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   C.A. Fortune Joins Forces With Consumer Products Brand Incubator BUILD
by C.A. Fortune
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:47PM EST

Chicago – In 2017, C.A. Fortune managed to create the best of both worlds by finalizing a coast-to-coast solution for client brands and retail customers while maintaining the intimate, boutique service model that built its brand. Now able to scale and serve the entire United States, C.A. Fortune is looking ahead. The privately held sales and marketing agency based in Chicago, is launching 2018 by joining forces with BUILD, a national consumer products brand incubator, based in Minneapolis.

With an eye toward growth, Tyler Lowell, Managing Partner of C.A. Fortune, said the timing of identifying emergent brands in the natural sector is ideal as industry experts expect record growth in 2018.  Primed to outperform the competition in almost every category — including dairy, bakery, snacks and ready meals, these brands are gaining ground because they offer authenticity, a connection to local growers, the promise of healthy ingredients or a quirky story, according to PwC’s most recent Consumer Packaged Goods Trends.

“Our latest transaction with BUILD represents the continuation of our vision in building out the nation’s leading consumer products service firm, with direct focus on lifestyle/better-for-you offerings,” said Lowell. “Following the completion and full integration of our national sales agency last year, adding BUILD’s capabilities to the C.A. Fortune family of companies enables us to have a dedicated team solely focused on identifying emerging brands in the industry — and ultimately providing a turn-key solution for our clients, from brand incubation, client development, sales management, marketing and insights, retail services and more.”

The transaction is slated to close Feb. 1, 2018, BUILD will continue to operate independently, wholly owned by C.A. Fortune. Ali Shouman launched BUILD in 2012, along with his brother and business partner Hassan Shouman, and will run the new business unit, with a vision of offering emerging brands a unique suite of services they struggled receiving from other competitors. The agency is now one of the top brand incubation organizations in the country, with a range of services and many of the fastest growing brands in the industry.

“At BUILD, we help solve some of the pitfalls in building a business. We play a value-add leadership role in assisting clients to scale to the next level toward a variety of long-term goals — whether it’s to attract investors, expand product offerings or simply to move product off shelf by aligning our clients with the top sales agency in the country,” said Shouman. “Joining the C.A. Fortune team now enables us to provide a turn-key deliverable for our current and future clients. The privately held culture C.A. Fortune embodies — and ultimately what is portrayed in the service they provide their client partners, was the most compelling aspect of why we made the move.”

About C.A. Fortune 

Founded in 1983, C.A. Fortune is a leading full-service national consumer products sales and marketing agency, specializing in the lifestyle/better-for-you sector. With more than 365 employees nationwide, the company offers clients a turn-key solution — from brand incubation, client development, sales management, marketing and insights, retail services and more. The company, headquartered in Chicago, has regional offices in Cincinnati, New York City metro, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Portland, OR. Visit www.CAFortune.com.

Source: C.A. Fortune 


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