BevNET Live attendees will have an opportunity to stretch their legs during the afternoon of Monday, June 4, and they’ll also have a chance to stretch their idea of what a beverage conference can be through their experience with the BevNET Live Expo Stage.
Designed to offer information and entertainment in a concise format, the Expo Stage offers a series of engaging discussions, presentations, and a series of “elevator pitches” that will offer a chance for the audience to choose two brands that will take part in the New Beverage Showdown the following day (Have a new brand? Learn more about the New Beverage Showdown 3).
The Expo Stage format is unique in that no discussion will take more than 25-30 minutes, with quick turnover and the opportunity for interested attendees to drop in for one or more session that captures their fancy. It will occur alongside as part of that afternoon’s BevNET Live Expo; additionally, the traditional suite of BevNET Live’s breakout sessions will take place in a separate area during the Expo, providing three exciting ways for attendees to spend the afternoon.
The Expo Stage features the following preliminary set of offerings and speakers:
- 2012: The Year in Beverage Deals… so far
With Mike Burgmaier, Silverwood Partners
- New Beverage Showdown 3 “Wild Card” presented by Venturing & Emerging Brands
An interactive session where the audience will vote to select which brands move forward in the New Beverage Showdown.
With Matt Mitchell, VEB; Eric Schnell, IAM ; Dan Riley, VP Store Operations, Ralph’s Supermarkets
- Introducing the B-Corporation – A new way to create public benefit through business
With Gigi Chang, founder, Plum Organics; Katie Landry, National Sales Director, Guayaki; Eric Schnell, CEO, I AM; Janie Hoffman, Founder, Mamma Chia
- Understanding the New York Market
With Bruce Nierenberg, founder, BIN Sales and Marketing; Former Board Member, Vitaminwater
- Meet the Brand Doctor
With Mike Schneider, Senior VP, Allen & Gerritsen
- Also presenting focused insight on the beverage market will be representatives of Allen Flavors and Tetra Pak.
More information on BevNET Live’s schedule of separate breakout sessions – which will also run during the Expo — will be available soon.
The Expo Stage will be taking place on the afternoon of June 4, during the BevNET Live Expo, which will feature over forty sponsor and supplier table displays. Following the completion of the Expo and Expo Stage content, the traditional BevNET Live cocktail and networking event will break out (so, stick around…).