Speakers

  • Chris Campbell
  • Chris Campbell

  • Co-founder and CEO
  • Chameleon Cold-Brew
  • LinkedIn Chris Campbell
  • In the heart of Austin, Texas, in 2010, two neighbors and self-professed coffee geeks created something so profound that it demanded to be shared with the world. Months of experimenting with different formulas and brewing methods had produced the best coffee they’d ever tasted. Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee was born.Founders Chris Campbell and Steve Williams each brought a unique perspective but shared a deep-seated passion for coffee. A recent escapee of Corporate America, Chris was intrigued by the promise of cold brewed coffee but never tasted anything up to his standards.The two men saw the opportunity to craft a better cold-brew and seized it.The result was a revelation.Chameleon Cold-Brew has grown over the years, but Chris and Steve and their uncompromising standards remain the foundation of their company.

  • Chameleon Cold-Brew

  • Dinah Diaz
  • Dinah Diaz

  • Sr. Market Development Manager
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • LinkedIn Dinah Diaz
  • Dinah leads the North America Delivery System Springboard which includes beverages, encapsulation, and pharmaceutical starches. In her role Dinah leverages product, market and customer knowledge to strategically position the business for growth and profitability. During the past 8 years she has been responsible for the launch of such novel products as Q-Naturale®, PURITY GUM® Ultra and FOAMATION™. Dinah earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Rutger’s University.

  • Ingredion Incorporated

  • Donna Brooks
  • Donna Brooks

  • Sr. Business Development Manager
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • LinkedIn Donna Brooks
  • Donna is responsible for driving the global marketing and business development for the Ingredion Delivery Systems Springboard. Her responsibilities include ownership of New Product Development programs, as well as working closely with the Regional Go-to-Market teams to identify and develop new sales opportunities and support the existing business at key accounts. Donna joined Ingredion Incorporated in 2010 from Danisco where she had previous roles in Sales & Marketing for Sweetener, Nutritional, and Texturizing ingredients. Prior to her work at Danisco, she worked for Weight Watchers Food Company as a Food Technologist in New Product Development. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Vermont.

  • Ingredion Incorporated

  • Elaine Drummond, PhD
  • Elaine Drummond, PhD

  • Clinical & Technology Development
  • Glanbia Nutritionals
  • LinkedIn Elaine Drummond, PhD
  • Elaine Drummond, PhD, is Clinical & Technology Development Specialist with the BD team at Glanbia Nutritionals. She is involved in portfolio management, which entails scouting of new bioactive ingredients and taking them through the risk analysis process to market launch in the USA and Europe. Part of her role sees her liaise with partners and provide scientific support for customers, while also engaging in prototype design, media communication and clinical data handling.

  • Glanbia Nutritionals

  • Elaine Watson
  • Elaine Watson

  • Editor
  • FoodNavigator USA
  • LinkedIn Elaine Watson
  • Elaine has more than 15 years’ experience in multimedia business journalism and events management in the UK and the USA, covering subjects as diverse as industrial espionage, open innovation, and food labeling.

    She has also organized and chaired face-to-face and online events from seminars and round table debates to conferences on everything from radio-frequency ID tagging to the gluten-free market.

    Elaine began her career in journalism at an online food trading exchange called efdex in the UK and went on to work for a series of publications including The Grocer, Food Manufacture and Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition. In 2002, she was named Features Writer of the Year by the UK Periodical Publishers Association at its inaugural Food and Drink Journalism Awards.

    Elaine moved from the UK to Ohio in spring 2011 to join the editorial team of two leading online publications: NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA. Today, she lives in California and edits FoodNavigator-USA.

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  • FoodNavigator USA

  • Eric Green
  • Eric Green

  • Founder and CEO
  • Dust Cutter Beverage
  • LinkedIn Eric Green
  • Eric Green is a native of Jackson Hole, WY. Inspired by the lemonade they served on his family’s ranch, Eric founded the Dust Cutter Beverage Co. Differentiation with its unique branding and aluminum bottle packaging, has allowed Dust Cutter to expand into 20 states in only two and a half years. Naturally refreshing flavors like Huckleberry Lemonade and Peach Tea Lemonade are fan favorites.

