SUMMER 2019 | JUNE 12+13 | NEW YORK, NY
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THE LEADING CONFERENCE FOR THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

 These industry leaders will take the BevNET Live stage.

  • Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Repole

    Co-founder, BODYARMOR

    Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Repole

    Co-founder, BODYARMOR

    Mike Repole has always been a big dreamer. His modest upbringing and close family ties fuel his drive as a serial entrepreneur. Surrounding himself with great people and developing great brands has become his proven formula for success. Having achieved success before in the food and beverage industry with the sales of glacéau vitaminwater to The Coca-Cola Company and Pirate’s Booty to B&G Foods, and an early investor and board member at KIND bar, Mike is once again looking to revolutionize a category and build the next megabrand. Mike is the founder and chairman of BODYARMOR, a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration to athletes demanding better-for-you products. Mike saw huge potential in the sports drink category for an innovation like BODYARMOR, and his passion and drive – and the opportunity to disrupt the $10 billion sports drink industry – led him to launch BODYARMOR in 2011. BODYARMOR has grabbed the attention of some of the top professional athletes in the country, including James Harden, Mike Trout and Dustin Johnson, all of whom hold an equity stake in the company. In 2013, Kobe Bryant made a significant investment in BODYARMOR, becoming one of the top shareholders – and in 2018 The CocaCola Company invested in the brand, making them the #2 shareholder behind Repole.

  • Mike Messersmith, General Manager, Oatly - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Messersmith

    General Manager, Oatly

    Mike Messersmith, General Manager, Oatly - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Messersmith

    General Manager, Oatly

    Mike is the General Manager for OATLY leading all aspects of business and brand development in North America. OATLY makes vegan, plant based food and beverage products made out of oats and was originally founded in Sweden over 25 years ago. Prior to joining OATLY and launching it in the US, Mike held a variety of marketing and commercial roles at The Nature’s Bounty Co, Chobani, and PepsiCo. Before starting his career in CPG, Mike served as an Officer in the Navy in a variety of roles including nuclear engineering management on aircraft carriers. He has his MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their dog.

  • Maya French, Co-founder, Koia - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Maya French

    Co-founder, Koia

    Maya French, Co-founder, Koia - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Maya French

    Co-founder, Koia

    Maya French is a Co-Founder of Koia, the protein packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. French struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia Co-Founder, Dustin Baker, was testing out recipes in his Chicago kitchen. At this moment, French realized her calling was to create a functional product that would contribute to providing consumers with a healthier lifestyle. With only experience in journalism and fashion retail, French took a leap of faith into unknown territory to follow her dreams and partnered with Baker to launch Koia. Discovering an innovative dairy and soy-free option with a balance of high protein and low sugar made French look and feel better as she committed to a healthy diet change. After years of trials and customer research, she has become a natural foods industry expert and professional. Her focus now is on growing the Koia brand and driving awareness among consumers of how plant based, healthy lifestyle choices can benefit them. “As someone who is lactose-intolerant, there aren’t many protein products that aren’t dairy-based. I make it my personal mission as a co-founder to let everyone know they have Koia as an option,” French says. Besides being dairy-free, French’s favorite thing about Koia is that it is sweet but not high in sugar. “You can still have the taste profile you want without the guilt,” she comments. She is also a fan of how Koia uses only simple ingredients that consumers can actually recognize, making it clear what you're consuming every time you drink a Koia! With the help of French, Koia launched nationally at Whole Foods Market and quickly scaled to become the most productive refrigerated protein brands in the natural channel within 18 months of inception, and is now sold in 5,000 stores across the country.

  • Kyle Walker, Head of New Business Strategy, Amazon Launchpad - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Kyle Walker

    Head of New Business Strategy, Amazon Launchpad

    Kyle Walker, Head of New Business Strategy, Amazon Launchpad - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Kyle Walker

    Head of New Business Strategy, Amazon Launchpad

    As Head of New Business Strategy at Amazon Launchpad, Kyle Walker develops new businesses, tools and services to help emerging brands, startups, and small businesses succeed on Amazon. Within Amazon, Kyle has been helping new businesses succeed through a variety of roles in sales, brand consulting, program management, buying, and new business development at Amazon. Assisting brands to grow in a variety of roles has allowed him to develop a holistic view of the components of success for optimizing growth across startups and established brands alike. His ability to drive results for brands has led to his most recent position as the Head of New Business Strategy for Amazon Launchpad. Prior to his current role he created the Amazon Renewed program globally and the Amazon Exclusives program.

  • Brent Hastie, President, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Brent Hastie

    President, BODYARMOR

    Brent Hastie, President, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Brent Hastie

    President, BODYARMOR

    Brent Hastie is the President of BODYARMOR, the fastest growing sports drink in the category with over $4oo million in retail sales in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of BODYARMOR’s operations and leading the growth of the BODYARMOR team. He joined BODYARMOR in March of 2019. Prior to this role, he held a variety of senior leadership roles for The Coca-Cola Company. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial and Supply Chain Officer for Coca-Cola North America. He was responsible for leading an organization of close to 4,000 supply chain and finance associates across the United States and Canada where he had total P&L accountability across the ~$12B North America Business.  He also had financial oversight responsibility for the refranchising of company-owned bottling operations in North America to independent bottlers.  His other experiences at The Coca-Cola Company include the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Planning, where he was responsible for leading the development of the growth strategy for the global Coca-Cola System and leading the Company’s multi-billion dollar productivity program.  He first joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2006 and his previous leadership assignments included Chief Strategy Officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments; President, Active Lifestyle brands, where he was responsible for leading the glaceau business; Vice President, Commercial Leadership Still Beverages; and Vice President, Strategy and Planning, all for the North America Group.??He also spent time in Bain Capital’s Portfolio Group before rejoining The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Brent was a Principal with McKinsey & Company. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University.

  • Orion Melehan, Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Orion Melehan

    Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid

    Orion Melehan, Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Orion Melehan

    Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid

    Future LIFEAID co-founders Orion Melehan and Dr. Aaron Hinde met by chance at a CrossFit box in 2009, in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz, California. In addition to their mutual passion for intense physical workouts, they also discovered their children attended the same school and were already friends. The two men quickly formed a friendship and discovered they had another thing in common: the entrepreneurial bug. Discussing their mutual frustration with the choice of food and drink that were being marketed as ‘healthy’ and suitable for ‘recovery’ post workout, Orion and Aaron decided to turn their frustrations into solutions, and founded the LIFEAID brand. With a focus on great tasting, wellness enhancing and solutions driven supplements that can be enjoyed as a drink, LIFEAID today is a trusted brand amongst health and performance conscious consumers. Since founding the company in 2011, Orion and Aaron have built LIFEAID into a multi-million dollar brand and wellness movement that is a standout on e-comm and social media, and one of the most dynamic brands at retail. Prior to founding LIFEAID, Orion Melehan was a certified financial planner with his own practice. Orion is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Aaron Hinde, Co-founder & President, LifeAid - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Aaron Hinde

