The Leading Beverage Industry Event is Back!
For more than a decade, the CPG industry has bonded and learned together in Santa Monica during BevNET Live -- our signature event series that brings together the thought leaders and next generation of brands in beverage to help us all grow and thrive.
It’s with great excitement that we get to announce that BevNET Live is returning to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel this year on December. After a year off, we’re just going to have to make up for it with more knowledge, more collaboration, and more fun
On Dec. 6 and 7, the beverage industry will gather in-person 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 event will mix high-profile speakers and informative panels with special networking opportunities, including interactive breakout sessions, sampling opportunities and the BevNET Live Expo. BevNET will maintain our mission to offer the community the opportunities it needs to build together, to learn together, and to succeed together.
Winter 2021 Speakers
BevNET Live features 30+ beverage industry leaders, innovators and experts. Stay tuned for additional speaker announcements!
CEO, Sharma Brands
Widely known as “The DTC Guy” on the internet, a Forbes 30 Under 30 member, AdWeek’s Young & Influential and a resource brands and investors turn to for growth, Nik is a 25-year old DTC investor, advisor, and operator who has both assisted and led revenue growth at multiple organizations, including hint water and VaynerMedia. Prior to entering the world of commerce, Nik worked on social media campaigns for A-list celebrities including Pitbull, Priyanka Chopra, MAGIC!, to natively increase distribution as well as increase fan interaction and engagement for the purpose of driving album sales. Today, Nik words alongside brands and publishers to execute ROI-positive campaigns through cohesive digital strategies using paid, earned, and owned media properties.
Director, New Revenue Streams, The Coca-Cola Company
Surbhi Lal is a Director within New Revenue Streams at The Coca-Cola Company, focused on transformational growth and building new businesses. Previously, she led multiple growth efforts within Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB), and delivered strategic initiatives for smartwater as part of the brand team. Surbhi’s experiences also include corporate finance at General Mills, non-profit start-up in India, and investment banking at Houlihan Lokey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Yale University.
Chief of New Revenue Streams, The Coca-Cola Company
Dan has extensive global experience in general management, operations, and marketing. As the leader of new revenue streams, Dan will drive new business models and opportunities beginning with category expansion into alcohol and coffee, the integration of fast-growing premium brands including Topo Chico Mineral Water and BodyArmor, and the evolving consumer access through new dispensing platforms. Dan comes from Brian Smith’s Office of the COO where he developed new marketing models and the long-term transformation model resulting in the Enterprise-Wide Initiatives. Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President and GM of the North America Sparkling Business Unit. Dan worked as the global CMO for the McDonald’s Global Division and was SVP, GM of McDonald’s USA business. He has had deep experience on M&A including the leadership of the Global Energy business culminating into equity investment with Monster Energy as well as the merger of IBP Beef and Tyson Foods to become the world’s largest protein company. Dan has held marketing and general management positions at Tyson, Bausch & Lomb, and Ray-Ban, and has led agency side strategic planning for brands in apparel, financial services, and fast consumer goods. In his spare time, Dan is a founding partner of Venture 53, a start-up venture capital fund and a specialty accelerator solely focused on the transportation trucking and logistics business. Dan has taught at several well-known universities including Wake Forest University and University of Georgia and was successful in his own entrepreneurial venture in creating developing and operating one of the largest and most successful live outdoor amphitheaters, The Arkansas Music Pavilion/The AMP, which was ultimately bought by the Walton Family Foundation/Walmart. He has 3 great kids (Meghan Kate, and Will), 2 OK dogs (Echo and Ridge) and saintly spouse (Amy).
Chairman & CEO, PearlRock Partners
VP, Beverage and Edible, Canopy Growth Corp.
