The Leading Beverage Industry Event Returns to New York City!
For more than a decade, the CPG industry has bonded and learned together in New York City 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 heading back to the Metropolitan Pavilion next June. After a year off, we’re just going to have to make up for it with more knowledge, more collaboration, and more fun
On June 15 and 16, 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.
Industry All-Stars Speak at BevNET Live
CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe
Todd Carmichael is the co-founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee, a premier coffee roaster and retailer. Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for over three decades. By pressing the limits of taste, service, and most notably, coffee sourcing – visiting the world’s developing countries to responsibly gather the planet’s best coffee – Todd has converted the nation’s culinary elite into La Colombe drinkers. Along the way, he has made his company the country’s leading coffee roaster while managing it philanthropically. Fueled by Todd’s passion to push the U.S. coffee scene forward, La Colombe sits at the forefront of the ethical trade movement and regularly dabbles in new terrain, inventing ground-breaking new brewing devices and beverages, such as the first ever Draft Latte. He is also the host of two Travel Channel series, “Dangerous Grounds” and “Uncommon Grounds.”
Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Health-Ade Kombucha
迈克·克罗尔（Mike Copole）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.
General Manager, Oatly
Mike is the General Manager for OATLY leading all aspects of business and brand development in North America. OATLY makes vegan, plant based food and beverage products made out of oats and was originally founded in Sweden over 25 years ago. Prior to joining OATLY and launching it in the US, Mike held a variety of marketing and commercial roles at The Nature’s Bounty Co, Chobani, and PepsiCo. Before starting his career in CPG, Mike served as an Officer in the Navy in a variety of roles including nuclear engineering management on aircraft carriers. He has his MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their dog.
Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands
创始人/联合首席执行官杰森·科恩（Jason Cohen）在新泽西州北部长大，他的父母是一群移民父母的神童，来到美国寻求庇护。杰森（Jason）参加了马里兰州大学公园大学（University of Maryland），在那里他获得了营销和未成年人金融学士学位。大学后，杰森（Jason）继续为西北互惠生活（Northwestern Mutual Life）工作，在那里他很快成为该国最重要的保险销售人员之一。利用他的人际交往能力Jason与客户建立了联系，以寻找他的真正热情。最终导致他创造了一种更好的饮食方式，而无需牺牲口味和风格。1999年，杰森（Jason）成立了妈妈说，这是一家食品制造公司，在他在纽约州北部建造的一家工厂中生产了比斯科蒂（Biscotti）和饼干，并从保险销售中节省了钱。Working insurance by night and plant by day... In a few years, the company was able to establish a national brand where Jason partnered with Kellogg’s to grow the brand even further.. In 2005, the business was sold to NONNIS Inc., a portfolio brand of Windpoint Partners for 4x revenue. In 2005, Jason co-founded World Gourmet Marketing, creating better-for-you snacks under the flagship brand Sensible Portions, which included snacks such as Nationally recognized Veggie Straws,.. Under his management, the company achieved double-digit growth and became one of the fastest rising snack food industry purveyors. The company grew to just under $100MM in 4yrs. In 2010, World Sensible Portions brand sold for $110MM to The Hain Celestial Group, one of the leading providers of organic and natural foods. While at Hain Celestial, Jason served as President of the Club and Snack Division. In 2011, Jason founded Rickland Orchards, the first shelf stable Greek yogurt brand. In October 2013, after sales soared to $50 million in just 18 months, the company was sold for $57.5 million to B&G Foods, a public company. In 2013, Jason partnered with the founders of SkinnyPop Popcorn an early stage better for you play on popcorn. In 2014, Jason received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Excellence in Emerging category in the New Jersey region. in 2015 after enormous success SkinnyPop went public for 1.4 billion in shareholder value through Goldman Sachs and was recently acquired by Hershey’s. In January 2015, Jason co-founded Halen Brands, Inc., which quickly funded Chef’s Cut Real Jerky a premium jerky brand in March 2015. In July 2015 Halen Brands, Inc partnered with Core and most recently acquired OWYN. Which stands for ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. A simple clean approach to plant-based protein without compromising taste or style. In 2015 Jason and his wife Jamie created an Entrepreneurship Endowment at the University of Maryland to assist the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. In 2017 Jason was nominated to the University of MD Smith School Advisory Board and Mass Eye & Ear Advisory Board. In addition, Jason set up a foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Research at the University of Miami in 2017. In 2018 CORE HYDRATION, one of Halen Brands' strategic investments, sold to Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525mm In 2018 Halen Brands launched REAL FOOD FROM THE GROUND UP, utilizing cauliflower as its main ingredients to create a full line of snacks, crackers and chips. In 2019 Jason was nominated to University of Maryland Board of Trustees Jason currently resides in Northern NJ with his wife Jamie and two beautiful daughters Jordan and Hailey.
