6th Annual KombuchaKon – Growing Strong Culture

Our Keynote Speaker for 2019
Tyler Gage, Co-Founder of RUNA and Managing Director at TERRAFERTIL

Tyler is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations. Since the age of 19, Tyler has been studying native plants and languages with indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant to start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes clean energy drinks with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for thousands of indigenous farming families in Ecuador.  With the help of investors like Channing Tatum and Leonardo DiCaprio, Runa has become a thriving, multimillion-dollar company and was acquired by VitaCoco in June of 2018.

Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” and winner of both the Big Apple Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Specialty Food Association’s Citizen Leader of the Year Award.  CBS This Morning, ABC Nightline, National Geographic and Richard Branson’s book Screw Business As Usual have all featured Tyler for his unique and powerful approach to building businesses and creating social good.

In his book “Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business & Life”, Tyler shares his spiritual adventures and the business savvy that helped him create RUNA, demonstrating how we can dig deeper to bring greater meaning and purpose to our personal and professional pursuits. 

Tyler currently serves as a Managing Director for Terrafertil, the largest natural foods company in Latin America, and has worked as the Chief Development Officer for the company. Terrafertil acquired Essential Living Foods in the US in 2017 and then Nestlé acquired all of Terrafertil in 2018. Tyler also serves on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and advises, invests in and supports other start-ups. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Michelle and enjoys playing soccer, riding his unicycle and practicing yoga.

Registration Now Open!

– Attendee Link: Attendee KombuchaKon 2019
– Sponsor Link: KombuchaKon 2019 Sponsors


KKon Logistics & Accommodations 

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

KKon Dates & Times

All Day Thursday & Friday – Worlds Largest Kombucha Bar

Wednesday, April 17

12pm-4:30pm Exhibitor Load-In

6pm-8pm Pre party Rock Bottom Brewery
featuring Kombucha Cocktails and Craft Beer – free to all KKon Attendees & Sponors

Avoid registration lines and pre-register by attending the Pre-Party!

Thursday April 18

8am-5pm Registration

9am-11:30am KBI Member Meeting – Brewery & BIP Meeting

12pm-5pm Trade Show

12pm-5pm Conference 

5pm-6pm Kombucha Kocktail Reception

7pm-9pm Speaker & Sponsor Appreciation Dinner

Friday April 19

8am-9am Registration

8am-2pm Trade Show

9am-5pm Conference

4pm-5pm Keynote Speaker – Tyler Gage, RUNA and TERRAFERTIL

Conference Topics 

-Kombucha Market Analysis and Future Trends
-Compliance Central: Successfully Advertising and Promoting Youth Products
-Conversation about Standard of Identity
-Traceability from Inputs to Final Product & Recall Readiness
-QC Program & Lab Setup for Small & Medium Business
-Solving Distribution Problems
-Testing Equipment Demonstrations
And many more!

Amelia Winslow, Health-Ade
Legislative and Lobbying Committee

As Director of Project Management at Health-Ade Kombucha, Amelia oversees R&D, legislative and policy projects, as well as sustainability and charitable giving. Since she joined Health-Ade in 2016, the company has reduced landfill waste by 30%, become the primary supporter of a garden program in an underserved Los Angeles school, and played a significant role in KBI’s legislative progress in Washington, DC. Before joining Health-Ade, Amelia founded the blog Eating Made Easy and worked as a personal chef and nutritionist. Amelia holds Master’s Degrees in Nutrition and Public Health from Tufts University in Boston.



Bill Nootenboom, Stout Tanks
New Equipment for Brewing Compliant Kombucha w/Q&A

Bill Nootenboom is the President of Stout Tanks and Kettles, LLC, the premier supplier of high-quality stainless-steel equipment to craft beer brewers, kombucha brewers, and cold brew coffee brewers. Prior to Stout Tanks, Bill was the CEO of one of Oregon’s largest and fastest growing apple cider brands and was as a consultant for a number of food and beverage brands, including Clear Creek Distillery, one of the nation’s first craft distillers.Bill is working with Stout Tanks’ Kombucha brewers to learn more about SCOBY cultures and the kombucha fermentation processes. He wants to improve the way Kombucha is produced, and is convinced that if we improve fermentation, we can make kombucha healthier, tastier, and easier to comply with food safety and alcohol regulations.



Bobbi Leahy, SPINS
Kombucha Market & Future Trends w/Q&A

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.




