Naturally Chicago presents a Virtual Pitch Slam on Wednesday, August 10, 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The competing finalists are these great Chicago-area emerging brands:
Globowl: Organic baby food with globally inspired flavors for future foodies.
GoNanas: Banana bread mix that's good for your body and soul, with real simple ingredients and nostalgic taste.
Ms. P's Gluten Free: Gluten-free granola in a variety of delicious flavors.
1Up Food Arcade: Doing better in their values-driven food brands through their elusively simple philosophy of "good, simple and fun for all."
Rumi Spice: Ethically sourced spices and blends from farmers in Afghanistan with the goals of cultivating peace and empowering women.
Theo's Plant-Based: Producer of chef-inspired, plant-based jerky made with 100 percent organic vegetables.
The winner gets a great prize package that includes a free booth at Natural Products Expo East and a chance to compete in their national pitch slam; a marketing report valued at $10,000 from SPINS (the runner-up gets a report valued at $3,500); and $2,500 worth of services from Polsinelli law farm.