WINTER 2020 | DEC. 7-9 | VIRTUAL
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Analysis and Advice Plus the Partners to Make it Happen

In a year of uncertainty and struggle, it’s hard to find steadiness and positivity. That’s why we are bringing BevNET Live Winter 2020 straight to you. On Dec. 7, 8 and 9, the beverage industry will gather virtually to learn and take action. Experts will speak to the community about innovations and challenges within the industry with opportunities for questions and answers as well as one to one meetings.

The virtual event will run from 12 PM to 3 PM EST each day, and will mix high-profile speakers and informative panels with special networking opportunities, including interactive breakout discussions and Speed Dating. BevNET will maintain our mission to offer the community the opportunities it needs to build together, to learn together, and to succeed together.

BevNET’s signature Beverage School program will take place on Monday, December 7 as a pre-day, followed by the main event on December 8 and 9. Tuesday's programming will begin with an interview on decision making and leadership with HINT CEO Kara Goldin. BevNET Live will look to the coming year with presentations on the market outlook for investment, innovation, and key opportunities and trends that will enable growth within the entrepreneurial beverage segment.

 

Please note: All times US Eastern Time

  • ON DEMAND
    Event Welcome and Platform Introduction
    We hope everyone will start by watching the introductory video when you first enter. It’s the best way to find out how to make your way around and find content and people who can help you take your business next-level.
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET.com
    • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET.com
  • ON DEMAND
    Route to Market
    We'll explore distribution and brokerage and the requirements of retail: from natural/specialty and other incubation brick-and-mortar opportunities to the growing influence of omni-channel as a brand building environment.
    • Bill Sipper, Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands
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      Bill Sipper

      Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands

      BILL SIPPER is a food and beverage industry leader who has guided numerous brands from concept to commercialization to category leadership. He held senior positions at leading brands including Evian, Nantucket Nectars, Fresh Samantha/Odwalla, Naked Juice and Clearly Canadian. Bill’s strategic expertise and executional focus helped those brands succeed and can help your brand succeed, too. Consulting closely with client leaders as they consider a sale or acquisition, Bill has supported several brands through the process. (Naked Juice was sold to Pepsico, Fresh Samantha/Odwalla was sold to Coca Cola, and Nantucket Nectars was sold to Ocean Spray). Bill has significant international experience, and works with clients in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He draws on this expertise to help international brands establish presence in the US and to help US brands expand internationally. Bill is active in philanthropic causes: He served as president of Robert Kennedy Jr.’s clean water charity, Tear of the Clouds; was an advisor to The Walden Woods Project; and served on the Board of Directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Bill has been featured on Food Network’s “Unwrapped” and in the PBS documentary “The Water Wars.” He has been a featured speaker at Columbia University School of Business, The Bottled Water Congress (Torino, Italy), the Pan Arab Congress on Osteoporosis (Tunisia), and at virtually every major US food and beverage show, including Natural Products Expo, BevNet, Nosh Live and more. His articles have appeared in leading trade publications, and he is frequently quoted in media including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and the New York Times.

    • Bill Sipper, Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands
  • ON DEMAND
    Winning at the Shelf
    From winning approvals to providing promotional materials, getting into the store is only part of the path to success: here, you'll learn the principles of merchandising and working with store staff to get the results you want when you're in the store.
    • Will Ahearn, President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands
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      Will Ahearn

      President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands

      Will Ahearn is the President and Co-Founder of Dirty Hands. Having spent years supporting brands in the trade, Will understands the importance of relationships and how they drive success within accounts. He is passionate about company culture and creating a positive environment where people feel they belong and can bring their authentic selves to work every day. He resides in Oakland CA. When he's not working, he enjoys spending quiet time among the redwoods, gardening, hiking, and sampling the latest brands.

    • Will Ahearn, President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands
  • ON DEMAND
    Funding Stages for Beverage Brands
    Investors can be a great accelerator for a growing business -- but they're also part owners of the company you're building, so you'd better choose the right ones. Learn the basics of finding investors and developing a financial support network that can help you grow.
    • Nancy Rosenzweig, Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital
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      Nancy Rosenzweig

      Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital

      Nancy is the Founder and Principal of ValuesAligned Capital, a financial consulting firm which helps socially and environmentally responsible companies with their M&A and growth capital needs while prioritizing retaining mission. Her practice is focused on the food and agriculture sector with particular interest in food and beverage companies with transparent, vertically integrated, agricultural supply chains that yield positive environmental and social benefit. Companies include: Uncle Matt’s Organics, Sambazon, Vital, Farms, SunFed Ranch, Traditional Medicinals, Runa and Taza Chocolate. VA Capital also works with family offices to help with impact investing strategy and implementation of direct investing priorities. Most recently with Big Path Capital as an investment banker, convener and thought leader in the Impact investing space, she has decades of leadership experience in values driven, consumer-facing companies. Among her many social enterprise engagements, Nancy has held C level and or governance positions at Tom’s of Maine, Bright Horizons, ZipCar, Mama Chia, Root Capital and Trillium Asset Management. Nancy has an impressive track record of creating business value by identifying consumer trends ahead of the curve, strategic marketing, team building and raising capital. Nancy is the producer of the seminal work in impacting investing Total Portfolio Activation in collaboration with Trillium Asset Management and the Tides foundation, she is a Springboard alum and was a distinguished teaching fellow with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Nancy lives in Somerville, MA with her two middle school aged daughters who keep her focused every day on improving the word they will inherit.

    • Nancy Rosenzweig, Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital
  • ON DEMAND
    Avoiding Production Mistakes to Preserve Margin
    Beverage brands might start in the kitchen, but they're made in larger production facilities. Set up the right arrangements, and you'll have reliable budgeting and supply, keys to healthy margins. Set up the wrong arrangements, and you'll soon be working for your suppliers. So pay attention to our Operations Expert.
    • Andrew Guard, Founder & Principal, The Guard Agency
    • Andrew Guard, Founder & Principal, The Guard Agency
  • ON DEMAND
    Design for Beverage Brands
    For most early stage brands, your package and label are your best chance to convince a customer to give you a try. This presentation will give you advice on the visual cues that establish your brand.  
    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
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      Kelly Criswell

      Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

      As The GRO Agency Chief Creative Officer, Kelly Criswell lives and breathes CPG packaging. After 17 years steeped in the space, she still spends her days studying packaging design with a keen eye for impact, identity, hierarchy, and clarity.

    • Danielle Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
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      Danielle Muller

      Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency

      Danielle Muller is the VP of Strategy at The GRO Agency, leading the next generation of GRO creative strategists attuned to the modern CPG landscape. With a contagious curiosity and furious-mind, she is passionate about connecting people with the things that move them. Harnessing left-and-right brain synergy, industry insight, and collaborative creativity, she crafts attuned strategy with both authentic and pragmatic perspective. With over 15 years of experience in dynamic brand creation, marketing, and operational strategy, Danielle has worked with everyone from spunky start-ups to Fortune 500 luxury brands. Leveraging her broad cross-industry experience, she draws from the full scope of opportunity to bridge brands and consumers, driving revenue and defining culture.

