Finding investment capital for beverage makers will be the focus of a panel discussion at the fourth annual U.S. Drinks Conference (USDC) on Oct. 12 and 13, 2010, in New York.
had received requests from past USDC attendees that finding investment capital
to develop new brands was a subject of prime interest,” said Jeff Grindrod, managing
partner at Brand Action Team, one of the conference organizers, in a statement.
“Many of the new brands that have been successful in the U.S. were
started by entrepreneurs, so we added the panel to address their specific
brought together some of the major players involved in financing beverage
brands including Angels, Venture Capitalists and Mezzanine specialists,” said
conference organizer Mike Ginley, president of Next Level Marketing, in a
Burns, managing director of Stepping Stone Capital Partners will moderate the
group. Panelists include John Muldoon, co-founder and managing partner of
HighNote Ventures; Alexander Panos, managing director of TSG Consumer Partners;
Ross Colbert, managing director of M & A America, Zenith International and
William Anderson, and chief executive officer of First Beverage Group, Ginley
“The focus on this panel will be to enlighten
participants on the various investment options available for consideration when
sourcing capital,” said John Beaudette, a conference organizer from MHW, in a
detailed agenda, roster of speakers, registration and hotel information can be
found at www.usddrinksconference.com.
Sponsors of the conference are: Beverage
Media Group, Beverage Information Group, Nightclub
and Bar Magazine, Tasting Panel
Magazine, Bar Business Magazine,
Drinks International, IWSR, Beverage
Industry Magazine, Ultimate Beverage Challenge, JF Hillebrand, Nixon
Peabody, Overton, Western Carriers, BevForce, In The Mix Magazine and Wine Enthusiast.