Lo and No Beverage Summit 2020 USA | Kisaco Research

How to innovate and gain scale in the premium low and non alcoholic drink sector

Download 2019 EU Agenda
Los Angeles, USA
2-3 June, 2020

“Consumer drinking habits are changing, with an increased focus on premiumisation and heritage. As consumers grow more confident and their repertoires become broader, it is no longer appropriate to look at drink categories in isolation.To unlock true value, we must identify where and how consumers want to enjoy drinks and ensure there is always a relevant offer for them.”

Madeleine Bedford, Senior Customer Category Manager, Diageo

Why Attend

The Lo & No Beverage Summit brings together the large multinationals, the mid tier independent brands and the disruptive start ups in one room to learn how to formulate and commercialise premium soft drinks to market at speed. In a time where development cycles are shortening, and consumer health demands are increasing we will be discussing how to fortify drinks with the sensory and social experience for consumer buy in. The event will address the barriers such as creating a successful branding story to educate the market on this new sector, perfecting the taste portfolio whilst managing the expectations of a clean label. With new mocktail concoctions in the space this is a chance to learn how to innovate product development strengthen communication and boost distribution channels to safeguard the successful launch.

100+
Delegates
20+
Speakers
6+
Hours of Networking
1
Must Attend Event

Who Will Be There

50%
Start-ups and Mid Tier Independent Brands
20%
Multinational Soft Drinks Providers
20%
Multinational Alcoholic Drinks Providers
5%
Venture Capital Firms
5%
Distributors
5%
Retail

Start-ups and Mid Tier Independent Brands

Multinational Soft Drinks Providers

Multinational Alcoholic Drinks Providers

Venture Capital Firms

Distributors

Retail

Early Confirmed Speakers

 

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S
 

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha
 

Ana Henriques

Vice President, Category and Marketing
AB InBev

Ana Henriques

Vice President, Category and Marketing
AB InBev

Ana Henriques

Vice President, Category and Marketing
AB InBev
 

Rob Fink

Founder & CEO
Big Drop Brewing

Rob Fink is CEO of Big Drop, a company he founded with zero brewing experience less than three years ago. And there wasn’t even anyone he could emulate… Rob was the first ever brewer to focus exclusively on Alcohol Free beer and the first to apply left-field fermenting techniques that meant no alcohol needed to be artificially extracted from the end product after brewing. Big Drop’s range of 0.5% ABV craft beers are available in supermarkets (Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons) with on-trade listings including: All Bar One, The Ivy Group, Barworks and Draft House.

Rob Fink

Founder & CEO
Big Drop Brewing

Rob Fink

Founder & CEO
Big Drop Brewing

Rob Fink is CEO of Big Drop, a company he founded with zero brewing experience less than three years ago. And there wasn’t even anyone he could emulate… Rob was the first ever brewer to focus exclusively on Alcohol Free beer and the first to apply left-field fermenting techniques that meant no alcohol needed to be artificially extracted from the end product after brewing. Big Drop’s range of 0.5% ABV craft beers are available in supermarkets (Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons) with on-trade listings including: All Bar One, The Ivy Group, Barworks and Draft House. It has won numerous awards including No/Lo Champion at the 2019 International Brewing Awards and - the ‘Holy Grail’ of any non-alcoholic drink - winning against full-strength competitors (eg at the World Beer Awards and King of Craft at the Casual Dining show). Now with exports shortly to account for half of sales, Big Drop is also becoming a big name overseas too.

 

Fabien Gross

CEO
Pierre Chavin

The wine house ‘Pierre Chavin’ was founded by Fabien Gross
and Mathilde Boulachin. Fabien Gross is a specialist of the art
of wine-blending and wine innovation.


Originally from Alsace, is grandfather, with whom he grew up,
had a wine estate and taught him the first tricks of the trade.
Fabien became passionate about viticulture and wanted to
delve into the scientific and biological aspects of the job.

Fabien Gross

CEO
Pierre Chavin

Fabien Gross

CEO
Pierre Chavin

The wine house ‘Pierre Chavin’ was founded by Fabien Gross
and Mathilde Boulachin. Fabien Gross is a specialist of the art
of wine-blending and wine innovation.


Originally from Alsace, is grandfather, with whom he grew up,
had a wine estate and taught him the first tricks of the trade.
Fabien became passionate about viticulture and wanted to
delve into the scientific and biological aspects of the job.


For this, Fabien went to study agronomy, oenology in
Burgundy and WSET Diploma (starting the Master of Wine).
After successfully completing this, he started a blitz career in
the French wine industry and in California.