    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
    • Danielle Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
  • ON DEMAND
    Legal Issues for Beverage Entrepreneurs
    From finance to formulas, contracts to corporate structure, here are some of the legal basics that beverage entrepreneurs need to know when they're making key decisions. Like operations, having a firm legal foundation can keep your new empire from crumbling.
    • Chuck Cotter, Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP
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      Chuck Cotter

      Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP

      I advise over consumer products brands and investment funds in capital raising, exit, and acquisition transactions. I've served as a mentor or judge in dozens of consumer-focused incubators and pitch competitions, including FoodBytes! by Rabobank, ExpoEast, and Naturally Boulder. Our consumer team closed over sixty financing and M&A transactions in the consumer space in the prior year and represents over 100 brands and top-tier funds, where we also serve as outside general counsel. The absolute core of my, and my group's, philosophy to the practice of law is that clients are not transactions, and we are not merely service providers. We specialize in the consumer space so that we can be more.

    • Chuck Cotter, Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP
  • ON DEMAND
    Best Practices for a Changing Grocery Industry
    Retail exposure has always been critical to CPG brands and is more important than ever, with stiff competition for shelf space, eCommerce booming and COVID-19 creating tremendous pressure on brands and retailers. This Zipline Logistics presentation will give practical examples of how CPG manufacturers can build an agile supply chain made for the competitive environment that is modern retail commerce.
    • Andrew Lynch, President, Zipline Logistics
    • Andrew Lynch, President, Zipline Logistics
  • 12:00 PM
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    1:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Funding Stages for Beverage Brands
    After you've watched her video, join Nancy Rosenzweig's video, join her for an interactive Q&A and discussion.
    • Nancy Rosenzweig, Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital
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      Nancy Rosenzweig

      Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital

      Nancy is the Founder and Principal of ValuesAligned Capital, a financial consulting firm which helps socially and environmentally responsible companies with their M&A and growth capital needs while prioritizing retaining mission. Her practice is focused on the food and agriculture sector with particular interest in food and beverage companies with transparent, vertically integrated, agricultural supply chains that yield positive environmental and social benefit. Companies include: Uncle Matt’s Organics, Sambazon, Vital, Farms, SunFed Ranch, Traditional Medicinals, Runa and Taza Chocolate. VA Capital also works with family offices to help with impact investing strategy and implementation of direct investing priorities. Most recently with Big Path Capital as an investment banker, convener and thought leader in the Impact investing space, she has decades of leadership experience in values driven, consumer-facing companies. Among her many social enterprise engagements, Nancy has held C level and or governance positions at Tom’s of Maine, Bright Horizons, ZipCar, Mama Chia, Root Capital and Trillium Asset Management. Nancy has an impressive track record of creating business value by identifying consumer trends ahead of the curve, strategic marketing, team building and raising capital. Nancy is the producer of the seminal work in impacting investing Total Portfolio Activation in collaboration with Trillium Asset Management and the Tides foundation, she is a Springboard alum and was a distinguished teaching fellow with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Nancy lives in Somerville, MA with her two middle school aged daughters who keep her focused every day on improving the word they will inherit.

    • Nancy Rosenzweig, Founder and Principal, ValuesAligned Capital
  • 12:00 PM
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    1:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Route to Market
    After you've watched Bill Sipper's video, join him for Q&A on distribution, brokerage, route to market and classes of trade.
    • Bill Sipper, Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands
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      Bill Sipper

      Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands

      BILL SIPPER is a food and beverage industry leader who has guided numerous brands from concept to commercialization to category leadership. He held senior positions at leading brands including Evian, Nantucket Nectars, Fresh Samantha/Odwalla, Naked Juice and Clearly Canadian. Bill’s strategic expertise and executional focus helped those brands succeed and can help your brand succeed, too. Consulting closely with client leaders as they consider a sale or acquisition, Bill has supported several brands through the process. (Naked Juice was sold to Pepsico, Fresh Samantha/Odwalla was sold to Coca Cola, and Nantucket Nectars was sold to Ocean Spray). Bill has significant international experience, and works with clients in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He draws on this expertise to help international brands establish presence in the US and to help US brands expand internationally. Bill is active in philanthropic causes: He served as president of Robert Kennedy Jr.’s clean water charity, Tear of the Clouds; was an advisor to The Walden Woods Project; and served on the Board of Directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Bill has been featured on Food Network’s “Unwrapped” and in the PBS documentary “The Water Wars.” He has been a featured speaker at Columbia University School of Business, The Bottled Water Congress (Torino, Italy), the Pan Arab Congress on Osteoporosis (Tunisia), and at virtually every major US food and beverage show, including Natural Products Expo, BevNet, Nosh Live and more. His articles have appeared in leading trade publications, and he is frequently quoted in media including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and the New York Times.

    • Bill Sipper, Managing Partner, Cascadia Managing Brands
  • 1:00 PM
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    2:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Winning at Shelf
    After you've watched Will's video, join him for a live Q&A on merchandising, setting shelves, and working with store managers.
    • Will Ahearn, President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands
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      Will Ahearn

      President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands

      Will Ahearn is the President and Co-Founder of Dirty Hands. Having spent years supporting brands in the trade, Will understands the importance of relationships and how they drive success within accounts. He is passionate about company culture and creating a positive environment where people feel they belong and can bring their authentic selves to work every day. He resides in Oakland CA. When he's not working, he enjoys spending quiet time among the redwoods, gardening, hiking, and sampling the latest brands.

    • Will Ahearn, President and Co-Founder, Dirty Hands
  • 1:00 PM
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    2:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Design for Beverage Companies
    A live Q&A with experts from GRO, a leading design firm for the CPG space.
    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
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      Kelly Criswell

      Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

      As The GRO Agency Chief Creative Officer, Kelly Criswell lives and breathes CPG packaging. After 17 years steeped in the space, she still spends her days studying packaging design with a keen eye for impact, identity, hierarchy, and clarity.

    • Danielle Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
      Danielle  Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency -

      Danielle Muller

      Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency

      Danielle Muller is the VP of Strategy at The GRO Agency, leading the next generation of GRO creative strategists attuned to the modern CPG landscape. With a contagious curiosity and furious-mind, she is passionate about connecting people with the things that move them. Harnessing left-and-right brain synergy, industry insight, and collaborative creativity, she crafts attuned strategy with both authentic and pragmatic perspective. With over 15 years of experience in dynamic brand creation, marketing, and operational strategy, Danielle has worked with everyone from spunky start-ups to Fortune 500 luxury brands. Leveraging her broad cross-industry experience, she draws from the full scope of opportunity to bridge brands and consumers, driving revenue and defining culture.

    • Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
    • Danielle Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
  • 2:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Legal issues for Beverage Entrepreneurs
    After you watch Chuck Cotter's presentation, you can ask him all about the law anytime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
    • Chuck Cotter, Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP
      Chuck Cotter, Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP -

      Chuck Cotter

      Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP

      I advise over consumer products brands and investment funds in capital raising, exit, and acquisition transactions. I've served as a mentor or judge in dozens of consumer-focused incubators and pitch competitions, including FoodBytes! by Rabobank, ExpoEast, and Naturally Boulder. Our consumer team closed over sixty financing and M&A transactions in the consumer space in the prior year and represents over 100 brands and top-tier funds, where we also serve as outside general counsel. The absolute core of my, and my group's, philosophy to the practice of law is that clients are not transactions, and we are not merely service providers. We specialize in the consumer space so that we can be more.

    • Chuck Cotter, Partner; Chair of Consumer Products, Food, and Beverage Group, Holland & Hart LLP
  • 2:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Avoiding Production Mistakes to Preserve Margin
    After you've watched Andrew Guard's video on production and operations, you're sure to have questions about your own ops: so make sure to stop by between 2 and 3 for this interactive Q&A.
    • Andrew Guard, Founder & Principal, The Guard Agency
    • Andrew Guard, Founder & Principal, The Guard Agency

Please note: All times US Eastern Time

  • 12:00 PM
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    12:10 PM
    Welcome Remarks
    BevNET's Founder and Editor-in-Chief look at the past year, the one to come, and walk attendees through our new virtual format.
    • 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.

