Our Keynote Speaker for 2016 TBD…

LAST YEAR’s KEYNOTE – GT Dave of GT’s Kombucha

KBI Founder Alex LaGory with Keynote Speaker Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company and Industry Pioneer and Market Leader GT Dave

KBI Co-Founder Alex LaGory with KKon2014 Keynote Speaker Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company and KKon2015 Keynote Speaker and Industry Pioneer GT Dave

KKon Dates & Times

Friday Feb 5

8am-9am  Registration 

9am-12:30pm  KBI Member Meeting – Brewery & BIP Meeting

2pm-5pm Trade Show

5pm-7pm Platinum Sponsor Cocktail Reception – all registrants welcome to attend

Saturday Feb 6,

8am-9am  Registration

9am-6pm Conference 

6pm-9pm Closing Reception

All activities are taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center – Seaside Pavilion- click here for directions & address

Conference Topics

Track 1: KBI Verification Program – led by members of Special Projects Team: Mike Beshore, Humm; Daina Trout & Vanessa Dew, Health-Ade; Susan Fink, Karma; Ed Rothbauer, High Country

  • Overview of Verification Program & Best Practices
  • Business Practices & Legal Requirements
  • HACCP Plan Training – Part 1 & 2
  • Nutritional Panel & Label Claims

Track 2: Science & Business of Kombucha

  • KBI & AOAC – Update on Working Group for New Standard of Testing Ethanol in Kombucha – Sam LaBonia, Cornerstone Labs & Hannah Crum
  • Methods for Controlling Alcohol in Kombucha Fermentation – Hannah Crum, Kombucha Kamp
  • Certifications – Navigating Organic, Fair Trade, Non-GMO, Kosher and more
  • Grassroots Marketing – Using Social Media, Festivals and Demos to educate and garner more customers – Zane Adams, Buchi & Alison Schmitt, Golda Kombucha

SPINS: Kombucha Market Analysis – Bobbi Leahy

Download the Agenda (COMING SOON)



Sam LaBonia – Cornerstone Labs: KBI & AOAC Working Group Update

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Samuel J. LaBonia, ‘Sam’ for short, is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and the President of Cornerstone Lab in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam’s background includes extensive experience in the environmental, petroleum, and industrial fields. His expertise lies primarily in Method Development, Method Validation, Project Management, Practical Application, and GC/MS. Sam is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS), American Organization of Analytical Chemists (AOAC), and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and holds a special certification from the United States Department of Treasury – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.





Bobbi Leahy – SPINS: Kombucha Market Analysis

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Bobbi Leahy has over 25 years CPG experience across retail, manufacturer and information supplier organizations, including 12 years with SPINS.  In her current role as Director of Sales-West, Bobbi works with SPINS’ clients both large and small, utilizing SPINS services across retail channels & with consumer behavior measurement, to support the various growth initiatives.  Bobbi and her daughter split their time between Northern California and Seattle.

Social Events

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Friday (2/5) 5-7pm Kombucha Kocktail Platinum Sponsor Reception

Saturday (2/6) 6-9pm Closing Reception

Sunday (2/7) Sunday Funday Activities

Super Bowl Party

Whale Watching Boat Trip to Catalina Island

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