked seltzer, made with all-natural, real ingredients at the Guild in Pawtucket. Two flavors, sparkling ginger and lemon and the new sparkling pomegranate and acai, combine superfoods in a refreshing drink that’s perfect for summertime sipping.



Schedule

  • Tasting starts at 6:00 pm

  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm

  • Q&A Session at 7:30 pm

  • Event ends at 8:30 pm

The Future of Brewing
Wednesday, September 26th, 201
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lighthouse, 20th floor

CIC Boston

50 Milk

Boston, MA 02109



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Thank you to our sponsors!

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October Community Table
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

October Community Table

Thursday, October 4, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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November Community Table
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

November Community Table

Thursday, November 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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December Community Table
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

December Community Table

Thursday, December 6, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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September Community Table
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

September Community Table

Thursday, September 6, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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August Community Table
Aug
2
12:00 PM12:00

August Community Table

Thursday, August 2, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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July Community Table
Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

July Community Table

Thursday, July 12, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Angel Investment for High-Growth Food Startups
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Angel Investment for High-Growth Food Startups

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Branchfood and Branch Venture Group invite you to attend our second annual financing for food discussion focused on angel investment for high-growth food startups on Thursday, June 21st 6PM-8PM at 50 Milk Street in Boston's Downtown Crossing.

Areas of Focus:

  • Hear from investors on what financing food is all about what they look for in investments
  • Learn the terminology used by angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Understand the pros and cons of raising early-stage investment for your startup
  • Review the process for raising funding, timeline expectations, and documentation
  • Receive answers to your questions about the fundraising process

This panel discussion is ideal for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, individuals looking to connect with food investors, and anyone interested in food consumer packaged goods, food tech, and agtech business development, and finance.

Register at this link to attend!

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Angel Investing 101: Investing in Food Businesses
Thursday, June 21, 2018
6 - 8PM
 

SCHEDULE
6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarks + Panel Discussion on Angel Investment for Food
7:30PM - 8:30PM - Networking and Food Tasting

Additional parking information can be found here.


CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Lighthouse 20th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

~Snacks and drinks will be provided

Thank you to our sponsor, Wolf & Company, for supporting food and innovation in Boston!

 

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June Community Table
Jun
7
12:00 PM12:00

June Community Table

Thursday, June 7, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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The Future of Grocery
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Future of Grocery

Future of Food Series: The Future of Grocery

Fresh and packaged food delivered to your homecheckout-free shopping, and auto-replenishment are just a sample of the fast growing grocery innovations seen today.

In our 4th and final panel in the Future of Food Series, we will be speaking with New England's leading startup founders, consultants and market CEO's to discuss the latest trends in consumer purchasing, digital retailing, and grocery innovation. 

PRESENTERS
David Stone, CEO & Founder at Forager

David is a serial technology entrepreneur whose passion is to create and build innovative companies that take advantage of emerging market shifts. David is CEO & Founder at Forager, an early stage startup with a mission of making locally sourced food more widely available to all.

Cheryl Cronin, CEO at Boston Public Market

Cheryl Cronin has been a leader in numerous business and nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest in those that bring others to Boston and the Commonwealth and in the vitality of the city. She is the CEO at Boston Public Market, an indoor, year round marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty agricultural products, where residents and visitors can find fresh, seasonal food from Massachusetts and New England.

John Maggiore, Owner at Maggiore's Sales and Marketing

John is a broker of Natural Food products to Supermarkets in New England. As a consultant, he specializes in Sales strategy for Natural, Organic and Specialty products. John also runs full day seminars and networking events on “Becoming a More Effective Sales Manager in the Natural and Specialty Channel" and "Operations and Supply Chain Management".

Arthur Ackles, VP of Merchandising and Buying at Roche Bros. Supermarkets
 

Branchfood Presents: The Future of Food Products
Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:30PM

Lighthouse 20th Floor
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA 02110

Schedule
Event Networking & Demos begins at 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm
Event ends at 8:30 pm

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May Community Table
May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May Community Table

Thursday, May 3, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Food Edge
May
1
to May 2

Food Edge

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Join us for a two-day summit exploring the future of food.

