FoodNavigator-USA’s Beverage Trends Webinar, a 2020 Vision: Plant-based, CBD Curious, and Clean Energy

A FoodNavigator-USA editorial webinar

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Start Date:March 19, 2020

Start Time:11:30am CT (Chicago)

Duration:60 minutes


From plant-based dairy alternatives and the rise of oatmilk, to CBD-infused beverages and clean energy sources… what are the most bankable, and drinkable, beverage trends impacting the market?

Tune into FoodNavigator-USA’s Beverage Trends 2020 webinar on March 19th where we dive into the emerging beverage categories, the innovation driving these trends, and what consumers are demanding out of their beverages.

We’ve gathered together a combination of market research, retail, and product development expertise for what will be an in-depth panel discussion.

During the FREE-TO-ATTEND 60-minute webinar we’ll cover:

  • What are consumers demanding out of a functional beverage – energy, focus, hydration?
  • How fast is the plant-based dairy alternatives category growing? Can oat milk be as big as almond milk? Will this category turn more functional as time goes on?
  • Where does the market for CBD-infused beverages stand? Who is the target consumer and why are they seeking out drinks containing CBD?
  • What innovations are proving successful within the conventional dairy drinks category?


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Comax Flavors Prinova


Chris Fanucchi


At the age of 23 Chris was fortunate enough to co-found Koia, a first of its kind vegan protein beverage now nationally distributed in thousands of grocery stores. Two years later at 25 he partnered with prominent Chicago entrepreneurs Matt Matros & Craig Alexander to launch LIMITLESS, a clean caffeine brand that sold coffee, tea and caffeinated water to thousands of stores and offices nationwide. A 30 Under 30 finalist with an exit to KDP under his belt Chris is anxious to find new ways to help small brands with innovative products position themselves for long term success.

Holly McHugh

Marketing Associate

Holly McHugh is the Marketing Associate at Imbibe, a Chicago-based beverage development company. She monitors and analyzes beverage trends to guide clients in making strategic decisions about product development. McHugh’s market insights have been published in BevNet, Beverage Industry, Natural Products Insider, Prepared Foods, and Food Ingredients First. She has a BA from Columbia College Chicago and a MS from University of Denver.

Howard Telford

Head of Soft Drinks
Euromonitor International

Howard Telford is the Head of Soft Drinks at Euromonitor International, a world leader in research solutions and business intelligence. He has been with the company since 2010. In his role on Euromonitor's beverages team, he 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 programs and publications including CNBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune magazine.

Manny Lubin

Slate Chocolate Milk

Being a lifelong chocolate milk fan but unsatisfied with the options available, Manny teamed up with fellow entrepreneur and Northeastern University alum, Josh Belinsky, in 2017 to modernize his favorite drink. With a passion for fitness and a love for sports, Manny's brand, Slate, offer a, all-natural, protein-rich spin on a nostalgic favorite - while also being lactose free and able to be sold online. Previous to Slate, Manny co-founded Reppr, a college marketing platform which was acquired by The Campus Agency.

Thomas Hicks

Chief Growth Officer
Ojai Energetics

Hicks comes from his post as EVP of Impact Group, where he assisted with the mergers and acquisitions of 14 companies and helped build the third-largest SMA in the United States. He has also served as Senior VP for Hansen’s Beverage Co. (a division of The Coca-Cola Company and previously Monster Energy Company), CEO of Dr. Sears Family Essentials, and President of Naked Juice. Previously, he worked at Procter & Gamble and Frito Lay. Ojai Energetics is a cannabis tech company and creators of the only patent-protected, full-spectrum, all-organic and water-soluble cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

Mary Ellen Shoup

Senior Correspondent

Mary Ellen Shoup is the senior correspondent for FoodNavigator-USA and NutraIngredients-USA reporting on emerging trends, startups, and the latest innovation in the food, beverage, and nutrition sectors. Based in Chicago, Mary Ellen joined the editorial team in 2016 as the US correspondent for BeverageDaily and DairyReporter. She graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in multimedia journalism.

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