  • Dust Cutter Beverage

  • Hal Kravitz
  • Hal Kravitz

  • CEO
  • Aquahydrate
  • LinkedIn Hal Kravitz
  • Hal Kravitz is a highly respected leader in the beverage industry formerly with the Coca-Cola Company. With over 30 years at Coke, Hal’s achievements have spanned from running large regional operations on the bottling and distribution side of the business, to serving as Chief Revenue Officer, to most recently leading the Glaceau business unit, which includes Smartwater®, Vitaminwater®, Powerade®, and Fuze®.
    Hal Kravitz’s new beginning rides the tail of great news for the AQUAhydrate business, as the brand has seen triple-digit growth at retail year-over-year since launch in 2012, quadrupling its size. It has also recently achieved the status of the fastest growing water in the US according to AC Nielsen reporting, and is widely regarded as the leader in the alkaline water category. Over the past twelve months, the company has significantly upgraded its sales organization and distribution network, and retailers recognize it as a very productive product offering amongst its peers.

  • Aquahydrate

  • Howard Telford
  • Howard Telford

  • Senior beverages analyst
  • Euromonitor
  • LinkedIn Howard Telford
  • Howard Telford is a Senior Industry Analyst with Euromonitor International, joining the company in 2010. In his role on Euromonitor’s global beverages team, he provides insights on trends and market performance across 80 countries. Howard holds his BA from DePaul University and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

  • Euromonitor

  • Jeff Church
  • Jeff Church

  • CEO
  • Suja Juice
  • LinkedIn Jeff Church
  • Jeff Church, a Cleveland native and Harvard Business School graduate, came across high-pressure processing (HPP), a method of killing pathogens without heat, which extends the shelf life of cold-pressed juice tenfold without altering its taste. Now, Suja ranks at #2 on Forbes’ 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies. Currently owner, operator and CEO of several companies over the past 25 years, Jeff Church works in a variety of industries including internet development, consumer products, building products, bottled water, non profit and more.

  • Suja Juice

  • Mathis Martines
  • Mathis Martines

  • Emerging brands and innovation director
  • Kroger
  • LinkedIn Mathis Martines
  • Martines is a data-driven retail innovator with deep experience in helping debut and develop brands with organizations like Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, and Kroger, and is well-known in entrepreneurial circles for his passion for natural, organic and fresh ideas that can initiate new category development or accretion.Mathis Martines is the senior category manager for innovation and snacks at Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket company. Martines began his career at Kroger in March, 2013, after working as the Grocery Marketing Coordinator at The Fresh Market for three years. He has previously worked with Whole Foods Market as a Regional Grocery Buyer, Category Manager, and Global Grocery Product Analyst, and as a consultant with Greenslate Consulting LLC and Third Coast Produce, among other positions.

  • Kroger

  • Philip James Bromley
  • Philip James Bromley

  • CEO and Co-founder
  • Virun Nutrabiosciences
  • LinkedIn Philip James Bromley
  • Mr. Bromley is CEO and co-founder of VIRUN Nutrabiosciences and an expert on delivery of functional ingredients used in foods, beverages, and drugs. As an inventor he is named on at least 40 international and US patents/applications in these areas.

  • Virun Nutrabiosciences

  • Rachel Arthur
  • Rachel Arthur

  • Reporter
  • Beverage Daily
  • LinkedIn Rachel Arthur
  • Rachel Arthur is a reporter for BeverageDaily.com, working from the Montpellier office in France. She has five years of experience as a professional journalist in both print and online media. Since joining William Reed Business Media she has been covering the beverage industry, as well as food processing and packaging sectors.

