In this bonus clip from our last episode of Product Showcase, we feature four additional interviews with RTD coffee brand leaders from the show, including discussions with Cuvee Coffee, OmniBev, Miura and Black Medicine Coffee.
BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero spoke with two of Hella Cocktail Co.’s three co-founders — Jomaree Pinkard and Eddie Simeon — to discuss how the company is exploring its role in the current market environment and adapting to conditions on the ground.
In this interview, BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero speaks with Jonathan Miller, general counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, to get an update on the group’s efforts to open a path for CBD to be recognized as a legal food and beverage additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Launched in Colorado in 2018, beverage startup Hoplark HopTea has gained early traction in the natural channel with its line of craft beer-inspired, hop-infused teas. The brand, winner of New Beverage Showdown 16, achieved nationwide distribution last year as a Whole Foods exclusive item and the brand is now ready to expand deeper into the natural, conventional, and liquor channels.
In this video recorded at BevNET Live Winter 2019, KeHE’s Katie Paul and Alex Marx discuss how the distributor is embracing blurring category definitions and utilizing new technology to stay ahead of the industry, as well as how brands can act quickly and adapt to a constantly changing marketplace.
In this video recorded at BevNET Live Winter 2019 TF Ventures founder Tom First, Piper Jaffray managing director Janica Lane and The Giannuzzi Group's Nick Giannuzzi sit down to discuss the lessons of the past 10 years and what the new decade might look like. The trio touch on the market for corporate exits and the shifting emphasis from strategics towards profitability and proven success.
In this video recorded at BevNET Live Winter 2019 in Santa Monica, California, Christopher offers his key lessons from the field; developing sales teams, focusing on the right accounts, using data to fuel innovation and knowing when and how to spend marketing budgets.
In this video recorded at BevNET Live Winter 2019 in Santa Monica, California, Wandering Bear co-founder and CEO Matt Bachmann dives into how his early stage coffee brand has interwoven its multi-channel strategy with its marketing strategy and minimized dependence on traditional retail outlets in order to meet consumers at the office, on the shelf and directly in their kitchens through ecommerce.
In 2019, the beverage market saw a veritable flood of CBD-based beverage innovations. Although competition in the space may be tight, CBD beverage leaders are now looking to work together to take the category out of legal limbo and into the mainstream.
In this conversation recorded at BevNET Live Winter 2019 in Santa Monica, California, La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael and Chobani president Peter McGuinness discuss how fear of a changing marketplace is a necessary ingredient in forward-thinking innovations and how it led both companies roll out new oat milk product lines this year.
In this video recorded at last week’s National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, Yerbae founder and CEO Todd Gibson discusses his brand’s channel strategy, how the clean energy trend is developing in convenience, and why there’s still a long way to go for consumer education on yerba mate drinks.
In this interview recorded at Natural Products Expo East 2019, held September 11-14 in Baltimore, BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero spoke with Andy Stone, VP of Brand Marketing and Events for Bluestone Lane, about entering the RTD market, what makes Australian iced coffee special and the relationship between the cafe and CPG sides of the business.
In this video interview recorded at Expo East 2019, pop star Katy Perry talks about learning the beverage industry, why she always takes apple cider vinegar with her on the road, how her entertainment background helps her to bring “outside the box” thinking to the board room, and why she considers herself a “lightworker” and “part of the higher consciousness of humanity.”
When it comes to challenges in legal cannabis, regulatory hurdles are only one issue facing young THC and CBD brands. New entrants to the category must also contend with product quality and efficacy, reliable sourcing, and establishing strong business connections within the CPG industry.