Lo and No Beverage Summit 2020 USA | Kisaco Research

Grow your business and boost ROI by building on great taste and experience

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Virtual Summit | PST TimeZone
4-9 November, 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

“The Lo & No Summit was a fantastic event which brought together the leaders and innovators in this exciting and rapidly evolving category. I would highly recommend anyone interested in this space to attend.”

Stephan Dillon, Managing Director, RTM Beverages

Why Attend

As sober-curious consumers embrace new lifestyle choices, the low and no alcohol industry is gearing up for considerable growth in North America. According to the IWSR Global opportunities in Low and No Alcohol report, in the USA alone, 52% of consumers are trying to reduce their alcohol intake. This is inline with the global trend of health consciousness fuelled by wellness culture. But this begs the question is the mindful drinking movement here to stay or is it just a fad?

The pandemic has been a teaching moment for many of us.  Good for the planet – good for me is the major driving force for consumers upping their consumption online. Many brands are shifting to direct to consumer strategies creating more choice and opportunities. How will e-commerce, creating bar experience at home, mindful drinking choices, distant togetherness and on-demand delivery trends develop?

There is a wealth of untapped opportunity for disruptive start-ups, mid-tier independent beverage brands as well as multinationals, to create great tasting drinks to cater for this growing market. The Lo & No Beverage Summit: North America, November 4,5 & 9  taking place Virtually is your opportunity to meet with incumbent international brands venturing into the low and no alcohol category, innovative and disruptive low and no start-ups, as well as venture capitalists and ingredients manufacturers who are all entering the low and no space. Network with on/off traders who are hacking into this consumer trend with ingenious menus featuring the latest creations.

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What will the Lo & No Beverage Summit: North America help you to achieve?

Embracing new consumer preferences: Explore the latest trends from data analytics and the key drivers for the lo and no category. Understand best ways to partner with online distributors and benefit from direct to consumer strategies

Engaging the consumer: Discover how established and aspiring brands have developed their messaging, packaging and serving methods to meet with mindful drinkers’ expectations.

Market access: Network with buyers who are actively formulating their low and no strategies and looking to discover innovative products that entice the sober curious

Gaining distribution: Learn from successful brands on their key challenges when entering or expanding in the US and Canadian markets.

Strategizing: Understand the growing consumption trends to future-proof your business

Product pricing and placements: Learn what works and what doesn’t

Innovation: stay informed in the latest breakthroughs and innovations in the premium adult drinks category including CBD and other functional drinks

Regulation: Get the latest information from Federal and State level regulators on labelling requirements and descriptors, to support your market access strategy

Troubleshooting: Network with investors, learn from their strategies and find solutions for your financing needs

Who Will Be There

40%
Start-ups and Mid Tier Independent Brands
20%
Multinational Soft Drinks Providers
20%
Multinational Alcoholic Drinks Providers
5%
Venture Capital Firms
5%
On trade
5%
Off trade
5%
E-commerce and Logistics Companies

Start-ups and Mid Tier Independent Brands

Multinational Soft Drinks Providers

Multinational Alcoholic Drinks Providers

Venture Capital Firms

On trade

Off trade

E-commerce and Logistics Companies

Early Confirmed Attending Companies

Speakers

 

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer

Warren Bobrow

Author, Mixologist, Barman, Owner, Cocktail Whisperer
 

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends from across 157 countries, including market forecasts. As COO, Brandy oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean region.

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends from across 157 countries, including market forecasts. As COO, Brandy oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean region.

Brandy joined the IWSR after 18 years of management experience in the beverage alcohol industry, with previous positions at Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines, William Grant & Sons, and Bacardi Limited. In these roles, she worked across multiple markets, covering brand commercial strategy, trade marketing, consumer engagement and product innovation. Brandy also ran her own consulting practice for many years, specializing in brand-building for media and consumer packaged goods, with clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Ritz Carlton, Beam Suntory and Bowers & Wilkins.

Brandy writes extensively about beverage alcohol in both national and trade publications. She sits on the advisory board of Vinexpo New York and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including National Beverage Alcohol Control Association, Wine and Spirits/Beer Business Summit, Bar Convent, Brewer’s Association and BevNet. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Tufts University and has done graduate studies in literature at Harvard University.

