Rachael Young is the founder and CEO of YAYAYA, a beverage company focused on crafting feel-good functional energy drinks made with yaupon and infused with herbs. Described as a tea-like plant, Yaupon is high in caffeine and theobromine, a nootropic identified as a mood booster.
Lefteris Giaprakis is the founder and CEO of Drink Gifted Corp., the creators of mastic elixirs. The company aims to provide healthy and functional botanical beverages utilizing mastic, a fragrant sap from Greece known for its medicinal properties.
Upwell Beverages makes flavored sparkling water infused with broad spectrum hemp extract. Mark Niederhaus is the co-founder of the startup brand, which aims to differentiate with its zero sugar offerings.
Matthew Rich is the founder and CEO of Be Mindful Beverages, a company aiming to provided better options for under served markets, starting with natural energy. Its first product line offers low sugar, organic and clean label energy drinks with sophisticated flavors, caffeine sourced from green tea and antioxidants and vitamins from natural juices and herbs.
Carlos Ponce is the co-founder and CEO of UbU Beverages, a company that offers sparkling functional tonics without any sugar, sweeteners or caffeine. The brand’s energy and hemp tonics deliver antioxidants, prebiotics and electrolytes, aiming to serve the active Gen X consumer.
Julian Hakim is a partner at Agua Rica, a modern aguas frescas brand that aims to bring the traditional Mexican treat to the drink isle in a natural way. The startup brand which launched just four months ago crafts its lineup of beverages using all natural and non-gmo ingredients with real cane sugar.
Arpit Bhopalkar is the co-founder and CEO of Bhoomi, a mission-based brand that makes cold-pressed sugar cane beverages. The company hopes to change consumers’ perception of sugar cane and it’s health benefits, while supporting minority farmers in the U.S. and focusing on sustainability.
Jack Doheny is the co-founder of Bold Brew Coffee, a brand that aims to fuel active lifestyle consumers with organic coffee drinks. The company produces classic cold brew, nitro cold brew, and oat milk lattes in cans.
Lillard Anthony Wong is the co-founder of Sir Owlverick’s with his partner Amy Tang, who is a third generation coffee roaster. The brand focuses on crafting a classic medium roast with a smooth taste profile to appeal to a wide audience, while offering new and innovate SKUs like Vietnamese iced coffee and cold brewed double espresso shots.
Mike Cornwell is the CMO of Phivida, a company that launched its first foray into the ready-to-drink beverage space with OKI, a line of hemp CBD-infused teas and flavored waters. The brand is focused on using the highest quality ingredients and testing to ensure potency and purity.
Evy Chen is the founder of Evy Tea, a company that makes a line of shelf-stable cold brewed teas using organic ingredients and honey as the sweetener. The brand was one of the first to market making cold brewed teas, setting it apart from competitors.
Andrew Aussie is the president of Up to Good, a beverage company that is upcycling coffee waste to offer a unique energy drink. The beverage is brewed with cascara, the coffee cherry, which is normally disposed of in coffee processing. The brand believes its sustainable focus, direct trade practices and mission to give back to coffee farmers will resonate with millennials.
Lauren Mones is the founder and CEO of Fermenting Fairy, a company that develops a line of probiotic and fermented foods focused on healing the gut. The brand’s clean ingredient beverages include fermented ginger-based lemonades and vegan coconut milk kefir.
Jake Bullock is the co-founder of CANN, a low dose cannabis tonic designed for social drinking. The company aims to make cannabis more approachable to mainstream consumers and newcomers to the cannabis market.