Ray Latif

Ray Latif

Associated Site

www.bevnet.com

Bio

Ray is the founder, executive producer and head writer of French Oak, an online television show that gives viewers comprehensive insight into the beer, wine and spirits scene in the Boston area. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Management, Ray has also run a consulting practice on behalf of private scholarship foundations in Greater Boston for nearly a decade.

Posts by Ray Latif

Bai-Popping Number: DPS Investment Based on $500M Valuation

Bai CEO Ben Weiss today revealed that Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s (DPS) $15 million acquisition of a minority stake in his company was based on a half-billion dollar valuation. The deal gives DPS a 3 percent ownership position in Bai, which also recently secured a $25 million line of credit from global investment banking firm J.P. Morgan Chase.

FDA to Columbia Gorge: Revise HPP Juice HACCP Plan

In a warning letter dated March 25, 2015, the FDA wrote that the company has failed to include in its plan “control measures that will consistently produce, at a minimum, a 5-log reduction of pertinent microorganisms, for a period as long as the shelf life of the product when stored under normal and moderate abuse conditions.”

Video: What's Next for Cold-Pressed Juice?

In the following videos, we take a deeper dive into the fast-growing segment, having queried brand owners and company executives at the event -- including Evolution Fresh president Jeff Hansberry, Suja VP of Marketing Heather MacNeil and Lumi Juice founder Hillary Lewis -- about the continued development for cold-pressed juice.

Sparkling Ice: Yes, We Can

Talking Rain Beverage Co. today announced the launch of a new 8 oz. slim can for its Sparkling Ice line of zero-calorie carbonated drinks. The new package is designed to broaden the “distribution opportunities for the brand within the convenience and foodservice industries,” according to a company release.

Video: Ingredient Trends Examined at Expo West

In this video, filmed on location at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West, BevNET CEO John Craven and BevNET Managing Editor point to specific examples of brands and products that aim to address sustained consumer demand for natural functionality through the application of emerging ingredients.