What Makes BevNET Live the Leading Conference for the Beverage Industry?
Actionable Innovation and Stories from the Market Leaders and Innovators
- Our speakers are leaders in the beverage industry talking about their experiences and focused on moving the industry forward.
- Speakers deliver talks on best practices, battle scars, data insights or cases that focus on breaking through or getting to the next level and the lessons learned in the process.
Networking Opportunities to Drive New Partnerships
- We pace the event to promote conversations.
- Using the stage as a thought starter, people come to make connections and figure out how they can work together.
Your Beverage in the Hot Seat
- The New Beverage Showdown pits your beverage against the top new products in the market. This is your opportunity to pitch against the best of the best, get instant feedback from a group of industry expert judges and be crowned winner of the New Beverage Showdown.
- Past champions include: Rise Brewing Co., Health-Ade, Mother Beverage, Monfefo, MALK, Rau and Tio Gazpacho.
Get your Products and Services Noticed
- BevNET Live Expo is an intimate showcase of beverage-specific industry supplier and service companies. It delivers a more personalized experience than mega trade shows in an environment fit for in-depth conversations.
- The Sample Bars are a chance to get your products in front of potential partners and the people who know what you are up against.
Education to Get You Started
- Beverage School gives the new beverage pro a solid foundation with special access to additional networking. An added bonus for young brands looking for that edge.
BevNET Live Winter 2017 Speakers
President & CEO, Peet's Coffee
Dave joined Peet's Coffee as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He leads the company’s 5,000 employees and business across all channels—Retail, CPG, Food Service, Office, and eCommerce. Prior to joining the company, he served as President of North America for Weight Watchers International, where he led the company’s $1.3 Billion business and 20,000 employees. During his three-year tenure, he strengthened the brand and broadened its relevancy with new advertising campaigns, a modernized retail experience, and launched a new B2B/Healthcare business. Dave spent the prior 20 years at PepsiCo, and was the first person ever to ascend to CMO for Pepsi-Cola North America from an entry-level marketing position. In this position, he led all brand marketing, product and packaging innovation, digital marketing, consumer promotions, sports marketing and consumer insights. Dave received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in History, cum laude, from Middlebury College. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, their four children and two rambunctious golden retrievers. When not at the office, he enjoys coaching his children in lacrosse and often escapes to Lake Tahoe to indulge in the occasional snowboarding. Favorite Peet’s beverage: Cafe au Lait.
EVP of Sales, La Colombe
To those in the food and beverage industry, Kyle O’Brien is considered a modern-day visionary. He has a unique ability to identify great entrepreneurs and industry-changing products before they launch and help bring them to market. From Greek yogurt, to sliced and bagged apples, Kyle has carved an impressive notch across the food and beverage landscape. His approach is simple: combine natural ingredients, innovation, and a human element to yield market giants and epic brands. At 22 years old, O’Brien first focused his talent alongside a young entrepreneur whose plan it was to preserve sliced apples by using natural ingredients, such as Vitamin C, and suspending them in gas-flushed, breathable pouches. Kyle then pitched it to accounts from McDonalds to major school districts across the country, and the rest is history. O’Brien then met another talented craftsman, Hamdi Ulukaya, and was introduced to his yet-to-launch Greek yogurt company, Chobani, which would fundamentally change the world of yogurt. As a Partner and EVP of Sales, O'Brien built the sales and distribution structure and grew the business from its first cup into America’s #1 selling yogurt, capturing nearly 40% market share. His drive and commitment didn’t stop there, and O’Brien is not one to retire early. Next, O’Brien identified a new category-changing product and visionary entrepreneur, the Draft Latte, invented by Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO of La Colombe. O'Brien seamlessly assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Sales at La Colombe and immersed himself in the product and culture. Within months, he assembled a sophisticated nation-wide logistics, brokerage, and distribution network, paving the way for La Colombe’s Draft Latte to assume its position on every shelf and refrigerated case in America.
CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe
Todd Carmichael is the co-founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee, a premier coffee roaster and retailer. Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for over three decades. By pressing the limits of taste, service, and most notably, coffee sourcing – visiting the world’s developing countries to responsibly gather the planet’s best coffee – Todd has converted the nation’s culinary elite into La Colombe drinkers. Along the way, he has made his company the country’s leading coffee roaster while managing it philanthropically. Fueled by Todd’s passion to push the U.S. coffee scene forward, La Colombe sits at the forefront of the ethical trade movement and regularly dabbles in new terrain, inventing ground-breaking new brewing devices and beverages, such as the first ever Draft Latte. He is also the host of two Travel Channel series, “Dangerous Grounds” and “Uncommon Grounds.”
EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.
Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins is the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for 7-Eleven, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s merchandising operations, category management, new product introduction, new category and profit center development, store sets, marketing and merchandise communications, and fresh foods. He also is a member of 7-Eleven’s executive committee. He brings a wealth of leadership and convenience store expertise to 7-Eleven® stores from a variety of senior management positions. Most recently, Delgado-Jenkins was the president and CEO of JNI, LLC, a convenience store-acquisition company. Prior to JNI, he served as the chief financial officer and deputy chief operating officer for the U.S. Treasury Department.
Kevin Rutherford is the President and CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) of nuun and Company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He joined nuun in December of 2013. In his first year Kevin led the company to 30 percent growth and record setting revenue celebrating the brands 10 th anniversary. That growth was accelerated in 2015 growing an additional 40 percent on another banner year. This was led by across the board category growth in sports specialty, grocery and the natural space including the brands entrance into every Whole Foods in the country. In 2016 Kevin led the overhaul of the entire nuun line to 100% plant-based ingredients also certified as vegan and gluten free. And, in April of 2017 the brand launched the first sports drink product that is both Non-GMO Project Verified and Informed-Choice Safe for Sport. The focus on product purity has ushered in continued financial success and in Kevin’s first three years the brand grew by over 150%. Rutherford brought an impressive 18-year CPG marketing background to nuun. Previously, Kevin was President and CEO of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (The Caldrea Company) where he successfully grew the business by over 85 percent and was awarded Target’s Vendor of the Year 2012. Prior to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Rutherford was Director of Marketing for Kashi Co. (subsidiary of Kellogg, Co.) where he managed the Bear Naked brands, successfully innovating the product line from granola into energy bars, cereal, and cookies. Kevin also worked for Miller Brewing Company as senior brand manager on the Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) business. He was responsible for re-launching MGD Light into MGD 64, considered one of the most successful launches for conventional beers in the last 10 years. Prior to MGD, Rutherford was a Senior Brand Manager at S.C. Johnson, Inc. where he managed a $200 million home cleaning product business. Rutherford started his career as a grocery-merchandising manager at Loblaw Co. Inc., the largest grocery retailer in Canada. Rutherford is a values based, mission driven, hands on leader. He communicates the biggest accomplishment of his career as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day being selected for the Outside “Best Places to Work “ in 2012. He is personally driven towards living a healthy, active lifestyle and being a steward for the environment and sustainable living.
Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting
McGinn eCommConsulting provides expertise in eCommerce strategy for CPG companies ranging from launch stage to $3 billion in sales. With over 11 years of experience with Amazon.com and other strategic eCommerce partners, Betsy works with clients on launch and business optimization strategy, product and pack develop, problem resolution and ongoing management of their eCommerce business. With eight years of eCommerce leadership at Seventh Generation, Betsy provides a unique perspective through the brand lens to guide clients in this complex channel. Additional multi- channel experience in both the US and Canada enhances the development of eCommerce strategy that balances the interests of all sales channels in order to manage channel conflict.
Founder, Kohnstamm Communications
CEO of his namesake firm for more than 25 years, Josh Kohnstamm is a forerunner in PR for natural and organic brands. Josh’s entry into the category began when he became a founding shareholder of Honest Tea, providing ground floor PR involvement in a generation of seminal brands for which Kohnstamm helped create critical national awareness. Client brand highlights in addition to Honest Tea include: Naked Juice, Reed’s, Kill Cliff, Mighty Leaf Tea, Herbal Water, Icelandic Glacial, Good2Grow, QDrinks, Noosa, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Beech-Nut, Way Better Snacks, and many others — all together catapulting more than 90 brands over the past 20 years. Josh has been a speaker at Expo West for the agency’s early stage expertise and marketing around emerging dietary food trends. This year, his agency won a Bronze Anvil Award from PRSA for the best Word of Mouth marketing campaign for a 25-city brand ambassador program it created for baby food maker Beech-Nut, and in September was ranked the #2 best food and bev agency by topPRagencies.com. One of the agency’s longstanding corporate clients is 3M Food Safety, equipping Kohnstamm with a disproportionately deep food crisis communications knowledge-set. A native New Yorker, his PR agency is based in the Twin Cities where Kohnstamm attended Macalester College, became a newspaper editor, government communications director, and worked at Hill and Knowlton doing PR to launch Mall of America before founding his own agency.
