CHICAGO – The Emerging Brands Alliance will award grant funds totaling $60,000 this year, with recipients to be revealed on Oct. 23 at the Emerging Brands Summit.

The 2022 Emerging Brands Grants will provide $20,000 to the winner of each of the following categories: certified minority or women-owned companies; self-manufacturing companies; and all eligible companies.

The organization, which helps new brands scale manufacturing, received grant applications from more than 400 companies. Per the Emerging Brands Alliance, the applications came from companies that make a wide array of products, including plant-based snacks, ethnic street food, better-for-you alternatives to traditional desserts, beverages with super fruits and prebiotics, mission-based brands and more.

“We were thrilled with the response to our call for entries, and equally impressed with the quality,” said Kim Overstreet, director of the alliance. “The product and packaging innovation among our finalists is exceptional, and we can’t wait to share details at the Emerging Brands Summit.”

The summit is a one-day event coinciding with PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The finalists for this year’s Emerging Brands Grants are:

  • 12 Tides
  • All Y'alls Foods
  • Annie's Ginger Elixir
  • Baozza, LLC
  • Blind Tiger, LLC
  • Bread SRSLY, LLC
  • Cajou Creamery
  • Chagit Products, Inc.
  • Chasin' Dreams Farm
  • ChipMonk, Inc.
  • Cool Beans
  • Crave Natural, Inc. DBA Yishi Foods
  • Cupid Cheesecake (Freezcake)
  • Dillonades
  • Eat Your Greens LLC., DBA Red Belly Honey & Rbel Bee Sweets
  • Else Nutrition USA, Inc.
  • Go Energy Foods, Inc.
  • Good Beverage, LLC dba Heywell
  • GOODONYA Organic
  • Grain4Grain
  • Green Slice Foods, LLC
  • Gruvi
  • Healthy Oceans Pescavore
  • KBrews, Inc.
  • Kindroot, LLC
  • Latin Goodness Foods
  • Lil' Gourmets, LLC
  • Mumtails, LLC
  • ONO Protein Oats
  • Panco Foods, Inc.
  • Perfect Life Nutrition
  • Popsalot, LLC
  • Queen of Hearts Superfoods
  • Route66 International, Inc
  • Rumi Spice
  • Sarilla
  • Small Batch Organics
  • Smart Cookie Bakery
  • SOCIAL Sparkling Water and Wine
  • Sugar Bliss
  • TCC BRANDS, Inc.
  • The Only Bean, LLC
  • Trident Coffee Roasters
  • WAJU Water (Blue Yonder Brands, Inc.)
  • Whoa Dough
  • Wonderlab Doozy, Inc.
  • Xoca World Ltd.

The Emerging Brands Alliance provides year-round education, community support and business growth opportunities to help growing CPG companies, with support from PMMI Media Group and PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, among other industry partners.