Brands that want to be leaders in the industries of the future must find their innovative edge today.

Food Edge, is a first-of-its-kind summit that brings together the food industry’s largest brands, alongside dynamic startups and disruptive leaders, to help you find your brand’s edge.

Packed with two days of inspiring speakers, innovation workshops, and fireside chats, we'll explore the trends, strategies and capabilities that can become your edge in the marketplace — everything from sustainable sourcing and recipe innovation to product design, customer experience, and social media.

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The Future of Nutrition
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Future of Nutrition

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The Future of Food is a 4-part series exploring topics surrounding the Future of Food. The series is jointly hosted by Branchfood and CIC in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets are available to purchase for individual events or an all-access series pass. Join the Branchfood mailing listto receive updates and learn more about this and future events!  

Series Dates and Topics:
February 22nd - The Future of Agriculture -SOLD OUT
March 22nd - The Future of Food Products - SOLD OUT
April 26th - The Future of Nutrition
May 24th - The Future of Grocery

 

Future of Food Series: The Future of Nutrition

Personalized nutrition, higher-quality food, and sustainability practices are in high demand by health-conscious consumers. Boston is the home to some of the most cutting-edge research and startups working towards improving the health of our population.

In our 3rd Future of Food Series panel, we will speak with Boston's leading startup founders, researchers, and health gurus to discuss the latest trends in nutrition products, technology, and research.    

PRESENTERS
Susan Roberts, Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University, and Founder of Instinct Health Science

Susan directs the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Her lab's research brings advanced nutrition and behavioral science to interventions aiming to make healthy eating and weight management easier and more successful. She also founded Instinct Health Science, a startup company that is implementing her iDiet weight loss program. 

Joshua Kotfila, Principal Consultant at Natural Product Innovations

Dr. Kotfila has extensive experience in the development of new dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages that spans from prototyping through commercialization. His expertise in scientific affairs, product development, regulatory and marketing draws from his work at top tier research universities and Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Kotfila is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and holds a BS in Dietetics, an MS in Human Nutrition, and a PhD in Nutrition Sciences

Alexis Fox, CEO at Lighter

Alexis is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) at Lighter, a powerful platform that helps the world eat better. Fox has dedicated her life to fixing our broken food system. She has worked in the movement as an attorney, political leader and entrepreneur. She also spent three years as an adjunct Professor of Leadership at Emerson College.

Branchfood Presents: The Future of Food Products
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 - 8:30PM

Lighthouse 20th Floor
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA 02110

Schedule

  • Event Networking & Demos begins at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm
  • Event ends at 8:30 pm

 

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Office Hours with Brad Lahrman, Vice President of Marketing for LightLife Foods
Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Office Hours with Brad Lahrman, Vice President of Marketing for LightLife Foods

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On Thursday, April 26th Brad Lahrman, Vice President of Marketing for LightLife Foods, will host office hours at Branchfood. At LightLife, Brad is responsible for brand vision and strategy, marketing management, P&L management, innovation, new product development, finance and operations. He is happy to meet with companies at any stage to help advise on many topics including marketing and more.

https://branchfood.youcanbook.me/

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Join Branchfood and Spyce for LUNCH!
Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

Join Branchfood and Spyce for LUNCH!

Branchfood is headed over to Spyce - the world’s first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals opening May 2018 at 241 Washington Street.

We'd love for members of the Branchfood community (and friends of Branchfood) to join us on this lunch outing! Lunch will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 12 - 2pm. If you'd like to stop by for a free meal, please sign up below and we'll send you a coupon with a QR code.

Signup today! http://bit.ly/2FQhImA

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Selling on Amazon: Basics and Best Practices for Food Startups
Apr
5
1:30 PM13:30

Selling on Amazon: Basics and Best Practices for Food Startups

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This 1-hour info session will provide you with the basics and best practices for selling your food products on Amazon. 

