Ray Latif

Ray Latif

Managing Editor/Producer

Ray has been with BevNET since March, 2011. As managing editor/producer, Ray oversees strategic planning and content management for BevNET's Taste Radio podcast, BevNET Magazine, and video on BevNET.com.

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Taste Radio Ep. 69: Jon Sebastiani Is Kraving The Next Big Thing

This week’s episode of Taste Radio features a wide-ranging conversation with Krave Jerky and Sonoma Brands founder Jon Sebastiani. Recorded at the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show, Sebastiani delved into his background in the food and beverage industry as an heir to a legacy wine family and talked about what spurred him to strike out on his own with Krave.

Drake Invests in MatchaBar, Whole Foods Picks Up RTD Line Nationwide

Matcha beverage maker and retailer MatchaBar is nearing completion of a new Series A funding round that includes rap icon Drake as an investor. The $2.5 million round is expected to close within the next few weeks and comes on the heels of a new national distribution deal with Whole Foods.

Taste Radio Ep. 68: Talking Innovative Ventures and Investments with Owl’s Brew and 301INC

Episode 68 of the Taste Radio podcast features interviews with Jennie Ripps, the CEO and co-founder of tea-based cocktail mixer and beer brand Owl’s Brew, Pete Speranza, who is a New Business Development Principal with General Mills’ business development and venture capital arm 301INC, and the latest edition of Elevator Talk with Jason Petrou, the founder of Clean Energy Organics.

Protein2o Adds Gatorade Vets, $4 Million in New Funding

Protein-infused water brand Protein2O has added two beverage industry veterans to its leadership team and raised $4 million in new funding as it seeks to establish a leadership position in the segment of low-calorie protein beverages.

Distribution Roundup: Roar, L.A. Libations Partner

Sports drink brand Roar Beverages announced a partnership with incubator L.A. Libations; Blossom Water picked up new placement in 750 grocery stores; Big Easy Bucha lands new distribution at Publix; Icelandic Glacial signs deal for distribution in China.

Distribution Roundup: Dora’s Picks Up Vita Coco Coconutmilk

Dora’s Naturals named exclusive distributor of Vita Coco Coconutmilk in NYC; Veggemo enters 1,500 U.S. retailers; PhURE Water hits Idaho; KeHE to distribute organic kids’ water Wonder+Well; maker of Wild Tonic Kombucha partners With Quail Distributing.

Taste Radio Ep. 64: Growing Organically With Stonyfield Farm Co-Founder Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg, the co-founder and chairman of dairy company Stonyfield Farm and a highly influential figure in the organic food movement, shares war stories ranging from the company’s pastoral beginnings, to its decade-long struggle for financing, and on to its eventual sale, mining them for wisdom that will resonate with any food and beverage professional.

Photo Gallery: New Products, Brand Updates From Summer Fancy Food Show 2017

Over the course of the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show, a three-day specialty foods convention held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from June 25-27, we encountered a broad array of new products, design revamps and line extensions, all of which are included in this photo gallery.