John Craven

John Craven

CEO / Founder / Editorial Director

As founder and CEO of BevNET, John Craven is a widely-recognized authority on the beverage industry and he is frequently cited in mainstream media. His vision shapes the editorial, publishing, and positioning of all of BevNET's properties, including BevNET.com, BevNET Magazine, Brewbound.com, BevNET FBU and their associated conferences. John is a graduate of Boston College with a BS in Marketing and Computer Science.

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Expo East 2015 Video: Rebbl With a Cause

Marketing a range of products that have both unique names and formulations -- including a "medicinal mushroom"-infused, coconut milk-based chocolate drink called Reishi Chocolate -- Rebbl's business philosophy is as deeply entrenched in unique sources of nutrition as it is in organic and fair trade sourcing methods.

Video: A Recap of the 2015 Natural Products Expo East

The category of cold-pressed juice has matured, and at Whole Foods, the largest retailer in the natural grocery channel, there's not much more room -- if any -- for brands seeking a national presence within the chain. That's the assessment of a high-ranking Whole Foods executive who spoke with BevNET on the floor at the 2015 Natural Products Expo East.

Video: Cutting-Edge Trends Continue to Emerge at Fancy Food Show

As part of a discussion about the three-day event, BevNET CEO John Craven noted that "the types of products really evolved," at the Fancy Food Show to that point that beverages "you'd see at the Natural Products Expo has really bled into this show."

Funding Briefs: Sipp, Coconut Cartel Land Equity Investments

News of a couple notable investment rounds recently hit our desk, with organic soda brand Sipp and Coconut Cartel, which markets coconut water sold in unopened coconuts, each securing new equity financing.

Video: One-on-One with Temple Turmeric’s Daniel Sullivan

In this video, Daniel Sullivan discusses the back story of Temple Turmeric's propriety turmeric variety, the recent rebrand, and its work and relationship with Boulder Brands Investment Group, which took an equity position in the company last year.

Expo West Video: The Continued Evolution of Cold-Pressed Juice

Amid a constant flow of new entrants to the category, cold-pressed brands, as expected, continue to lean on new and trendy ingredients as a way to innovate and differentiate. However, it was clear that many are also attempting to distinguish themselves via price and package variety.

Expo West Show 2015 Photo Gallery: New Products, Brand Updates

Circling the show floor, BevNET visited with dozens of the beverage booths at the event and came away with a number of highlights regarding brand innovation, line extensions and new products.

Video: Production Facility in Place, Forager Strides Forward

The addition of a new line of multi-serve cashew and seed milk products follows the launch of Forager’s new 40,000 sq. ft. facility in Indio, Calif. Despite only recently beginning production in the new space, company co-founder Hanley said that the company has since added new equipment to keep supply in line with growing sales of Forager products.

Investing: Nothing Splashy, But Lots of Investors in the Expo West Pool

With a specialty in handling the kinds of emerging brands that are typically found sampling out of their booths at Natural Products Expo West, the more than 100 different fundraising rounds handled by food-and-beverage specialty law firm the Giannuzzi Group alone should serve as a fine indicator of the investment buzz that surrounded the event.

The Editors’ Dozen: Key Product Discoveries Video from Expo West

There were hundreds of new beverage brands, re-branded products, new sub-lines and changed formulations at Natural Products Expo West, which concluded its three-day stand in Anaheim, Calif. on Sunday, March 8. In the report below, BevNET correspondents John Craven and Ray Latif point out some of the most important and impactful new products.