Anchin's Virtual State of the Food and Beverage Industry Event

October 1, 2020
4:00pm — 5:30pm
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Anchin's Virtual State of the Food and Beverage Industry Event

Join us for Anchin’s first ever Virtual State of the Food and Beverage Industry event! We have produced this program annually for more than a decade, yet because this is a year like no other, this iteration of the series will be truly unique. This event will provide opportunities for virtual networking with industry colleagues in breakout rooms. It will feature an all-star panel of industry experts who will weigh in on key elements that are driving change in the industry.

We will also give brands an opportunity to showcase their products and engage potential new customers by facilitating a discount or coupon share. Participation in this program will be limited, so please reach out to Ashley at as soon as possible if you are interested.

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Panelists will include:

Ben McKean - Founder and CEO of Hungryroot

Ben is the Founder and CEO of Hungryroot, an online grocery service that delivers modern, healthy food with recipe and meal planning support. Prior to Hungryroot, Ben was a Vice President and General Manager at Groupon, overseeing their food and beverage business. Ben came to Groupon through the acquisition of Savored, which he founded in 2009. Savored was the nation’s leading provider of yield management technology to the restaurant industry. Prior to Savored, Ben worked in Merrill Lynch’s technology investment banking group. Ben is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Daina Trout - CEO & Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha

Daina Trout co-founded Health-Ade Kombucha in 2012 alongside her husband, Justin Trout, and best friend, Vanessa Dew. Since the beginning, the trio has been committed to brewing the best tasting and highest quality kombucha on the market. Trout first learned how to brew kombucha during her tenure at Tufts University, where she earned Masters’ degrees both in Nutrition and Public Health after receiving her BS from Georgetown University. During that time, she also developed her personal philosophy that health is less about science, and more about what makes you feel good and happy. After graduation, Trout moved to Los Angeles to accept a position working in pharmaceuticals but continued to cultivate an interest in holistic and “real” food that fuels a hard-working lifestyle. Trout funneled this energy into an entrepreneurship club she formed with Justin and Vanessa to explore ways they could combine their diverse backgrounds into a successful business venture; the result, Health-Ade Kombucha. Over the course of the last seven years, Trout has nurtured what started as a small production and niche product into what has become a national brand that is sold at 30,000 grocery stores and health food markets nationwide, including major retailers like Target, Whole Foods and Costco. When Trout is not tirelessly working to bring kombucha to every fridge in America, she is spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, adventuring, cooking and enjoying outdoor life.

Mark Rampolla - Co-Founder and Managing Partner of PowerPlant Ventures

Mark is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of PowerPlant Ventures (PPV), an investment fund that supports world-changing, plant-centric companies that deliver better nutrition in more sustainable and ethical ways. PPV investments include Beyond Meat, Thrive Market, Appel Sciences, REBBL, Beanfields, Vive Organics, The Collaborative and OWYN. Prior to starting PowerPlant, Mark was the Founder and CEO of ZICO Beverages, one of the trailblazers of today’s $8B global coconut water category. Under Mark’s leadership, ZICO delivered nine years of explosive growth, became one of the fastest growing beverage brands in the world and was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. Mark has advised more than 100 CEOs, raised more than $250MM, served on more than 20 boards and personally invested in over 30 social-impact startups across, food, beverage, health, technology and energy. He is a graduate of Marquette University and has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Mark and his family live in Redondo Beach, CA.

Sadrah Schadel - Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at No Evil Foods

Sadrah is the force behind the Innovation and Creative departments of No Evil Foods. With a lifetime of plant-based experience under her belt, she’s got some serious veg cred. Before she was leading the conversation on how to create a socially minded business, she was the original DIY-er at No Evil, developing and testing each recipe from her home kitchen. From her DIY approach to branding to the way she drives the vision and message of No Evil Foods today, Sadrah is a true visionary committed to telling the authentic story of what it takes to craft a revolution. Sadrah’s dedication to giving back and working to improve systems of oppression runs deep. Before she was changing the world with No Evil Foods, Sadrah worked in Employment Training & Development for non-profit organizations in the northeast and the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on chronically homeless, formerly incarcerated, and dual diagnosis populations. Her love of good food was honed through work in restaurant management in top dining destinations in Philadelphia and New York state.     

Moderated by: 

Melissa Facchina - Co-Founder and General Partner of Siddhi Capital and Founder/CEO of Siddhi Ops

Melissa is the the Co-Founder and General Partner of Siddhi Capital and the Founder/CEO of Siddhi Ops, a premier outsourced operations firm to the 'emerging brands' community. Having spent much of her life in the industry, she has deep expertise in food & beverage manufacturing, with her family serving as the largest, privately-held, juice manufacturing company in the country. Taking advantage of her many years on plant floors, she saw a gap in operational knowledge and execution in the venture-backed, innovative, food & beverage world, and built an army of secret weapons in the Siddhi Ops team to serve that need. Melissa recently launched Siddhi Capital, leveraging her core operating knowledge, and coupling it with the deep financial and tech backgrounds of her partners, bringing together a strategic investment platform for high-growth brands.

Welcome Remarks: 

Greg Wank - Leader of Anchin's Food and Beverage Industry Practice

Greg Wank, CPA, CGMA, is an accounting and advisory partner at Anchin and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Greg is the Leader of Anchin's Food and Beverage Industry Practice, providing accounting, business, and tax planning services to privately held companies and investors throughout the industry, including many emerging brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. As a prominent thought leader in the food and beverage industry, Greg is often sought after as an expert panelist at industry events. He assists the growth of emerging brands as a strategic partner with various investors and accelerators. 

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This is a Food and Beverage and Consumer Products industry exclusive event. Registration for industry executives and CPG company personnel will be prioritized.

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