    Co-founder & President, LifeAid

    Aaron Hinde, Co-founder & President, LifeAid - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Aaron Hinde

    Co-founder & President, LifeAid

    Future LIFEAID co-founders Orion Melehan and Dr. Aaron Hinde met by chance at a CrossFit box in 2009, in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz, California. In addition to their mutual passion for intense physical workouts, they also discovered their children attended the same school and were already friends. The two men quickly formed a friendship and discovered they had another thing in common: the entrepreneurial bug. Discussing their mutual frustration with the choice of food and drink that were being marketed as ‘healthy’ and suitable for ‘recovery’ post workout, Orion and Aaron decided to turn their frustrations into solutions, and founded the LIFEAID brand. With a focus on great tasting, wellness enhancing and solutions driven supplements that can be enjoyed as a drink, LIFEAID today is a trusted brand amongst health and performance conscious consumers. Since founding the company in 2011, Orion and Aaron have built LIFEAID into a multi-million dollar brand and wellness movement that is a standout on e-comm and social media, and one of the most dynamic brands at retail. Before LIFEAID, Aaron Hinde ran a successful sports chiropractic practice. Aaron obtained is BA in Economics from St. Vincent College and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

  • Tracy Dubb, Co-founder, M3 Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Tracy Dubb

    Co-founder, M3 Ventures

    Tracy Dubb, Co-founder, M3 Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Tracy Dubb

    Co-founder, M3 Ventures

    As co-founder of M3 Ventures, Tracy brings nearly a decade of retail and consumer brand growth experience to the firm. Since the launch of M3, she has executed over 35 investments in leading lifestyle and commerce businesses. Areas of expertise include health and wellness; DTC fashion and apparel; beauty; food, beverage and hospitality; and cannabis and CBD. Prior to M3 Ventures, Tracy was a Vice President at Sandbridge Capital, a middle market private equity firm founded by Tommy Hilfiger. She oversaw the firm’s growth equity activities with investments such as Thom Browne, and the firm’s venture investments, including FarFetch and Tamara Mellon. Before joining Sandbrige Capital, Tracy worked as a business development consultant at TRAUB Associates, a retail-focused advisory firm founded by former Bloomingdale’s CEO Marvin Traub. Her clients included the Related Companies and Dubai’s Al Tayer group. Prior to TRAUB, Tracy worked at Credit Suisse in the Retail & Consumer Investment Banking division in New York City. Tracy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Urban Studies.

  • Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bill Weiland

    Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing

    Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bill Weiland

    Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing

    Bill Weiland is the Founder, President and CEO of Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence. Bill has committed his entire adult life to furthering the wellness lifestyle movement. It began with nearly a dozen years of working in the Natural Products Industry, in varied roles within the sales and retail sectors. Bill launched Presence Marketing in January, 1990. He is surrounded by a dedicated cast of creative and intelligent people who carry out the mission of bringing healthy products to consumers, with great energy, passion, and resolve. Bill’s uncompromising obsession for sustainable agriculture, healthy foods and integrated medicine are key drivers behind his commitment to continue building a world of clean products that everyone can have access to. Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential “Kingmakers” in Consumer and Retailer Companies,” Bill Weiland has grown Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence into the largest independent natural and organic products brokerage in the U.S. In working with leading national brands as well as successful startups, Bill has a keen eye on consumer and product trends driving the rapidly growing healthy lifestyles market. Bill also is a leading supporter of consumer transparency and GMO labeling.

  • Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Zak Normandin

    Founder & CEO, Iris Nova

    Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Zak Normandin

    Founder & CEO, Iris Nova

    Zak Normandin is an award-winning entrepreneur disrupting the way businesses create, communicate and deliver consumer goods. He has over ten years of experience as a product designer in the food and beverage industry and is credited with branding more than 50 nationally-sold products. Zak has a unique understanding for the way people, brands and technology interact. As Founder and CEO of Iris Nova, the parent company of DIRTY LEMON and The Drug Store, he is reinventing the traditional CPG business model. Iris Nova utilizes a direct-to-consumer SMS-based ordering platform to bypass existing distribution inefficiencies and improve how consumers find and purchase beverages. Normandin is building the beverage company of the future, expanding and applying the proprietary platform to a portfolio of innovative beverage brands that meet the rapidly evolving preferences of the modern consumer. Backed by A-List celebrities and business leaders alike, Iris Nova and its brand properties are recognized nationally by media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Bloomberg and Vogue.

  • Kurt Seidensticker, Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Kurt Seidensticker

    Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins

    Kurt Seidensticker, Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Kurt Seidensticker

    Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins

    Kurt Seidensticker is the Founder and CEO of collagen-based wellness company, Vital Proteins. A serial entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience, Kurt has successfully grown a number of companies within the e-commerce space – a journey that eventually led him to define a new space in the nutritional marketplace: powdered collagen. Kurt’s passion for health and fitness – and his ambition to help others live their best lives – became the crux of the Vital Proteins brand, and ultimately, the company mission. When he’s not strategizing Vital Proteins’ next move for big picture growth, Kurt can be found running along the Chicago lakefront or in his kitchen whipping up his favorite green smoothie (complete with collagen, of course).

  • Sashee Chandran, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Sashee Chandran

    Founder & CEO, Tea Drops

    Sashee Chandran, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Sashee Chandran

    Founder & CEO, Tea Drops

    Founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops is a woman and minority owned, innovative tea company with a mission to inspire human connection through tea. Based in Los Angeles, Tea Drops ethically sources all of their organic teas, and sheds about 20% less waste than traditional tea bag packaging. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art, and edgy design. A favorite of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, Tea Drops are also loved by Oprah Magazine, Forbes, and the Tory Burch Foundation.

  • Jim DeCicco, CEO, Kitu Life, Inc. - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jim DeCicco

    CEO, Kitu Life, Inc.

    Jim DeCicco, CEO, Kitu Life, Inc. - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jim DeCicco

    CEO, Kitu Life, Inc.

    Jim DeCicco is the Oldest Brother and CEO at Kitu Life, Inc. makers of Super Coffee. Jim is a 2015 graduate from Colgate University where he studied Philosophy and served as captain of the football team. After graduation Jim teamed up with his two younger brothers to launch Super Coffee—a sugar free line of bottled coffees blended with protein and MCT oil. Over the last three years, Jim and his brothers have brought Super Coffee from an idea in a dorm room to the best-selling bottled coffee in the nation on a dollars per point of distribution basis (SPINS). Along the way Kitu has launched several Positive Energy innovations such as Super Creamer, Super Espresso, and Super Cold Brew. In 2018 the DeCicco brothers pitched on ABC's Shark Tank and were featured in the 2019 class of Forbes 30 Under 30. Kitu Life, Inc. is based in NYC.

