Naturally Network shapes futures of sustainable businesses with Pitch Slam, ConsciousCPG Summit

Boasting a membership of more than 5,000 strong, Food & Beverage Insider partner Naturally Network is preparing for its busiest season of the year with these two key programs.

Karin VanSlyke, Strategic partnerships manager

April 25, 2024

2 Min Read

At a Glance

  • Naturally Network connects CPG founders, professionals, and industry leaders across the nation.
  • Emerging CPG brands compete for prizes and national recognition at chapter events all season.
  • ConsciousCPG Summit occurs June 18-19 with virtual panels on using business for good.

Naturally Network is set to soon host several industry events this season, following a busier than usual Natural Products Expo West show in March that included its heavily attended kickoff party and various gatherings featuring Minority-Owned Fellowship, emerging brands and first-time exhibitors. A champion for consumer product goods (CPG) founders and professionals, the organization boasts more than 5,000 members and a community of 22,000 that spans the full spectrum of the natural and organic products industry via its national presence and numerous regional affiliate chapters.

Spring is a hectic time in the Naturally Network ecosystem. Currently, multiple affiliate chapters are preparing to host their annual Pitch Slam events, which provide emerging entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their products to live audiences. Winners will receive various prizes curated to propel their growth and will have a chance to compete nationally. These events allow CPG founders to showcase their unique products and ideas that shape the future of natural and sustainable industries.

“Naturally Network's Pitch Slam showcase celebrates and elevates the regional winners from each chapter in a dynamic, virtual event,” Katrina Tolentino, Naturally Network’s executive director, explained. “This year, each regional winner ladders up to compete in the national virtual event in August. We are excited to create awareness, momentum and offer support to these emerging brands during a crucial stage of their journey. This competition and support model is unique to Naturally Network and is a great example of how we support brands and work with value aligned partners to amplify our collective impact.”

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To learn more about Naturally Network’s Pitch Slams, which occur weekly through mid-June, click here.

During June 18-19, Naturally Network will host its ConsciousCPG Summit. This two-day virtual event will delve into topics reflecting the conscious values and practices Naturally Network aims to cultivate within the industry. Featuring speakers from across the Naturally Network ecosystem, the summit will comprise six panels spread over three back-to-back virtual sessions.

“The ConsciousCPG Summit will bring together brands, retailers, industry veterans, investors and service providers to celebrate and cross-pollinate ideas and strategies that use business as a force for good,” Tolentino said. “We are excited to highlight conscious business in the industry to widen the lanes for participation across all stakeholder groups. The summit will offer six diverse discussions virtually over two days alongside in-person events across our Naturally chapters to connect with regional resources.”

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Registration for this event opens May 11. For more information about the summit, click here.

About the Author(s)

Karin VanSlyke

Strategic partnerships manager, SupplySide at Informa Markets

Karin VanSlyke is the strategic partnerships manager for SupplySide at Informa Markets. She works to manage and add value to existing partnerships, develop new partnership opportunities, and strengthen industry connections. Karin lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two spoiled rescue dogs. Karin is a proud first-generation college graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Her passions include connecting people, cooking (and eating) all sorts of cuisines, road trips and bird watching.

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