WINTER 2018 | NOV 29+30 | SANTA MONICA
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Immerse Your Company In Our Two-Day
Business Conference For The
Natural Food Industry

NOSH LIVE

Navigation for the Booming Food Industry

With major changes in retail, investors pouring billions of dollars into brands, advancements in food technology and research, and in a space where over 20,000 new food and beverages launch each year, the natural food space often feels like a ride on the 405. NOSH Live is the event to help you map out the CPG industry and accelerate through this often chaotic space.

NOSH LIVE

All-Star Brand Speakers And Industry Experts

On stage we speak to industry experts about innovation, the investment climate and the future of the industry. We assemble an all-star cast of brand leaders who talk about how they grew their companies through product, design and marketing decisions. The NOSH Live team carefully chooses speakers with detailed stories and actionable insights that will help our community accelerate their growth.

NOSH LIVE

Be There to Discover What’s Next

The NOSH Live conference creates additional opportunities for discovery by dedicating time to networking, tasting and seeing what’s next. Speakers and experts are approachable, allowing you to walk up and ask them the questions that keep you up at night. The new Sampling Experience + Expo allocates two hours for everyone to try the latest prepared and single-serve natural foods. Expert tables provide a setting where it’s easy to ask questions about production, ingredients, legal issues, investment and package design. The Pitch Slam puts rising star brands on display in a competitive environment. NOSH and BevNET edit teams are available to discuss what trends and brands they are covering and to make connections between attendees.

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INDUSTRY STARS SPEAK ON LESSONS LEARNED AND THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY

All-Star speakers from established and up-and-coming brands inspire action through topics your business can apply now, like: lessons in growth, branding and marketing, how to raise and use capital, navigating the ever-changing state of retail, harvesting and harnessing customer insights and using data to make decisions. Industry experts drop knowledge on innovation, the investment climate and the future of the industry.

You’re running a business. Our on-stage content is curated for co-founders, CEOs, CMOs, COOS, revenue leaders and decision makers from across your organization.

CURRENT ROSTER OF SPEAKERS

  • Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO, Simple Mills - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Katlin Smith

    Founder & CEO, Simple Mills

    Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO, Simple Mills - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Katlin Smith

    Founder & CEO, Simple Mills

    Katlin Smith is the Founder and CEO of Simple Mills, a Chicago-based company at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, despite a crowded market space with long-established competitors, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand. Additionally, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 natural baking mix, the #1 natural cracker, and #2 natural cookie by dollar sales, according to SPINS syndicated data. Simple Mills products are currently distributed in more than 13,000 conventional and natural grocery stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target, Kroger and Safeway as well as through Amazon and Thrive Market. All products are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMOs, excessive sugar, and artificial flavors and fillers, addressing consumer concerns about food sensitivities and the safety of the food supply chain. The current lineup includes baking mixes, frostings, almond flour crackers, sprouted seed crackers and ready to eat crunchy cookies. Smith is a former Deloitte Consulting management consultant, winner of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge, and a columnist for Inc. magazine.

  • Denise Lambertson, Founder & Chief Connector, LMS - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Denise Lambertson

    Founder & Chief Connector, LMS

    Denise Lambertson, Founder & Chief Connector, LMS - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Denise Lambertson

    Founder & Chief Connector, LMS

    Denise Lambertson is founder and Chief Connecter at LMS, a boutique entertainment marketing agency specializing in entertainment and marketing solutions for growth-stage and emerging brands. LMS got its humble start in 2009 with the goal of helping young brands better navigate partnership possibilities and celebrity integrations. Since then, Denise has grown the company to include influencer, micro influencer and affiliate programming, as well as fast-growth social media services. Though a small company itself, LMS does big business. Clients have included industry game-changers like Thrive Market, Daily Harvest, Gilt Groupe, WTRMLN WTR, CORE Hydration and many more. Some of LMS’ marquee partnerships include Sofia Vergara & EBY, Beyoncé & WTRMLN WTR, Serena Williams & Gwyneth Paltrow for Daily Harvest and many more. Before founding LMS, Denise built her career in the entertainment world as Madonna’s (yes, that Madonna) right hand woman for six years, and later a consultant for major companies including Volkswagen and David Yurman. Though she’s played with the majors, Denise has always had a soft spot for the startup and growth-stage community and takes pride in the fact that LMS selectively represents the top industry-disrupting, innovative small brands. Currently, Denise resides in New York with her husband and business partner, Tim, and their bullmastiff, Big Ben.