We will cover: 

  • Understanding Amazon’s #1 objective and how it impacts your biz
  • Touring an active seller account and learn the critical language
  • Hearing the simple, effective strategy used by small brands to compete
  • Understanding the 10 steps to create an irresistible product listing
  • Learning the Amazon profit equation and 11 critical costs 
  • Getting the scoop on just announced, upcoming changes for sellers
  • Asking any question and receiving honest answers

PRESENTED BY:

Heather Sears, Marketer | Consultant | Author

Heather is an accomplished marketer, consultant, published author, and Branchfood member! She actively sells her kitchen products on Amazon and has done so for the last two years. Her products were named “hot new releases” and were immediately profitable.  She is also an accomplished marketing executive and author of the award-winning book Mind to Mouth: A Busy Chick’s Guide to Mindful Mealtimes. Heather has over 20 years of experience working with brands including Coors, Dunkin’ Donuts, Integrative Nutrition, PayPal and YP.com helping them navigate changing consumer mindsets and purchasing behavior. Heather has a BA with high honors from University of Michigan and MBA from Northwestern University. She lives in Boston with her husband and son where she plays tennis and enjoys cooking crave-worthy meals. Connect with her at www.heather-sears.com

Selling on Amazon: Basics and Best Practices for Food Startups
Thursday, April 5, 2018
1:30 - 2:30PM

CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Meridian 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

~Snacks and drinks will be provided and check out our April Community Table beforehand! 

RSVP today! http://bit.ly/amazonforfood

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April Community Table
Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

April Community Table

Thursday, April 5, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Repsly Power Hour
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Repsly Power Hour

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Repsly is transforming how brands get closer to their customers with our super easy-to-use mobile CRM, so what better way to celebrate our favorite local brands and tech companies than with our legendary Power Hour! Join us on-site in downtown Boston for an evening of networking, food and drink, plus an all-star panel discussion on the power of disruption. You won't want to miss it! 

Where: 77 Summer St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110
When: 5:00-7:30PM, March 29, 2018

Agenda: 

5:00 - Doors Open. Mingle and enjoy free food and drinks.

6:30 - Welcome & Panel Discussion. Hear from our VP of Marketing, Allen Bonde, on why Boston is a hot spot for innovative food, beverage and consumer companies, and learn what it takes to be a disrupter from our expert panel.

  • Branchfood - Lauren Abda, Founder
  • Drizly - Bryan Goodwin, SVP of Commercial Sales & Operations
  • Repsly - Marko Kovac, Co-Founder

7:00 Networking. Stick around (or come by) to connect with brands and others in the community.

Why: Because it'll be amazing! 

Signup today! http://bit.ly/2ppI3O0

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Future of Food Products
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Future of Food Products

The Future of Food is a 4-part series exploring topics surrounding the Future of Food. The series is jointly hosted by Branchfood and CIC in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets are available to purchase for individual events or an all-access series pass. Join the Branchfood mailing listto receive updates and learn more about this and future events!  

Series Dates and Topics:
February 22nd - The Future of Agriculture -SOLD OUT
March 22nd - The Future of Food Products
April 26th - The Future of Nutrition
May 24th - The Future of Grocery

Future of Food Series: The Future of Food Products

Flavor CloudsGelato with zero added sugar, and prickly pear water are just a few examples of the new food products, trends, and businesses that are emerging daily. Though we're seeing innovative consumer packaged goods startups launching around the world, Boston is home to some of the most progressive food product innovations out there. 

In our 2nd Future of Food Series panel, we will speak with Boston's leading startup founders, investors, and manufacturers to discuss the latest trends in food product innovation, development and marketing. 

PRESENTERS

Adam Melonas, Founder & CEO at Chew LLC and Nursery
Adam is one of the worlds most respected innovators in the experimental culinary arts. In 2013 he founded Chew, a food innovation lab in Cambridge, MA that redefines what is possible in the world of packaged food by creating game-changing products that are not only delicious but also nutritious and sustainable. Adam's latest venture, the Nursery, is a Food and Beverage incubator designed to build and scale both new Food and beverage products, as well as Food and Beverage Technology.

