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JULY 20, 2017 - BIZTIMES

FaB Wisconsin seeking accelerator applicants

"FaB Wisconsin, the state’s food and beverage industry cluster, is now accepting applications for its second FaBcap Accelerator class, which helps companies in the food and beverage industry increase their capacity."

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JULY 18, 2017 - ONMILWAUKEE.COM

FaB Wisconsin accepting applications for second accelerator class

"FaB (Food and Beverage) Wisconsin has opened the application process for its second FaBcap Accelerator class designed to build the capacity of fast growing companies."

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APRIL 25, 2017 - WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO

New Organization Brings Together Region’s Food & Beverage Industry

"The event featured keynote speaker Giacomo Fallucca, CEO of Palermo’s Pizza and a founding member of FaB Wisconsin, the state’s food & beverage cluster organization. Fallucca discussed how FaB Wisconsin drives Wisconsin’s local food economy and helps its companies innovate to meet the changing needs of consumers."

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JANUARY 24, 2017 - BUSINESS JOURNAL

WEDC gives $93,000 in entrepreneurship grants to UWM, Milwaukee 7

"The following groups have already committed to be members of the initiative's advisory board: BizStarts; The BREW; Center for Technology Commercialization; The Commons; FaBcap..."

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 - SPECIALTY FOOD

Nature's Path Acquires Raw, Organic Snack Food Maker

"Gorilly Goods was part of FaB Wisconsin’s FaBCap accelerator program, which helped the company navigate the investor pitch process and guided it through the ownership stake sale."

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 - BIZTIMES

Organic snack-maker Gorilly Goods sells 51% stake

"Gorilly Goods was one of 10 food and beverage companies selected last fall for FaB Wisconsin’s FaBCap accelerator program. The accelerator class capped its yearlong program at a capstone celebration last night at Discovery World."

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AUGUST 31, 2016 - FOOD INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE

Cultivating a Food and Beverage Industry Cluster: Advice from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

"Food and Beverage (FaB) Wisconsin works to connect businesses in symbiotic relationships and pours resources into education and professional development for food manufacturing and packaging companies in Wisconsin."

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AUGUST 10, 2016 - BIZTIMES

FaB Wisconsin to run second accelerator class

"FaB Wisconsin, a food and beverage industry cluster, plans to launch a second accelerator class in 2017 with a call for applicants planned for later this year."

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AUGUST 10, 2016 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

FaB Wisconsin snags WEDC funding

"Food and Beverage Wisconsin, a network for state companies in those industries, said Wednesday it will receive a $125,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to run a second start-up training class."

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JUNE 25, 2016 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

WEDC identifies priorities for economic growth

"The increase [in budget] will support three new centers of excellence, physical spaces that anchor a cluster around research and development, investment and company attraction. The new centers are: Aerospace and Aviation, Oshkosh; Advanced Composites, location not yet determined; and Food and Beverage, Milwaukee."

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APRIL 26, 2016 - WISBUSINESS.COM

FaB Wisconsin accelerator takes new approach to developing startups

"Shelley Jurewicz is bringing the tech accelerator model to one of Wisconsin’s oldest clusters: food and beverages. That’s because the exec director of FaB Wisconsin says, 'a food startup is nothing like a tech startup' and needs specialized mentoring. It’s part of an effort from the group to develop companies and partnerships in the food and beverage space."

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APRIL 17, 2016 - CBS 58

Inside the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

"Michael Schlesinger profiles MATC’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge which provides aspiring food or beverage entrepreneurs with the chance to move their business idea forward."

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APRIL 14, 2016 - ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Call for entries: 2016 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

"The challenge, which sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Reliable Water Services and FaB Wisconsin, is currently taking applications for its 2016 competition through May 15."

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APRIL 4, 2016 - PRESS RELEASE

Wisconsin Challenge Looking for Your Food/Beverage Biz Ideas: Contest Gives a Boost to Local Entrepreneurs

"Do you have a creative food or beverage business concept or early-stage business that could use a boost?  If so, you will want to enter this year’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge, a regional contest to find Wisconsin’s next great food entrepreneur. The Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College,   Reliable Water Services , a statewide provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners and FaB Wisconsin, the state’s food and beverage industry cluster organization."

