BevNET's Best of 2019 Awards

Each year, BevNET’s annual Best Of awards honors companies, brands, individuals, products, ideas and trends from across the dynamic and ever-changing beverage landscape. 

As in years past, 2019 witnessed the emergence of disruptive newcomers developing alongside established players seeking out new frontiers. In ways both big and small, this year confirmed that there isn’t a singular route to success. In bottled water, we saw Essentia reap the benefits of a dedicated long-term growth strategy, fueled by strong execution, and at the same time we saw Liquid Death capture the imagination of consumers with a wholly unconventional (and unmistakable) marketing voice. We saw young companies in categories like energy and coffee help bring a new generation of functional beverages to mainstream audiences, while also watching as legacy brands extended their reach with new innovations. Some well-worn rules were confirmed, and others were torn up in style. There was truly a bit of everything. 

With such a wide breadth of worthy nominees, the process of selecting our Best Of 2019 award winners was hardly simple. These honorees represent a vibrant and dynamic group of brands that we feel best encompass the ideas, personalities and products pushing the beverage industry in exciting new directions at the dawn of a new decade— and we can’t wait to see where they will take us next. Congratulations to all our winners! 

Brand of the Year

Essentia

Essentia

At a time of bombastic claims and outsized personalities, Essentia has shown that it’s still possible to build a brand slowly and deliberately while nevertheless creating a massive impact on the business, and to realize the fruits of that work even as competitors catch wind of what you’re up to.

Person of the Year

Daina Trout, CEO and Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha

Daina Trout, CEO and Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha

In her role as CEO and co-founder of Health-Ade, Daina embodies the challenger spirit of the true entrepreneur, pushing the point of difference of her brand and her ideals and passionately fighting for their right to exist and grow.

Rising Stars

Best Packaging Design

Olipop

Olipop

When you have a drink that provides tasty, low-calorie refreshment with added functional benefits, you’re already off to a good start as a brand. But Olipop didn’t stop there, creating a stylish, attractive and inviting can that’s worthy of the liquid inside.

Best Marketing Campaign

Liquid Death

Liquid Death

What would it take for you to sell your soul? Fame? Riches? Power? Maybe that’s thinking too big; as we saw this year, Liquid Death found thousands of people who would readily risk eternal damnation for a free can of water.