David Aycock, Bare Booch
New Equipment for Brewing Compliant Kombucha w/Q&A

David Aycock is the co-founder of Bare Bucha, based in Waco, Texas, and has been brewing and innovating in kombucha with business partner Toby Tull since early 2016. He comes from a professional background in academic publishing, marketing, and sales, and he recently graduated at the top of his class with an Executive MBA from Baylor University.



GT Dave, Founder, GT’s Living Foods

How to Maintain Authenticity with Your Brand

GT Dave is the Founder & CEO of GT’s Living Foods, the maker of GT’s Kombucha. Family owned & operated since 1995, the #1 selling brand has stayed true to Kombucha’s sacred, authentic brewing process for over 20 years, handcrafting in small batches with 100% raw & organic ingredients. A creative and visionary force, GT has continued to be a pioneer on the cutting-edge of wellness as he expands his company’s portfolio with non-dairy kefirs, non-dairy coconut yogurts, living probiotic shots, adaptogenic teas, wellness waters, and more. With each offering, GT intends to further his mission: To help people live happier, healthier lives.


Hannah Crum* & Alex LaGory*, Kombucha Kamp & KBI
Member Meeting

Hannah Crum, aka “The Kombucha Mamma,” and partner, Alex LaGory, are longtime educators and Kombucha advocates. Their popular educational site, KombuchaKamp.com, is the most visited website in the world for Kombucha information, recipes and advice.  In 2014, to further their mission of “changing the world, one gut at a time,” they co-founded KBI where Alex serves as Chairman of the Board and Hannah is President. Together, they have directly mentored and consulted Kombucha brewers from start-up to scale-ups since 2007 and co-wrote the authoritative tome, “The Big Book of Kombucha” (Storey, 2016). Taking KBI’s mission to promote and protect the Kombucha industry worldwide to heart, Hannah has been a featured speaker at conferences, festivals and on television as the leading expert in Kombucha.

John Craven, BevNet
Future of Kombucha Panelist

As founder and CEO of BevNET, John Craven is a widely recognized authority on the beverage industry and  he is frequently cited in mainstream media. His vision shapes the editorial, publishing, and positioning of all of  BevNET’s properties, including BevNET.com, NOSH.com, BevNET Magazine, Brewbound.com and their associated conferences.




Keisha-Rose Harrison, Oregon State University
Defining Kombucha: An Analysis of the Kombucha Microbiome and Chemical Profile
Keisha-Rose Harrison, MS is a PhD candidate of Fermentation Science in the Food Science & Technology Department at Oregon State University (OSU). Her love of microbiology and home brewing led her to her current field of study at OSU. She joined Dr. Chris Curtin’s lab earlier in the year where she began to combine her experience with Kombucha and Molecular Biology. She believes to get at the heart of Kombucha, we have to get better acquainted with it first!



Kevin Lovelace, Kombucha Brewers International
Membership Committee 

Kevin came to KBI in April 2018 with nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising, event management, program development and relationship cultivation to help achieve the goals of the organization. “As someone who began experimenting with home brewing Kombucha more than 10 years ago, I was attracted by the company’s mission to promote, protect and enhance the overall well-being of the Kombucha industry.”



Martin Papp, Papp Tea
Asia Committee 

Martin Papp, founder of PAPP’S TEA, provides high quality teas and kombucha to customers and F&B venues throughout mainland China. Martin,originally from Colorado, has 10 years plus experience living in China. Speaking fluent Chinese, Martin has been a vocal proponent and advocate of modern Kombucha in the Middle Kingdom.



Phil Calabrese, Rowdy Mermaid 
QC Program & Lab Set Up for Small & Medium Sized Breweries

Philip joined Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha in April 2017 where he has built the company’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control program from the ground up. He serves as the main contact for all audits by the FDA, Organic certifying bodies and 3rd party Food Safety auditors. He designed and implements the experimental protocols and procedures for Rowdy Mermaid’s QC lab which monitors alcohol, sugar, acidity and pH daily for all in-process batches and finished goods. Philip is currently working with student interns at Colorado State University on developing a genomics-based QC checkpoint that utilizes qPCR to monitor population drift in Kombucha starter cultures.


Toby Tull, Bare Booch
New Equipment for Brewing Compliant Kombucha w/Q&A

Toby Tull is the co-founder of Bare Bucha, Happy Harvest, and Harvest on 25th. In addition to years of entrepreneurial experience in food and beverage, Toby has an extensive background in information technology and performance improvement technologies. Toby also serves on the board of his local farmers market and spends time mentoring others in small business.










* denotes KBI Board Member


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