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew
As the Co-Founder and CEO of Chameleon Cold-Brew, Chris Campbell is committed to creating bad-ass organic cold-brew and coffee, while staying true to its Austin roots. Since the initial launch of the flagship Cold-Brew Black Coffee Concentrate in 2010, the brand has seen triple digit growth every year, solidifying its position as the nation’s top organic cold brew. The product portfolio continues to expand with the recent launch of Whole Bean coffee and Cold-Brew Pods. Prior to founding Chameleon, Campbell served as a vice president at Capital Hotel Management and spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in real estate finance for the hospitality industry. Campbell holds an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones School at Rice University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In his downtime, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, partial to fly fishing, cycling, and hiking.
Co-Founder & CEO, Califia Farms
CEO, New Age Beverage Corporation
Brent Willis is the Chief Executive Officer of New Age Beverages Corporation, a leading organic and all natural beverage company, intending to become the world’s largest healthy functional beverage operation. New Age owns leading brands in the growth segments of the beverage industry including Bùcha® Live Kombucha, XingTea®, Coco-Libre®, Marley®, Aspen Pure® Probitoic and other healthy beverages. Prior to New Age he owned an equity stake in a portfolio of private equity backed firms. Prior to this, he served as the CEO for Cott Corporation, the world’s largest retailer brand beverage company. Prior to Cott, Brent was the Global CCO and Zone President for AB InBev, and member of the Board of Directors for AmBev (NYSE: BUD, ABV). At AB InBev, he developed and implemented the strategy and business plans that helped create the world’s largest beer company. Prior to AB InBev, Brent was a senior executive with The Coca-Cola Company. At Coca-Cola, Brent was a President in Latin America, where led his Division to the #2 ranking worldwide of all Coca-Cola Company operating units. From 1987 through 1996, Brent worked for Kraft Heinz, where he managed a number of Kraft’s leading brands, developed their Category Management system in the US, led numerous acquisitions and joint ventures in Japan, Korea, Indonesia and others, and launched the Kraft Brand in China. Mr. Willis began his career as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1982. He served in various combat arms leadership capacities around the world to include assignments in the 1st Cavalry Division. He led major programs within the Strategic Defense Initiative and numerous other compartmentalized programs including the Army Robotics Initiatives and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Drone initiatives. He authored the Counter-Air Concept to change the rules of engagement of Air Defense and received numerous decorations to include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Airborne Paratrooper badge during his military career; he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He received his BSc. Degree in Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point and a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Chicago. Mr. Willis has been deeply involved in community service and started the Alianza Social in Latin America, an organization to combat poverty that created 30,000 micro-empresas, and help underprivileged families in Latin America. He was awarded the Medal of Exemplary Service to the Nation by the President of Venezuela for his efforts and was also voted an Outstanding Young Man of America and one of the Top CEO’s in Latin America.
Co-Founder & CEO, Haberman Stories
Fred Haberman is a social entrepreneur, an agent for change in the good-food movement, and the CEO of a mission-driven marketing + PR agency. In the last 20 years he and his agency have helped bring organic food into the mainstream, spurring the growth of brands like Annie’s, Organic Valley and Earthbound Farm, and supporting the work of the Organic Trade Association, National Cooperative Grocers Association, and the McKnight Foundation’s food-security programs. As one of the co-founders of Urban Organics, a USDA-certified-organic aquaponics farm that uses just two percent of the water used in traditional agriculture, Fred’s on the leading edge of a movement for more sustainable agriculture. Speaking of movements, Fred’s started a few from scratch, namely the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and employer-sponsored gardens.
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