 

Tom Allison

Head of Investment Strategy & M&A
ZX Ventures

Tom Allison

Head of Investment Strategy & M&A
ZX Ventures

Tom Allison

Head of Investment Strategy & M&A
ZX Ventures
 

Bill Gamelli

Founder and CEO
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

As an innovator in the No/Lo alcohol adult beverage industry, Bill and his family are proud to be exporting their premium drinks, made in the U.K., to 3 Continents. Bill brings his 15 years of finance experience at the global investment banks where his practice focused on post IPO and M&A liquidity for Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Start-up Company clients.

Bill Gamelli

Founder and CEO
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

Bill Gamelli

Founder and CEO
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

As an innovator in the No/Lo alcohol adult beverage industry, Bill and his family are proud to be exporting their premium drinks, made in the U.K., to 3 Continents. Bill brings his 15 years of finance experience at the global investment banks where his practice focused on post IPO and M&A liquidity for Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Start-up Company clients. Bill earned his undergraduate degree with double majors in economics and political science from Boston University, where he met his roommate, friend, and co-founder, Jim Dowla and, lucky for him, his wife Tracy. She turned out to be the inspiration for creating Mocktails,  along with other family members among the Founders, Jim Dowla ad Mark Guthrie. Once Bill discovered that Mark and Jim were also starting a No/Lo alcohol beverage company, and they realized that 3 of 6 adults in their families were non-drinkers, it was an easy decision to pool their resources, and Mocktails was born. 

 

Mark Livings

CEO
Lyre's

Mark Livings

CEO
Lyre's

Mark Livings

CEO
Lyre's
 

Matt D’Aloia

Vice President
Martignetti

Matt D’Aloia

Vice President
Martignetti

Matt D’Aloia

Vice President
Martignetti
 

Pete Marino

President of Emerging Growth
MillerCoors

Pete Marino

President of Emerging Growth
MillerCoors

Pete Marino

President of Emerging Growth
MillerCoors
 

Ana Henriques

Global Vice President, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
AB InBev

Ana Henriques

Global Vice President, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
AB InBev

Ana Henriques

Global Vice President, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
AB InBev
 

Jakub Skyvara

Head of Food and Beverage
Sunset Marquis Hotels and Villas

Jakub Skyvara

Head of Food and Beverage
Sunset Marquis Hotels and Villas

Jakub Skyvara

Head of Food and Beverage
Sunset Marquis Hotels and Villas
 

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.

 

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.

 

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
 

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha

David Begg

Founder
Real Kombucha
 

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale

Julie Cielo

Founder
Ferm Fatale
 

Marcus Sakey

Co-Founder
Ritual

Marcus Sakey

Co-Founder
Ritual

Marcus Sakey

Co-Founder
Ritual
 

Derek Brown

Owner
Columbia Room

Derek Brown is a spirits and cocktail expert, consultant, writer, and owner of 2017 Spirited Award winning “Best American Cocktail Bar” Columbia Room, and author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World published by Rizzoli in April 2019. His work has earned several James Beard Award nominations, "Author of the Year" for the 2020 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards, and 2015 “Bartender of the Year” in Imbibe magazine.

Derek Brown

Owner
Columbia Room

Derek Brown

Owner
Columbia Room

Derek Brown is a spirits and cocktail expert, consultant, writer, and owner of 2017 Spirited Award winning “Best American Cocktail Bar” Columbia Room, and author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World published by Rizzoli in April 2019. His work has earned several James Beard Award nominations, "Author of the Year" for the 2020 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards, and 2015 “Bartender of the Year” in Imbibe magazine. He is also Chief Spirits Advisor to the National Archives Foundation and a Distinguished Fellow at Catholic University’s Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. Brown’s writing on spirits and cocktails has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox and other publications. In 2019, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema named him one of the fifteen trailblazers since 2000 that have made Washington, D.C. a better place to eat (and drink).

 

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends from across 157 countries, including market forecasts. As COO, Brandy oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean region.

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand

COO
The IWSR

Brandy Rand is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends from across 157 countries, including market forecasts. As COO, Brandy oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean region.