  • Angie Bastian, Co-founder, Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Angie Bastian

    Co-founder, Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP

    Angie Bastian, Co-founder, Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Angie Bastian

    Co-founder, Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP

    Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co-founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She and husband Dan founded their snack company in their Mankato, MN garage in 2001 as a means of creating a college fund for their children. Their gluten free, non-GMO, whole grain popcorn is proudly sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide with a product presence in Canada, South Korea, Peru, Japan, Taiwan, the Caribbean and Mexico. The company is constantly innovating and is one of the fastest growing and most successful popcorn brands in the market today. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is loved by fans as an empowered, spirited brand that represents authentic, real food that delivers on the attributes of clean, transparent labeling and great taste experience. The company has twice won Star Tribune’s Top workplace honors. Angie herself is a recipient of the 2015 ACG BOLD Award for corporate growth and Connect Business Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year. Girl Scouts honored her as a Pioneering Trailblazer and she is a 2015 Inductee to the Minnesota Women’s Business Owner’s Hall of Fame. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show. Her products have been recognized and awarded by numerous national publications and media. To learn more about Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, visit boomchickapop.com or visit the Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

  • Michael Bush, Managing Partner, GrowthWays Partners, LLC - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Michael Bush

    Managing Partner, GrowthWays Partners, LLC

    Michael Bush, Managing Partner, GrowthWays Partners, LLC - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Michael Bush

    Managing Partner, GrowthWays Partners, LLC

    Michael Bush founded GrowthWays Partners to provide strategic advisory services to investors, management teams and related stakeholders to optimize the enterprise value of companies in the natural products industry. Michael has more than 25 years of experience leading venture-backed businesses in the natural products, healthcare and bioinformatics industries. As president and CEO of probiotic innovator Ganeden, Michael grew the market of the company’s patented ingredient to over 65 countries and more than 1,000 SKUS, culminating with the 2017 merger with Kerry, Inc. Additionally, he founded a national business growth consultancy firm, co-founded a national biomedical services firm and led acquisitions and merger activities for a global medical services company. Bush has received numerous awards for his business leadership, including Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Most Influential People Under 40, four-time Weatherhead 100 winner as well as multiple innovation awards. Michael is a board member for several for and not-for-profit organizations, including Executive Board President of the International Probiotics Association (IPA). Michael is passionate about the natural products industry and speaks frequently at industry events including BevNet, Natural Products Expo and Supply Side. He holds degrees in Biomedical Technology and Business Administration.

  • Robert Jakobi, Founder & CEO, BOU - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Robert Jakobi

    Founder & CEO, BOU

    Robert Jakobi, Founder & CEO, BOU - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Robert Jakobi