  • Bryan Bulte, Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bryan Bulte

    Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures

    Bryan Bulte, Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bryan Bulte

    Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures

    Bryan Bulte is a Managing Partner at LivWell Ventures, a $60M, early stage investment firm, focused on better-for-you lifestyle brands across food, beverage, nutritional supplements and fitness technology. LivWell’s portfolio includes a few of the following notable brands: C4, The Living Apothecary, Xtend, Lemon Perfect, FitJoy Foods, Big Swig, Orro, AmpleMeal, Studio.Live, and most recently, Yerbae and Weller. Bryan has invested in over 40 companies from a wide array of industries, with a special penchant for technology and consumer packaged goods in the wellness space. In 2013, Bryan co-founded Seed Sumo, a Texas-based startup accelerator that invested in and mentored 24 companies over a 3-year period, with an unrealized IRR in the triple digits. Bryan is highly engaged with the startup community, serving on the board of newly formed Naturally Austin, a mentor at Capital Factory, a venture partner at NextGen VP, and an active LP in Brand Foundry (NYC), Vestigo Ventures (Boston), and Funders Club (SF).

  • John Simmons, Co-founder, Weller - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    John Simmons

    Co-founder, Weller

    John Simmons, Co-founder, Weller - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    John Simmons

    Co-founder, Weller

    John is the co-founder of Weller Snacks, a CBD-enriched food and beverage brand. As an entrepreneur with an eye for early trends, John has a passion for creating brands and establishing new innovations that ignite previously unknown categories. In 1995, he founded Third Street Chai and led it through its acquisition in 2013, paving the way for sustainable supply chain standards via Fair Trade and Certified Organic ingredients. With Weller, he is once again focused on developing interesting products that can help CBD’s wellness benefits go mainstream. John himself embraces a life of living well-er as a former professional bicycle racer who lives in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc. - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jessica Lukas

    VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc.

    Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc. - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jessica Lukas

    VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc.

    Prior to joining BDS Analytics, Jessica Lukas spent 10 years working with top global CPG and Beverage Alcohol companies at BASES (Nielsen Innovation) and on the shopper marketing team at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. After taking a short break to develop and launch an app with a business partner, Jessica returned to data analytics—but this time for cannabis. At BDS Analytics, she is the VP of Consumer Insights. BDS Analytics is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and is the leader in data, market research, analytics, and consumer insights for the cannabis industry. She helps clients understand the evolution of the cannabis market and consumer in order to assess the opportunities and threats that drive strategic decisions. Given her many years spent working within beverages (alcohol and non), the interaction, overlap, substitutability, pairing of cannabis with beverages is a particular focus.

  • Patrick Finnegan, Founding Partner, TGZ Capital - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Patrick Finnegan

    Founding Partner, TGZ Capital

  • Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Nick McCoy

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

    Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Nick McCoy

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

    Nick McCoy is a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Whipstitch Capital, the largest independent investment bank in the U.S., solely focused on the better-for-you consumer market. The Whipstitch team has completed nearly 100 transactions over the years for clients such as Core Nutrition, Essentia Water, KeVita, Spindrift, Blake’s All Natural and Otter Creek Brewing Company.

  • Liz Tomic, Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Liz Tomic

    Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures

    Liz Tomic, Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Liz Tomic

    Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures

    Liz Tomic leads CPG investing for ZX Ventures, the global growth and innovation group of AB InBev. Prior to taking on that focus in 2018, she was the global director for innovation at the company. Before ZX she worked at Prophet, a brand and marketing consultancy, and started her career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. Liz holds a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

  • Rick Blatstein, Founder & CEO, OTG - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Rick Blatstein

    Founder & CEO, OTG

    Rick Blatstein, Founder & CEO, OTG - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Rick Blatstein

    Founder & CEO, OTG

    Rick Blatstein is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OTG - an award-winning company specializing in elevating the airport and customer experience. Having established more than 350 restaurant locations across 10 airports in North America, Rick has overseen the growth of a company that he initially formed with just over a dozen locations in 1996 at Philadelphia International Airport. With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality sectors, Rick is responsible for breakthrough chef collaborations, design innovations and the substantial growth of technology integration in the airport space.

  • Tom Dowdy, Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Tom Dowdy

    Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors

    Tom Dowdy, Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Tom Dowdy

    Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors

    A CPG/Retail executive with more than 30 years' experience building and operating global brands and retail marketing/service agencies. An entrepreneurial individual that is passionate about innovative strategies and tactics to gain market share and win against much larger, embedded incumbents. • Developed Hudson News Distributors Beverage/Snack DSD business over 3-years into a major Northeast player with LaCroix, Hint Water, Polar Seltzer, New Age Beverages, Nestle Waters, illy Coffee, FIJI, Icelandic Glacial and Old Trapper Beef Jerky brands under contract. • Founded National In-Store (NIS) in 1994 and grew the company to +$50 million in revenues, over 10,000 field merchandisers/sales trainers/brand ambassadors and exited the business with a sale to NYC based Omnicom Group. • Participated in in over 30 International New Product launches at Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Combe Inc. in leadership positions. • Established partnerships with most of the major retail chains in the USA including Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, Home Depot and others.

  • Bill Ford, Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bill Ford

    Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola

    Bill Ford, Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Bill Ford

    Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola

    Bill is the Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining the Venturing & Emerging Brands team, Bill was the General Manager of the coffee business at TreeHouse Foods. Bill’s interest in partnering with brands to drive value comes from his years as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He graduated with a BBA from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Kellogg - Northwestern University.

  • Kellam Mattie, VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Kellam Mattie

    VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola

  • Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Dan Gluck

    Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures

    Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Dan Gluck

    Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures

    Dan is a Managing Partner at Powerplant Ventures ("PPV"). Powerplant Ventures is a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food & beverage, foodservice and food-tech companies. Notable investments include Beyond Meat, REBBL Beverages, Ripple, Vive Organic, Perennial and Thrive Market. Dan currently serves on the board of Your Super, another PPV Portfolio Company. Dan cut his teeth in the consumer food sector as the Co-Founder of Health Warrior, which he successfully helped incubate, scale and exit to Pepsi in 2018. Prior to diving into entrepreneurship and venture investing, Dan spent 15 years working on Wall Street as a Partner and Portfolio Manager at a large investment management firm.

  • Mari Johnson, CMO, High Brew Coffee - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mari Johnson

    CMO, High Brew Coffee

    Mari Johnson, CMO, High Brew Coffee - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mari Johnson

    CMO, High Brew Coffee

    Mari Johnson serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for High Brew Coffee. She joined the High Brew team in fall 2015 and has over two decades of experience building consumer brands. At High Brew, Johnson is responsible for generating awareness for the brand through trade and consumer activities, experiential, social media and public relations, while bringing new thinking to continue to grow the brand nationally. Previously, she led the field marketing efforts for KIND Healthy Snacks and was also previously the Field Marketing Director for glacéau, creating strategic marketing plans for vitaminwater, vitaminwater10, smartwater, POWERade and POWERade ZERO.

  • Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage,  Whole Foods - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Lee Robinson

    Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods

    Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage,  Whole Foods - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Lee Robinson

    Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods

    Lee leads the Dairy and Beverage businesses at Whole Foods Market, which includes all refrigerated and shelf stable beverages as well as mainstay refrigerated grocery segments. His depth of experience at Whole Foods Market is used to propel innovative business strategies and organizational evolution forward. Equally comfortable strolling through grassfed farms, retail store backrooms, or state-of-the-art facilities, he’s passionate about developing his team of experts who continually push the boundaries of category innovation. Prior to his experience at Whole Foods Market, he matched up his passion for bicycle racing with his profession at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Bike buying department.

  • Filipp Chebotarev, COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Filipp Chebotarev

    COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG

    Filipp Chebotarev, COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Filipp Chebotarev

    COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG

    Filipp Chebotarev is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cambridge SPG. Cambridge has invested in over 25 consumer products brands with a total of over half a billion dollars in annual revenue.

  • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    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.

  • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

  • Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Martín Caballero

    Managing Editor, BevNET

    Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Martín Caballero

    Managing Editor, BevNET

    Martín writes news articles and feature stories covering the non-alcoholic beverage industry for BevNET. A graduate of Boston University, Martín's previous work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald.

  • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Schneider

    CMO, BevNET.com

    Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Mike Schneider

    CMO, BevNET.com

    Mike Schneider is a seasoned executive who lives at the collision of brand, experience and product. A long-time blogger and thought-leader, Schneider got his start drinking and evaluating craft beer and co-wrote Location Based Marketing for Dummies.

  • Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Ray Latif

    Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET

    Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Ray Latif

    Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET

    Ray has been with BevNET since March 2011 and oversees strategic planning and content for the Taste Radio podcast, BevNET's education platform and various aspects of BevNET conferences.

  • Brad Avery, Reporter, BevNET - BevNET Live Summer 2019

    Brad Avery

    Reporter, BevNET

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SUMMER 2019 AGENDA

  • 11:30 AM
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    12:30 PM
    Beverage School Registration & Networking

    Beverage School is half-day introductory seminar covering the nuts and bolts of launching a beverage brand.

    Location: The Green Room 42 within the Yotel Hotel, just 1/2 mile from the Metropolitan West. The meeting space is on the 4th floor.

    570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    ** Separate Registration is Required & Accessed in the BevNET Live Attendee Portal **

  • 12:30 PM
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    12:40 PM
    Welcome Remarks
    • Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET
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      Martín Caballero

      Managing Editor, BevNET

      Martín writes news articles and feature stories covering the non-alcoholic beverage industry for BevNET. A graduate of Boston University, Martín's previous work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald.

    • Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET
  • 12:40 PM
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    1:10 PM
    The Entrepreneur’s Life
    • Nat Noone, Founder & CEO, Wave Soda
    • Nat Noone, Founder & CEO, Wave Soda
  • 1:10 PM
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    Beverage Design - Best Practices
    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
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      Kelly Criswell

      Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

      Kelly Criswell is a visionary and creative leader, shepherding The GRO Agency as the Chief Creative Officer based in the Los Angeles office. With a fierce love of beverage branding and a 16+ year career in CPG brand development and packaging design, Kelly will relentlessly push brands to the next level for success on shelf. Over her career she has worked with such notable brands as Dunkin’ Donuts, Nestlé, Premier Nutrition, Diageo, and Red Bull. Her latest modus operandi is harnessing her extensive experience in CPG to help entrepreneurs and start-ups launch their brands. Her current passion project is Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea- she has teamed up with the founder Martin and helped him position, brand, package, and develop go-to-market strategy for a 2018 launch. When she’s not obsessively taking photos in grocery stores (say hi if you see her!) she’s painting or hiking with her two kids.

    • Danielle Muller, VP of Strategy, The GRO Agency
    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
    • Danielle Muller, VP of Strategy, The GRO Agency
  • 1:40 PM
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    2:10 PM
    Brokers and the Natural Channel
    • Bob Sipper, , Cascadia Managing Brands
    • Bob Sipper, , Cascadia Managing Brands
  • 2:10 PM
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    Selling Online
    • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting
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      Betsy McGinn

      Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

      Betsy is the co-author of The Amazon Roadmap: How Innovative Brands are Reinventing the Path to Market, the quintessential start-to-finish guide for brands who want to launch, recalibrate, or optimize their business on Amazon and ensure continued growth on this powerful platform. As Seventh Generation’s first eCommerce channel director, Betsy pioneered the company’s innovative eComm strategy and created a thriving multimillion-dollar partnership with Amazon and other key online retailers. Since founding McGinn eComm in 2014, Betsy has worked with hundreds of natural and specialty brands to establish and strengthen their presence on Amazon. From product development and profitability analysis to guiding organizational change, McGinn eComm leads clients through every step of this complex channel, helping to ensure a successful and profitable online businesses. With more than a decade of eCommerce experience, Betsy is a thought-leader and regular speaker at workshops and conferences globally. Visit Betsy at mcginnecomm.com

    • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting
  • 2:40 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:00 PM
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    Legal and Regulatory Issues to Watch
    • Justin Prochnow, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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      Justin Prochnow

      Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

      Justin is an attorney and shareholder in the Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. His practice focuses on representing companies in the beverage, food, and dietary supplement and providing assistance on regulatory and legal issues. He reviews labels and packaging, websites and other promotional and advertising materials to ensure that the labels are technically compliant and appropriate claims are being made. He assists many companies with responses to FDA actions like warning letters, inspections and recalls, as well as FTC investigations. He also prepares and reviews industry contracts such as supplier and manufacturing agreements. And lately, he has been defending companies in class action lawsuits over labeling claims like "all natural" filed in California and other states.

    • Justin Prochnow, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • 3:30 PM
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    Fundraising Basics
    • Brad Barnhorn, Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors
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      Brad Barnhorn

      Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors

      Brad works closely with leading growth-stage food and beverage companies as a board member and strategic advisor. His work leverages 25 years of company-building experience as entrepreneur, CEO, board member and investor, cutting across all strategic and operational dimensions of successful company-building in the food and beverage space. He currently serves on the Board of Fishpeople, Health Warrior, Simple Mills, Rhythm Superfoods, Biena, Rib Rack, and Red’s All Natural. He previously served on the Board of Krave Jerky, Kevita and Chameleon Cold Brew from these companies early stages through their respective exits as category defining brands to Hershey’s, Pepsi and Nestle. Building upon a foundation in management consulting and investment banking, Mr. Barnhorn’s food and beverage journey began twenty years ago as Founder/CEO of the Fantasia Fresh Juice Company which he built into the leading superpremium fresh juice/smoothie company in the Midwestern United States culminating in a merger with Naked Juice to form the leading national brand in the category which was subsequently acquired by Pepsi. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    • Brad Barnhorn, Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors
  • 4:00 PM
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    Round Table Networking
  • 7:30 AM
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    8:00 AM
    Registration Opens; Breakfast & Networking
    Location: Metropolitan West @ 635 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
  • 8:00 AM
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    9:30 AM
    New Beverage Showdown 17 Semifinals: Presented by Venturing & Emerging Brands
    • Bill Ford, Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola
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      Bill Ford

      Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola

      Bill is the Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining the Venturing & Emerging Brands team, Bill was the General Manager of the coffee business at TreeHouse Foods. Bill’s interest in partnering with brands to drive value comes from his years as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He graduated with a BBA from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Kellogg - Northwestern University.