Brandy joined the IWSR after 18 years of management experience in the beverage alcohol industry, with previous positions at Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines, William Grant & Sons, and Bacardi Limited. In these roles, she worked across multiple markets, covering brand commercial strategy, trade marketing, consumer engagement and product innovation. Brandy also ran her own consulting practice for many years, specializing in brand-building for media and consumer packaged goods, with clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Ritz Carlton, Beam Suntory and Bowers & Wilkins.

Brandy writes extensively about beverage alcohol in both national and trade publications. She sits on the advisory board of Vinexpo New York and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including National Beverage Alcohol Control Association, Wine and Spirits/Beer Business Summit, Bar Convent, Brewer’s Association and BevNet. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Tufts University and has done graduate studies in literature at Harvard University.

 

Danny Stepper

CEO
L.A. Libations

Danny Stepper

CEO
L.A. Libations

Danny Stepper

CEO
L.A. Libations
 

Jeff Stevens

Founder
Wellbeing Brewing

Jeff Stevens

Founder
Wellbeing Brewing

Jeff Stevens

Founder
Wellbeing Brewing
 

Marlon Hernandez

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Lead
MolsonCoors

Marlon Hernandez

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Lead
MolsonCoors

Marlon Hernandez

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Lead
MolsonCoors
 

Lorelei Bandrovschi

Owner
Listen Bar

Lorelei Bandrovschi

Owner
Listen Bar

Lorelei Bandrovschi

Owner
Listen Bar
 

Laura Lashley

National Education manager
Seedlip

Laura Lashley

National Education manager
Seedlip

Laura Lashley

National Education manager
Seedlip
 

Stephen Dillon

Founder
Noki & Co.

Stephen Dillon is the founder of Dublin based drinks innovation company RTM Beverages  - The RTM portfolio is  heavily focused on the No-Lo categories - Noki & Co. The Alcohol Free Gin & Tonic flavoured drink was launched in November 2018 and Loki & Co. Europe's first 'Hard Seltzer' was launched in 2017. A serial entrepreneur in the drinks industry Stephen has previously established a number of brands and businesses, he most recently worked as European Sales Director for the craft & speciality division of Ab-InBev.

Stephen Dillon

Founder
Noki & Co.

Stephen Dillon

Founder
Noki & Co.

Stephen Dillon is the founder of Dublin based drinks innovation company RTM Beverages  - The RTM portfolio is  heavily focused on the No-Lo categories - Noki & Co. The Alcohol Free Gin & Tonic flavoured drink was launched in November 2018 and Loki & Co. Europe's first 'Hard Seltzer' was launched in 2017. A serial entrepreneur in the drinks industry Stephen has previously established a number of brands and businesses, he most recently worked as European Sales Director for the craft & speciality division of Ab-InBev. Stephen is a qualified beer sommelier and holds a WSET diploma in wines & spirits - he specialises in spotting trends in the drinks industry and bring innovative products to market at pace.

 

David Crooch

Co-Founder
Ritual Beverage Company

David Crooch

Co-Founder
Ritual Beverage Company

David Crooch

Co-Founder
Ritual Beverage Company
 

Ted Fleming

CEO
Partake Brewing

Ted Fleming

CEO
Partake Brewing

Ted Fleming

CEO
Partake Brewing
 

Eugenio Muraro

Founder CEO
MeMento

He has over 15 years of work experience in Sales & Marketing, first in the mechanical sector and then in the renewable energy sector. It was a period, during which he has achieved a mixture of skills and a knowledge of the international scene through frequent business trips abroad. His

Eugenio Muraro

Founder CEO
MeMento

Eugenio Muraro

Founder CEO
MeMento

He has over 15 years of work experience in Sales & Marketing, first in the mechanical sector and then in the renewable energy sector. It was a period, during which he has achieved a mixture of skills and a knowledge of the international scene through frequent business trips abroad. His
passion for the world of cocktails led him in 2002 to successfully attend a professional bartending course. Later he participated in the 2015-2017 MBA Executive of the MIP Politecnico di Milano. The Master Degree program included the presentation of a business plan for the creation of a startup company and his project was awarded in July 2017. This project is called MeMento.

