Julia Perez is CMO of OWYN, a plant-based nutrition company that specializes in top-eight allergy-free ready-to-drink protein shakes available online and at major retailers including Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Publix, Kroger and more. Julia got her start as a Red Bull girl in college, before working at a boutique digital agency and joining Core Water as their first digital hire. After a successful exit from Core Water, she consulted for other food and beverage brands before eventually joining OWYN. Julia is an expert in field marketing, promotional marketing, working with influencers, and creating brand alignment between CPG products & consumers.
Carter Jensen is the Senior Manager of Global Commerce (DTC) at General Mills, the multi-national CPG conglomerate with over $18 Billion of revenue per year, featuring household brands including Nature Valley, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Nesquik, Chex, just to name a few.
Matt Czarnecki is the Co-Founder & CEO of Verb Energy, a company that makes healthy and delicious energy products for every day. While still in undergrad at Yale, Matt started verb with two classmates when looking for an alternative energy source to overpriced coffee and granola. Since launching in spring 2016 they have gone on to build one of the fastest growing products in the energy bar market, and raise millions of dollars from top VCs.
Vasa is the founder & CEO of Perfy, a low sugar soda, and Growthbuster, a remote marketing agency that leverages story and creative to help food and beverage brands grow.
Mark Samuel is the founder & CEO of IWON Organics, a plant-based food company that makes bold, flavor-infused snacks and cereal made from plant proteins like peas, beans and brown rice. IWON's healthy snacks can be found in over 5,000 stores nationwide, including Kroger's, Wegmans, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Safeway, Ralphs, Brookshire’s, and online at iwonorganics.com, Amazon and Thrive Market.
Tiny Organics Co-Founders Sofia Laurell (Co-CEO) and Carolyn O'Hare Batyske (President & COO) have raised over $13 million in venture funding to bring healthy and organic food options to children.
Cherene Aubert is the Director of Growth at Bobbie, the first European style organic infant formula that meets FDA standards. Bobbie has raised over $50M to take the soon to be 100B+ formula market by storm.
Zero Acre Farms is creating a new category of healthy oils and fats, made by fermentation. Zero Acre is on a mission to reduce the consumption of vegetable oil which has been linked to significant health risks and has an environmentally destructive production process.
Darian Khosravi is the founder of Kosmo’s Q, a BBQ company that makes award-winning BBQ rubs and sauces. Khosravi founded Kosmo’s Q in 2009 with just $500. Today Kosmo’s Q has 170K customers worldwide, a 5x BBQ champion winner, and is a beloved BBQ brand.
Kasey Stewart is the co-founder and CEO of Suckerz, a better-for-you lollipop. Before starting his own CPG company, Stewart spent many years working on the agency side at companies like SapientRazorFish where he led creative direction.
Nishant Samantray is the Co-Founder of Arrae, the creator-led and clinically proven holistic supplement brand.
Jonah Reider is the founder and CEO of Pzaz, an energy mist spray.
Mélanie Masarin is the co-founder & CEO of Ghia, the acclaimed non-alcoholic apértif beverage. Prior to starting Ghia, she served as Glossier’s Head of Retail & Offline Experiences, where she led experiential strategy and brought life to physical showrooms, permanent spaces, and pop-ups. Before Glossier, she served as Creative Director and Head of Brand & Marketing at Dig Inn.
Kevin Wong is the cofounder of Lunar, an award-winner hard seltzer brand inspired by Asian flavors. But Kevin’s path to becoming the founder of an alcohol brand wasn’t linear. Kevin studied computer science at University of Virginia
Terry Lee is the cofounder of Rosaluna, an all-natural mezcal thats made in Oaxaca, Mexico. It has quickly grown into the mezcal of choice for Soho House, Carbone, and several world famous restaurants.
Zach Abbott is the CEO and cofounder of ZBiotics, the world’s first genetically engineered probiotic for consumer. ZBiotics first product is engineered to break down acid aldehyde, which is the toxic metabolic byproduct of drinking alcohol, that causes hangovers. Zach has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding ZBiotics in 2016, Zach worked at Biorasi ( a global clinical research organization) where he designed clinical trials for big pharmaceutical companies.
Paul Voge speaks with Blaine & Ramon about how creating DIY flavors with his soda stream led to a full-fledge sparkling water business. Paul discusses the challenges of building a CPG brand, being on Sharktank during the height of COVID, Aura Bora’s path into retail stores, why he prefers retail over DTC orders, and more.
The concept for NooWave was brewing in Greg Frontiero’s head for six years before he was inspired to launch his nootropic coffee brand. 100% bootstrapped, Greg has succeeded by going into constant learning mode and learning from DTC founders who are several years ahead of him.
Starday Foods may produce CPG products, but at heart, it’s an exciting new parent company platform that thrives off of a powerful data engine. After exposing gaps and interest in the F&B market, Starday is stepping up to fill those needs. Co-Founder Caroline McCarthy has lent her impressive background in tech to the endeavor, with acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Lena Kwak at her side as co-founder.