Tara is the Vice President of Beverages and Edibles at Canopy Growth, where she leads the innovation and business behind new beverage and edible products. Before joining Canopy, Tara served as Vice President and General Manager at ConAgra Brands, where she was responsible for the Better-For-You and Family Meals frozen business, a $1B net sales portfolio. Tara is industry recognized for her work to contemporize and turnaround Healthy Choice and move Conagra’s frozen meals portfolio to a #1 market leading position in health & wellness. Tara has her MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Vice President, Emerging Brands Incubation, VEB Coca-Cola
As VP Emerging Brands Incubation for Venturing & Emerging Brands, Matt Hughes leads emerging brand commercial strategies across channels and routes to market, and drives emerging brand sales in the Natural channel. He's been in the industry for over 30 years, and launched three entrepreneurial beverage brands prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company. He has served as COO of a mid-sized beverage company and led a regional bottling company as Division President. With a keen knowledge and awareness of business opportunity, Matt is able to identify niche markets, develop relevant strategy and implement to success. Matt's entrepreneurial background makes him a keen observer who's on the leading edge of trends.
Global Vice President & Head of Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Ana Henriques (she/her) leads global business strategy, operations, category, marketing and partnerships for more than 50+ beverage brands distributed across the Americas, Africa, China and the United Kingdom. As Global Vice President & Head of Non-Alcoholic Beverages (NABev) at Anheuser-Busch InBev, her focus is on building a beverage industry disruptor that helps consumers celebrate wellness their way — no matter their lifestyle, location or socioeconomic situation. She also serves on the ABI Foundation board of directors. Henriques brings a wide global and cultural mindset to her professional work. Being born in Brazil and having lived in seven countries throughout her life has informed the global, cultural mindset of Henriques’ professional work. She is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion practices in both her personal life and in her work. An active member in her community, she is often seen mentoring young entrepreneurs at her alma mater, Davidson College, or volunteering with Civic Dinners, an engagement platform that empowers businesses, communities and individuals to create positive social change. Henriques believes in the importance of the difficult conversations about allyship, diversity and what it means to be a steward of an equitable and inclusive society. Prior to her position at AB InBev, Henriques spent nearly a decade at PepsiCo. She led the Quaker Oats’ Nutrition Business & Commercialization for the Greater China Region for over three years in Shanghai. During her tenure, she worked roles across PepsiCo’s Health & Wellness portfolio in global brand, marketing, strategy and consumer insights. Henriques graduated with an M.S. in Marketing from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Davidson College. She also holds a certificate in Management and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics. For Henriques, the learning never ends. Her growth mindset leaves her curious and open to new experiences and exploration. Outside of work, she boxes, travels and enjoys spending quality time with her family.
Now Available: Discounted Hotel Room Block
BevNET Live takes place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Enjoy the SoCal weather, magnificent sunsets, views of the Santa Monica Pier, and superior accommodations at the famous beachfront hotel. The discounted room block saves you $100 per night. Rooms are first come, first served for registered attendees. All past room blocks have sold out. Register today to reserve your room.
Analysis and Advice Plus the Partners to Make it Happen
Actionable Insights from Market Leaders and Innovators
Our speakers are leaders in the beverage industry talking about their experiences, focused on moving the industry forward. They deliver talks on best practices, battle scars, data insights or cases that focus on getting to the next level and the lessons learned in the process.
Networking Opportunities Drive New Partnerships
We pace the event to promote conversations. Using the stage as a thought starter, people come to make industry connections and figure out how they can work together.
Awareness for Your Beverage Product or Service
The New Beverage Showdown pits the hottest new beverages against each other. Sample Bars are product showcases putting cutting-edge products in front of potential partners. The BevNET Live Expo is an intimate showcase of beverage-specific supplier and service companies.
Beverage School: Learn the Ropes of the Industry
Beverage School is a special “Beverages 101″ virtual component for early-stage entrepreneurs and industry newcomers. It is held virtually during the conference and is free for all BevNET Live attendees. Young beverage brands get up to speed, identify keys for growth and initiate critical conversations.
Beverage Decision Makers Attend BevNET Live
Health & Safety Protocols
In the interest of making our events as safe as possible for both attendees and staff, we will be implementing enhanced safety protocols similar to other industry events, professional and college sporting events and restaurant practices.