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APRIL 1, 2016 - CBS 58

Calling All Foodies/Marketers: A Local Kitchen Challenge You Need to Enter

"If you're the king of the kitchen with a desire to market your product, there's a perfect contest for you starting next week.  Beginning on Monday and going through May 15th, you have the chance to sign up for the "Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge" sponsored in part by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Reliable Water Services, and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster network."

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MARCH 29, 2016 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge accepting entries

"The grand prize winner in each category will receive $2,000 in seed money from Reliable Water Services, a contest co-sponsor; tuition for a three-credit course at MATC; a private meeting with the director of innovation for FaB Wisconsin, another contest sponsor; and a prize package worth $400 from Fein Brothers restaurant supply."

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MARCH 14, 2016 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

5 things Wisconsin manufacturers should know about the Food Safety Modernization Act

"Since the new regulations will impact many food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers in Wisconsin, FaB Wisconsin is holding three events to help educate businesses about the new requirements in 2016."

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JANUARY 8, 2016 - KENOSHA AREA BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Gourmet Foods International chooses Kenosha County for its first Midwest location

"Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director of FaB (Food and Beverage) Wisconsin said that many of Southeast Wisconsin’s cheese and sausage makers know GFI well as a superior specialty food distributor for their quality products."

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DECEMBER 31, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Manufacturing trends to watch in 2016

"Two subsets of the manufacturing industry will continue to gain importance locally and nationally — the Global Water Center, which will expand its campus with a second building in 2016, and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster consortium, which hopes to build out its first collaborative office building, similar to the Walker's Point Global Water Center."

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NOVEMBER 24, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

MobCraft Beer secures distributor, begins Milwaukee brewery build-out

"Schwartz has been involved in FaB Wisconsin's accelerator project for a few months, and he said the FaBcap program has been a great resource."

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NOVEMBER 19, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

FaB Wisconsin lands first tenant for Center of Excellence, freezes food schools

"FaB Wisconsin has landed a commitment for its first tenant in a proposed Center of Excellence for food and beverage manufacturing in the Milwaukee area."

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NOVEMBER 19, 2015 - BIZTIMES

FaB announces first Center of Excellence tenant, puts food maker school on hold

"East Troy-based custom food manufacturer Contract Comestibles is slated to become the first tenant in FaB Wisconsin’s newly announced Center of Excellence. The announcement came Thursday during the statewide food and beverage consortium’s second annual all-member meeting."

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OCTOBER 30, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Food and beverage firms develop own talent pipelines

"Shelley Jurewicz, executive director for FaB Wisconsin, said the organization worked with Milwaukee Area Technical College to build a training program to address the talent pipeline for food and beverage companies, but so far the response has been lackluster."

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OCTOBER 22, 2015 - WEDC

FaB Wisconsin Announces Inaugural Class of FaBcap Accelerator 

"Ten Wisconsin-based companies will embark on a year of mentoring, business and financial consulting, as well as receive $10,000 after being named to FaB Wisconsin’s FaBcap accelerator’s inaugural class."

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OCTOBER 21, 2015 - BOELTER + LINCOLN BL+OG

How to Beat the 50 Percent

"Last week FaB Wisconsin, the state’s food and beverage industry consortium, launched its own incubator-like program called FaBcap – a food finance and business accelerator. We were fortunate enough to be a part of the FaBcap kick-off conference, and it was eye-opening to say the least."

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OCTOBER 21, 2015 - MILWAUKEE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS SERVICE

Future of Walker Square neighborhood begins to take shape

"Last year, FaB Wisconsin, the state food and beverage industry consortium, and MATC proposed plans to open an MATC Food Maker School and FaB Center of Excellence in Walker Square."