After several top jobs at large French wineries, Fabien wanted
to develop his own wine estate. In 2010, his dream became
reality and he founded the Villa Noria domain, where he
focused on the production of organic, environmentallyfriendly
wines.


There, our winegrower met Mathilde Boulachin, a marketing
specialist, and they founded wine estate Pierre Chavin
together.


At Pierre Chavin, Fabien is the chief winemaker and in charge
of R&D, innovation. He creating since 2011 the new line of
alcohol free wine.


Pierre Chavin is now the first French producer of premium
alcohol free wines.

 

Courtney Dorne

President of Brands
Vertical Wellness
  • A Southern California girl at heart, Courtney grew up in her family’s restaurants for the first 14 years of her life. In the service industry, she learned nights, weekends, and holidays were just more opportunities to work a half day (12 hours) and to contribute to the family business. As a teenager, her first career in product telemarketing sales taught her the life lessons of rejection, the art of a good close, motivation, and knowing that each “No” she received just put her closer to the “Yes” she wanted.

Courtney Dorne

President of Brands
Vertical Wellness

Courtney Dorne

President of Brands
Vertical Wellness
  • A Southern California girl at heart, Courtney grew up in her family’s restaurants for the first 14 years of her life. In the service industry, she learned nights, weekends, and holidays were just more opportunities to work a half day (12 hours) and to contribute to the family business. As a teenager, her first career in product telemarketing sales taught her the life lessons of rejection, the art of a good close, motivation, and knowing that each “No” she received just put her closer to the “Yes” she wanted.  Following that path, Courtney moved across the country to run sales, marketing, and management for a chain of retail stores.  She honed her talents over many trade shows and industry events, and after spending years building someone else’s empire, Courtney decided to take a leap. She agreed to an equity position to return to the business she helped start on her living room floor back in high school.  
  • Fresh and Ready Foods became a fresh food manufacturer and distributor with more than 12,000 customers across the western US.  With 120,000 sq ft of FDA and USDA regulated kitchens running 24/7, and 70 daily truck routes from four distribution centers, the company grew to nearly 500 employees by servicing airlines, airports, hospitals, universities, the US Military, hotels, convention centers, convenience stores, and many others.  In fact, if you've been west of Texas or bought a pre-made sandwich in the past 20 years, there's a good chance Courtney had something to do with it. 
  • After selling the food company in late 2015, Courtney left in June of 2016 to take some time off and relax with her family. She clearly did not know what that meant, because in July of 2016, she joined The Vertical Companies in Agoura Hills as President of Brands.  One of the largest Cannabis Management Companies in the US, Vertical has roughly 1.5m sq ft of cultivation and manufacturing facilities, and manages large scale licensing, development, manufacturing, extraction, and distribution operations in the industry, along with retail and consumer brands.  Under Courtney's leadership, the company is launching multiple, unique brands across the US.
  • Her leadership continues as a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Hollywood chapter.  She began in 2010 in the Las Vegas Chapter and has held multiple leadership roles including Chair of WBN (Women's Business Network) and is on her chapter's leadership ladder. When not working or networking, Courtney enjoys spending her free time with her two inspiring children. She is also passionate about working to feed hungry children and is an avid supporter of multiple cancer organizations.
 

Bill Shufelt

CEO & Co-Founder
Athletic Brewing Company

Bill Shufelt

CEO & Co-Founder
Athletic Brewing Company

Bill Shufelt

CEO & Co-Founder
Athletic Brewing Company
 

Alana Burstein

Founder & President
Viv & Oak

Alana always had plans to one day run a business of her own. For years, wine was her drink of choice when entertaining friends. After an evening of one too many glasses of wine, Alana knew she wanted to end her relationship with alcohol. So she channeled her energy into inspiration.

Frustrated with the sugary and juicy taste of wines without alcohol on the market, Alana was motivated to innovate. In 2016, with the legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Alana sought solution that could result in a more predictable elevation than edibles and a healthier alternative to smoking.

Alana Burstein

Founder & President
Viv & Oak

Alana Burstein

Founder & President
Viv & Oak

Alana always had plans to one day run a business of her own. For years, wine was her drink of choice when entertaining friends. After an evening of one too many glasses of wine, Alana knew she wanted to end her relationship with alcohol. So she channeled her energy into inspiration.

Frustrated with the sugary and juicy taste of wines without alcohol on the market, Alana was motivated to innovate. In 2016, with the legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Alana sought solution that could result in a more predictable elevation than edibles and a healthier alternative to smoking.

Alana spent countless hours sourcing the finest California grapes and premium cannabis, researching compliance and technology, and developing a team that could bring her vision to life. And in 2019, Viv&Oak was born. Full of flavor, low in sugar and low in calories, her creation is disrupting the industry. With Viv&Oak, Alana hopes to help break the stigma around cannabis and encourage fellow health-conscious consumers to toast to something really worth celebrating.

