Press Clip: "Are You Starting A Natural CPG Business Without Key Resources? Look Here, They’re Free"
by Douglas Yu, Senior Writer, Forbes Magazine
Access to co-manufacturers, marketing, and branding expertise, and investors is pivotal to budding entrepreneurs in the consumer goods industry, especially those who are probably equipped with the next groundbreaking ideas, but short of relevant resources and connections.
Natural product entrepreneurs Mike Fata and Greg Fleishman learned that firsthand when starting their businesses decades ago. After years of scaling companies to multimillion-dollar exits, including Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and Lily’s Sweets, which was recently acquired by Hershey HSY-0.1%, the duo aims to build the number-one free mentorship toolbox to help the next-generation CPG founders succeed through fatafleishman.com.
About Greg Fleishman
I start, nurture, & fund Better-for-You CPG Brands that help make the world healthier as Co-Founder/CEO @foodstirs with Sarah Michelle Gellar | Founder @purelyrighteous, a top venture studio | Co-Founder @uptogoodenergy | Co-Founder @eatunion | Board Director for Lily's Sweets (exited to Hershey’s June 2021), Once Upon a Farm with Jennifer Garner, 4th & Heart Ghee, Nuun Hydration (exited to Nestle June 2021), & Demeter Biodynamic Farming USA | Venture Partner, Springdale Ventures | Operating Partner, Cambridge SPG VC | Operating Partner, Whipstitch Capital Investment Bank + Angel/LP Investor | Ex-Kashi, Kellogg, Coca-Cola | Forbes Top Consumer Catalyst | Visit Fata & Fleishman CPG Mentorship, a free support platform for early-stage entrepreneurs & investors.
About Mike Fata
Mike Fata co-founded Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods in 1998. From 1998 to 2016, he ran all aspects of the company as Chairman of the Board and CEO. In February 2019 Mike helped guide the strategic sale of Manitoba Harvest to Tilray for $419 million dollars.
Mike is currently Chief Executive Officer of Fata & Associates, Chairman of Fata Family Ventures, Chairman of the Board of Sol Cuisine (VEG.TSXV), and investor/advisor to a portfolio of companies (including Om Mushrooms, Mid Day Squares, Love Good Fats, Good Cap Pharma)