2023 Food Finance Forum

Crafting a Vision for the Next Ten Years of Food and Beverage

September 20, 2023 | Milwaukee, WI

2023 marks 10 years of FFI’s support for food and farm businesses in Wisconsin and beyond. At the Food Finance Forum, we will showcase the past decade of FFI’s investment in food while simultaneously looking forward, exploring next steps for building a stronger, more resilient, and diversified food and farm sector. 

Please join us to connect, converse, celebrate, and learn—working together to cultivate an empowering future for food businesses and the communities they serve.  


September 20, 2023

Food Finance Forum | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central | River Valley Historic Venue

FFI is excited to host a full day of networking, business presentations, expert panel discussions, and roundtable discussions centered around food and beverage. The day’s events include:

  • Opening remarks from Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
  • “Financing Food Brands that Work,” a panel discussion with the founders / chief officers of:
    • Milwaukee Pretzel – a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of authentic Bavarian Pretzels distributed nationally for food service and retail grocery stores
    • Clock Shadow Creamery / Hill Valley Dairy – a Milwaukee-based urban microcheesery, making local artisan cheeses
    • KulMocs – a River Falls-based brand of craft RTD mock cocktails distributed nationally in traditional grocery and liquor stores
    • T4 Solutions – a Pewaukee based cloud-based temperature controlled secure locker system to enable profitable food & beverage ecommerce
    • Kakadoodle – a Frankfort, IL ecommerce D2C platform selling & delivering local farm products to consumers
    • ReadySet – a De Pere-based technology platform to help consumer brands and retailers to optimize their product mix and attributes
  • “Future of the Sector,” a panel of industry experts that discuss what’s next for food and farm industries

Please join us as we explore the past, present, and future of food at this special event. A catered lunch will be provided. More event details coming soon.

FFI’s 10th Anniversary Celebration | 4 – 6 p.m. Central | City Lights Brewing

Please join us for a celebratory happy hour to acknowledge 10 years of FFI’s good and fulfilling work to move more money into food and agriculture. Snacks, beverages, and good times will be provided.

September 19, 2023

Pre-Event Food Business Tour | 1 – 6:30 p.m. Central | Various Milwaukee Businesses

Kick off the event with a fun, lively, and educational tour of local Milwaukee food businesses! We will visit four food businesses that have worked with FFI to learn about their unique business histories, paths, and products. To wrap up the tour, we’ll indulge in a pizza happy hour at Palermo Pizza. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please indicate so on your registration form.

Need a Hotel?

Book here to get a great rate!

We know that many of our guests will be traveling long distances to join us. We appreciate you making the trip!

We have rooms reserved at the Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown for this event. Our special rate of $109/night is available for September 19 and 20.

You must book by Friday, August 18 to receive this rate.