 

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S

Craig Hutchison

Founder and Managing Director
CEDER’S
 

Jake Hegeman

Assistant General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America

Jake Hegeman

Assistant General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America

Jake Hegeman

Assistant General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
 

Smoke Wallin

CEO
Vertical Wellness

Smoke Wallin

CEO
Vertical Wellness

Smoke Wallin

CEO
Vertical Wellness
 

Sharelle Klaus

Founder & CEO
DRY

Sharelle Klaus

Founder & CEO
DRY

Sharelle Klaus

Founder & CEO
DRY
 

Aga Jarzabek

Research Analyst
Euromonitor

Aga Jarzabek

Research Analyst
Euromonitor

Aga Jarzabek

Research Analyst
Euromonitor
 

Tom Britz

President/ CEO
Glacier Hops Ranch

A career business development professional, Tom is the Founder and CEO of Glacier Hops Ranch, which pioneered Hopzoil® back in 2015.  Tom previously held senior management positions in the U.S. ski resort industry in Vail, Colorado as well as in the payments industry.

A hop-industry insider, Tom was the first-ever national At-Large Director of the Hop Growers of America (HGA) and was subsequently appointed as National Chairman of the HGA’s Small Grower Council.  

Now living in the shadow of Glacier National Park, Tom and his team call Whitefish, Montana home.

Tom Britz

President/ CEO
Glacier Hops Ranch

Tom Britz

President/ CEO
Glacier Hops Ranch

A career business development professional, Tom is the Founder and CEO of Glacier Hops Ranch, which pioneered Hopzoil® back in 2015.  Tom previously held senior management positions in the U.S. ski resort industry in Vail, Colorado as well as in the payments industry.

A hop-industry insider, Tom was the first-ever national At-Large Director of the Hop Growers of America (HGA) and was subsequently appointed as National Chairman of the HGA’s Small Grower Council.  

Now living in the shadow of Glacier National Park, Tom and his team call Whitefish, Montana home.

 

Shari B Mahon

Chief of Global Flavor Application Technology
Sweegen

Shari leads the company’s flavor technology and product development activities, focusing specifically on working directly with clients to deliver great tasting, healthier food and beverage options for their
consumers and expanding and strengthening their brand position.

Prior to joining Sweegen in 2018, Shari held various executive roles in the flavor industry focusing on domestic and global innovation with a proven track record in commercializing flavor and ingredient technologies. 

Shari B Mahon

Chief of Global Flavor Application Technology
Sweegen

Shari B Mahon

Chief of Global Flavor Application Technology
Sweegen

Shari leads the company’s flavor technology and product development activities, focusing specifically on working directly with clients to deliver great tasting, healthier food and beverage options for their
consumers and expanding and strengthening their brand position.

Prior to joining Sweegen in 2018, Shari held various executive roles in the flavor industry focusing on domestic and global innovation with a proven track record in commercializing flavor and ingredient technologies. 

Shari has been a successful senior leader in product and process development, global innovation and business development for 32 years and worked for Brown Forman, Flavorman, Sensient, Firmenich, Mane,
Senomyx and Chromocell.

Shari received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and an Executive MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

 

Chris Todd

Insights Director
Black Swan Data

Chris is an experienced consumer insights specialist who works day-to-day with global clients across the Food & Beverage, Home Care and Personal Care categories to inform their Innovation, Strategy and Marketing decisions using social data and trend prediction methodologies.

Chris Todd

Insights Director
Black Swan Data

Chris Todd

Insights Director
Black Swan Data

Chris is an experienced consumer insights specialist who works day-to-day with global clients across the Food & Beverage, Home Care and Personal Care categories to inform their Innovation, Strategy and Marketing decisions using social data and trend prediction methodologies.

 

Phil Norminton

Vice President of Insights
Black Swan Data

Phil Norminton

Vice President of Insights
Black Swan Data

Phil Norminton

Vice President of Insights
Black Swan Data
 

Ed Gerard

Global Director Business Development
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

Ed Gerard has spent the last two decades working in Fine Wine & Spirits industries on both sides of the Atlantic. His background covers importation, wholesale, retail and hospitality. Most recently Ed spent 8 years at Harrods as Head of Wines, Spirits, Cigars and Pharmacy where he orchestrated the multi-million pound development of the lower ground space into the award winning location it is today. He has followed the No & Lo category with keen interest for the last few years and has joined in the mission now as Global Director Business Development with Mocktail Beverages. 