    Founder & CEO, BOU

    Robert is a food entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of BOU and the former CEO and Co-owner of Metcalfe’s skinny and Metcalfe’s Food Company. Robert grew up in London. He moved to the US for College and studied at Duke University as a freshman before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in May 2007. After graduation Robert joined Barclays Capital in New York as an analyst, and then returned to London in 2008 where he continued his career at Barclays Capital. In March 2009, whilst still working in finance, Robert decided to launch a chocolate and yoghurt edamame range under the brand name Pod bites in the UK. In an effort to have his Pod bites range stocked in itsu and Pret, Robert sent samples to both retail outlets for consideration and it was this move that captured the attention of their Founder Julian Metcalfe. With an eye for new products, Julian was impressed with Robert’s innovative range and arranged a meeting to learn more. The meeting led to the launch of Metcalfe’s Food Company in October 2010. Robert’s business and financial leadership were integral to the success of Metcalfe’s Food Company. The Company enjoyed a compound annual growth rate of over 200% in revenues between 2011 and 2014, and reached fourth place on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list in December 2014 - a first for a company in the food industry. It was the fastest-growing, privately-owned food and drink company in the UK. In September 2015, Robert and his partner, Julian Metcalfe spun Metcalfe’s skinny out of Metcalfe’s Food Company. At the time, Metcalfe’s skinny was the UK’s leading premium popcorn brand. In January 2016, Julian and Robert sold a 26% stake in Metcalfe’s skinny to Diamond Foods (then the owner of Kettle Chips). In September, 2016, the new owner of Kettle Chips, Snyder’s, acquired the remaining 74% of the business, a deal that will ensure the brand’s growth potential is maximized in the UK and Europe. In May 2017 Robert launched BOU which is a better-for-you range of bouillon and gravy cubes with the aim of disrupting categories in the food industry that have not seen innovation in years. BOU recreates timeless kitchen staples by packing better for you ingredients into easy to use cubes that never compromise on flavor or quality. By innovating a stale category, they were able to grow into a national company overnight by securing major retailers such as Amazon, Fresh Direct, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and over 4,000 other retailers. Their current range of bouillon and gravy cubes are convenient and hassle-free and never sacrifice on taste or quality. They also just launched an exciting and innovative instant, better for you range of soup cups. All their products are non-GMO, made with no artificial ingredients, and have less sodium than leading brands.

  • Michael Silverman, Founder & Managing Director, Samantha Brands Group - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Michael Silverman

    Founder & Managing Director, Samantha Brands Group

    Michael Silverman, Founder & Managing Director, Samantha Brands Group - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Michael Silverman

    Founder & Managing Director, Samantha Brands Group

    Michael Silverman is founder and Managing Director of Samantha Brands Group (“SBG”). SBG is an investor and operator in the CPG space which leverages an experienced centralized management platform and a data driven approach to help scale burgeoning brands. Michael founded SBG in late 2015 after several years of investing in young CPG brands and observing the recurring challenges that so many of them have in common. The SBG management platform includes in-house sales, marketing, operations, financial, and back office support for its portfolio of brands. Michael is passionate about promoting CPG as a financial asset class and exploring differentiated models to better unite operators and investors. Michael grew up in Carmel, California, attended the University of Southern California where he received his BA in Philosophy, and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Bar. He’s an avid hiker, skier, and Crossfitter in his spare time.

  • Brad Barnhorn, Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Brad Barnhorn

    Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors

    Brad Barnhorn, Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Brad Barnhorn

    Board Member & Advisor, Barnhorn Growth Advisors

    Brad works closely with leading growth-stage food and beverage companies as a board member and strategic advisor. His work leverages 25 years of company-building experience as entrepreneur, CEO, board member and investor, cutting across all strategic and operational dimensions of successful company-building in the food and beverage space. He currently serves on the Board of Fishpeople, Health Warrior, Simple Mills, Rhythm Superfoods, Biena, Rib Rack, and Red’s All Natural. He previously served on the Board of Krave Jerky, Kevita and Chameleon Cold Brew from these companies early stages through their respective exits as category defining brands to Hershey’s, Pepsi and Nestle. Building upon a foundation in management consulting and investment banking, Mr. Barnhorn’s food and beverage journey began twenty years ago as Founder/CEO of the Fantasia Fresh Juice Company which he built into the leading superpremium fresh juice/smoothie company in the Midwestern United States culminating in a merger with Naked Juice to form the leading national brand in the category which was subsequently acquired by Pepsi. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Brandon Ng, Associate, Houlihan Lokey - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Brandon Ng

    Associate, Houlihan Lokey

  • Jay Novak, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Jay Novak

    Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

  • John Foraker, Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon a Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    John Foraker

    Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon a Farm

    John Foraker, Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon a Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    John Foraker

    Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon a Farm

    John is the Co-founder and CEO of Once Upon A Farm, a company with the mission of providing yummy and nutritious “farm-to-family” foods to kids of all ages. Company information can be found at www.onceuponafarmorganics.com Prior to his new start-up, John spent more than 30 years in the natural and organic food industry running businesses with a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility. John was the longtime leader of Annie’s, Inc., a leading natural & organic food brand, in the US from 1999 to 2017. As CEO of Annie’s, he took the company public in 2012 under the symbol BNNY before General Mills acquired the business in 2014 for $820 million. For the following three years John ran the Annie’s operating unit and also advised General Mills’ small business incubator 301, Inc. He was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2015 in Northern California. In August 2017, he transitioned into a new role as Chairman of the Bunny, where he continues to work with General Mills to drive leadership in company culture, organic and regenerative agriculture, and strategy support. Foraker received a B.S. in agricultural economics from UC Davis and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

PAST SPEAKERS

  • Monika Coyle, Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Monika Coyle

    Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

    Monika Coyle, Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Monika Coyle

    Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

    Monika Coyle oversees Local Purchasing for Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific region. In this position, Monika gets to work first hand with artisans and suppliers to launch vibrant products in the region. Monika’s experience started in the vibrant world of beer, wine and cheese, where she honed her palette and helped elevate product selection as well as team member engagement with the Specialty Foods world. She then brought her skillset to the regional Grocery team, overseeing operations and later purchasing for the region. Monika holds degrees from DePaul University in Chicago as well as Kendall, where she polished her culinary savvy. The limited time Monika is not exploring food in some capacity, she enjoys staying active with her husband and their 14 month old daughter as well as traveling as much as possible.

  • Peter Rahal, CEO & Co-Founder, RXBAR - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Peter Rahal

    CEO & Co-Founder, RXBAR

  • Seth Goldman, Chairman, Beyond Meat; TeaEO, Honest Tea - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Seth Goldman

    Chairman, Beyond Meat; TeaEO, Honest Tea

    Seth Goldman, Chairman, Beyond Meat; TeaEO, Honest Tea - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Seth Goldman

    Chairman, Beyond Meat; TeaEO, Honest Tea

    Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic kids’ juice drink. The brands are carried in more than 130,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s, Chik-fil-A, and SUBWAY restaurants. In 2016 Honest Tea’s distribution expanded to Europe. In 2016, Seth transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea as TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands business unit. This transition allows him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, a privately held California-based enterprise on the cutting edge of plant-based protein research and development. In 2015 Seth was named the #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine; he was also inducted into the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame. Seth has also been recognized by the United States Healthful Food Council with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape by providing options that are healthier for both the body and the planet. Seth serves on the advisory boards of Ripple Foods, the Yale School of Management, the American Beverage Association, and Bethesda Green (a local sustainability non-profit he co-founded). He graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Seth and Barry are the authors, along with graphic artist Soongyun Choi, of The New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottle. The book, told in comic book form, captures their efforts to create a mission-driven business in a profit-driven world. Seth lives with his wife and three sons near Honest Tea’s Bethesda, MD headquarters in an eco-friendly house.

  • Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Gary Hirshberg

    Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm

    Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Gary Hirshberg

    Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm

    Gary Hirshberg is Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (Hyperion, 2008). Gary frequently speaks on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business. Gary serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including Blue Apron, Forager, Orgain, Peak Organic Brewing, and UNreal chocolates as well as Advisory Board member for Applegate. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2015 Champion for Children Award from Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA.

  • Jeremiah McElwee, Senior VP of Merchandising & Product Development, Thrive Market - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Jeremiah McElwee

    Senior VP of Merchandising & Product Development, Thrive Market

    Jeremiah McElwee, Senior VP of Merchandising & Product Development, Thrive Market - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Jeremiah McElwee