    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Watch Video

  • 12:10 PM
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    12:45 PM
    Undaunted By Turmoil
    Fresh off the publication of her memoir, Undaunted, HINT's CEO sits for an interview on the lessons she has learned and how they can help beverage brands as they deal with these tumultuous times. 
    • Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.
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      Kara Goldin

      Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.

      Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Goldin has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California (one of), SF Business Times Most Influential Woman (one of), Fast Company Most Creative People in Business (one of), EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum's Women to Watch and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Goldin was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Goldin is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world's premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, she launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. In 2020, Goldin published her book, "Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts + Doubters," which is part autobiography, part business memoir about her journey building hint into a successful company.

    • 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.

    • Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

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  • ON DEMAND
    Multiply Insider Interview: Mapping Out PR And Digital Strategies For 2021
    Dan Baum, the CEO of PR and digital content firm Multiply, explains how the firm works with beverage companies of all sizes to develop effective social and trade-focused media initiatives.
    • Dan Baum, CEO, MULTIPLY
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      Dan Baum

      CEO, MULTIPLY

      Dan Baum is the CEO of MULTIPLY, a creative-led Social and PR agency focused on growing food, beverage, and CPG brands. Sample current clients include: Molson Coors, AriZona, Beam Suntory and Bolthouse Farms. Dan is originally from St. Louis and started his career in politics working for Kennedy speechwriter and strategist Bob Shrum. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Carmel Greer, and their four children.

    • Dan Baum, CEO, MULTIPLY
  • 1:00 PM
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    1:35 PM
    Growth Brands 2020: What Worked
    It's been a hard year but these brands managed raises, rebrands, and sales growth in the midst of all the upheaval. Was it through pivoting? Sticking to core strategies? We'll discuss how they faced the unexpected.
    • Ashleigh Lockerbie, Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch
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      Ashleigh Lockerbie

      Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch

      After extensive international touring as a musician and singer, Better Booch Co-founder and CMO Ashleigh Lockerbie realized it was time to build a healthier, more balanced life for herself. Since founding Better Booch, she’s taken the premium small craft kombucha brand from farmer’s markets to 3,000+ retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Amazon, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Central Market and Erewhon. In kind with her firm belief that good food can open the door to good health, Better Booch proudly supports City of Hope's Program in Natural Therapies, which takes natural, non-toxic cancer treatments through clinical trials.

    • Ben Goodwin, Co-Founder, Olipop
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      Ben Goodwin

      Co-Founder, Olipop

      Ben Goodwin is on a mission to help improve Americans’ digestive health, and he’s doing it by creating delicious sodas in nostalgically-themed flavors. Goodwin co-founded beverage brand OLIPOP in 2018, marketing a revolutionary formula of fiber-rich, sparkling drinks in the familiar and comforting guise of soda pop. Goodwin is OLIPOP’s head of formulation, personally researching and developing each flavor for the brand, which has in less than two years become the fastest-growing independently owned beverage company in the US. Goodwin’s inspiration is often his own childhood memories of certain classic American foods and flavors. He then modernizes those flavor cues into a better-for-you soda drink with high levels of soluble fiber, which is increasingly recognized as critical to digestive health and supportive of overall physical and mental wellness.

    • Eric Hall, Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc.
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      Eric Hall

      Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc.

      Eric Hall is the co-founder and CEO of So Good So You, a leader in the hyper-growth functional shot category. So Good So You plant-based functional beverages are cold-pressed and feature powerful natural ingredients that help improve immune system health and support everyday functions like Immunity, Energy, Sleep and Beauty. The brand has seen growth of more than 380 percent in the last 18 months and recently closed on $14.5M of growth capital. So Good So You manufactures all beverages in its 100 percent renewable energy-powered, zero-waste manufacturing facility in Minneapolis and recently launched the eco-friendly BtrBtl™ for all functional shots. Eric embodies the spirit of a driven entrepreneur through and through, having put his passions towards founding multiple companies. Thriving on the unique challenges of start-up environments, Eric believes his purpose is to build companies that model a prioritization of people and planet as a blue print for business health & profitability.

    • Ashleigh Lockerbie, Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch
    • Ben Goodwin, Co-Founder, Olipop
    • Eric Hall, Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc.

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  • ON DEMAND
    SoRSE Insider Interview: How CBD Can Play A Part In Your Innovation Strategy
    Michael Flemmens of SoRSE Technology discusses how the company helps beverage brands navigate a complex and evolving environment for CBD and other cannabinoids to create products that will resonate with today’s consumers.
    • Michael Flemmens, VP of Technical Business Development , SoRSE Technology
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      Michael Flemmens

      VP of Technical Business Development , SoRSE Technology

      Michael Flemmens brings over 20 years of experience as a research scientist in technical support and product development. Prior to SoRSE, he served as Director of Corporate Technology Development for Secant Group, LLC. Michael has worked on a patented new cancer treatment, had a Type IV Drug Master File approved by the FDA, and received JECFA approval for a new food ingredient. He has also designed the build-out of seven novel manufacturing lines, and has held multiple government contracts for novel security products. Michael earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Towson University.

    • Michael Flemmens, VP of Technical Business Development , SoRSE Technology
  • 1:40 PM
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    2:05 PM
    Word to the Future: Key Advice for 2021
    What do founders and experts from across the industry think will be the keys to success and growth in 2021? We spent the weeks leading up to BevNET Live conducting interviews to find out. From specialty consultants to brand building legends, you'll find great ideas and inspiration for the coming year in these special interviews.
    • 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.

    • Ryan Pintado-Vertner, Principal & Founder, Smoketown Strategy
    • Pat Bolden, President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations
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      Pat Bolden

      President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations

      Patrick Bolden is a business expert with 24 years of beverage experience. Alcohol, non-alcohol, traditional, non-traditional, on and off premise are many aspects of the beverage industry that are familiar to Pat. Pat is the Co-Founder and President of L.A. Libations. After a short stint playing professional basketball, Pat began in beverage by working for 7up / Rc Bottling in 1993. He worked in a variety of different roles there from field sales to operations to national accounts. After 7 years he transitioned to the Coca Cola Company into their trade development department and called on national accounts such as BP ampm, Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club. In 2005, Pat took on a National Account Manager role at Heineken USA. Learning the ins and outs and legalities of the alcoholic beverage industry was challenging but rewarding. This experience allowed Pat to be much better-rounded within the beverage channel but also understand how to create a new approach to being innovative and disruptive. In 2009 Pat, Danny and Dino started this organization to position “better for you and healthy alternative” products in mainstream retail accounts. Pat’s strength are his deep nationwide retail relationships. He has always said “providing value is the key to true partnership.” Innovation and incubation continue to be the phases of beverage brands where Pat’s experience shines. His passion to integrate beverages that are centered on health and wellness into mainstream outlets is what drives him to trail blaze in this industry and his results speak for themself.

    • Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR
    • Ryan Pintado-Vertner, Principal & Founder, Smoketown Strategy
    • Pat Bolden, President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations
  • ON DEMAND
    Kerry Insider Interview: Using Functional Ingredients To Create Disruptive Products
    Donald Cox of global ingredient company Kerry, discusses the most important considerations for brands when developing new products with added functionality.
    • Donald Cox, R&D Director, Kerry
    • Donald Cox, R&D Director, Kerry
  • 2:15 PM
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    3:05 PM
    The Year in Cannabis Beverages - and What's to Come
    From CBD infusions to dispensary-only THC-laced tonics, the cannabis beverage business received massive attention this year. But did the growth match the hype, or will it be next year that the much anticipated "Year of the Beverage" comes to pass? This data-driven presentation and interactive discussion will show us the good stuff while sorting out the seeds and stems of a growing business. With audience q and a.
    • Liz Connors, Director of Analytics, Headset
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      Liz Connors

      Director of Analytics, Headset

      Liz is the Director of Analytics at Headset, a cannabis data intelligence company. At Headset Liz and her team are responsible for everything from creating SKU level, realtime market forecasts of Adult Use cannabis sales across the US and Canada to the creation of dashboards for our Retailer product. In addition, Liz and her team write Industry Reports and run webinars working to increase data literacy across the cannabis space. Prior to working for Headset, Liz worked as a Data Scientist in CPG retail and financial services, as well as spent some time in Financial and Economic Consulting. After eight years working as a Data Scientist, Liz started her own Data Science consulting business where she advised small businesses on how to use their data to make better product, marketing, and operational decisions. Along with her work at Headset, Liz currently works with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and London Business School doing experimental research on heuristics and biases that impede business decision makers from optimally using data to drive decisions.

    • Rick Maturo, Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices
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      Rick Maturo

      Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices

      Rick is the Associate Director of Client Services of Nielsen’s Cannabis Practice in the United States, supporting relationships with Nielsen’s many CPG and retail clients, as well as with key industry groups and the media. In this role, Rick supports an array of cannabis-centric initiatives for Nielsens' clients and internal product teams, providing business information, analysis and insights, and designing research methodologies for syndicated and custom solutions. Prior to joining Nielsen's Cannabis Practice, Rick was the founder and Chief Product Officer of the Cannabiz Consumer Group (C2G), a cannabis market research firm acquired by Nielsen in late 2018 that specialized in better understanding cannabis consumers and the interaction and impact cannabis legalization has on conventional consumer packaged goods categories, brands, and retailers. In his short time with Nielsen, Rick has helped to adapt and apply many of C2G's products, solutions, and cannabis-knowledge to Nielsen's existing product portfolio and analytical capabilities, while also working to facilitate new solutions for an increasingly more connected CPG-cannabis marketplace. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lives and works in the Chicagoland area.

    • Brad Avery, Reporter, BevNET
    • Liz Connors, Director of Analytics, Headset
    • Rick Maturo, Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices
    • Brad Avery, Reporter, BevNET

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  • 2:15 PM
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    3:05 PM
    Data Review: Premiumization, Omnichannel, and Shopper Trends
    COVID-19 forced major changes in shopper behavior, but so many of them were already on their way, so what's the overall impact for the entrepreneurial beverage market? This data-filled presentation and interactive discussion will show how founders and teams should react to consumer shifts toward omnichannel purchasing and the ongoing financial ramifications of the pandemic economy, with an eye toward the year to come. With audience q and a.
    • Joan Driggs, VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI
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      Joan Driggs

      VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI

      Joan attributes curiosity as key to her 30-plus year career as a results-driven market researcher, CPG trade journalist and thought leader. Her goal has always been to empower CPGs, retailers and industry suppliers with information needed to make smart decisions that support shoppers and consumers. Her motto: Make the shopper the hero. Joan’s thought leadership work regularly serves as a foundation from which IRI teams develop innovative, holistic solutions for clients, and is regularly showcased during top-to-top client meetings, industry conferences and webinars, media, academic and custom studies. Joan has shared her expertise by leading dialogues on timely and compelling CPG issues. She hosts the IRI Growth Insights podcast (download today!) and is frequently quoted in leading industry media. She supports industry organizations such as Network of Executive Women; and she’s on the Executive Board of Western Michigan University’s Food Marketing Conference as well as Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Chicago Chapter.

    • 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.

    • Joan Driggs, VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

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  • 2:15 PM
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    3:05 PM
    Company Challenge Spotlight: Weighing Mission and Execution in 2021
    Brand building was tough in 2020 but the pull of mission-driven companies grew only stronger for younger consumers. This live discussion panel of socially conscious brands looks to the new year to discuss ways that founders and executives can preserve mission during rough periods, and some of the executional steps that can lead back to growth. With audience q and a.
    • Michele Kessler, CEO, REBBL
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      Michele Kessler

      CEO, REBBL

      MIchele Kessler has over 25 years of marketing and general management experience in the consumer packaged goods sector. She is currently CEO and board member at REBBL, a mission-driven, organic, plant-based functional beverage company. Additionally, Michele sits on the board of The Wine Group, and is a former board director of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Manitoba Harvest and the American Marketing Association. Most recently, Michele served as CEO at thinkThin, (now think!), a leading protein bar company, and she led the sale of the company from private to corporate ownership. Prior to thinkThin, Michele held leadership positions at Mars Inc, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble. Michele received her BA and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Sunrise Venice Rotary. Michele and her husband Patrick live in Marina del Rey, CA, currently with their two sons.

    • Bella Hughes, Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea
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      Bella Hughes

      Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea

      Isabella “Bella” Hughes' career spans the arts, agriculture and CPG. She is the President and co-founder of Shaka Tea, a line of award-winning, herbal teas brewed with mamaki, an ancient superleaf only found in the Hawaiian Islands that supports sustainable agriculture and economic abundance in Hawai'i. Now available across the US and in Japan, Shaka Tea recently won Best Beverage 2020 and the Gold Superior Award by Chefs in America/American Masters of Taste and the InnoBev 2020 Best Low/No Sugar Drink award presented by Zenith Global. She is also the co-founder, board chair and director emeritus of Hawai'i Contemporary, a 501c3 arts organization; is a member of the Hawai'i County's Merit of Appeals board; and is an active mentor to a number of CPG female founders in her community.

    • Ben Mand, CEO, Harmless Harvest
    • 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.

    • Michele Kessler, CEO, REBBL
    • Bella Hughes, Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea
    • Ben Mand, CEO, Harmless Harvest
    • Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET

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  • 3:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Present Your Challenges to Our Partners
    This is your chance to advance to your next milestone. Our partners have a wealth of knowledge about production, packaging, scale, marketing, logistics and package design. Visit them and ask the questions that have been keeping you awake at night. They have likely seen your challenge before and can help you think through the solution in a cost effective, scaleable way.
  • 4:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Pitch Tuneup
    Whether it's investors, distributors, retailers or media, as an entrepreneur, you will always be pitching. Talk to BevNET CMO Mike Schneider about how to make your pitch more creative, more intentional and about the importance of knowing your audience. Mike answers your questions and offers his two cents on how to craft a great pitch.
    • 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.

    • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com
  • 4:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Meet the Editors
    Question and answer session with the team that covers your industry. Join Jeff Klineman, Marty Caballero and Brad Avery to ask your questions about how stories develop and the best ways to reach out.
    • Brad Avery, Reporter, BevNET
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Brad Avery, Reporter, BevNET
    • Martín Caballero, Managing Editor, BevNET
    • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET
  • 4:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Reflecting on 2020: 1 Triumph, 1 Challenge
    This year has brought uncertainty and struggle. Let's come together to celebrate the wins and share lessons learned from the challenges.
    • Jacqui Brugliera, Elevator Talk Producer, BevNET
    • Jacqui Brugliera, Elevator Talk Producer, BevNET
  • 4:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    Designer Speed Dating
    1:1 virtual meetings with designers who have experience creating brands, packaging and messaging for top beverage companies.
  • 5:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    Taste Radio’s Top Picks And More With Host Ray Latif
    Meet with Taste Radio editor/producer/host Ray Latif for an open discussion about the top guests, topics and talking points from the podcast’s 300+ episodes. Also, learn about how the Taste Radio curates its content to deliver the best stories in beverage, food and spirits with the industries’ leaders, innovators and rising stars and how your brand might fit into a future episode.
    • Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET
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      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.

    • Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET
  • 5:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    Good Vibes Only
    “If life were easy and not so fast, I wouldn’t think about the past.” -Phish

    Let's share success stories and positivity from 2020. As we enter into the new year let's talk about what worked and cheer each other on.
    • Jon Landis, Senior Brand Specialist, BevNET
    • Jon Landis, Senior Brand Specialist, BevNET
  • 5:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    D2C Forum
    Direct to Consumer sales execution has become a necessary component of nearly every company’s ability to connect with its audience. That’s become even more prominent during the period of pandemic-ratcheted sales evolution that has defined much of 2020. Let's come together to share best practices from your experiences and ask questions to move your D2C strategy forward.
    • 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.

    • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com

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  • 12:00 PM
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    12:45 PM
    Building a New Beverage Behemoth: Molson Coors Enters NA
    Beer giant Molson Coors has set its sights on becoming a player in NA; we'll explore its plans and existing initiatives and gather insights on the strategy and its implications for the rest of the industry in this interview with Peter Marino.
    • Peter Marino, President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors
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      Peter Marino

      President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors

      Pete Marino is the President of Emerging Growth at Molson Coors. Prior to in his current role, Pete served as chief public affairs and communications officer of MillerCoors and president of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the company’s U.S. craft and import division. He joined MillerCoors in 2012 as vice president of communications. Prior to joining the company, he served as president, public relations, for OLSON + CO, and founder and president of Dig Communications, which was acquired by OLSON in 2010. Prior to that he served as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

    • Peter Marino, President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors

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  • ON DEMAND
    Cargill Insider Interview: Identifying Sweetener Solutions For Modern Palates
    Carla Saunders of Cargill explains why stevia is resonating with a growing number of consumers, the importance of sustainably grown ingredients and how to keep up with shorter product development cycles in the beverage industry.
    • Carla Saunders, Senior Marketing Manager and North American Commercial Manager, Cargill’s High Intensity Sweetener Portfolio
    • Carla Saunders, Senior Marketing Manager and North American Commercial Manager, Cargill’s High Intensity Sweetener Portfolio
  • 12:50 PM
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    1:35 PM
    Investor Summit: From Speed Dating to Series B
    These investors have an up-close perspective on the beverage brands in the audience because they met with many of them during our Speed Dating events earlier this year. Marrying insights from daily deal flow and their up-close discussions with entrepreneurs, this panel will give a look at what investors are thinking about during a tumultuous year.
    • Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures
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      Ashley Hartman

      Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures

      Ashley is Senior Principal at Bluestein Ventures, a family-backed venture capital fund that invests in the future of food. Bluestein looks for game-changing, early-stage ventures across the food industry that redefine how consumers achieve their health and wellness. Our investments span the entire value chain – both B2C and B2B – with a focus on four areas: high-growth consumer brands, proprietary foodtech, next-gen commerce, and value-add digital technology. At Bluestein, we’re active investors, going beyond capital to help its portfolio companies develop, iterate, and implement their go-to-market strategy to achieve product-market fit and set the foundation for scale. Ashley is involved in all areas of Bluestein, including screening, due diligence, portfolio company support, as well as firm development and strategy. She has extensive experience leading growth strategy and establishing scalable infrastructure necessary to build sustainable ventures, honing these skills throughout her time running and scaling her family’s business, working on new ventures at Coinstar, and her experience in financial consulting. Active in the Chicago food community, Ashley serves on the Selection Committee and Associate’s Board of the Good Food Accelerator and is a mentor at Food Foundry and The Hatchery. Ashley received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Economy, summa cum laude, from Williams College. Outside of Bluestein, you’ll find Ashley on her yoga mat, exploring Chicago on foot, hiking up a storm when she can escape to the mountains, or at a contemporary art museum. A health&wellness nut, she’s been vegan for nearly eight years, but doesn’t preach!

    • Arif Fazal, Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures
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      Arif Fazal

      Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures

      Arif invests in and works with innovative brands and companies led by inspiring entrepreneurs and management teams, and collaborates closely alongside similarly focused co-investors and value chain partners. Bringing two decades of consumer and retail experience to the table, Arif partners with teams building the next generation nutrition landscape by providing early & growth stage capital and operational support to help empower growth and build great businesses. Select investments and board responsibilities include Vive Organic, Flying Embers, REBBL, 4th & Heart, High Brew Coffee, Ripple Foods, Barnana, Revive Kombucha (acquired by Peet’s Coffee), Rhythm Superfoods, Fishpeople Seafood, Biena Snacks, Sufferfest Beer Company (acquired by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company), Bonafide Provisions, Nutriati, Austin Eastciders, Pique Tea & RightRice.

    • Liz Myslik, Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
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      Liz Myslik

      Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners

      Liz Myslik is driven to help mission-driven brands and the people who create them. She has spent 20 years leading and investing in emerging consumer brands across the food, beverage and fitness industries. In her role at 2X Consumer Growth Partners, she funds and supports great brands to transform their categories and grow. Her operating and leadership experience make Liz a valued partner to the entrepreneurs she works with, because she has faced many of the same challenges they do; including building and managing supply chains, running in-house and outsourced manufacturing, driving product trial and consumer loyalty, achieving distribution growth, developing new products, leading teams, and financing working capital and growth. Liz has been named as a Kingmaker in Consumer & Retail by Forbes, one of the Most Influential Woman in Food & Drink by Fortune, and a Wonder Woman in the Natural Products Industry by New Hope Media.

    • Nathan Cooper, Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures
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      Nathan Cooper

      Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures

      Nate started Barrel Ventures out of a passion to help others disrupt the status quo. Surrounded by entrepreneurs at a young age, Nate became an operator himself as a founder of L3 Hospitality Group and later Wise Apple, a company that set out to change kids' lunch. Nate is a graduate of the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where he was awarded a Kellogg Scholarship and named a Zell Fellow. In his free time, Nate is a passionate endurance athlete and movie quote savant. He lives in Chicago and serves on the associate boards of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Social Venture Partners.

    • Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures
    • Arif Fazal, Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures
    • Liz Myslik, Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
    • Nathan Cooper, Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures

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  • ON DEMAND
    BevSource Insider Interview: How To Find The Right Supply & Co-Manufacturing Partners
    Dan Macri of the beverage development firm BevSource spoke about the importance of ensuring consistent and stable supply lines and how to mitigate the challenges of contract manufacturing in today's environment.
    • Dan Macri, Executive VP, Sales and Marketing, BevSource
    • Dan Macri, Executive VP, Sales and Marketing, BevSource
  • 1:35 PM
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    2:10 PM
    The Laird IPO
    Small creamer and plant-based nutrition brand Laird Superfoods went public in September, one of a handful of beverage brands that have taken that step. But is it an anomaly or a harbinger of more BevCo IPOs? We explore the thought process, financial arrangements, and potential meaning for the larger business with the financial advisor who did the deal.
    • Morgan Ley, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC
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      Morgan Ley

      Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC

      Morgan Ley is a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity. Morgan leads the Food Tech focus at the firm and over the course of his 20 year career in investment banking has worked with a range of consumer companies across the food, beverage and health and wellness sectors. Canaccord Genuity’s global capital markets and advisory practice focuses on providing capital solutions to growth companies in disruptive and innovative sectors such as sustainability, consumer, technology and healthcare.