作为总统在Chobani,彼得·麦吉尼斯监督all global demand creation, supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, and research and development functions. He also leads the Chobani Café and the Chobani Food Incubator. Peter also oversaw Chobani’s first ever brand evolution, which was executed by the company’s newly formed in-house Creative agency. In his time at Chobani, the brand has risen to become the #1 Greek yogurt brand and the second largest yogurt manufacturer in America, reaching record share and launching more new products then at any other time in its history—including Chobani Flip, one of the fastest growing platforms in packaged foods. Throughout his tenure, Chobani has received widespread acclaim as a values-based, mission driven brand. This includes being named among Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for the last three years and “25 Brands That Matter Now,” Fortune’s “Change the World” list of brands, PEOPLE’s “50 Companies That Care,” and Reader’s Digest’s “Most Trusted Brands in Health and Wellness.” Chobani has also been honored with a “Salute of Greatness Award” by The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Peter’s innovative approach to leadership and strategy has earned him significant recognition, including being named to PR Week’s “Power List” and Path to Purchase Institute’s Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame, and receiving PR Week’s “Global Marketer of the Year Award,” Consumer Goods Technology’s “CMO of the Year Award,” and The CMO Club’s “CMO Marketing Innovation Award.” Prior to Chobani, Peter served as President and CEO of DDB Chicago and Gotham. He also served as Regional President of Europe/Middle East/Africa Momentum McCann World Group. He brings more than 20 years of global marketing experience to the company, with a record of shaping and growing some of the world’s most iconic brands including MasterCard, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Coca-Cola. He is an active industry leader, serving on influential boards including the Ad Council, AAAA, Advertising Education Foundation (AEF), the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), and the CMO Council of North America. He is a member of the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
玛雅法国Koia的创始人之一,蛋白质packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. French struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia Co-Founder, Dustin Baker, was testing out recipes in his Chicago kitchen. At this moment, French realized her calling was to create a functional product that would contribute to providing consumers with a healthier lifestyle. With only experience in journalism and fashion retail, French took a leap of faith into unknown territory to follow her dreams and partnered with Baker to launch Koia. Discovering an innovative dairy and soy-free option with a balance of high protein and low sugar made French look and feel better as she committed to a healthy diet change. After years of trials and customer research, she has become a natural foods industry expert and professional. Her focus now is on growing the Koia brand and driving awareness among consumers of how plant based, healthy lifestyle choices can benefit them. “As someone who is lactose-intolerant, there aren’t many protein products that aren’t dairy-based. I make it my personal mission as a co-founder to let everyone know they have Koia as an option,” French says. Besides being dairy-free, French’s favorite thing about Koia is that it is sweet but not high in sugar. “You can still have the taste profile you want without the guilt,” she comments. She is also a fan of how Koia uses only simple ingredients that consumers can actually recognize, making it clear what you're consuming every time you drink a Koia! With the help of French, Koia launched nationally at Whole Foods Market and quickly scaled to become the most productive refrigerated protein brands in the natural channel within 18 months of inception, and is now sold in 5,000 stores across the country.
CEO & Founder, Brew Dr. Kombucha
Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
Founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops is a woman and minority owned, innovative tea company with a mission to inspire human connection through tea. Based in Los Angeles, Tea Drops ethically sources all of their organic teas, and sheds about 20% less waste than traditional tea bag packaging. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art, and edgy design. A favorite of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, Tea Drops are also loved by Oprah Magazine, Forbes, and the Tory Burch Foundation.
Operating Partner, Continental Grain & Arlon Investments
Tyler Ricks has spent 25+ years creating value in the food and beverage industry. He’s held executive level positions at PepsiCo, Bear Naked, Plum Organics, Peet’s Coffee and Einstein Noah’s. Tyler recently transitioned from his position as CEO of Bagel Brands for JAB into a full-time Operating Partner role for Continental Grain and Arlon, a hybrid investment firm based in NYC. Tyler supports the venture and middle market segments of the portfolio. He serves as a Board Member for Wholesome Sweeteners, Cicis Pizza, Joyride Coffee and Kitu. Tyler has been an avid venture investor, participating in the success of Bear Naked, Evol Foods, I and Love and You, Kevita, Sweet Earth, Yasso, Sufferfest, Vive, Dang, Flying Embers, Ancient Nutrition, Grillo’s and Kitu. He recently relocated from Northern California to Connecticut with his wife Brianna and their three children.
VP, CPG & Enterprise Sales, SPINS
Founder & CEO, GT’s Living Foods
GT戴夫康普茶的类别的创造者dustry with his line of #1 selling products known as GT's Kombucha & Synergy. Over 20 years ago while he was barely a teenager, GT started brewing and bottling his authentic organic raw Kombucha in his parent's kitchen in Los Angeles. Since then, he has expanded his company's portfolio beyond Kombucha and has once again become a pioneer of cutting-edge wellness offerings including non-dairy kefirs, non-dairy raw coconut yogurts, probiotic shots, adaptogenic teas, and much more. GT continues to be the creative and visionary force behind all of GT's Living Foods while allowing the company to remain family-owned and operated.
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
We will be actively monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines with regard to vaccine and mask requirements, as well as current COVID conditions, and will advise our attendees regarding those policies at our events as our event dates get closer. Our top priorities are for the well-being and livelihoods of our attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff.