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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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.

Suppliers Predict Benefits for New Brands in WFM/Amazon Combo

At first, suppliers weren’t sure what to make of the deal, with numerous food and beverage companies reserving their comments. Now, after more than a week’s reflection, many have told BevNET and sister site Project NOSH they are excited about the potential sales opportunities the partnership could provide, expressing enthusiasm for how it will maintain or even enhance Whole Foods’ reputation as a launching pad for small brands.

Dean Foods Acquires Uncle Matt’s Organic

In a call with BevNET, Uncle Matt’s CEO Matt McLean said that while there were a variety of potential options for both new investment and acquisition of the company, “we fell in love the Dean Foods team and what they could offer."

People Moves: Martines Moves On From Kroger; Runa, Nutpods Add Sales Leaders

In this edition of People Moves: Mathis Martines joins branding firm Concentric; Runa hires former Whole Foods executive to top sales post; Nutpods taps Mark Nunn as VP of sales; Maker of Wild Tonic Kombucha names Steven Siegel as CEO; Ryan Lake joins OMAC Beverage Advisors as managing director.

Ben Weiss Departs as Bai CEO

BevNET has learned that Bai Brands founder and CEO Ben Weiss has left the company. Although sources close to the company confirmed to BevNET that Weiss has departed, it’s unclear at this time whether he was dismissed by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG), which acquired Bai in February, or if he resigned.

Video: Why Whole Foods Centralized Purchasing Decisions

Three days prior to the blockbuster announcement that Amazon would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Matt Jimenez, the senior category leader for Whole Foods’ global grocery team took the stage at BevNET Live Summer 2017 and discussed recent changes to the company’s grocery management structure and buying processes.

In-Depth: Why Amazon Scooped Up Whole Foods

In a deal that’s shaking the shopping experience for consumers, retailers, and food and beverage companies, Amazon’s scooping up of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion on Friday has hardened talk of large-scale disruption in the way consumers buy their groceries.

BevNET Podcast is Now Taste Radio

Included in our first episode as Taste Radio is a conversation with Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter, the founders of venture capital fund AccelFoods, which invests in early-stage and innovative food and beverage companies. Gaspar and Jupiter discussed the evolution of AccelFoods’ investment and business strategy and shared their take on nascent trends in food and beverage.