    Senior VP of Merchandising & Product Development, Thrive Market

    A twenty-five year veteran of the Natural Products industry, Jeremiah has been on all sides of the business and supply chain, literally from seed to shelf. Thrive Market’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising + Product Development, Jeremiah also served for 7 years as the Executive Global Coordinator for the Beauty, Apparel & Wellness categories at Whole Foods Market, a $1.5 billion annual division of the business during his tenure. During his time at WFM, he pioneered multiple, industry changing, quality standard initiatives including natural beauty standards (AKA WFM’s Premium Body Care standard), organic labeling requirements for personal care, and the largest ever sustainable packaging guidelines for a major retailer later adopted by WalMart. Jeremiah is also a passionate advocate for and creator of Fair Trade standards that changed the natural products landscape. In addition to developing hundreds of branded products that line natural food store shelves and managing the Whole Foods & 365 private label brands, he also helped Dr. Andrew Weil develop his branded product platform. Thrive Market launched in November 2014 and has skyrocketed to become the largest national Non-GMO food retailer in the US while democratizing access to natural + organic foods for all Americans. Jeremiah was part of the startup team and built the initial product launch catalog and also is responsible for Thrive Market’s premium quality, yet value priced, private label program. Since December 2015, Thrive has launched over 370 private label items with over 500 more products in the pipeline scheduled for launch in 2018 & beyond! 98% of the items launched to date are Certified Organic with a focus on regenerative agriculture practices as well. Jeremiah and his team spend countless hours sourcing the highest quality, organic + non-GMO products so that Thrive Market Members can feel confident they are getting the absolute best for themselves and their families everyday. When not working as an eco-superhero, he can be found in the Texas Hill Country practicing hot vinyasa yoga, spending time with his daughters, or checking the surf report and planning his next escape to the coast.

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Brand Officer & Co-Founder, Foodstirs - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Chief Brand Officer & Co-Founder, Foodstirs

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Brand Officer & Co-Founder, Foodstirs - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Chief Brand Officer & Co-Founder, Foodstirs

    Sarah Michelle Gellar is a Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winning actress best known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ABC’s All My Children, CBS’s The Crazy Ones, and Cruel Intentions among others. Off screen, Gellar lends her time and support to child and hunger organizations as an advocate and activist. She works closely with No Kid Hungry and Baby Buggy as well as the nonprofit organization CARE. In October 2015, Gellar stepped into a new role as entrepreneur, co-founding Foodstirs (www.foodstirs.com) along with Galit Laibow and Gia Russo. Foodstirs is a culinary lifestyle brand that offers convenient, delicious and healthier ways to bring families together in the kitchen. From creative cooking kits to premium signature baking mixes, Foodstirs inspires creativity and curiosity, while emphasizing the importance of a healthier lifestyle.

  • Brett Thomas, Co-Founder, CAVU Venture Partners - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Brett Thomas

    Co-Founder, CAVU Venture Partners

  • John Foraker, Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon A Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    John Foraker

    Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon A Farm

    John Foraker, Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon A Farm - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    John Foraker

    Co-Founder & CEO, Once Upon A Farm

    John is the Co-founder and CEO of Once Upon A Farm, a company on a mission to build a purpose driven brand focused on reinventing a number of kid-food categories in the US toward better health & nutrition, while driving significant positive social and environmental impact. Company information can be found at www.onceuponafarmorganics.com. Prior to his new start-up, John spent more than 30 years in the natural and organic food industry running businesses with a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility. John was the longtime leader of Annie’s, Inc., a leading natural & organic food brand, in the US from 1999 to 2017. As CEO of Annie’s, he took the company public in 2012 under the symbol BNNY before General Mills acquired the business in 2014 for $820 million. For the following three years John ran the Annie’s operating unit and also advised General Mills’ small business incubator 301, Inc. He was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2015 in Northern California. In August 2017, he transitioned into a new role as Chairman of the Bunny, where he continues to work with General Mills to drive leadership in company culture, organic and regenerative agriculture, and strategy support. Foraker received a B.S. in agricultural economics from UC Davis and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

  • Deb Hannah, Director, Retail Brand Partnerships, Starbucks - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Deb Hannah

    Director, Retail Brand Partnerships, Starbucks

    Deb Hannah, Director, Retail Brand Partnerships, Starbucks - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Deb Hannah

    Director, Retail Brand Partnerships, Starbucks

    Deb joined Starbucks 5 years ago, and for the past year has led the Retail Brand Partnerships team. She and her team run the snack category across North America and have the enviable task of finding new food brands for Starbucks stores that customers can feel good about—ones made with simple, pure ingredients and crafted with love and care. Prior to working with food entrepreneurs to build a snack business for Starbucks stores, Deb spent 12 years in traditional consumer packaged goods. At Starbucks she created the shopper marketing and shopper insights function from the ground up, and managed various coffee brands for the FDMC channel including Starbucks packaged coffee, Seattle’s Best, and VIA Instant coffee. At Kimberly-Clark she worked in various brand management and innovation roles. There she managed the creation of multi-brand marketing programs and the brand and shopper marketing efforts for the U by Kotex® launch, which won numerous awards including an IRI product Pacesetter, a Silver Effie for Shopper Marketing, and a Gold Hub Prize. Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Deb worked as a consultant with several leading retailers for Kurt Salmon. Deb has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

  • Adnan Durrani, Founder & CEO, Saffron Road - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Adnan Durrani

    Founder & CEO, Saffron Road

    Adnan Durrani, Founder & CEO, Saffron Road - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Adnan Durrani

    Founder & CEO, Saffron Road

    Mr. Durrani is the CEO and founder of American Halal Co, Inc. — which markets the Saffron Road brand line of culinary cuisines and plant based protein snacks. Saffron Road is the first halal product to be sold nationally in the USA. Whole Foods has noted Saffron Road as being one of the most successful brand launches nationally in their 30-year history. Saffron Road is now a leading Natural/Organic PLATFORM brand and is sold in over 20,000 retail food stores. According to A.C. Nielson/SPINS Scantrak, Saffron Road is the fastest growing natural frozen entrée brand in USA and nationally ranked #2. Mr. Durrani is a serial entrepreneur and investment professional for almost 30 years, as President of Condor Ventures, Inc., a venture firm devoted to strategic investing in natural food companies. His entrepreneurial ventures have resulted in a successful track record of scaling and growing niche beverage and natural food product lines into mainstream branded companies that also deliver disruptive social impact. Mr. Durrani founded Vermont Pure in 1991. Today, Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock is the 2nd largest bottled water company in the Northeast. Mr. Durrani was also a partner in Stonyfield Farms, Inc., which was sold to Groupe Danone in 2001. He was also a principal of Delicious Brands, Inc., which he scaled, with the financial backing of Carl Icahn, to become the 5th largest cookie brand in the U.S. Adnan also sits on the Board of Directors of Maple Hill Creamery.

  • Natasha Case, CEO & Co-Founder, Coolhaus - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Natasha Case

    CEO & Co-Founder, Coolhaus

    Natasha Case, CEO & Co-Founder, Coolhaus - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Natasha Case

    CEO & Co-Founder, Coolhaus

    Natasha Case founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller after she was working in architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering. They launched their architecturally-inspired, unique ice cream sandwich company from their barely driveable postal van at the Coachella Music Festival to an audience of 100,000. They built a loyal following over the festival weekend and returned to LA to an abundance of viral press, a rapidly building social media following, and an eager foodie audience. Since then, Natasha has been named a Forbes 30 under 30 Food & Beverage, Zagat 30 Under 30, Linked in 10 under 35 for Food & Leisure, as well as being featured in many national publications and radio like Cosmo, Dwell, and NPR, and TV shows including Food Network’s Chopped, Barefoot Contessa, Unique Sweets, Good Morning America, King of Cones, Andy Cohen Live and many more. The company has become one of the leading innovative small dessert businesses, growing significantly to include 4 trucks and 2 storefronts in LA, 2 trucks and one cart in NYC, and 4 trucks in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, consumers can now find Coolhaus’ pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches, hand-dipped bars, and hand-packed pints in 6,000+ gourmet grocery stores nationally, including Whole Foods and Gelson's, and larger retailers like Meijer and Safeway, and now internationally in Asia and the Middle East.

  • Matthew McCarthy, Vice President of Foods, Unilever North America - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Matthew McCarthy

    Vice President of Foods, Unilever North America

    Matthew McCarthy, Vice President of Foods, Unilever North America - NOSH Live Winter 2018

    Matthew McCarthy

    Vice President of Foods, Unilever North America

    Matthew McCarthy heads up Unilever’s Food business in North America. In his 20 years with the company Matthew has cultivated a diverse path in marketing and general management working across Foods and Personal Care. He has led a wide range of iconic consumer brands and has a passion for building teams and creating transformative growth. Matthew has received a number of industry recognitions including Cannes Gold Lion, One Show Gold Pencil, IAB MIXX and Adweek’s Brand Genius award. As Vice President Foods NA Matthew is a member of Unilever’s US country board and global Foods Leadership team. Matthew’s wife Lisa is a director at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society and together they are actively involved in their personal passions of animal welfare and social justice.