    • Morgan Ley, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC

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  • ON DEMAND
    Tetra Pak Insider Interview: Why Consumers Are Demanding Sustainable Packaging
    Jason Pelz of Tetra Pak breaks down the packaging company’s ambition to deliver the world’s most sustainable food package and its efforts to reduce plastic use and increase Americans’ access to recycling for its beverage cartons.
    • Jason Pelz, VP, Sustainability Americas, Tetra Pak
    • Jason Pelz, VP, Sustainability Americas, Tetra Pak
  • ON DEMAND
    Word to the Future: Advice for 2021 Part 2
    A second set of interviews that will launch entrepreneurs into the new year better informed and feeling fired up as they prepare for the unique challenges of a reopening economy.
    • Sheryl O'Loughlin, Co-founder, J.E.D.I Collaborative and Women on Board Project
    • Brad Barnhorn, Board Member and Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors
    • Sheryl O'Loughlin, Co-founder, J.E.D.I Collaborative and Women on Board Project
    • Brad Barnhorn, Board Member and Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors
  • 2:25 PM
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    3:15 PM
    The Whisperer Speaks
    Thoughts on what's to come in 2021 -- mixed with timeless advice -- in a presentation from board member, investor, advisor, and beverage industry champion Ken Sadowsky. Followed by Q and A.
    • Ken Sadowsky, Advisor, Verlinvest
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      Ken Sadowsky

      Advisor, Verlinvest

      Ken Sadowsky is known by insiders in the beverage business as “the beverage whisperer” for having an incredible track record of investing in and advising many of the fastest-growing and most successful new beverages over the last 20 years, including Glaceau/VitaminWater, Vita Coco, Hint and LifeAID where he serves (ed) as a Director. He has also advised companies including Bai, Califia Farms, Recess, and Dyla Brands (makers of Stur and Forto). Ken is also the senior beverage advisor for Verlinvest (investment vehicle of Belgian InBev family) in the USA. He is also the executive director of NIDA, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast part of the USA.

    • Ken Sadowsky, Advisor, Verlinvest

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  • 3:00 PM
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    4:00 PM
    Networking: Marketing Your Product On Shelf and Online
    Talk to BevNET CMO Mike Schneider about how to make your product pop on shelf, ways to reach industry gatekeepers to fuel growth, and best practices when crafting your next campaign. Mike answers your questions and offers his two cents on your package design and how to generate both industry and consumer awareness.
    • 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.

    • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com
  • 4:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Networking: Engaging with BevNET
    BevNET is a big platform. Pop in and find our how you can make the most of the opportunities your subscription presents you.
    • Jon Landis, Senior Brand Specialist, BevNET
    • Jon Landis, Senior Brand Specialist, BevNET
  • 3:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Networking: Ask Questions to Advance Your Business
    This is your chance to advance to your next milestone. Our partners have a wealth of knowledge about production, packaging, scale, marketing, logistics and package design. Visit them and ask the questions that have been keeping you awake at night. They have likely seen your challenge before and can help you think through the solution in a cost effective, scaleable way.
  • 4:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    Retail Speed Dating
    This round will match up retailers and brokers with brands who are looking to get on shelves and expand their footprint.
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    6:05 PM
    Taste Radio Live Featuring Jake Steinfeld
    A globally recognized authority in personal fitness, Jake Steinfeld will discuss his background as an innovator and entrepreneur, how he identifies synergies and alignment with consumer brands and extending his “Body By Jake” brand into beverages with the launch of Don’t Quit, a line of meal replacement drinks developed in partnership with Keurig Dr Pepper and brand incubator L.A. Libations.
    • Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET
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      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.

    • Jake Steinfeld, Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit
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      Jake Steinfeld

      Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit

      Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld has been an innovator and entrepreneur since creating the personal fitness training industry. He established "Body by Jake" Inc. in 1980 to develop merchandise, programming, partnerships and other multimedia endeavors, all promoting the benefits of healthy living - and the motivation to get there. Jake also created FitTV, America's first 24-hour fitness lifestyle television network which he sold to News Corp. Jake launched ExerciseTV, the first on-demand fitness television network in partnership with Comcast, New Balance and Time Warner. He is also the founder of Major League Lacrosse and the World Series of Youth Lacrosse. Jake was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Chairman of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is presently going into his tenth year as Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. Jake was chosen to be an official Olympic torchbearer to carry the inspirational flame for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England and has proudly served as Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades, CA.

    • Ray Latif, Editor/Producer, Taste Radio, BevNET
    • Jake Steinfeld, Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit

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Industry All-Stars will Speak at BevNET Live.

The complete BevNET Live speaker lineup will feature more than 20 beverage industry leaders. Check back for updates!

  • Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Kara Goldin

    Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.

    Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Kara Goldin

    Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.

    Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Goldin has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California (one of), SF Business Times Most Influential Woman (one of), Fast Company Most Creative People in Business (one of), EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum's Women to Watch and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Goldin was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Goldin is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world's premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, she launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. In 2020, Goldin published her book, "Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts + Doubters," which is part autobiography, part business memoir about her journey building hint into a successful company.

  • Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Mike Repole

    Co-founder, BODYARMOR

    Mike Repole, Co-founder, BODYARMOR - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    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.

  • Joan Driggs, VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Joan Driggs

    VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI

    Joan Driggs, VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Joan Driggs

    VP of Content and Thought Leadership, IRI

    Joan attributes curiosity as key to her 30-plus year career as a results-driven market researcher, CPG trade journalist and thought leader. Her goal has always been to empower CPGs, retailers and industry suppliers with information needed to make smart decisions that support shoppers and consumers. Her motto: Make the shopper the hero. Joan’s thought leadership work regularly serves as a foundation from which IRI teams develop innovative, holistic solutions for clients, and is regularly showcased during top-to-top client meetings, industry conferences and webinars, media, academic and custom studies. Joan has shared her expertise by leading dialogues on timely and compelling CPG issues. She hosts the IRI Growth Insights podcast (download today!) and is frequently quoted in leading industry media. She supports industry organizations such as Network of Executive Women; and she’s on the Executive Board of Western Michigan University’s Food Marketing Conference as well as Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Chicago Chapter.

  • Peter Marino, President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Peter Marino

    President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors

    Peter Marino, President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Peter Marino

    President of Emerging Growth, Molson Coors

    Pete Marino is the President of Emerging Growth at Molson Coors. Prior to in his current role, Pete served as chief public affairs and communications officer of MillerCoors and president of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the company’s U.S. craft and import division. He joined MillerCoors in 2012 as vice president of communications. Prior to joining the company, he served as president, public relations, for OLSON + CO, and founder and president of Dig Communications, which was acquired by OLSON in 2010. Prior to that he served as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

  • Ashleigh Lockerbie, Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ashleigh Lockerbie

    Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch

    Ashleigh Lockerbie, Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ashleigh Lockerbie

    Co-Founder/CMO, Better Booch

    After extensive international touring as a musician and singer, Better Booch Co-founder and CMO Ashleigh Lockerbie realized it was time to build a healthier, more balanced life for herself. Since founding Better Booch, she’s taken the premium small craft kombucha brand from farmer’s markets to 3,000+ retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Amazon, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Central Market and Erewhon. In kind with her firm belief that good food can open the door to good health, Better Booch proudly supports City of Hope's Program in Natural Therapies, which takes natural, non-toxic cancer treatments through clinical trials.