    • Mari Johnson, CMO, High Brew Coffee
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      Mari Johnson

      CMO, High Brew Coffee

      Mari Johnson serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for High Brew Coffee. She joined the High Brew team in fall 2015 and has over two decades of experience building consumer brands. At High Brew, Johnson is responsible for generating awareness for the brand through trade and consumer activities, experiential, social media and public relations, while bringing new thinking to continue to grow the brand nationally. Previously, she led the field marketing efforts for KIND Healthy Snacks and was also previously the Field Marketing Director for glacéau, creating strategic marketing plans for vitaminwater, vitaminwater10, smartwater, POWERade and POWERade ZERO.

    • Filipp Chebotarev, COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG
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      Filipp Chebotarev

      COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG

      Filipp Chebotarev is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cambridge SPG. Cambridge has invested in over 25 consumer products brands with a total of over half a billion dollars in annual revenue.

    • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com
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      Mike Schneider

      CMO, BevNET.com

      Mike Schneider is a seasoned executive who lives at the collision of brand, experience and product. A long-time blogger and thought-leader, Schneider got his start drinking and evaluating craft beer and co-wrote Location Based Marketing for Dummies.

    • Bill Ford, Group Director for Venturing and Portfolio Management, VEB Coca-Cola
    • Mari Johnson, CMO, High Brew Coffee
    • Filipp Chebotarev, COO & Partner, Cambridge Companies SPG
    • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com
  • 9:30 AM
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  • 10:00 AM
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    Welcome Remarks
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
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      John Craven

      CEO & Founder, BevNET

      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.

    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
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      Jeffrey Klineman

      Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

      As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
  • 10:10 AM
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    The Tech Edge for Beverage Entrepreneurs
    • Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova
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      Zak Normandin

      Founder & CEO, Iris Nova

      Zak Normandin is an award-winning entrepreneur disrupting the way businesses create, communicate and deliver consumer goods. He has over ten years of experience as a product designer in the food and beverage industry and is credited with branding more than 50 nationally-sold products. Zak has a unique understanding for the way people, brands and technology interact. As Founder and CEO of Iris Nova, the parent company of DIRTY LEMON and The Drug Store, he is reinventing the traditional CPG business model. Iris Nova utilizes a direct-to-consumer SMS-based ordering platform to bypass existing distribution inefficiencies and improve how consumers find and purchase beverages. Normandin is building the beverage company of the future, expanding and applying the proprietary platform to a portfolio of innovative beverage brands that meet the rapidly evolving preferences of the modern consumer. Backed by A-List celebrities and business leaders alike, Iris Nova and its brand properties are recognized nationally by media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Bloomberg and Vogue.

    • Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova
  • 10:35 AM
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    When the Plans Work Too Well
    • Mike Messersmith, General Manager, Oatly
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      Mike Messersmith

      General Manager, Oatly

      Mike is the General Manager for OATLY leading all aspects of business and brand development in North America. OATLY makes vegan, plant based food and beverage products made out of oats and was originally founded in Sweden over 25 years ago. Prior to joining OATLY and launching it in the US, Mike held a variety of marketing and commercial roles at The Nature’s Bounty Co, Chobani, and PepsiCo. Before starting his career in CPG, Mike served as an Officer in the Navy in a variety of roles including nuclear engineering management on aircraft carriers. He has his MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their dog.

    • Mike Messersmith, General Manager, Oatly
  • 11:00 AM
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    The Challenger Champion
    • Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR
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      Mike Repole

      Co-founder, BODYARMOR

      Mike Repole has always been a big dreamer. His modest upbringing and close family ties fuel his drive as a serial entrepreneur. Surrounding himself with great people and developing great brands has become his proven formula for success. Having achieved success before in the food and beverage industry with the sales of glacéau vitaminwater to The Coca-Cola Company and Pirate’s Booty to B&G Foods, and an early investor and board member at KIND bar, Mike is once again looking to revolutionize a category and build the next megabrand. Mike is the founder and chairman of BODYARMOR, a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration to athletes demanding better-for-you products. Mike saw huge potential in the sports drink category for an innovation like BODYARMOR, and his passion and drive – and the opportunity to disrupt the $10 billion sports drink industry – led him to launch BODYARMOR in 2011. BODYARMOR has grabbed the attention of some of the top professional athletes in the country, including James Harden, Mike Trout and Dustin Johnson, all of whom hold an equity stake in the company. In 2013, Kobe Bryant made a significant investment in BODYARMOR, becoming one of the top shareholders – and in 2018 The CocaCola Company invested in the brand, making them the #2 shareholder behind Repole.

    • Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR
  • 11:55 AM
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    11:55 AM
    ** Agenda Change - June 11, 2019 **
    Please note that due to a family emergency, the session with Kyle Walker, the Head of New Business Strategy at Amazon Launchpad has been cancelled. We have adjusted the agenda accordingly.
  • 11:55 AM
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    12:00 PM
    Announcement of New Beverage Showdown Finalists
  • 12:00 PM
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    1:30 PM
  • 1:30 PM
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    2:00 PM
    CBD Beverages: A Report from the Front Lines
    • John Simmons, Co-founder, Weller
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      John Simmons

      Co-founder, Weller

      John is the co-founder of Weller Snacks, a CBD-enriched food and beverage brand. As an entrepreneur with an eye for early trends, John has a passion for creating brands and establishing new innovations that ignite previously unknown categories. In 1995, he founded Third Street Chai and led it through its acquisition in 2013, paving the way for sustainable supply chain standards via Fair Trade and Certified Organic ingredients. With Weller, he is once again focused on developing interesting products that can help CBD’s wellness benefits go mainstream. John himself embraces a life of living well-er as a former professional bicycle racer who lives in Boulder, Colorado.

    • John Simmons, Co-founder, Weller
  • 2:00 PM
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    New Faces of Beverage VC
    • Patrick Finnegan, Founding Partner, TGZ Capital
    • Tracy Dubb, Co-founder, M3 Ventures
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      Tracy Dubb

      Co-founder, M3 Ventures

      As co-founder of M3 Ventures, Tracy brings nearly a decade of retail and consumer brand growth experience to the firm. Since the launch of M3, she has executed over 35 investments in leading lifestyle and commerce businesses. Areas of expertise include health and wellness; DTC fashion and apparel; beauty; food, beverage and hospitality; and cannabis and CBD. Prior to M3 Ventures, Tracy was a Vice President at Sandbridge Capital, a middle market private equity firm founded by Tommy Hilfiger. She oversaw the firm’s growth equity activities with investments such as Thom Browne, and the firm’s venture investments, including FarFetch and Tamara Mellon. Before joining Sandbrige Capital, Tracy worked as a business development consultant at TRAUB Associates, a retail-focused advisory firm founded by former Bloomingdale’s CEO Marvin Traub. Her clients included the Related Companies and Dubai’s Al Tayer group. Prior to TRAUB, Tracy worked at Credit Suisse in the Retail & Consumer Investment Banking division in New York City. Tracy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Urban Studies.

