5:00 PM17:00

North Bay FIG Annual Pioneer Awards

The North Bay Food Industry Group (FIG) announced October 8 the 2018 honorees for their annual Pioneer Awards.  The Pioneer award recognizes the foundational contributions of an individual to the North Bay specialty food, beverage and natural products industry while the Next Generation award recognizes up and coming entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery will be honored as Industry Pioneer and Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko’s Kitchen will be honored as the Next Generation Industry Pioneer.

Join us as we honor those individuals who are making the North Bay area the best place to grow a specialty food business. 

Our invited guest speaker this year is Blair Kellison, CEO of Traditional Medicinals.  

FIG members will be showcasing their innovative products during the networking hour.

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4:30 PM16:30


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What is FIG Fest?  All of our members - FIG and Associate members - gather to share their  products and services.  Each member who wants to do so can have a display table at no extra charge.  FIG will have a band, some local brews and wines, and of course food.  It's a time to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall but most of all, to party with your fellow FIGers and friends.


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8:00 AM08:00

Thinking About the Unthinkable (POSTPONED)

A special presentation about covering business losses in a disaster.

George Petersen Insurance located at  175 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA  

How would your losses be covered if your plant was down for unscheduled time?  What if the power went out and you lost your refrigeration?  Would you be covered for loss of income during a disaster like last year's firestorm?  Many business owners obtain commercial insurance but don't really think through what that means to your company.  Being prepared for disaster is difficult, yet you may be surprised what resources are available to you.

Find out the answers to these questions and more in a breakfast presentation with Jeff Okrepkie and Greg Vermeulen from George Petersen Insurance on September 13, 2018 from 8:00 am  - 9:30 a.m.  This interactive presentation offers you an opportunity to have a conversation with your peers and these experts about this important topic.

Presented by the HR Working Group and open to all FIG and FIG Associate Members



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8:00 AM08:00

Marketing Working Group

Traditional Medicinals, 1400 Valley House Parkway, Rohnert Park

Please join us for an intimate and interactive round-table discussion with two of our marketing leaders in the North Bay: Vicki Isip, Chief Marketing Officer at Traditional Medicinal and Mike Scheu, VP of Marketing & Sales at Straus Family Creamery.

Must RSVP to to attend - space is limited!

This Working Group on 8/22 is open only to food and natural products companies.  Associate Members will be welcomed at future meetings.

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