John Craven

John Craven

Bio

As founder and CEO of BevNET, John Craven is a widely-recognized authority on the beverage industry. He serves as the Editor-in-chief of BevNET.com and the Editorial Director of Beverage Spectrum Magazine, overseeing their day-to-day operations. John is a graduate of Boston College with a BS in Marketing and Computer Science.

Posts by John Craven

Video: Expo West 2014 – Health-Ade Adds Kombucha Vet as Operations Chief, Ramps Up Production

In this video, filmed at Heath-Ade’s booth at Natural Products Expo West 2014, BevNET CEO John Craven speaks with co-founder Daina Trout about the company’s frugal deployment of capital, its production strategy and why an increase in manufacturing requires a slow and steady approach. Trout also discusses the target market for Health-Ade, why the kombucha category can pull from other beverage segments and new distribution of its beverages.

Video: A Recap of Expo West 2014 — Examining Whole Foods’ Dynamic Impact on Non-GMO Certification; Emerging Trends, Innovation and Categories

Here’s a math problem for you: if the show floor at Natural Products Expo West 2014 encompassed over 1 million square feet, how big do you think the proverbial elephant in the room (in this case, the Anaheim Convention Center) would have to be? Gargantuan, for sure, and for beverage exhibitors at the event, it was clear that the mammoth in the room is known as Whole Foods. The clout and sway of the natural grocer was in full display at Expo West.

Video: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Evolution Fresh’s New $70 Million Juicery & Interview with Founder Jimmy Rosenberg

In recent interview filmed on location at the company’s vast headquarters and juicery in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., founder and “Chief Juice Officer” Jimmy Rosenberg sat down with BevNET CEO John Craven for a wide-ranging interview in which Rosenberg offers his views on the rapid emergence of the cold-pressed juice category — and its impact on the overall juice market — as well as his long term vision for Evolution Fresh.

Video: A Recap of NACS 2013

What a difference a year makes. Yes, most of the big beverage players were present at the 2013 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show; The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple, Red Bull and Monster Energy all featured the usual mega booths that attendees are used to seeing at the event. But unlike years past, the NACS show in Atlanta was notable for what it was missing: many of the natural and functional brands that we saw in 2012.

Video: Mamma Chia CEO – Mainstream Has Been “Phenomenal” for Us

In a recent interview, Mamma Chia CEO Janie Hoffman explained that sales of of its chia-infused drinks have “doubled, if not tripled, with going into mainstream,” in large part due to rapidly growing awareness of chia — and its nutritional content — among mainstream consumers, and noted that the rapid and positive trajectory of the brand has given it the ability to innovate and take a leadership position in the world of chia.

Launch a New Product in 2013? Or Revamp an Existing One? Enter BevNET’s Best of 2013 Awards + New Beverage Guide. Time is Running Out.

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