    • Bryan Bulte, Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures
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      Bryan Bulte

      Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures

      Bryan Bulte is a Managing Partner at LivWell Ventures, a $60M, early stage investment firm, focused on better-for-you lifestyle brands across food, beverage, nutritional supplements and fitness technology. LivWell’s portfolio includes a few of the following notable brands: C4, The Living Apothecary, Xtend, Lemon Perfect, FitJoy Foods, Big Swig, Orro, AmpleMeal, Studio.Live, and most recently, Yerbae and Weller. Bryan has invested in over 40 companies from a wide array of industries, with a special penchant for technology and consumer packaged goods in the wellness space. In 2013, Bryan co-founded Seed Sumo, a Texas-based startup accelerator that invested in and mentored 24 companies over a 3-year period, with an unrealized IRR in the triple digits. Bryan is highly engaged with the startup community, serving on the board of newly formed Naturally Austin, a mentor at Capital Factory, a venture partner at NextGen VP, and an active LP in Brand Foundry (NYC), Vestigo Ventures (Boston), and Funders Club (SF).

    • Patrick Finnegan, Founding Partner, TGZ Capital
    • Tracy Dubb, Co-founder, M3 Ventures
    • Bryan Bulte, Managing Partner, LivWell Ventures
  • 2:30 PM
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    Picking the Winners
    • Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing
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      Bill Weiland

      Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing

      Bill Weiland is the Founder, President and CEO of Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence. Bill has committed his entire adult life to furthering the wellness lifestyle movement. It began with nearly a dozen years of working in the Natural Products Industry, in varied roles within the sales and retail sectors. Bill launched Presence Marketing in January, 1990. He is surrounded by a dedicated cast of creative and intelligent people who carry out the mission of bringing healthy products to consumers, with great energy, passion, and resolve. Bill’s uncompromising obsession for sustainable agriculture, healthy foods and integrated medicine are key drivers behind his commitment to continue building a world of clean products that everyone can have access to. Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential “Kingmakers” in Consumer and Retailer Companies,” Bill Weiland has grown Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence into the largest independent natural and organic products brokerage in the U.S. In working with leading national brands as well as successful startups, Bill has a keen eye on consumer and product trends driving the rapidly growing healthy lifestyles market. Bill also is a leading supporter of consumer transparency and GMO labeling.

    • Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing
  • 3:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    BevNET Live Expo & Livestream Studio
    20+ table top exhibits from leading suppliers and service providers
  • 6:00 PM
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    8:00 PM
    BevNET Live Afterparty Powered by ForceBrands
    Location: Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St.
    New York, NY 10036
  • 8:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
    Location: Metropolitan West @ 635 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
  • 9:05 AM
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    9:30 AM
    Investment Patterns in Beverage Brands
    • Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital
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      Nick McCoy

      Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

      Nick McCoy is a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Whipstitch Capital, the largest independent investment bank in the U.S., solely focused on the better-for-you consumer market. The Whipstitch team has completed nearly 100 transactions over the years for clients such as Core Nutrition, Essentia Water, KeVita, Spindrift, Blake’s All Natural and Otter Creek Brewing Company.

    • Nick McCoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital
  • 9:30 AM
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    Customer Acquisition and E-Commerce
    • Kurt Seidensticker, Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins
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      Kurt Seidensticker

      Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins

      Kurt Seidensticker is the Founder and CEO of collagen-based wellness company, Vital Proteins. A serial entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience, Kurt has successfully grown a number of companies within the e-commerce space – a journey that eventually led him to define a new space in the nutritional marketplace: powdered collagen. Kurt’s passion for health and fitness – and his ambition to help others live their best lives – became the crux of the Vital Proteins brand, and ultimately, the company mission. When he’s not strategizing Vital Proteins’ next move for big picture growth, Kurt can be found running along the Chicago lakefront or in his kitchen whipping up his favorite green smoothie (complete with collagen, of course).

    • Kurt Seidensticker, Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins
  • 9:55 AM
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    10:15 AM
    Distributor View: Inside Hudson News
    • Tom Dowdy, Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors
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      Tom Dowdy

      Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors

      A CPG/Retail executive with more than 30 years' experience building and operating global brands and retail marketing/service agencies. An entrepreneurial individual that is passionate about innovative strategies and tactics to gain market share and win against much larger, embedded incumbents. • Developed Hudson News Distributors Beverage/Snack DSD business over 3-years into a major Northeast player with LaCroix, Hint Water, Polar Seltzer, New Age Beverages, Nestle Waters, illy Coffee, FIJI, Icelandic Glacial and Old Trapper Beef Jerky brands under contract. • Founded National In-Store (NIS) in 1994 and grew the company to +$50 million in revenues, over 10,000 field merchandisers/sales trainers/brand ambassadors and exited the business with a sale to NYC based Omnicom Group. • Participated in in over 30 International New Product launches at Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Combe Inc. in leadership positions. • Established partnerships with most of the major retail chains in the USA including Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, Home Depot and others.

    • Tom Dowdy, Chief Revenue Officer, Hudson News Distributors
  • 10:15 AM
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  • 10:45 AM
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    New Beverage Showdown 17 Finals Part 1: Presented by Venturing & Emerging Brands
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
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      John Craven

      CEO & Founder, BevNET

      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.

    • Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods
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      Lee Robinson

      Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods

      Lee leads the Dairy and Beverage businesses at Whole Foods Market, which includes all refrigerated and shelf stable beverages as well as mainstay refrigerated grocery segments. His depth of experience at Whole Foods Market is used to propel innovative business strategies and organizational evolution forward. Equally comfortable strolling through grassfed farms, retail store backrooms, or state-of-the-art facilities, he’s passionate about developing his team of experts who continually push the boundaries of category innovation. Prior to his experience at Whole Foods Market, he matched up his passion for bicycle racing with his profession at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Bike buying department.

    • Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures
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      Dan Gluck

      Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures

      Dan is a Managing Partner at Powerplant Ventures ("PPV"). Powerplant Ventures is a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food & beverage, foodservice and food-tech companies. Notable investments include Beyond Meat, REBBL Beverages, Ripple, Vive Organic, Perennial and Thrive Market. Dan currently serves on the board of Your Super, another PPV Portfolio Company. Dan cut his teeth in the consumer food sector as the Co-Founder of Health Warrior, which he successfully helped incubate, scale and exit to Pepsi in 2018. Prior to diving into entrepreneurship and venture investing, Dan spent 15 years working on Wall Street as a Partner and Portfolio Manager at a large investment management firm.