  • Morgan Ley, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Morgan Ley

    Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC

    Morgan Ley, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Morgan Ley

    Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity LLC

    Morgan Ley is a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity. Morgan leads the Food Tech focus at the firm and over the course of his 20 year career in investment banking has worked with a range of consumer companies across the food, beverage and health and wellness sectors. Canaccord Genuity’s global capital markets and advisory practice focuses on providing capital solutions to growth companies in disruptive and innovative sectors such as sustainability, consumer, technology and healthcare.

  • Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ashley Hartman

    Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures

    Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ashley Hartman

    Senior Principal, Bluestein Ventures

    Ashley is Senior Principal at Bluestein Ventures, a family-backed venture capital fund that invests in the future of food. Bluestein looks for game-changing, early-stage ventures across the food industry that redefine how consumers achieve their health and wellness. Our investments span the entire value chain – both B2C and B2B – with a focus on four areas: high-growth consumer brands, proprietary foodtech, next-gen commerce, and value-add digital technology. At Bluestein, we’re active investors, going beyond capital to help its portfolio companies develop, iterate, and implement their go-to-market strategy to achieve product-market fit and set the foundation for scale. Ashley is involved in all areas of Bluestein, including screening, due diligence, portfolio company support, as well as firm development and strategy. She has extensive experience leading growth strategy and establishing scalable infrastructure necessary to build sustainable ventures, honing these skills throughout her time running and scaling her family’s business, working on new ventures at Coinstar, and her experience in financial consulting. Active in the Chicago food community, Ashley serves on the Selection Committee and Associate’s Board of the Good Food Accelerator and is a mentor at Food Foundry and The Hatchery. Ashley received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Economy, summa cum laude, from Williams College. Outside of Bluestein, you’ll find Ashley on her yoga mat, exploring Chicago on foot, hiking up a storm when she can escape to the mountains, or at a contemporary art museum. A health&wellness nut, she’s been vegan for nearly eight years, but doesn’t preach!

  • Rick Maturo, Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Rick Maturo

    Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices

    Rick Maturo, Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Rick Maturo

    Associate Director of Client Services, Nielsen Cannabis Practices

    Rick is the Associate Director of Client Services of Nielsen’s Cannabis Practice in the United States, supporting relationships with Nielsen’s many CPG and retail clients, as well as with key industry groups and the media. In this role, Rick supports an array of cannabis-centric initiatives for Nielsens' clients and internal product teams, providing business information, analysis and insights, and designing research methodologies for syndicated and custom solutions. Prior to joining Nielsen's Cannabis Practice, Rick was the founder and Chief Product Officer of the Cannabiz Consumer Group (C2G), a cannabis market research firm acquired by Nielsen in late 2018 that specialized in better understanding cannabis consumers and the interaction and impact cannabis legalization has on conventional consumer packaged goods categories, brands, and retailers. In his short time with Nielsen, Rick has helped to adapt and apply many of C2G's products, solutions, and cannabis-knowledge to Nielsen's existing product portfolio and analytical capabilities, while also working to facilitate new solutions for an increasingly more connected CPG-cannabis marketplace. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lives and works in the Chicagoland area.

  • Liz Connors, Director of Analytics, Headset - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Liz Connors

    Director of Analytics, Headset

    Liz Connors, Director of Analytics, Headset - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Liz Connors

    Director of Analytics, Headset

    Liz is the Director of Analytics at Headset, a cannabis data intelligence company. At Headset Liz and her team are responsible for everything from creating SKU level, realtime market forecasts of Adult Use cannabis sales across the US and Canada to the creation of dashboards for our Retailer product. In addition, Liz and her team write Industry Reports and run webinars working to increase data literacy across the cannabis space. Prior to working for Headset, Liz worked as a Data Scientist in CPG retail and financial services, as well as spent some time in Financial and Economic Consulting. After eight years working as a Data Scientist, Liz started her own Data Science consulting business where she advised small businesses on how to use their data to make better product, marketing, and operational decisions. Along with her work at Headset, Liz currently works with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and London Business School doing experimental research on heuristics and biases that impede business decision makers from optimally using data to drive decisions.

  • Michele Kessler, CEO, REBBL - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Michele Kessler

    CEO, REBBL

    Michele Kessler, CEO, REBBL - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Michele Kessler

    CEO, REBBL

    MIchele Kessler has over 25 years of marketing and general management experience in the consumer packaged goods sector. She is currently CEO and board member at REBBL, a mission-driven, organic, plant-based functional beverage company. Additionally, Michele sits on the board of The Wine Group, and is a former board director of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Manitoba Harvest and the American Marketing Association. Most recently, Michele served as CEO at thinkThin, (now think!), a leading protein bar company, and she led the sale of the company from private to corporate ownership. Prior to thinkThin, Michele held leadership positions at Mars Inc, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble. Michele received her BA and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Sunrise Venice Rotary. Michele and her husband Patrick live in Marina del Rey, CA, currently with their two sons.

  • Ken Sadowsky, Advisor, Verlinvest - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ken Sadowsky

    Advisor, Verlinvest

    Ken Sadowsky, Advisor, Verlinvest - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ken Sadowsky

    Advisor, Verlinvest

    Ken Sadowsky is known by insiders in the beverage business as “the beverage whisperer” for having an incredible track record of investing in and advising many of the fastest-growing and most successful new beverages over the last 20 years, including Glaceau/VitaminWater, Vita Coco, Hint and LifeAID where he serves (ed) as a Director. He has also advised companies including Bai, Califia Farms, Recess, and Dyla Brands (makers of Stur and Forto). Ken is also the senior beverage advisor for Verlinvest (investment vehicle of Belgian InBev family) in the USA. He is also the executive director of NIDA, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast part of the USA.

  • Bella Hughes, Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Bella Hughes

    Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea

    Bella Hughes, Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Bella Hughes

    Co-Founder & President, Shaka Tea

    Isabella “Bella” Hughes' career spans the arts, agriculture and CPG. She is the President and co-founder of Shaka Tea, a line of award-winning, herbal teas brewed with mamaki, an ancient superleaf only found in the Hawaiian Islands that supports sustainable agriculture and economic abundance in Hawai'i. Now available across the US and in Japan, Shaka Tea recently won Best Beverage 2020 and the Gold Superior Award by Chefs in America/American Masters of Taste and the InnoBev 2020 Best Low/No Sugar Drink award presented by Zenith Global. She is also the co-founder, board chair and director emeritus of Hawai'i Contemporary, a 501c3 arts organization; is a member of the Hawai'i County's Merit of Appeals board; and is an active mentor to a number of CPG female founders in her community.