Ed Gerard

Global Director Business Development
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

Ed Gerard

Global Director Business Development
Mocktail Beverages Inc.

Ed Gerard has spent the last two decades working in Fine Wine & Spirits industries on both sides of the Atlantic. His background covers importation, wholesale, retail and hospitality. Most recently Ed spent 8 years at Harrods as Head of Wines, Spirits, Cigars and Pharmacy where he orchestrated the multi-million pound development of the lower ground space into the award winning location it is today. He has followed the No & Lo category with keen interest for the last few years and has joined in the mission now as Global Director Business Development with Mocktail Beverages. 

 

Laura Schulman

Co-Founder
Crave It PR

I love the food world. All of it. I love the passionate people who put their hearts and souls into building brands. The immense talent I get to know and work with – industry veterans, dietitians, chefs, start-ups, non-profits – and individuals who have a common interest in creating a more exciting, more diverse and more sustainable food system for the future.

Laura Schulman

Co-Founder
Crave It PR

Laura Schulman

Co-Founder
Crave It PR

I love the food world. All of it. I love the passionate people who put their hearts and souls into building brands. The immense talent I get to know and work with – industry veterans, dietitians, chefs, start-ups, non-profits – and individuals who have a common interest in creating a more exciting, more diverse and more sustainable food system for the future.

I have spent more than two decades in this world, and where I am today is truly the best part of the journey. I started my own firm in 2019 with the goal of doing what I do best, enjoying my work and making an impact. I learned so much working at the best global PR firms in the world (Weber Shandwick, Edelman, Burson Marsteller) on best-in-class clients including PepsiCo, Quaker, Campbell Soup Company, Oreo, Kraft, ADM, Cherry Marketing Institute and National Confectioners Association. And, it’s how I met my co-founder Etienne Hernandez – Medina who I’m proud to be partnering with on food forward work.

In my most recent role as an SVP, Partner at FleishmanHillard, I built and ran the Chicago office’s multi-million-dollar Food & Nutrition practice from the ground up. I started Food Futures Strategies. Now it was time to build something of my own. I created Crave It PR with my co-founder, colleague and friend Etienne Hernandez-Medina, the CEO of H+M Communications, to put game-changing brands front and center in today’s food culture, and grow their relevance and revenue in new, exciting ways.

 

Kristen Bareuther

Managing Director
First Bev

Kristen Bareuther

Managing Director
First Bev

Kristen Bareuther

Managing Director
First Bev
 

David Bassani

Director Investments
ZX Ventures

David Bassani

Director Investments
ZX Ventures

David Bassani

Director Investments
ZX Ventures
 

Anna Whitehouse

Vice President
Coefficient Capital

Anna is a Vice President at Coefficient Capital, a growth equity fund investing consumer products that leverage technology to create competitive advantage. Entrepreneur named Anna one of its 100 Powerful Women of 2020 and Business Insider named her one of its “30 and Under: Rising Stars in Venture.

Anna Whitehouse

Vice President
Coefficient Capital

Anna Whitehouse

Vice President
Coefficient Capital

Anna is a Vice President at Coefficient Capital, a growth equity fund investing consumer products that leverage technology to create competitive advantage. Entrepreneur named Anna one of its 100 Powerful Women of 2020 and Business Insider named her one of its “30 and Under: Rising Stars in Venture.

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2019 Highlights

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We're delighted to be launching The Virtual Lo & No Beverage Summit, 4,5 & 9 November 2020. 

Key agenda highlights include: 

  • Meet decision makers representing established and emerging brands including MolsonCoors and Partake Brewing; on and off trade establishments such as Park Street and Sunset Marquis Hotels and Villas; and investors at the only business to business platform in the low and no alcohol category in North America

  • Learn about the disruptive forces that underpin consumers’ preferences for low and no beverages, and understand how your business can make the most of these opportunities

  • Engage in experience sharing with industry leaders to take ownership of your brand’s destiny by understanding how to maximize sales and ensure a unique product offering

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