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OCTOBER 21, 2015 - POSTCRESCENT.COM

Wisconsin food makers in manufacturing mix

"Shelley Jurewicz, executive director of Food and Beverage Wisconsin, an industry cluster consortium focused on the food and beverage industry in Wisconsin, said the state has close to 1,700 food, ingredient, and beverage manufacturers."

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OCTOBER 14, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Q&A: Giacomo Fallucca says innovation leading near-double-digit growth at Palermo's

"The CEO and his son Nick, vice president of marketing and R&D, sat down with me during the FaB Wisconsin kick-off conference for its food and beverage manufacturing accelerator program to talk about what's new at Palermo's, and what's behind Giacomo's optimism."

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 - BIZTIMES

FaB Wisconsin selects 10 companies for new accelerator program

"FaB Wisconsin has announced the 10 companies selected to participate in its new food finance and business accelerator program called FaBcap. The program is designed to grow the capacity and capitalization of food and beverage companies."

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

FaB Wisconsin selects 10 businesses to participate in accelerator

"FaB Wisconsin announced Friday it picked 10 small businesses to participate in its FaBcap program, which is designed to grow the capacity and capitalization of food and beverage companies through mentoring, business consulting and a $10,000 grant."

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AUGUST 14, 2015 - BIZTIMES

FaBcap receives JPMorgan Chase grant

"The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Food and Beverage Wisconsin's FaBcap food finance and business accelerator."

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AUGUST 13, 2015 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Chase gives $50,000 to FaBcap training program for Wisconsin food, beverage firms

"FaBcap Accelerator, a planned training program for food and beverage companies, said Thursday it has received a $50,000 boost from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation."

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JULY 27, 2015 - BIZTIMES

Hatching a business: Startups learn to fly in challenging environment

"[Pellettieri] has networked with groups like food and beverage cluster FaB Wisconsin and the now-defunct Milwaukee chapter of Startup Chicks to network and grow Top Note, and plans to apply for FaB’s new incubator, FaBcap."

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JULY 24, 2015 - ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Cookies and beer vinegar take home the gold in Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

"The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Reliable Water Services, a statewide provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster network."

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JULY 23, 2015 - BIZTIMES

Milwaukee Institute to expand offerings with $750,000 WEDC grant

"The Milwaukee Institute largely functions to support the region’s technology-focused industrial clusters, including the Global Water Center, Midwest Energy Research Consortium, BioForward, Food and Beverage Wisconsin..."

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JULY 16, 2015 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Rostowfske to lead revenue growth efforts for food and beverage companies

"Food and Beverage Wisconsin, a network for state companies in those industries, said Thursday it has hired Brad Rostowfske to lead a new program that will help companies grow their businesses."

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JUNE 8, 2015 - ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Local entrepreneurs reach Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge finals

"The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Reliable Water Services, a statewide provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster network."

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JUNE 3, 2015 - SPECIALTY FOOD NEWS

Milwaukee Industry Group Adds Support for Startups

"'A Milwaukee industry group is giving small food and beverage startups a boost. FaB Wisconsin, the networking group leading the effort, is planning to open shared labs for its members by fall 2016. Plans for a second facility for food and beverage makers are in the works."

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MAY 30, 2015 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Food and beverage start-ups get a helping hand

"'FaB Wisconsin announced Tuesday it received a $115,000 grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for a yearlong program to help 10 Wisconsin-based food and beverage companies expand their production and marketing."

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MAY 26, 2015 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

WEDC helps fund business accelerator for food, beverage cluster

"'FaB Wisconsin, which organizes a food and beverage cluster in the state, has received a $115,000 grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for a program that will help companies expand their production and market reach."

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 MAY 26, 2015 - WEDC

10 Growing Food or Beverage Companies to Benefit from New Accelerator

"'FaB, working with its 135 member companies in collaboration with the Institute, had identified a need in the burgeoning food and beverage manufacturing space for those companies ready to scale-up and increase production to expand their market reach and potential."

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 MAY 26, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

FaB Wisconsin receives grant to launch accelerator for small businesses

"'The Food and Beverage Wisconsin consortium has received a $115,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to mentor 10 small businesses ready to increase production and expand sales in food and beverage markets."

