Growing a new product business is hard to do alone
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Growing a new product business is hard to do alone

FMI Emerge is the community for brands, industry experts, retailers and investors. Secure your seat today.

  • Access the people and resources you need to grow sustainably and expand your distribution, operations, financing and sales
  • Increase revenue, velocity, and secure more shelf space through a yearly subscription with FMI Emerge

Download our Orientation Guide to learn more about the Emerge Community

A Community for Emerging Brands, Retailers, Investors and Industry Experts

Whether you’re an emerging brand, a retailer, an industry expert or an investor, we invite you to join our community. Team up with industry leading experts and start building healthy trading partner relationships to strengthen the grocery retail industry, together.

FMI Emerge’s value stems from its education content, mentoring and investment options.

Education

Education

Exclusive access to courses, lessons, and resources from our leading industry experts

Community

Community

Connect with colleagues, mentors and other emerging brands to share experience, resources, and other insights

Exposure

Exposure

Be discovered by investors, explore financial options to help your brand succeed. Partner with distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, CPG retailers and industry leaders who are looking for products like yours.

Network

Network

Develop relationships with mentors, industry experts, and peers to draw on their years of experience to help support your growth.

Mentoring for All Emerging Brands

Mentoring for All Emerging Brands

From beverages to baby care, ethnic foods to snacks, dairy alternatives to alternative sweeteners, you’ll find a community of experts willing to help you navigate to more shelf space.

FMI Emerge mentors have the whole community covered with a full range of experiences.

You’ll find mentors with origins in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies, specialty foods, beverages and more. Our mentors have a wide knowledge of distribution models – direct sales, large and small distributors, wholesalers and brokers.

You’ll be able to connect with angel investors, private equity and venture capitalists and strategic investors from larger brands.

Featured Mentors

Allison Ball

New Product Discovery Expert

Advises small brands on developing their pitch to retail buyers, and scaling production.

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Allison Ball
Founder
Allison Ball, a former Grocery Buyer & Head of Grocery at Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, now consults with CPG clients on the behind-the-scenes of wholesale & retail. Her clients range from small vendors launching their first product, to entrepreneurs opening their first market, to well-established retail stores and nationally known food producers. She concentrates on supporting sustainable, community-focused businesses, promoting unique, delicious products, and coaching small business owners on developing strong management teams, creating effective operational systems, and building strong business models.

Amaris Bradley

Food Brand Storytelling Expert

Offers food and beverage brands advisement on communications and branding strategy.

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Amaris Bradley
Dietitian and Nutrition Communications Expert
Amaris Bradley brings key expertise as a registered dietitian with a keen understanding of strategic nutrition communications and food policy. Her experience includes partnership-building, CSR strategizing, health professional outreach and nutrition communications and public relations. Currently, Amaris is Senior Account Lead at Eat Well Global, a highly-specialized strategic consulting firm focused on food, nutrition and health. In her role, she supports clients in planning and executing strategic health professional outreach and activations domestically and abroad. Prior to joining Eat Well Global, Amaris served as the resident nutrition expert at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a national nonprofit founded my Michelle Obama dedicated to leveraging the power of the private sector to bring lasting, systemic changes that improve the nation’s food supply and increase physical activity. While at PHA, Amaris brokered partnerships to transform the marketplace via third-party verified commitments to reformulate, innovate and market healthier options. Before joining PHA, she was Senior Account Executive at Porter Novelli, a global public relations agency where she executed nutrition communications strategies for a number of food boards and brands, including the Almond Board of California, NatureMade Vitamins and SOYJOY bars. Amaris holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the Florida State University. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as communications chair for the Food and Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group.

Bob Burke

Principal, Natural Products Consulting

Industry leader in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market.

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Bob Burke
Principal
Bob specializes in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market. Prior to consulting, Bob was the VP, Sales & Corporate Development with Stonyfield Farm, and has held marketing positions with Colombo, Inc. and Sperry Top-Sider. Bob was named one of the “Top 25 Business Builders of the Natural Products Industry for the last 25 years” by Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine. Co-author of the Natural Products Field Manual, 8th Edition. www.naturalconsulting.com

Andrew Ive

Food Innovation Expert

Entrepreneurial strategist focused on food innovation, acceleration, investment advisement.

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Andrew Ive
Founder
Andrew Eve is Managing Director of Food-X, #1 Global Food Accelerator in NYC. SOSV is the worlds #1 Most Active Seed Investor 2017 (CrunchBase). Began career in Brands at P&G (Cosmetics & Fragrances/HABC), took project to kill cosmetics brand, instead hit profitability, sold for 20M+. He joined Revlon to build E. European business before attending Harvard Business School. He later started Silicon Valley co, raised $21M via VCs. As CEO, built & led the team; established strategic relationships with large US & European retailers. Andrew focuses on advising, speaking, new businesses, innovation, reinvigorating older businesses, advising founders, new markets (US, Europe & Asia).
Is Your Brand Ready for the Next Level?

Is Your Brand Ready for the Next Level?

Take the 5-minute FMI Emerge Company Sales Assessment.

You’ll gain an initial review of how your company is doing, and identify areas of opportunity to help your brand reach grocery retail distribution.

Once you’re finished, download the “10 Critical Steps to Food Retail Distribution Success”

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