  • Liz Myslik, Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Liz Myslik

    Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners

    Liz Myslik, Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Liz Myslik

    Partner , 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners

    Liz Myslik is driven to help mission-driven brands and the people who create them. She has spent 20 years leading and investing in emerging consumer brands across the food, beverage and fitness industries. In her role at 2X Consumer Growth Partners, she funds and supports great brands to transform their categories and grow. Her operating and leadership experience make Liz a valued partner to the entrepreneurs she works with, because she has faced many of the same challenges they do; including building and managing supply chains, running in-house and outsourced manufacturing, driving product trial and consumer loyalty, achieving distribution growth, developing new products, leading teams, and financing working capital and growth. Liz has been named as a Kingmaker in Consumer & Retail by Forbes, one of the Most Influential Woman in Food & Drink by Fortune, and a Wonder Woman in the Natural Products Industry by New Hope Media.

  • Eric Hall, Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Eric Hall

    Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc.

    Eric Hall, Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Eric Hall

    Co-Founder and CEO, So Good Brand Inc.

    Eric Hall is the co-founder and CEO of So Good So You, a leader in the hyper-growth functional shot category. So Good So You plant-based functional beverages are cold-pressed and feature powerful natural ingredients that help improve immune system health and support everyday functions like Immunity, Energy, Sleep and Beauty. The brand has seen growth of more than 380 percent in the last 18 months and recently closed on $14.5M of growth capital. So Good So You manufactures all beverages in its 100 percent renewable energy-powered, zero-waste manufacturing facility in Minneapolis and recently launched the eco-friendly BtrBtl™ for all functional shots. Eric embodies the spirit of a driven entrepreneur through and through, having put his passions towards founding multiple companies. Thriving on the unique challenges of start-up environments, Eric believes his purpose is to build companies that model a prioritization of people and planet as a blue print for business health & profitability.

  • Arif Fazal, Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Arif Fazal

    Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures

    Arif Fazal, Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Arif Fazal

    Founder and Managing Director, Blueberry Ventures

    Arif invests in and works with innovative brands and companies led by inspiring entrepreneurs and management teams, and collaborates closely alongside similarly focused co-investors and value chain partners. Bringing two decades of consumer and retail experience to the table, Arif partners with teams building the next generation nutrition landscape by providing early & growth stage capital and operational support to help empower growth and build great businesses. Select investments and board responsibilities include Vive Organic, Flying Embers, REBBL, 4th & Heart, High Brew Coffee, Ripple Foods, Barnana, Revive Kombucha (acquired by Peet’s Coffee), Rhythm Superfoods, Fishpeople Seafood, Biena Snacks, Sufferfest Beer Company (acquired by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company), Bonafide Provisions, Nutriati, Austin Eastciders, Pique Tea & RightRice.

  • Ben Mand, CEO, Harmless Harvest - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ben Mand

    CEO, Harmless Harvest

  • Nathan Cooper, Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Nathan Cooper

    Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures

    Nathan Cooper, Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Nathan Cooper

    Managing Partner, Barrel Ventures

    Nate started Barrel Ventures out of a passion to help others disrupt the status quo. Surrounded by entrepreneurs at a young age, Nate became an operator himself as a founder of L3 Hospitality Group and later Wise Apple, a company that set out to change kids' lunch. Nate is a graduate of the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where he was awarded a Kellogg Scholarship and named a Zell Fellow. In his free time, Nate is a passionate endurance athlete and movie quote savant. He lives in Chicago and serves on the associate boards of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Social Venture Partners.

  • Ben Goodwin, Co-Founder, Olipop - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ben Goodwin

    Co-Founder, Olipop

    Ben Goodwin, Co-Founder, Olipop - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ben Goodwin

    Co-Founder, Olipop

    Ben Goodwin is on a mission to help improve Americans’ digestive health, and he’s doing it by creating delicious sodas in nostalgically-themed flavors. Goodwin co-founded beverage brand OLIPOP in 2018, marketing a revolutionary formula of fiber-rich, sparkling drinks in the familiar and comforting guise of soda pop. Goodwin is OLIPOP’s head of formulation, personally researching and developing each flavor for the brand, which has in less than two years become the fastest-growing independently owned beverage company in the US. Goodwin’s inspiration is often his own childhood memories of certain classic American foods and flavors. He then modernizes those flavor cues into a better-for-you soda drink with high levels of soluble fiber, which is increasingly recognized as critical to digestive health and supportive of overall physical and mental wellness.

  • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    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.

  • Jake Steinfeld, Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Jake Steinfeld

    Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit

    Jake Steinfeld, Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Jake Steinfeld

    Founder, Body By Jake/Don't Quit

    Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld has been an innovator and entrepreneur since creating the personal fitness training industry. He established "Body by Jake" Inc. in 1980 to develop merchandise, programming, partnerships and other multimedia endeavors, all promoting the benefits of healthy living - and the motivation to get there. Jake also created FitTV, America's first 24-hour fitness lifestyle television network which he sold to News Corp. Jake launched ExerciseTV, the first on-demand fitness television network in partnership with Comcast, New Balance and Time Warner. He is also the founder of Major League Lacrosse and the World Series of Youth Lacrosse. Jake was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Chairman of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is presently going into his tenth year as Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. Jake was chosen to be an official Olympic torchbearer to carry the inspirational flame for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England and has proudly served as Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades, CA.

  • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET.com

  • Ryan Pintado-Vertner, Principal & Founder, Smoketown Strategy - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Ryan Pintado-Vertner

    Principal & Founder, Smoketown Strategy

  • Pat Bolden, President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Pat Bolden

    President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations

    Pat Bolden, President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations - BevNET Live Winter 2020

    Pat Bolden

    President & Co-Founder, L.A. Libations

    Patrick Bolden is a business expert with 24 years of beverage experience. Alcohol, non-alcohol, traditional, non-traditional, on and off premise are many aspects of the beverage industry that are familiar to Pat. Pat is the Co-Founder and President of L.A. Libations. After a short stint playing professional basketball, Pat began in beverage by working for 7up / Rc Bottling in 1993. He worked in a variety of different roles there from field sales to operations to national accounts. After 7 years he transitioned to the Coca Cola Company into their trade development department and called on national accounts such as BP ampm, Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club. In 2005, Pat took on a National Account Manager role at Heineken USA. Learning the ins and outs and legalities of the alcoholic beverage industry was challenging but rewarding. This experience allowed Pat to be much better-rounded within the beverage channel but also understand how to create a new approach to being innovative and disruptive. In 2009 Pat, Danny and Dino started this organization to position “better for you and healthy alternative” products in mainstream retail accounts. Pat’s strength are his deep nationwide retail relationships. He has always said “providing value is the key to true partnership.” Innovation and incubation continue to be the phases of beverage brands where Pat’s experience shines. His passion to integrate beverages that are centered on health and wellness into mainstream outlets is what drives him to trail blaze in this industry and his results speak for themself.

Beverage School on Day 1: Learn the Ropes of the Industry

Beverage School is a special “Beverages 101″ session for early-stage entrepreneurs and industry newcomers. It is held the first day of the virtual event and is included for all BevNET Live Winter 2020 attendees. Young beverage brands get up to speed, identify keys for growth and initiate critical conversations.

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Designer Speed Dating on Day 2

On Tuesday, December 8th from 4:00PM to 6:00PM ET, emerging beverage brands will have the opportunity to have 1-on-1 virtual meetings with design firms who specialize in packaging and branding. The below agencies are participating, with more to be announced.

 

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Retail Speed Dating on Day 3

BevNET Live Winter 2020 will feature Retail Speed Dating on Wednesday, December 9th from 4:00PM to 6:00PM ET. This round will match up retailers and brokers with brands who are looking to get on shelves and expand their footprint. The below retailers are participating.

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Beverage Decision Makers Attend BevNET Live

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