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MAY 26, 2015 - BIZTIMES

New business accelerator program will be FaB

"'FaB (Food and Beverage) Wisconsin has worked in collaboration with the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to create FaBcap, an accelerator grant program."

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MAY 2, 2015 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Conference will help entrepreneurs grow, succeed

"'Water, Power, Food and Data' will provide an overview of the work of four Milwaukee-area clusters: The Global Water Council, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium, FaB (Food and Beverage Wisconsin) and The Milwaukee Institute."

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MARCH 13, 2015 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Plans for Food Maker School fermenting in 2015

"Shelley Jurewicz and the team at FaB Wisconsin have spent recent weeks preparing grant applications to fund the proposed Food Maker School and Center of Excellence on Milwaukee's south side."

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MARCH 3, 2015 - MILWAUKEE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS SERVICE

Big Dreams for Menomonee Valley: Second redevelopment plan for area envisions Riverwalk and food and beverage manufacturing district

"...the establishment by MATC and FaB Wisconsin of the Food Maker School and Center of Excellence at 8th Street and National Avenue, near the Bruce and Pierce industrial zone, could help attract food and beverage manufacturers to the area."

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Three questions with Rich Busalacchi

"Milwaukee Area Technical College and FaB Wisconsin, a consortium of food and beverage manufacturers looking to spur economic development in the industry, announced plans Nov. 10 to establish the school and center at 816 W. National Ave., Milwaukee."

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Editorial: Wisconsin should OK Food Maker School

"Most recently, a proposal was unveiled Nov. 10 by the Milwaukee Area Technical College and FaB Wisconsin, a consortium of food and beverage manufacturers, for a Food Maker School and Center of Excellence to be located on West National Avenue in Milwaukee.."

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NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Firms, MATC seek funding for Food Maker School

Shelley Jurewicz, executive director for FaB Wisconsin, said the school is slated to start in the fall of 2016. The plan is to seek $2.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Economic Development Association and $2.5 million in grants from other sources."

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NOVEMBER 11, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
FaB Wisconsin and MATC roll out proposed Food Maker School

"FaB, a consortium of regional food and beverage makers in the Milwaukee region, worked with MATC for two years to develop technical programs to meet the needs of area employers."

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NOVEMBER 10, 2014 - JOURNAL SENTINEL
Plans unveiled for food school

"Food and Beverage Wisconsin, a network for state companies in those industries, said it is planning a Food Maker School with Milwaukee Area Technical College."

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NOVEMBER 10, 2014 - BIZTIMES
FaB and MATC release more details on Food Maker School

"FaB Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Area Technical College have announced further details about the Food Maker School and Center of Excellence they are forming on the south side of Milwaukee."

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OCTOBER 13 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
New MATC president wants to put students on the right path

"Most recently, MATC has begun to collaborate with FaB Wisconsin, a network affiliated with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce that supports food and beverage industry growth and awareness."

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OCTOBER 24, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Food manufacturers and suppliers ramp up on specialty foods

"Food and beverage is one of several sectors targeted for growth by the Milwaukee 7, a regional economic development group."

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JULY 9, 2014 - EXPRESSMILWAUKEE.COM
Milwaukee Supporting New Food Business Concepts

"Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), which has a great culinary program and entrepreneurial center; Reliable Water Services, a local provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and softeners for restaurants; and FaB Wisconsin, a food and beverage industry cluster helping to encourage other entrepreneurs to grow their business, are now in their third year of sponsoring the challenge, which seeks to find Wisconsin’s next great food entrepreneurs."

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JUNE 3, 2014 - JOURNAL SENTINEL
Milwaukee food, beverage cluster broadens scope statewide

"Metro Milwaukee's efforts to organize its smorgasbord of food-and-beverage industries into an economic growth strategy took a step in a new direction as the group decided to rename itself and encompass the entire state."

