We’re back in New York City for Future Smarts this year and I can’t wait.
After two years of successful virtual conferences during the pandemic lockdown, the team here didn’t hesitate to dive back into a live event. Why? Because of you.
Future Smarts is critical connective tissue for the Beverage Digest community. It’s there that attendees catch up with industry friends to strengthen bonds – and make new connections. Over the years, many beverage deals have been hatched during sideline huddles. Attendees get out of local markets and offices to hear and share perspectives from around the country and world.
In speaker presentations and interviews, we review the year to understand what mattered most. And we identify urgent issues and market forces that will make or break business performance during the next three to five years – or longer.
We do that with a world-class lineup of beverage industry professionals and experts. We’ve already announced Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Chairman and CEO Troy Taylor. The banker-turned-bottler will discuss takeaways from his seven-year journey with Coke’s high-powered US distribution system. In addition, we’ve confirmed a panel of top Wall Street thinkers from Credit Suisse (Kaumil Gajrawala), Goldman Sachs (Bonnie Herzog), and RBC Capital Markets (Nik Modi). We’re planning a couple of surprise panels, too, that I will share soon.
Getting back to NYC will be even more special this year, as we celebrate Beverage Digest’s 40th Anniversary. We’ve fittingly selected a special new conference venue called the Edison Ballroom, located in Times Square. With the Crowne Plaza still closed for events, we hunted for a new location and couldn’t be more pleased with this vibrant and highly engaging space (where the food just happens to be amazing, too). This will be a great way to close 2022 with a strong finish as an industry, and to begin 2023 with a head start.
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