 

Dooma Wendschuh

CEO & Co-Founder
Province Brands of Canada

Dooma Wendschuh, MFA is CEO & Co-Founder, of Province Brands of Canada.  Under Mr. Wendschuh’s leadership, PBC has earned global notoriety (more than 2,000 mentions in the global media), raised more than $20 Million from venture investors (now has a valuation north of $70 Million) and now employs some of the top research scientists in the cannabis space.

 

Dooma Wendschuh

CEO & Co-Founder
Province Brands of Canada

Dooma Wendschuh

CEO & Co-Founder
Province Brands of Canada

Dooma Wendschuh, MFA is CEO & Co-Founder, of Province Brands of Canada.  Under Mr. Wendschuh’s leadership, PBC has earned global notoriety (more than 2,000 mentions in the global media), raised more than $20 Million from venture investors (now has a valuation north of $70 Million) and now employs some of the top research scientists in the cannabis space.

 

Following more than one hundred speaking engagements, dozens of appearances on international television,  Mr. Wendschuh has emerged as a leading voice in the burgeoning cannabis industry - advocating for a new paradigm where cannabis products can be a less harmful alternative to alcohol.

 

Prior to founding Province Brands of Canada, Mr. Wendschuh co-founded and ran a Colorado-based cannabinoid research firm which sold to Canopy Growth Corp. for more than $430 Million.  

 

Before entering the cannabis industry, Mr. Wendschuh was co-founder & co-CEO of sekretagent Productions, a film & video game production company & advertising agency with offices in Los Angeles & Montreal.  Collectively, sekretagent’s video games grossed more than USD $6 billion in worldwide sales. sekretagent’s advertising division worked for The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Polaroid & others. Under Mr. Wendschuh’s leadership, sekretagent also sold 8 motion picture scripts to major studios & produced THE PLAGUE for Sony Screengems.

 

Mr. Wendschuh graduated magna cum-laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, & received his Masters from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema / Television Peter Stark Producing Program.

 

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer
 

Amy Ludlum

Co-Founder and CEO
California Dreamin

Amy Ludlum

Co-Founder and CEO
California Dreamin

Amy Ludlum

Co-Founder and CEO
California Dreamin
 

Heidi Dillon Otto

Portfolio Director, Non-Alcoholic Lead north America
Distill Ventures

Heidi Dillon Otto

Portfolio Director, Non-Alcoholic Lead north America
Distill Ventures

Heidi Dillon Otto

Portfolio Director, Non-Alcoholic Lead north America
Distill Ventures
 

Sam Thonis

Owner
Getaway

Sam Thonis

Owner
Getaway

Sam Thonis

Owner
Getaway
 

Lindsey Bauer

Food and Beverage Manager
Langham Hospitality Group

Lindsey Bauer

Food and Beverage Manager
Langham Hospitality Group

Lindsey Bauer

Food and Beverage Manager
Langham Hospitality Group
 

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale

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2019 Highlights

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The Agenda

We're delighted to be launching The Lo & No Beverage Summit in the USA, June 2020. 

We're still working on the 2020 agenda, please complete your details to receive a copy of the 2019 EU agenda to explore the type of topics that will be covered.

Watch highlights from the Personlised Nutrition Summit 2018:

 

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Find out more by calling us at +44 (0)20 3696 2920 or email us at [email protected].

Venue

Los Angeles

The Summit will take place in Los Angeles, the venue is to be confirmed 

Conference Packages

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Friday, February 21, 2020
EMERGING LOW AND NO ALCOHOL BRANDS/ START-UPS AND ON/OFF TRADE INDUSTRY - Super Early Bird Price
$799
Register and pay by 21 February 2020 to save $200
2 day conference pass
Breakfast, lunch and all networking refreshment breaks
For companies with up to £5m in annual revenue
Please note: Those offering consultancy or market intelligence services do not qualify for this rate
To increase your brand presence, contact Tom Ledward, [email protected]
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Friday, February 21, 2020
INDEPENDENT LOW AND NO BRANDS AND LARGE MULTINATIONAL BRANDS - Super Early Bird Price
$1,499
Register and pay by 21 February 2020 to save $500
2 day conference pass
Breakfast, lunch and all networking refreshment breaks
For Multinational Drinks Providers (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and Independent Brands and Distilleries with over $10m in annual revenue
To increase your brand presence, contact Tom Ledward, [email protected]
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Friday, February 21, 2020
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$1,999
Register and pay by February 21 2020 to save $600
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Breakfast, lunch and all networking refreshment breaks
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