Risa Sherman, Philanthropy, Social Impact and Cause Marketing at The Boston Beer Company

Risa's role at The Boston Beer Company is to oversee all philanthropy across multiple brands including the company’s award-winning initiative, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a program she helped to create in 2007. The program connects hard-working entrepreneurs in the food, beverage and brewing areas with working capital, coaching and networks they need to start, strengthen and grow their small businesses. 

MODERATOR

Janelle Nanos, Reporter at The Boston Globe


Janelle is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She is currently a business reporter at the Boston Globe, where she writes about retail, e-commerce, the food industry and consumer culture. She thrives on diving deep into the ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s economy. 

Branchfood Presents: The Future of Food Products
Thursday, March 22, 2018
6:00 - 8:30PM

Lighthouse 20th Floor
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA 02110

Schedule

  • Event Networking & Demos begins at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm
  • Event ends at 8:30 pm
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Office Hours with Matt Gregory
Mar
22
1:00 PM13:00

Office Hours with Matt Gregory

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On Thursday, March 22nd Matt Gregory, former Director of Supply Chain Innovation at Plum Organics, will host office hours at Branchfood. At Plum, Matt led the development and implementation of initiatives that rethought Plum’s end-to-end supply chain, leading to enhanced profitability, defensibility, and consumer experience. He is happy to meet with companies at any stage to help advise on many topics including building out supply chains.

 

Most recently, Matt Gregory spent 5 years at Plum Organics, PBC (acquired by Campbell Soup Company in 2013). His last role with the company was Director of Supply Chain Innovation, where he led the development and implementation of initiatives that rethought Plum's end-to-end supply chain, leading to enhanced profitability, defensibility, and consumer experience. Matt was a leader in the company’s strategic road-mapping of future food processing technologies, looking for developments to unlock more delicious and nutritionally complete food. 

Prior to his time with the Supply Chain team, Matt held several roles with Plum's product innovation team. The innovation function at Plum is unique in the food industry; in it, Matt oversaw both the front-end product design and back-end technical commercialization/scale-up processes for each product launch. Matt launched 30 baby food items in 6 formats, including several which required the development of new manufacturing partners. 

Prior to Plum, Matt was the Director of Operations and Supply Chain for Two Degrees Food, a ‘buy one, give one’ food company. 

Matt was also a founding faculty member of The Culinary Institute of America's Food Business School. There he co-developed and co-taught "Concept to Shelf," a curriculum to help aspiring food entrepreneurs build food products. 

Matt has a BA in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Matt and his wife Lena recently returned to Boston after nearly a decade in San Francisco and NYC. Lena is a writer and artist with her MFA in 3D Animation. The couple expects their first baby in mid-April 2018. 

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March Community Table
Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

March Community Table

Thursday, March 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Farm to Fork Accelerator Office Hours
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Farm to Fork Accelerator Office Hours

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On Friday, February 23rd following our Future of Agriculture event the evening before, we will host Brett Brohl, Managing Director for the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator at Branchfood! 

If you're interested to learn more about the program and Techstars' work in support of food innovation along with Cargill and Eeolab, sign up for a 30 minute office hour session today! 

Office Hour Sign up form: http://bit.ly/2EAykM8

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Wolf & Co Accounting + Planning for Food Startups Office Hours
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Wolf & Co Accounting + Planning for Food Startups Office Hours

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On Wednesday, February 21st from 9AM -11:30AM we'll be hosting accountants from Wolf & Company for office hours to answer all your tax-related questions. Signup today for these FREE office hours here: https://branchfood.youcanbook.me/service/jsps/cal.jsp?btz=US%2FEastern&ini=1517958512543&cal=0187de3f-faa7-4d7b-99af-9441b4f15d6f

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February Community Table
Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

February Community Table

Thursday, February 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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January Community Table
Jan
4
12:00 PM12:00

January Community Table

Thursday, January 4, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

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Branchfood's Annual Holiday Bash
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Branchfood's Annual Holiday Bash

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It’s been another record-breaking year for food startups in New England!

Some are winning awards for their contributions towards preserving natural resources, others are winning competitions to have the resources, tools and advice needed to bring their business to the next level.

We have seen Boston-based startups expand nationally, and others bringing on major funding for growth. 

Join us in celebration of these companies and more at our holiday gathering for food on Wednesday, December 13th!

Branchfood, Clover Food Lab, and Wolf & Company are teaming up once again to celebrate the awesome work of our fellow food innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs starting at 7PM at Clover Food Lab in Boston's Financial District. 

We'll provide delicious bites from Clover, beer, wine, cider, and treats from local food startups launching and expanding to Boston! 

We will also be hosting a raffle for an exciting prize! Be sure to bring your business card and drop it in our raffle bowl when you check-in for your chance to win!

Schedule:

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Networking and Food Tasting

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Presentations from leading food thought leaders

8:30PM - 10:00PM - Networking, Food Tasting, and Celebrating

Additional parking information can be found here.

Checkin when you arrive and make sure you get a gift bag! 

Big thank you to our sponsors and featuring companies!

Clover Food Lab, Wolf and Company, MITFAC &

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December Community Table
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

December Community Table

Thursday, December 7, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
20th Floor Lighthouse Conference Space

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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November Community Table
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

November Community Table

Thursday, November 2, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Media Training for Food Entrepreneurs
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Media Training for Food Entrepreneurs

Do you want to learn how to turn that random follower into a raving fan? 
Join Branchfood for a Media Training workshop with the founders of FRESH Communications and learn how to create authentic, engaging, credible content that makes people hungry for more! 

Overview of the knowledge you will gain:

  • Intro – Why media train?
  • The FRESH 5 Step Method – You will go through our five step communications method which includes two exercises aimed at helping you develop your core message and three supporting proof points. You will learn tips and tricks on communications skills to help you nail an interview (whether on the phone, video conferencing or in person).
  • Practice – You will get to practice your interviewing skills in a mock senario and we will provide customized feedback.
  • Elevator Pitch – You will acquire the tools necessary to create an elevator pitch, have time to create your own and share with the other attendees.

FRESH Communications provides public relations, marketing and communication services for food & nutrition companies. The founders Sheri and Stephanie believe that everyone deserves access to healthy foods and, that identifying those foods should be simple. They strive to help you develop real relationships with people through expert storytelling, insightful communication, and nutrition guidance. The FRESH approach is about forming an unbreakable bond with your customers.

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Has Mary Really Gone Crackers? A fireside chat with Mary Waldner
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Has Mary Really Gone Crackers? A fireside chat with Mary Waldner

Looking to launch a high-growth food product? Interested in learning from the experts?

On Thursday, October 5th, Branchfood is delighted to host Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, for a fireside chat starting at 6pm at CIC Kendall in Cambridge. We'll be talking with Mary about her humble beginnings as a passionate, gritty food entrepreneur and how she grew her company to 250 employees, eventually selling it to a Japanese company. Join us to learn more about her journey, what she did right, what she should have done differently, and get your burning questions answered! 

Snacks and drinks will be provided at the event.

About Mary:
Inspired by her own struggles with Celiac Disease, Mary sought to ameliorate the shortage of nutritious and delicious, gluten free options available in grocery stores. Using her hand-crafted recipes, she founded Mary's Gone Crackers in 2004 and the product quickly became a big hit among consumers. In 2008, Mary's Gone Crackers Original was awarded the Sofi Gold for the most outstanding cracker at the New York Fancy Food Show. In 2012, Mary's Gone Crackers joined with Kameda Seika, the leading maker of rice crackers in Japan, to expand her healthful products to a wider audience. Mary holds a Master's degree in clinical psychology, and prior to Mary's Gone Crackers, she practiced as a psychotherapist for 26 years. Her background as a healer and food company entrepreneur is unique and allows her to connect with a variety of audiences.