    • Kellam Mattie, VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
    • Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods
    • Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures
    • Kellam Mattie, VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola
  • 11:20 AM
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    The Millennial Beverage Founder
    • Maya French, Co-founder, Koia
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      Maya French

      Co-founder, Koia

      Maya French is a Co-Founder of Koia, the protein packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. French struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia Co-Founder, Dustin Baker, was testing out recipes in his Chicago kitchen. At this moment, French realized her calling was to create a functional product that would contribute to providing consumers with a healthier lifestyle. With only experience in journalism and fashion retail, French took a leap of faith into unknown territory to follow her dreams and partnered with Baker to launch Koia. Discovering an innovative dairy and soy-free option with a balance of high protein and low sugar made French look and feel better as she committed to a healthy diet change. After years of trials and customer research, she has become a natural foods industry expert and professional. Her focus now is on growing the Koia brand and driving awareness among consumers of how plant based, healthy lifestyle choices can benefit them. “As someone who is lactose-intolerant, there aren’t many protein products that aren’t dairy-based. I make it my personal mission as a co-founder to let everyone know they have Koia as an option,” French says. Besides being dairy-free, French’s favorite thing about Koia is that it is sweet but not high in sugar. “You can still have the taste profile you want without the guilt,” she comments. She is also a fan of how Koia uses only simple ingredients that consumers can actually recognize, making it clear what you're consuming every time you drink a Koia! With the help of French, Koia launched nationally at Whole Foods Market and quickly scaled to become the most productive refrigerated protein brands in the natural channel within 18 months of inception, and is now sold in 5,000 stores across the country.

    • Jim DeCicco, CEO, Kitu Life, Inc.
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      Jim DeCicco

      CEO, Kitu Life, Inc.

      Jim DeCicco is the Oldest Brother and CEO at Kitu Life, Inc. makers of Super Coffee. Jim is a 2015 graduate from Colgate University where he studied Philosophy and served as captain of the football team. After graduation Jim teamed up with his two younger brothers to launch Super Coffee—a sugar free line of bottled coffees blended with protein and MCT oil. Over the last three years, Jim and his brothers have brought Super Coffee from an idea in a dorm room to the best-selling bottled coffee in the nation on a dollars per point of distribution basis (SPINS). Along the way Kitu has launched several Positive Energy innovations such as Super Creamer, Super Espresso, and Super Cold Brew. In 2018 the DeCicco brothers pitched on ABC's Shark Tank and were featured in the 2019 class of Forbes 30 Under 30. Kitu Life, Inc. is based in NYC.

    • Sashee Chandran, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
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      Sashee Chandran

      Founder & CEO, Tea Drops

      Founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops is a woman and minority owned, innovative tea company with a mission to inspire human connection through tea. Based in Los Angeles, Tea Drops ethically sources all of their organic teas, and sheds about 20% less waste than traditional tea bag packaging. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art, and edgy design. A favorite of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, Tea Drops are also loved by Oprah Magazine, Forbes, and the Tory Burch Foundation.

    • Maya French, Co-founder, Koia
    • Jim DeCicco, CEO, Kitu Life, Inc.
    • Sashee Chandran, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
  • 11:50 AM
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    Retailing at the Gate: Inside OTG
    • Rick Blatstein, Founder & CEO, OTG
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      Rick Blatstein

      Founder & CEO, OTG

      Rick Blatstein is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OTG - an award-winning company specializing in elevating the airport and customer experience. Having established more than 350 restaurant locations across 10 airports in North America, Rick has overseen the growth of a company that he initially formed with just over a dozen locations in 1996 at Philadelphia International Airport. With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality sectors, Rick is responsible for breakthrough chef collaborations, design innovations and the substantial growth of technology integration in the airport space.

    • Rick Blatstein, Founder & CEO, OTG
  • 12:10 PM
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    Strategic Intro: Inside Zx Ventures
    • Liz Tomic, Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures
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      Liz Tomic

      Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures

      Liz Tomic leads CPG investing for ZX Ventures, the global growth and innovation group of AB InBev. Prior to taking on that focus in 2018, she was the global director for innovation at the company. Before ZX she worked at Prophet, a brand and marketing consultancy, and started her career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. Liz holds a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

    • Liz Tomic, Global Director - Explore Fund, ZX Ventures
  • 12:30 PM
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    1:30 PM
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    New Beverage Showdown 17 Finals Part 2: Presented by Venturing & Emerging Brands
    • Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods
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      Lee Robinson

      Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods

      Lee leads the Dairy and Beverage businesses at Whole Foods Market, which includes all refrigerated and shelf stable beverages as well as mainstay refrigerated grocery segments. His depth of experience at Whole Foods Market is used to propel innovative business strategies and organizational evolution forward. Equally comfortable strolling through grassfed farms, retail store backrooms, or state-of-the-art facilities, he’s passionate about developing his team of experts who continually push the boundaries of category innovation. Prior to his experience at Whole Foods Market, he matched up his passion for bicycle racing with his profession at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Bike buying department.

    • Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures
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      Dan Gluck

      Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures

      Dan is a Managing Partner at Powerplant Ventures ("PPV"). Powerplant Ventures is a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food & beverage, foodservice and food-tech companies. Notable investments include Beyond Meat, REBBL Beverages, Ripple, Vive Organic, Perennial and Thrive Market. Dan currently serves on the board of Your Super, another PPV Portfolio Company. Dan cut his teeth in the consumer food sector as the Co-Founder of Health Warrior, which he successfully helped incubate, scale and exit to Pepsi in 2018. Prior to diving into entrepreneurship and venture investing, Dan spent 15 years working on Wall Street as a Partner and Portfolio Manager at a large investment management firm.

    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
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      John Craven

      CEO & Founder, BevNET

      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.

    • Kellam Mattie, VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola
    • Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage, Whole Foods
    • Dan Gluck, Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET
    • Kellam Mattie, VP of Marketing & Innovation, VEB Coca-Cola
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    2:25 PM
    Growing Beyond the Box -- LIFEAID’s New Horizons
    • Aaron Hinde, Co-founder & President, LifeAid
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      Aaron Hinde

      Co-founder & President, LifeAid

      Future LIFEAID co-founders Orion Melehan and Dr. Aaron Hinde met by chance at a CrossFit box in 2009, in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz, California. In addition to their mutual passion for intense physical workouts, they also discovered their children attended the same school and were already friends. The two men quickly formed a friendship and discovered they had another thing in common: the entrepreneurial bug. Discussing their mutual frustration with the choice of food and drink that were being marketed as ‘healthy’ and suitable for ‘recovery’ post workout, Orion and Aaron decided to turn their frustrations into solutions, and founded the LIFEAID brand. With a focus on great tasting, wellness enhancing and solutions driven supplements that can be enjoyed as a drink, LIFEAID today is a trusted brand amongst health and performance conscious consumers. Since founding the company in 2011, Orion and Aaron have built LIFEAID into a multi-million dollar brand and wellness movement that is a standout on e-comm and social media, and one of the most dynamic brands at retail. Before LIFEAID, Aaron Hinde ran a successful sports chiropractic practice. Aaron obtained is BA in Economics from St. Vincent College and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

