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Food & Beverage
Industry Spotlight


Thursday, February 15, 2024
3:30-6 pm

Innovate Newport

Join us for a focused and insightful event in the food and beverage sector. This event caters to entrepreneurs, startups, investors, and corporate strategic development teams, providing a unique opportunity to explore the burgeoning food and beverage market in Rhode Island and Southern New England. 


This event is designed for those at the forefront of the food and beverage industry, offering a platform to connect with key players and gain insights into the latest trends and innovations. 



  • In-depth analysis of the current food and beverage startup environment, with a focus on investment and growth opportunities. 

  • Networking sessions with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and potential investment prospects. 

  • Showcase of innovative products and services in the food and beverage sector. 

  • Access to resources and insights from local and state authorities and the investment community. 


This event is an essential meeting point for anyone looking to invest in, acquire, or collaborate with emerging talents in the food and beverage industry. Secure your participation for an efficient and valuable exploration of this dynamic sector. 


Jamie Schapiro headshot

As a CPG and brand strategy consultant, Jamie was successful in driving the development, launch, and growth of highly differentiated consumer products and services at leading startup and early-stage companies. He now serves as the Chefs Life CEO where he works to to uncomplicate the intimidating cooking oil category with a brand that is in over 3,000 grocery stores nationwide.


Kelley McShane headshot

As the CEO and co-owner of Granny Squibb's Organic Iced Tea, Kelley has been instrumental in spearheading the launch of innovative products, significantly expanding the customer base, and playing a pivotal role in the brand's impressive growth and success.

Julianne Stelmaszyk photo

She serves as the Director of Food Strategy at Rhode Island Commerce. She's working to accelerate growth of a regional, equitable and sustainable food economy by convening stakeholders, supporting food businesses and advising on effective state food policies. 


As Founder and CEO at Branchfood, Lauren has turned the brand into a launchpad for food innovation. She brings together all corners of the industry through curated events, investments, shared workspaces, and advisory support.


As the CEO at Feast and Fettle, Carlos is well on his way to securing the market and philanthropic reach of the brand. With a background in investment banking and working on Wall Street, Carlos is an expert on understanding of how finances can impact food businesses. 


After leaving Wall Street, Brendan transitioned to Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling where his ambitious approach led to the acquisition of Braven Brewery and Radiant Pig Craft Beer. His hallmark achievement is the recent $22 million dollar expansion of Newport Craft which now accommodates over 1500 guests. 


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Event Sponsors


Event Title Sponsor

Orbit Motion Systems is renowned for its advanced motion control and automation solutions. Their mission revolves around enhancing operational efficiency, productivity, and innovation within this sector. By specializing in the integration of robotics, precision motion controls, and sophisticated automation systems, Orbit Motion Systems delivers customized solutions designed to meet the distinct needs of food and beverage clients. Emphasizing reliability, performance, and exceptional customer service, the company is dedicated to leveraging cutting-edge technology to support the success of businesses in the food and beverage arena worldwide.


Event Participating Sponsor

Newport Flag Company specializes in custom, applique sewn flags, banners, and burgees made in their Newport, RI loft using premium UV-resistant materials from the USA. They also offer custom printed flags and banners through a reliable domestic vendor network, prioritizing product quality. Proudly an authorized dealer for Annin Flagmaker, America's premier flag producer, they invite customers to explore a full range of Annin flags and products on their website.

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