Our Story

We’re FaB, and we know this industry well.

We’re FaB Wisconsin, a cross-industry food and beverage membership organization. Our  member employers embody Wisconsin’s industry strength – big and small, local and global, from nutrient dense to decadence – all with incredible capacity for growth and leadership. Mostly clustered in Wisconsin, we offer interwoven industry experience, know-how, and the spirit of Wisconsin’s thriving food and beverage scene.

Our network is wide and diverse. And with over ten years in the books as an organization, we’re ready and able to help your food and beverage business succeed and grow:

2010

Food and beverage becomes a priority

The Milwaukee 7, the region’s cooperative economic development organization, identifies food and beverage manufacturing as a targeted industry — or “cluster” — for regional economic growth.

2011

The network gets the go-ahead

The first iteration of our Leadership Council, called the Milwaukee 7 Food & Beverage Advisory Council and consisting of food and beverage company owners, presidents, CEOs and stakeholders, hosts an exclusive gathering in the caves of Miller Coors. They give the green light on forming a food and beverage business network to share their vision for the industry and the region.

2012

FaB Milwaukee is born

With a goal of making the Milwaukee region the best place to locate and run a food and beverage business, FaB Milwaukee is established.

2014

FaB goes statewide

Our name is changed to FaB Wisconsin to encompass the strength of our industry across the state and expand our reach.

2015

Accelerating the industry

The FaBcap Accelerator is launched, providing fifty food and beverage entrepreneurs with crucial business coaching and capital from 2015-2020.

2017

Reaching the next generation of talent

Developing career pathways for high school and college students — a cornerstone of our work — is put into action with our Farm-Factory-Fork Career Discovery.

2018

Food safety becomes top of mind

In response to a member need for accessible and affordable (not to mention FSMA-compliant) food safety training, we develop the FaBsafe Certificate® program.

2020

Business assistance gets accessible

The FaBricator Program is developed to connect our members with best practices and resources in HR, food safety, operations, sustainability…anything!

2022

FaB celebrates 10 years

A decade of supporting our members and making Wisconsin a networked place to grow a food and beverage business and industry career is commemorated.