    • Orion Melehan, Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid
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      Orion Melehan

      Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid

      Future LIFEAID co-founders Orion Melehan and Dr. Aaron Hinde met by chance at a CrossFit box in 2009, in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz, California. In addition to their mutual passion for intense physical workouts, they also discovered their children attended the same school and were already friends. The two men quickly formed a friendship and discovered they had another thing in common: the entrepreneurial bug. Discussing their mutual frustration with the choice of food and drink that were being marketed as ‘healthy’ and suitable for ‘recovery’ post workout, Orion and Aaron decided to turn their frustrations into solutions, and founded the LIFEAID brand. With a focus on great tasting, wellness enhancing and solutions driven supplements that can be enjoyed as a drink, LIFEAID today is a trusted brand amongst health and performance conscious consumers. Since founding the company in 2011, Orion and Aaron have built LIFEAID into a multi-million dollar brand and wellness movement that is a standout on e-comm and social media, and one of the most dynamic brands at retail. Prior to founding LIFEAID, Orion Melehan was a certified financial planner with his own practice. Orion is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    • Aaron Hinde, Co-founder & President, LifeAid
    • Orion Melehan, Co-founder & CEO, LifeAid
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    2:50 PM
    The Cannabis Beverage Market: 5 Year Projections
    • Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc.
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      Jessica Lukas

      VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc.

      Prior to joining BDS Analytics, Jessica Lukas spent 10 years working with top global CPG and Beverage Alcohol companies at BASES (Nielsen Innovation) and on the shopper marketing team at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. After taking a short break to develop and launch an app with a business partner, Jessica returned to data analytics—but this time for cannabis. At BDS Analytics, she is the VP of Consumer Insights. BDS Analytics is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and is the leader in data, market research, analytics, and consumer insights for the cannabis industry. She helps clients understand the evolution of the cannabis market and consumer in order to assess the opportunities and threats that drive strategic decisions. Given her many years spent working within beverages (alcohol and non), the interaction, overlap, substitutability, pairing of cannabis with beverages is a particular focus.

    • Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights, BDS Analytics, Inc.
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    3:00 PM
    New Beverage Showdown Winner Announcement; Conference Ends

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A DEEP DIVE INTO A HOT EMERGING CATEGORY


The massive interest in -- and approaches to -- the incorporation of Marijuana, Hemp, THC and CBD as functional ingredients in food and beverage brands is shared by new companies and existing brands alike. Nevertheless, there is still much to understand. Food and beverage professionals are invited to navigate an ambiguous cannabis market and explore how it could impact their businesses at the one-day forum.

Hosted on June 14th, the Friday after NOSH Live and BevNET Live, attendees of either conference will receive special rates to the forum.

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BEVERAGE SCHOOL: LEARN THE ROPES OF THE INDUSTRY

Beverage School is a special half-day “Beverages 101″ session for early-stage entrepreneurs and industry newcomers. It is held the day prior to the full conference and is free for all BevNET Live Summer 2019 attendees. Young beverage brands get up to speed, identify keys for growth and initiate critical conversations.

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RECENT EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch Live Tomorrow: BevNET Live Day 1 Main Stage Presentations & Additional Interviews

If you can’t make it to BevNET Live Summer 2019, you don’t have to miss out on the two days of leading beverage industry discussions happening on stage and as part of our Livestream Studio. We will make a free livestream of the event available on June 12th and 13th, thanks to the support of Zuckerman Honickman - so bookmark the livestream page and set a reminder!

New Beverage Showdown 17: Meet the Semifinalists and Judges

In just six days the New Beverage Showdown pitch competition kicks off BevNET Live Summer 2019 in New York City, which means it’s time to reveal the New Beverage Showdown 17 semifinalists, and judges, who will take the stage.

Roll Up Extra Cannabis Knowledge with BevNET Live and the Cannabis Forum Next Week

CBD, THC, Hemp. Cannabis-derived ingredients are quickly being adapted for the consumer packaged food space, specifically within food and beverage. We’ll talk about it and how it impacts your business at both BevNET Live and the Cannabis Forum next week in New York City. Looking to add CBD to your beverage? Is it right for your product, and do your consumers care? The best way to explore the space: a first-hand account of someone that has taken the leap and a data wizard who knows everything about the cannabis market numbers and where they’re headed.

BevNET Live: Meet the New Faces of Beverage VC

There are more emerging beverage brands in the marketplace than ever before. How do they find the funding to support growth and compete with the big guys? Founding partners from TGZ Capital, M3 Ventures and LivWell Ventures will take the BevNET Live Summer 2019 stage next month to provide their take on the future of beverage and how it will be impacted by consumer trends.

BevNET Live: Beverage School Startup Education on June 11

Beverage School is a half-day educational session on June 11th, in the afternoon prior to the main BevNET Live Summer 2019 event. This additional, mini-course is free to BevNET Live attendees and provides a jumpstart for early-stage beverage startups and industry newcomers by taking a look at the basics of operating and growing a beverage company.

BevNET Live Afterparty: Same New York City, New Venue

BevNET Live Summer 2019 is almost here -- 20 days to be exact. So we’re excited to bring the Afterparty back to New York City. Powered by ForceBrands and sponsored by Giannuzzi Group, our new venue is conveniently located next to the main event.

BevNET Live Summer 2019 Agenda Released

We’re excited to release the official agenda for BevNET Live Summer 2019, which returns to the Metropolitan West in New York City in just 22 days. Packed with beverage industry veterans and thought leaders, the agenda is curated to tackle the challenges faced by companies within the beverage industry and provide insight into the future.

BevNET Live: In 30 Days the Beverage Industry Meets in NYC

In 30 days the beverage industry will meet for BevNET Live Summer 2019 at the Metropolitan West in New York City. The conference is a snapshot of industry evolution, the time and place where beverage entrepreneurs and experts discover what’s next and get business done.

BevNET Live: How Vital Proteins Built Its Brand Online

BevNET Live will feature a chance to learn the e-commerce ropes from a business that built its brand online. By optimizing its digital presence and using consumer data to connect to its target audience, Vital Proteins has defined a new space in the nutritional marketplace for powdered collagen, and is fast establishing itself as a player in the RTD space as well. Kurt Seidensticker, the company’s Founder and CEO, joins the BevNET Live Summer 2019 roster to share how Vital Proteins built its business, digitally.

Early Registration Ends Today for BevNET Live & NOSH Live Summer 2019 Conferences

Cinderella Alert! At midnight early registration prices expire for our BevNET Live and NOSH Live Summer 2019 conferences. BevNET Live, the leading conference for the beverage industry, and NOSH Live, the two-day conference for natural food entrepreneurs, return to the Metropolitan West in New York City this June.

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