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Unbottled, free-flowing, coursing with ideas, [BLUE BOX] is the meeting ground for open discussions and original thinking on the future of the beverage industry. [BLUE BOX] presents a series of invitation-only dinners and conferences designed to bring together great minds from various industries. Speakers and topics are carefully selected to facilitate a dynamic and diverse cross-pollination of ideas and creative conversations.

[BLUE BOX] gathers those with stories of small brand successes—and failures—and incorporates insights and points of view from non-beverage industries like food, music, technology, philanthropy, branding and design as a way to help us better understand both the beverage industry and the world around us.

Thought leadership

Community

Compelling stories

Diverse viewpoints

[BLUE BOX] was born out of First Beverage Group’s desire to produce a highly differentiated beverage industry conference…one that digs deep to discover the many factors at play in the innovation of new brands and the disruption of beverage segments. [BLUE BOX] creates a space for thought leaders who are both passionate about beverages and thirsty to learn, share and engage.

First held in 2015, [BLUE BOX] events feature interesting venues, great food and drink, and short-format presentations from an eclectic mix of beverage and non-beverage industry experts and influencers.

Click here for agendas, photos and videos from past events.

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See what our community has to say about the [BLUE BOX] experience.

In an over-conferenced world, [BLUE BOX] really breaks the mold – entrepreneurship is all about taking what’s in your mind and making it into reality and [BLUE BOX] is a great catalyst. It’s amazing what happens when you throw founders, authors, branding experts, tech folks, finance experts, great food and a little mezcal together for a day.

Mike Burbank

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Manager

Such a collection of awesomeness.

GREG OWSLEY

President & Founder, The Storied Brand

Really one of the most fun, inspirational and thought-provoking events I have attended… an exceptional conference with exceptional people, resulting in dynamic connections!

CAROLINE LEVY

Senior Research Analyst, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

Seeing how this is the first [BLUE BOX] I have attended, I had no idea what to expect. Honest to God, I truly believe this is the best conference I have ever attended in my 40 years of CPG. I said to myself after every speaker, “this is the best I have heard today”. The commingling of entrepreneurial spirit over many diverse groups to include but not limited to, health, data, technology, branding/marketing, lifestyle and change, was tremendous. Who would have thought you could bring all of that back to beverage?

Dan Holland

VP, Nature’s Bounty

Think of [BLUE BOX] as an inspiring, experiential CliffNotes of the most essential trends in the beverage industry.

Brian Halweil

Editor-in-Chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines

Like sponges, we soaked it all in and have already begun to make some pivots in our plans in order to create MORE meaning in our brand…It was a different kind of conference—may I dare to say the first where I’ve left energized (not exhausted) and centered (not frazzled) at the end.

DAINA TROUT

CEO & Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha

As a beverage industry warrior for over 25 years it was refreshing to have the opportunity to attend, and then speak at a Blue Box curated event. Unlike traditional beverage industry events, Blue Box provides a forum for discussion on topics both inclusive to those inside and outside our industry that are creative and forward thinking.

MICHELE MELOY BURCHFIELD

Co-Founder & CEO, Blume Honey Water

One of my Top 10 best days!

JUAN CORONADO

Mixologist / Bacardi Rum Ambassador / Colada Shop / Entrepreneur

[BLUE BOX] was fun, interesting and inspiring and I connected with a lot of great folks. I’ve attended and participated in many conferences over the years, and this was one of the most valuable I’ve been to in terms of leaving with actionable, game-changing insights I can apply to my business. Paddy Spence

CEO, Zevia

We raise a glass to the people who had the guts to start.