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JUNE 2, 2014 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
FaB Milwaukee becomes FaB Wisconsin

"The group formerly known as Food and Beverage Milwaukee (FaB) has changed its name to FaB Wisconsin to reflect a statewide focus as the group is now being led by the Milwaukee 7."

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MAY 28, 2014 - JOURNAL SENTINEL

Milwaukee region among 12 picked for federal program on manufacturing

"The application required regional partners, including businesses such as Johnson Controls, DRS Technologies and LEM US, as well as M-WERC, the Water Council and Food and Beverage Milwaukee, the M7 and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to provide data underscoring the region's strengths and growth opportunities in the area of advanced manufacturing."

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DECEMBER 9, 2013 - BIZTIMES
FaB is catalyst for industry

"FaB (Food and Beverage) Milwaukee, the regional food and beverage industry cluster network formed by the Milwaukee 7 economic development group and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in 2012, aims to provide a central resource for information, job candidates and a network of potential partners within the food and beverage industry."

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DECEMBER 9, 2013 - BIZTIMES
Milwaukee goes FaB: Regional cluster has recipe for growth

"There are almost 15,000 employees in the regional food and beverage cluster, which includes manufacturing companies as well as retail food operations. That's the highest regional concentration of food industry workforce in the nation and adds up to about $580 million in annual payroll. It's an impactful group."

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NOVEMBER 12, 2013 - THE PACKER

Maglio president chosen for Milwaukee council

"Sam Maglio of Glendale, Wis.-based Maglio & Co., was recently named to the Food and Beverage Milwaukee Advisory Council."

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OCTOBER 18, 2013 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Food and beverage firms still dealing with skills gap

"The 'pinch-point' in Wixon Inc.’s plan to grow its seasonings and flavor production is rounding up workers with the skills to satisfy the food industry’s high-tech needs, according to president Peter Gottsacker."

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OCTOBER 18, 2013 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL

Food, beverage makers talk trends, science

"Brats will never grace the cover of Health Magazine, but that doesn’t stop Klement’s Sausage Co. Inc. from tweaking its products to make them more nutritious — or let’s say less unhealthy — to appeal to ever-evolving consumer tastes."

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OCTOBER 15, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE
UW-Extension receives EDA grant to assess need for a Wisconsin Food Innovation Facility

"Supporters of the grant to UW-Extension include Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), FaB Milwaukee of SE Wisconsin (Food and Beverage), Milwaukee Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA), the Organic Processing Institute, (OPI), UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison."

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AUGUST 28, 2013 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Milwaukee food and beverage industry group charges fee, expands services

"FaB Milwaukee – southeastern Wisconsin’s food and beverage manufacturing industry network — has begun charging members fees in order to support the organization and its expanded services, the group said Wednesday."  

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AUGUST 7, 2013 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Shorewood chef wins MATC kitchen entrepreneur challenge

"Marcus Thie from Shorewood has been named winner of the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge for his concept Sauceformations, a line of organic sauces."  

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MAY 27, 2013 - BIZTIMES
FaB cluster helps food entrepreneurs get started

"Bree Schumacher started cooking homemade kale-based sauce for her children about a year ago. She never dreamed it would become a business. But the Milwaukee food and beverage cluster, known as FaB Milwaukee, has a way of encouraging would-be entrepreneurs."  

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MARCH 22, 2013 - WISCONSINBIZ
Feeding the world – and Wisconsin's economy

"While it may seem cliché, beer, bratwurst and cheese really do help feed Wisconsin's economy."

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 - MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Food safety issues top of mind for firms

"The FDA is still developing the law’s rules. FaB Milwaukee, a Milwaukee 7 group of food industry leaders, will host an information session on the law in October, said Shelley Jurewicz, Milwaukee 7 vice president for economic development and FaB Milwaukee executive director."  

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APRIL 2, 2012 - ONMILWAUKEE
FaB Milwaukee initiative aims to boost food and beverage industry

"Did you know that Wisconsin is the No. 1 producer of cheese, beans, cranberries and ginseng? Or that we inhabit the number two position for butter, milk, and dairy cows? That we are number two in the nation for organic production?"   

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