BevNET & NOSH Virtually Live Summer 2020 - AGENDA
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Virtual Expo Open --
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM Welcome --
11:10 AM - 11:50 AM Main Stage Panel: The Black Experience in the Food and Beverage Business -- The main stage begins with a look at the food and beverage business from the perspective of Black entrepreneurs and employees. Designed as both a listening session and a way to point toward possible solutions to systemic racism within the industry, the panel will draw from the participants’ varied professional backgrounds for a frank conversation intended to provoke thought, identify race-based challenges within the business environment, and begin the hard work of changing it for the better.
with Jomaree Pinkard, CEO & Co-Founder, Hella Cocktail Co.; Edzra Gibson, VP, Brand Marketing, good2grow; Denise Woodard, Founder & CEO, Partake Foods; Austin Stevenson, Chief Innovation Officer, Vertosa
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM Investor Speed Dating -- Apply to participate:
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option I - Panel: The New Shape of On-Premise -- With on-premise beverage programs now being upended, how is that segment -- fountain drinks, kegs, brands heavily invested in hotel/office/airport/cruise -- going to look now?
with Gerry Martin, President & CEO, Al's Beverage; David Belanich, President & Co-Founder, Joyride Coffee Distributors; Jessi Moffitt, Director of Innovation, Canteen
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option II - Education Session: Finance; Finding Angels in a Crisis -- In this breakout session, Liv Foods CEO Wade Brooks -- a professor of entrepreneurial practice -- will discuss key factors early stage brands should take into account when attempting to raise money from angel investors, particularly during uncertain financial times.
with Wade Brooks, CEO, Liv Foods Inc.
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option III - Brand Building in Our New World of Crisis -- As the pandemic carries into the summer and the country tops 100,000 deaths, brands continue to face the challenge of how to tackle marketing during a period of national crisis. Should summer campaigns developed months ago be scrapped in order to not appear insensitive? Do consumers want to be reminded of the crisis around them through well wishes and inspirational branding? How can companies navigate this unique challenge to messaging and consumer communication?
with Greg Fleishman, CEO & Co-Founder, Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery; Maya French, Co-founder, Koia; Raquel Tavares, Founder & CEO, 4th & Heart
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option IV - Data Presentation: Nutrition, Immunity, and Ingredients; Demand Now and Going Forward -- With the pandemic causing more interest in immunity-related products, what specific nutrients are consumers looking for? What are the product attributes, and how well are those translating into brands -- and into sales?
with Kathryn Peters, EVP of Business Development, SPINS; Jeff Crumpton, Retail Solutions Manager, SPINS; Xochitl Javier, VP Product Intelligence Innovation, SPINS
11:50 AM - 1:00 PM Breakout Option V: Intro to CBD & Water-Soluble Emulsion Technology (Extended sponsor session! Ends at 1 p.m.) -- Learn from the industry-leading water-soluble CBD emulsion supplier, SoRSE Technology, the basics about CBD and how it can seamlessly be integrated into any manufacturing process to create safe, stable, and scalable products. This webinar will include a presentation and live demonstration of SoRSE CBD solutions.
with Michael Flemmens, VP of Technical Business Development, SoRSE Technology
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option VI - Shattering the Paradigms of Grocery Retail Logistics (sponsor session) -- Are you having trouble meeting retail compliance requirements at your largest customers? The problem could be in your approach to grocery retail logistics. See how long-time prevailing transportation practices can lead to missed deliveries and chargeback headaches. Zipline Logistics’ president and co-founder Andrew Lynch will be speaking about how you can reduce your retail delivery costs and improve overall performance through specialized logistics partnerships. Our exclusive focus in the grocery retail space gives us the unique ability to offer brands a consultative approach to enhancing their logistics function while minimizing spend. 
with Andrew Lynch, President and Co-Founder, Zipline Logistics
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch, Livestream Interviews, Virtual Expo -- Make your way over to the Virtual Expo to see what's on display, or spend time with Taste Radio host Ray Latif as he interviews attendees.
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Main Stage Presentation and Panel: Insights on Now, Next and New -- Black Bamboo, a brand and innovation consultancy focused on the consumer goods space, will share key learnings from polling and interviews recently conducted with leaders and influencers in the world of CPG (from investors, large CPG, small CPG and industry experts) to analyze the impact of the COVID crisis on consumer needs and attitudes over three time horizons:
NOW (during the pandemics)
NEXT (during the recession that's expected to hit over the next 24 months)
NEW (coming out of the recession as we emerge into a new post COVID world)
with Eric Zeitoun, CEO & Founder, Black Bamboo; Corinne Shindelar, President Emeritus, Founder and former CEO, INFRA; Adnan Durrani, Founder & CEO, Saffron Road; Elliot Begoun, Founder, TIG (The Intertwine Group)
2:10 PM - 2:15 PM Break --
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option I - Interactive Workshop on Now, Next, and New -- Moving deeper with our panelists and presenter, audience members will be able to ask questions and create a game plan for incorporating presentation findings into their branding and marketing plans, as well as discuss their implications for future consumer outreach and interaction.