  • Beverage Daily

  • Robert Kral
  • Robert Kral

  • President & CEO
  • Protein2o
  • LinkedIn Robert Kral
  • Bob Kral is a 27-year veteran of Walgreens, where he held positions as store Pharmacist, Store Manager, District Manager, Operations Vice President and finally Senior Vice President of Purchasing, Merchandising and Marketing Initiatives.
    As Senior Vice President of Purchasing, Bob was responsible for $35 Billion in spend for all non-pharmacy related products for over 7,000 stores. In the last 5 years, Bob has held positions as Senior Vice President of Merchandising at GNC (General Nutrition Center), President at Kosama, Inc., a chain of group-fitness chains and President of ProBalance, LLC.

  • Protein2o

  • Ryan Emmons
  • Ryan Emmons

  • Founder and President
  • Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
  • LinkedIn Ryan Emmons
  • Ryan Emmons is the founder and president of the first Hawaiin Volcanic Water, Waiakea. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Emmons spent his winters and summers with his family in Hawaii where he learned to appreciate the environment and healthy living. After discovering that his family had access to a well that supplied one of the purest waters, he launched his company while still attending the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
    For every liter bought, Waiakea donates 650 liters of clean water to disadvantaged communities in rural Africa through Pump Aid, and in accordance with the Hawaiian practice and the notion of “malama i ka ‘aina,” Waiakea is proud to be certified CarbonNeutral for its variety of eco-initiatives.Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water can now be found in Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Albertson’s, Central Markets and many other retailers nationwide.

  • Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

  • Sheryl O'Loughlin
  • Sheryl O'Loughlin

  • CEO
  • Rebbl
  • LinkedIn Sheryl O'Loughlin
  • Sheryl O’Loughlin is supporting the exponential growth of REBBL premium functional beverages powered by super-herbs. REBBL is built on a mission of solving one of the world’s most pressing problems, modern day slavery, by supporting the work of Not For Sale, a non profit organization.
    REBBL is committed to establishing the highest industry standard for fairness and dignity throughout its supply chain work with Not For Sale.

  • Rebbl

  • Tom Vierhile
  • Tom Vierhile

  • Innovation insights director
  • Canadean Consumer
  • LinkedIn Tom Vierhile
  • Tom Vierhile is the Innovation Insights Director for Canadean Consumer, focusing on new product development in consumer packaged goods, across food, beverages, and non-food products. He has over two decades of experience in consumer packaged goods analysis and reporting. Reports, webinars, and conference presentations on emerging trends in FMCG are a specialty of Tom’s. He has also written articles for trade publications and websites such as Prepared Foods magazine, Candy & Snack Today, Just-Drinks, and Natural Products Insider.On-the-ground research is one of his favorite activities, and he has spent countless hours scanning store shelves for new products along with myriad trade show visits in search of new products and trends.

    He has given presentations at trade shows and conferences such as the Natural Products Expo, SupplySide West, Fancy Food Show, and more. He is an internationally recognized expert on new product marketing and is often quoted in publications like USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Tom has authored many articles on new products for a variety of trade publications, including Prepared Foods magazine as well as Candy & Snack Today. Tom writes a monthly column for Just Drinks, and periodic articles for Natural Products Insider.
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  • Canadean Consumer

  • Vicky Fligel, MBA
  • Vicky Fligel, MBA

  • Business Development Manager
  • Glanbia Nutritionals
  • LinkedIn Vicky Fligel, MBA
  • Vicky Fligel, MBA, is a Business Development Manager at Glanbia Nutritionals. Currently leading the dairy and beverage categories focused on ingredient innovation and new product development opportunities for beverage and dairy applications including protein beverages, meal replacement drinks, dairy beverages and other RTD and dairy applications. Vicky graduated from University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and MBA from DePaul University in Global Business and Marketing. Accolades include various industry publications, launching patented technologies and ingredients, and commercializing propriety ingredients.

  • Glanbia Nutritionals