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It’s an exciting time to be working in the food & beverage industry. Change is everywhere, and the industry is literally reinventing itself in front of our eyes with emerging brands that meet new consumer needs and desires.

At this event, we will look at some of today’s hottest industry trends: plant-based, upcycling, gluten-free, permissible indulgences, and others – and how emerging brands are bringing these trends to life in new and exciting ways. Working with the Québec Government Office in Chicago, this event features six companies and their exciting products in a live, in-person tasting. Each founder will share with you the background of their product, the trends it delivers on, and you’ll be able to “taste along” as we meet each company and later interact with each of the founders. Join us for a fun, delicious, and informative evening at the CoLaboratory, a new food & beverage industry workspace in the West Loop.


*CFBN is actively monitoring the fluid situation of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. Therefore, CFBN will adhere to all local, state, and/or federal event guidelines and modify our events accordingly. This may include limiting event size, requiring masks, limiting food/beverage service, moving event to a virtual format, or postponing/cancelling event. Any event changes will be reported in a timely manner to all sponsors and attendees. Thank you for your understanding.

  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sample tasting and in person networking
  • 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM  Product presentations from Quebec companies
  • 5:50 – 6:30PM Focused Q&A sessions/additional sample tasting and in person networking.


Michael Cantin, CEOSnö -Dairy Free  Michael has been working in the food industry for more than 10 years. He combined his diploma in nutrition with his Bachelors in business management to launch 2.0 food, INC. in late 2016. Passionate about ice cream, in 2018 the idea came to him to launch an oat based ice cream indulgente without compromise. Snö-Dairy Free is a vegan, allergen and palm oil free ice cream in tubs, bars and sandwiches. Not yet available in the U.S.

Marie BrossardFounder/CEOLulubelle & Co – Marie’s venture for the past 3 years is Lulubelle & Co where she has developed a line of Organic and natural Gluten-free baking mixes & food coloringings.”The secret of Lulubelle & Co? Your taste buds won’t believe it’s Gluten-Free!” Not yet available in the U.S.

Jake Karls, Co-Founder, Nick Saltarelli, Co-Founder, Mid-Day Squares – Jake and Nick like to say that; “Mid-Day Squares is what Hershey would be if it started in 2018.” Their goal was to create the first functional chocolate bar: a bar that is rich in protein/fibre, made with REAL chocolate and REAL (plant based) food ingredients. Mid-Day Squares was first launched in August 2018 in Montreal, Canada and sold 5 MILLION CHOCOLATE BARS in their first 3 years. They built out their own fully automated manufacturing plant which can produce 90,000 bars per day. Currently available in the U.S.

Ralph Chauvin, Sales, Jelina Chocolatier  Ralph is a visionary and strategic chartered accountant and sales leader with a comprehensive understanding of the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. He works to invigorate sales, promote brand awareness, and increase market penetration of confectionery products. Jelina Chocolatier is a chocolate company that offers no sugar added chocolate options and is currently available in the U.S.

David Cote, Co-Founder/Superhero, LOOP Mission -LOOP Mission is a circular economy project that aims to reduce food waste by repurposing the outcasts of the food industry into awesome cold pressed juices, sour beers, gin, soaps, and probiotic sodas. Since the company was founded in 2016, it has saved more than 5,388 tons of food, avoided the emission of 4,351 tons of GHGs and saved more than 415 million liters of water. The entrepreneurs behind the project represented Canada at “Get in the Ring” Global Startup Competition, winning the Public Choice Award and placing 2nd out of 25,000 applicants in the Grand Finale round, and are also the first duo to have emerged from the Dragons Den and return as guest Dragons themselves. LOOP Mission is not yet available in the U.S.

Claudia Poulin, Co-Founder/President, Dominic Dube, Co-Founder/CEO, Evive Nutrition – Claudia and Dominic co-founded Evive with the goal of making healthy food more accessible. Their idea – smoothie in cubes! Their concept allowed customers to make a high quality smoothie in just a few seconds, without using the blender and for a fraction of the price of a smoothie bar. Now the brand has expended into frozen meals and soups and is growing both fast online and in grocery stores in Canada and the USA.

We appreciate the support and collaboration of our sponsors for this event:

Celebrating over 50 years in Chicago, the Québec Government Office in Chicago represents the Québec government in 12 states across the Midwest.   This vast mandate involves working on a wide range of economic, political, environmental, and cultural interests that promote a robust and flourishing partnership between the two regions. Among the many ties Québec has to the Midwest is the commitment to high quality foods and drinks.  Drawing on its rich agricultural traditions, abundance of fresh local products, and global culinary influences, Québec is well-positioned as a reliable, safe, and innovative partner in the Midwest and across North America in food manufacturing.  The Québec Government Office in Chicago strives to continue its collaboration with its partners across the Midwest to provide the finest quality food and drink products to the region. 

Event Details
09. 30. 2021
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free – $10