Included in this event will be samples of Mary's Gone Crackers products paired with food samples from surrounding Boston-based startups.

We are excited about this opportunity and hope you can join!

Mary's Gone Crackers Fireside Chat
Thursday, October 5th, 2017
6:00 - 8:00PM

CIC Cambridge
101 Main Street, Floor 15
Cambridge, MA 02142

Schedule

  • Event networking + tasting begins at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm
  • Q&A Session at 7:15 pm
  • Event ends at 8:00 pm
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October Community Table
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

October Community Table

Thursday, October 5, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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September Community Table
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

September Community Table

Thursday, September 7, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Byte Boston
Aug
10
3:00 PM15:00

Byte Boston

DESCRIPTION

Perhaps you're making a move to Boston to launch your new food venture? Or maybe you've been working here a while but you've never engaged in the food community? Or you simply see the flaws in our food system and want to know what solutions are at the forefront of sustainable change?

Join Branchfood for an immersive walking tour of Boston's food startup ecosystem. Meet leaders in the food innovation community, discover emerging companies disrupting the food system, and talk directly with fellow entrepreneurs.

With Boston's 1st Food Innovation Startup Tour, Branchfood aims to set your bearings and empower you to make the most of the Boston food startup ecosystem.

 

Featuring:

Branchfood

Branchfood seeks to promote food entrepreneurship and support the community of founders launching and scaling transformative businesses as the largest community of food innovators in New England. By uniting the community of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, industry professionals, and mission driven organizations passionate about food, Branchfood aspires to create a sustainable food system.

Spotlight: Lauren Abda, Founder and CEO

Lauren's work is focused on connecting the community of food innovators and also aggregating resources for food entrepreneurs to help their businesses launch and grow in Boston. Prior to Branchfood, she consulted for foodtech companies in Boston and San Francisco and worked as an analyst for a venture capital firm focused on early stage foodtech investment.

Red's Best @ The Fish Pier

You probably know your dentist and your accountant but you may not know your fishermen even though they feed you. Meet Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, who aggregates catch directly from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boats annually. Their mission is to sustain the livelihoods of American fishermen and their families while sustaining fisheries for harvest.

Spotlight: Jared Auerbach, CEO & Owner

Throughout his nine years experience in the seafood industry, Jared has held positions in every aspect of the supply chain including three years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and New England. He started Red’s Best in 2008 and has grown it from scratch.

Freight Farms

Freight Farms addresses the needs of the changing food landscape by providing the physical and digital tools to create local produce ecosystems on a global scale. With the right tools, infrastructure, and support anyone can become a freight farmer, regardless of their background or geographic location.

Spotlight: Caroline Katsiroubas, Director of Marketing

Caroline began as a Community Manager at Freight Farms and became the Director of Marketing after 4 years, further supporting the company's mission to change the global food system. Prior to rising up the ladder at Freight Farms, Caroline served Community Outreach Intern for the National Park Service and as a Project Assistant at the Environmental Health Fund.

Clover Food Lab

Clover Food Lab is a fast casual chain founded and run in Boston. The company seeks to decrease the ecological footprint of the food industry by offering a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, the restaurant consciously avoids branding it's food as such in order to appeal to a wider audience.

FAQ:

How much walking is involved?

By walking just 2 miles, we will get to explore the city's food startup scene from the ground up. We'll traverse a handful of locations in the historic Downtown Boston. We encourage all attendees to wear comfortable shoes.

Will any food or drinks be provided?

Of course! Fruit, protein bars, chips, and (of course!) Swoffle'swill be available in the Branchfood workspace, and you can fill up your water bottle with juice or in Branchfood's Bevi machine with a seleciton flavored & sparkling waters. Additionally, most of our stops will offer a sample of their product!

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August Community Table
Aug
3
12:00 PM12:00

August Community Table

Thursday, August 3, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  Anchor COnference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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