with Eric Zeitoun, CEO & Founder, Black Bamboo; Adnan Durrani, Founder & CEO, Saffron Road; Corinne Shindelar, President Emeritus, Founder and former CEO, INFRA; Elliot Begoun, Founder, TIG (The Intertwine Group)
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option II - Discussion: Best Practices for Building a Digital Brand Platform and eCommerce Business -- Direct to consumer, digital, and social media marketing is on the front burner right now.  Hear thoughts on how to build digital-first brands, and how to convert that online brand love into online sales through eCommerce.  
with Benjamin Witte, Founder & CEO, Recess; Dan Baum, CEO, MULTIPLY; Helena Price Hambrecht, Co-Founder, Haus; Nik Sharma, CEO, Sharma Brands; Jason Badal, Director, CPG, Shopify Plus, Shopify
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option III - Education Session/Trade Spend 1: Costs and Planning -- Bob Burke and John Maggiore take attendees into the ways they can create effective trade spend and promotional planning and the best ways to incorporate effective programs into company budgets -- and to monitor those programs for maximum sustained lift.
with John Maggiore, Founder, Maggiore Sales and Marketing; Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option IV - Panel: Ready-To-Drink Cocktails -- In this category overview, BevNET founder John Craven will discuss the growing trend of RTD cocktails and the tailwinds they are experiencing during at-home and takeout occasions, as well as the road ahead.
with John Craven, CEO & Founder,; Neal Cohen, Co-Founder, Tip Top Cocktails; Lawrence Cisneros, CEO, Drnxmyth; Sean Venus, Founder & Distiller, Venus Spirits; Brian May, Co-Founder, Proof & Union
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option V - Data Presentation: How COVID Has Changed the Consumer -- Three months into COVID, after the initial panic-induced sales spikes have settled, what have we learned about consumer behavior with regards to food and beverage during this time?
with Darrell Jursa, Principal, Media Intelligence & Innovation, IRI; Joan Driggs, VP, Content and Thought Leadership, IRI
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option VI - If COVID-19 doesn’t kill your brand, then a quality issue will. (sponsor session) -- Don’t let a quality issue kill your beverage brand. Learn how to ensure that your beverage’s consistent quality serves as an asset to your brand while saving money in the long run.
with Hannah Krieg, Laboratory Technician, The Lab; Matt Hall, Director Of Innovation and Pilot Services, The Lab; Kathy Evgen, Director of Sales, BevSource; Erin Marvin-Barnes, Supply Chain Manager, BevSource
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Main Stage: Coffee Talk and Interviews -- Enjoy interviews conducted by Taste Radio host Ray Latif.
3:30 PM - 4:10 PM Main Stage: Crisis and Culture -- CEOs on Maintaining Work Culture and Standards -- From a Distance -- A discussion of the way leaders and organizations have been both stressed and stretched, the battle for CEOs and Employees to stay healthy, and a discussion of the future of work
with Chris Hunter, CEO/Co-Founder, Koia; Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO, Simple Mills; Kevin Rutherford, CEO, nuun
4:10 PM - 4:15 PM Break --
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option I - Interview: Branding and Marketing with Liquid Death -- Liquid Death rapidly made headlines and captured a loyal consumer base through evocative, heavy metal-themed marketing. A one-on-one talk with founder and CEO Mike Cessario about how brands can take a niche and build beyond it through evocative marketing.
with Mike Cessario, CEO, Liquid Death
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option II - Education Session/Trade Spend 2: Tools and Execution -- In part 2 of their look at the basics of trade spend, Burke and Maggiore explore the types, values, and uses of different promotional discounts and distributor and retailer programs, all designed to create better movement for your brands, as well as give you the tools to track their execution.  
with John Maggiore, Founder, Maggiore Sales and Marketing; Bob Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting Group
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option III - The Philanthropic Brand -- A discussion on integrating philanthropy into your business for brands of all sizes, looking at how to effectively and authentically give back and how philanthropy and a social mission can be beneficial to brands from an investor and consumer standpoint.
with Ryan Fortwendel, Founder, Minna; Jensen Thome, CEO, This Saves Lives; Shadi Bakour, Co-founder and CEO, Pathwater
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option IV - Data Presentation: Edibles, Drinkables, and the Virus; The State of CBD Products During COVID -- The state of CBD products during COVID-19 and where the market goes from here
with Jessica Lukas, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development , BDSA
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option V - Myth Busting: Pandemic Edition -- Dispelling 5 CPG Urban Legends (sponsor session) -- Exploring five urban legends about the future of operating a packaged food & beverage business during the age of COVID-19.
with Glenn Pappalardo, Business Partner, Strategy & New Initiatives, JPG Resources; Rifle Hughes, Strategy & Innovation, JPG Resources
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Option VI - Enhancing Functionality with Probiotics (sponsor session) -- Over the last few months, daily lives around the world have changed considerably. These changes have resulted in consumers’ increased awareness and prioritization of being proactive in one’s health. Functional food and beverages play a vital role in supporting healthy choices. Join us as we discuss probiotics, how they can support the health of consumers and how your formulations can benefit from the inclusion of Bacillus subtilis DE111. 
with Leanne Levy, Director of Marketing, Food & Beverage, Deerland; Maricarmen Grethen, Food Scientist, Deerland
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM End of Programming Day --
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Home Bar Happy Hour - Presented by ForceBrands and Cooper Spirits --
Please note that event agendas are subject to change.