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NEW: A DEEP DIVE INTO A HOT EMERGING CATEGORY

The massive interest in -- and approaches to -- the incorporation of Marijuana, Hemp, THC and CBD as functional ingredients in food and beverage brands is shared by new companies and existing brands alike. Nevertheless, there is still much to understand. Food and beverage professionals are invited to navigate an ambiguous cannabis market and explore how it could impact their businesses at the new half-day forum.

Hosted on Saturday, December 1st, the weekend between NOSH Live and BevNET Live, professionals will receive a complimentary ticket to the Forum if registered for both conferences.

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NAVIGATION, AWARENESS, NETWORKING AND PARTNERSHIP

The natural products space is booming at close to $150 billion dollars annually. Investment is extraordinary with million dollar raises becoming common-place. We just saw ACG announce another $350M fund for rising star brands, while trendy spaces like plant-based meats have seen recent raises of $55M (Beyond Meat) and $14M (Impossible Foods).

The playbook for brands is ever-changing with big shifts in retail and new players entering the traditional and club channels causing brands to ask big questions. And there are as many questions about direct-to-consumer. Come to NOSH Live immerse your brand in 2 days of industry navigation, brand awareness and networking to find partners to help you execute your vision.

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A DISTINCT FOCUS ON BRAND AWARENESS AND INDUSTRY EXPOSURE

The NOSH Live experience is about the community getting acquainted, learning about what’s next and accelerating. Some brands are just starting and looking for capital and awareness. Others are established and have something to teach. Some brands are in discovery mode, looking for brands to add to an incubator or to spot their next product opportunity. Others want to gain an advantage with their production or marketing. Enter Pitch Slam and the Sampling Experience + Expo.


NOSH LIVE SAMPLING EXPERIENCE & EXPO POWERED BY PINATA

NOSH Live is a show about natural foods and we take the experience of trying natural foods seriously. Our new Sampling Experience + Expo gives brands a chance to be the sampler in a structured networking setting where everyone can try new, hot and trendy single-serve and prepared foods with opportunities to get down to business at our expert roundtables and interact with suppliers and service providers who can help you with growth at scale.

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PITCH SLAM VOLUME 5: YOUR BRAND CENTER STAGE

We put the hottest new brands in the spotlight in our annual Pitch Slam contest.

Up-and-coming startup brands prepare their best presentation for the NOSH Live main stage. Founders receive instant feedback from a group of expert judges of top retailers, brands, investors, designers, the NOSH community and the world via our livestream. The winner achieves the distinction of being champion along with a digital industry awareness package on NOSH that will give them more valuable exposure to the broader community.

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COLLABORATE, OPEN DOORS, PLUG-IN

The vibe of NOSH Live is highly collaborative. The event attracts a group of decision makers, including founders and CEOS from established and new brands who are ready to learn, innovate and grow, along with top experts from investment, retail, supply, distribution and services.

If you want to walk up to your favorite investor to have a conversation, you will have time. If you want to sit with thought leaders to discuss opportunities that have been puzzling you or that you are ready to kick off, the opportunity is there to seize.

The NOSH and BevNET edit teams and staff will be there to help you make connections and talk about coverage.

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BOOTCAMP IS VITAL FOR INDUSTRY NAVIGATION

Experts making an industry change and fresh faces alike find that an industry primer ahead of the main event is a great gut check for newbies to the massive natural products space. Learn how to choose the right investor and capitalize your business. Get tips on designing your package. Learn the ins and outs of legal and accounting. Hear story-telling and buzz creation advice from experts in marketing and public relations.  Sit down with the pros after the presentations to ask your own specific questions in an environment paced for learning and discussion.  

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THESE COMPANIES SENT DECISION MAKERS TO NOSH LIVE

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301 INC
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