Ray Latif

Ray Latif

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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

Mintel: Older Millennials Consuming More Energy Drinks

Millennial consumers are increasingly aware of and concerned about energy drink ingredients, but that hasn’t slowed their consumption of highly caffeinated beverages, according to a new report from Mintel. Notably, it’s older millennials, including those with or planning for children, who are consuming more energy drinks than ever before.

Agua Drops the Enerviva in Brand Revamp

In a sweeping revamp, Agua Enerviva is now known simply as Agua. While still identified as an "energy water," a reworking of the label gives far greater prominence to its low-calorie formulation, something that founder Carol Dollard calls “one of the most important things that consumers are looking at when they pick up a beverage.”

Former Suja VP Caroline Beckman Named Thiel Fellow

Caroline Beckman left Suja in May and was recently named as part of the 2015 class of Thiel Fellows, a unique mentorship program founded by famed tech investor Peter Thiel. Beckman is now focused on the launch of a new organic food company called Novma, which she co-founded with Nina Church, a daughter of Suja CEO Jeff Church.

Consumer Reports Slams Sports, Plant-Based Drinks

In a new article titled “Don’t be fooled by coconut water and other new sports drinks,” Consumer Reports hammers away claims of enhanced hydration and elevated nutrition as touted by beverage brands in a range of categories, including plant-based waters and electrolyte-fortified drinks.

Howell Departs Rooibee, Meissner Joins Board

Howell, who joined Roobiee Red Tea as its chief executive officer in 2010, has left the company to become the director of innovation for spirits giant Brown-Forman. Meanwhile, longtime beverage veteran Bill Meissner, most recently the president and CEO capsule-based coffee company Tazza Pronto, has joined Rooibee’s board of directors,

Aquahydrate Gets a Few Sips in National TV Ad for Ciroc Vodka

Sean "Diddy" Combs, one of a trio of high-profile investors in Aquahydrate, has once again worked the alkaline water brand into a national television ad, this time for Ciroc Vodka. The ad, which promotes designated driving, comes approximately 15 months after the debut of a widely aired TV spot for Fiat, which also included placement of Aquahydrate.