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Start Date:MARCH 17, 2021

Start Time:10:30am CT (Chicago)

Duration:60 minutes


Beverage brands are increasingly looking to add functionality as well as fun to their products, with the addition of everything from cannabinoids to prebiotic fibers, plant-based proteins, adaptogens, and collagen.

FoodNavigator-USA brings together beverage entrepreneurs and formulation specialists to explore what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next.


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Howard Telford

Head of soft drinks

Euromonitor International

Howard Telford is the head of soft drinks at Euromonitor International, which he joined in 2010. In his role, Howard provides insights on consumer trends and market performance in the drinks industry across 100 markets.  Howard’s insights are regularly cited in a variety of national programmes and publications, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fortune, among others.  

Rosa Li

Founder and CEO


Rosa Li is the founder and CEO of wildwonder, a USDA certified organic better beverage for gut health crafted with vegan probiotics, prebiotic plant fiber and superherbs. Before wildwonder, Rosa founded a loose leaf tea business, Rosali Tea, for which she traveled Asia sourcing ingredients. In addition to her entrepreneurial experience, Rosa has in-depth knowledge of the investment arena as a former private equity and venture investor at Warburg Pincus. She also has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Fulbright Scholar and published author.

Marc Washington

Founder and CEO


Marc Washington is the founder and CEO of Muniq. Inspired by the loss of his beloved little sister, Monica, Marc set out to create better nutrition solutions that she would have loved and could have given her greater control of her health. After graduating from Princeton and Harvard Business School, Marc ran large & successful health-focused companies where he learned about fine-tuning nutrition to achieve health goals. But it wasn't until he researched the science of the gut microbiome that he realized he could develop products that TRULY transform lives. Muniq is his tribute to Monica’s legacy.

Adam J. Louras

Vice president / Brand Creation

L.A. Libations

Adam J. Louras is the vice president of Brand Creation at L.A. Libations. He is a founder, entrepreneur, and business strategist with over 20 years’ experience creating, formulating, launching, and building brands in the CPG industry. As the Vice President of Brand Creation at L.A. Libations, Adam leads the nonalcoholic brand development for the partnership with MolsonCoors. With a career foundation in Investment Banking, Management Consulting, and Venture Capital, Louras has helped to raise over $20M in funding and achieved cumulative sales of over $50M for his various ventures. Adam graduated summa cum laude with his MBA in Finance & Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management where he was a Rothschild Scholar and a recipient of the Four Pillar Award – the highest scholastic achievement at Northwestern University.

Danny Stepper

CEO and co-founder

L.A. Libations

Danny Stepper is CEO and co-founder of L.A. Libations, an emerging brand incubator specializing in brand creation and incubation that owns nine companies grounded in health and wellness, in emerging categories including aloe vera, turmeric, probiotics, plant-based protein, keto shakes and better-for-you chelada. He is a brand creator, beverage entrepreneur and film producer with 20 years of creating value with blue-chip organizations including The Coca-Cola Co., Disney and Relativity Media. Danny started his career and spent 9 years in the Coca-Cola System where he played various roles in sales, marketing, and brand management. Danny made a name for himself at Coke by trailblazing relationships with the world’s largest retailers (specifically Costco, Wal-Mart & Target), creating dynamic teams, and building brands while bringing innovation, entrepreneurialism, and creativity to a 100+-year-old business. Stepper holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, a BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara as well as international degrees from Collegio Magisterio (Spain) and Instituto De Lingua Espanol (Costa Rica). Danny is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Stepper is currently on the Board of Advisors at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

Elizabeth Crawford

Deputy Editor


Elizabeth has more than 10 years of experience as a regulatory and business reporter for trade press. She covers the food and beverage industries, including innovation, start-ups, health, wellness, nutrition, FDA and dietary supplements.

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