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This list showcases the top Georgia, United States based CEO’ operating in the Food and Beverage space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO and Co-Founder of Saige
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About Saige: Saige is a modern day personal chef service.
Founder and CEO of Lemon Perfect
Yanni Hufnagel is the founder & CEO of Lemon Perfect, a naturally refreshing cold-pressed lemon water with zero sugar that tastes like you’re drinking vacation. Named “Best New Product” at BevNET’s Best of 2019 Awards, Lemon Perfect is widely considered by industry insiders to be one of the most scalable, exciting, and innovative emerging beverages in the marketplace. Before starting Lemon Perfect, Hufnagel served as an assistant men’s college basketball coach, with stops at Nevada, California, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Oklahoma. Hufnagel earned the reputation as one of the most dogged recruiters in America, consistently lauded for signing nationally-ranked recruiting classes. In Hufnagel’s 10 years coaching college basketball, his teams reached the NCAA Tournament six times.
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About Lemon Perfect: The delicious and healthy alternative to boring water.
CEO, Founder & Chairman of Entertainment Arts Research
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About Ebony Media, Entertainment Arts Research: Entertainment Arts Research is a diversified beverage and media group.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands
Paul Brown is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company and one of the largest operators of restaurants in the United States. In total, Inspire’s portfolio encompasses more than 4,600 restaurants and 150,000 team members across 16 countries. Prior to founding Inspire, Brown served as Chief Executive Officer of Arby’s where, according to Restaurant Business, he helped produce one of the most remarkable restaurant turnarounds in decades. During his time as CEO, Arby’s grew its global system sales by 20 percent, built and remodeled more than 1,000 restaurants, and earned the distinction as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity, Women, and Millennials. For these efforts, Brown was recognized as a 2018 Silver Plate honoree by IFMA, the 2017 Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business, and a 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast by EY.
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About Inspire Brands: Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company & owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy John’s, Rusty Taco, & Sonic Drive-In.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Backbar Solutions
At the University of Michigan, Rishabh honed his management skills through a number of executive positions, including serving on the editorial board of The Michigan Daily. He has since gained valuable experience in the hospitality technology start-up space with his work at Gather Technologies.
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About Backbar Solutions: Backbar Solutions offers automated cocktail dispensing for high volume restaurants and bars.
CEO & Co-Founder of Gimme
Cory Hewett is the CEO & Co-Founder of Gimme.
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About Gimme: Gimme is a venture-backed HESaaS startup (Hardware Enabled Software as a Service) with clients like RedBull, Little Debbie, and the nation’s largest micro-market/vending operator. Its two founders, Cory and Evan, are patented innovators, named to ATL 30 Under 30, the industry’s 40 Under 40, and serving on the board of directors for Startup Atlanta and Bloom Our Youth. The company relocated offices to Trilith, the second-largest movie production complex in the US (right after Warner Bro’s in CA) to be among a community of story tellers and entrepreneurs.
President and CEO of Souto Foods
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About Souto Foods: Souto Foods offers an extensive selection of food products from Latin American and Caribbean countries.
CEO of Savannah Bourbon
Savannah Bourbon co-founder Charles Barfield.
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About Savannah Bourbon: Savannah Bourbon manufactures cocktails and Lowcountry refreshments.
Joseph Best III
Founder ,President & CEO of H&F Bread Co.
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About H&F Bread Co.: H&F Bread is a bakery serving consumers, area restaurants and other food service businesses.
Chief Executive Officer of Southern Proper Hospitality
Tory served 9 years in the U.S Army reserve and has a B.S in business with a concentration in sustainable enterprise management. He has an MBA from Kennesaw State and has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. A true self-made success, Bartlett started out as a dishwasher and cook at Hooters of America, Inc. Twenty years and several roles within the company later, including VP of franchise operations, he accepted the COO position with SPH in 2013. Today Tory serves as CEO of the organization. Bartlett spearheads the growth of SPH by leading the strategy and tactics for the organization. As CEO Tory works closely with the board of managers to set and grow the corporate culture.
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About Southern Proper Hospitality: Southern Proper Hospitality is a group of passionate restaurateurs who will stop at nothing to create unforgettable guest experiences.
Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Smoothie Cafe
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About Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Tropical Smoothie Cafe, is a restaurant franchise in the United States.
Founder/CEO of Draftserv Technologies LLC
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About Draftserv Technologies LLC: Draftserv is the leading beverage technology company which provides authentication, visibility and control for establishments
CEO of New Realm Brewing
Carey Falcone currently works as the CEO for New Realm Brewing.
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About New Realm Brewing: New Realm Brewing is a craft brewery and distillery.
CEO and Founder of SprayTraQ
Mark’s background is in process and product development focusing on sustainable solutions for safe production and management of food systems and related resource management. He is the co-founder and CEO of SprayTraQ Inc., licensee of the patent pending technology developed specifically to facilitate the transportation industry and co-owner of the patent assignee, Biosyn Inc. His experience includes managing the development of market ready antimicrobial and anti fungal products used in in-line poultry processing, post-harvest field crops, micro-irrigation systems and a very effective dairy cow product to remedy mastitis. Mark pioneered the use of air-assisted electrostatic spray applications in banana and plantain cultivation to combat fungal infections and later adapted this system to co-created the ideal model to provide safe, efficacious and cost effective transportation sanitation. Having studied Agricultural Sciences at University College, Dublin, Ireland, Mark has a deep appreciation for the challenges faced along the entire food supply chain. Mark is co-developer of the SprayTraQ business model for transportation sanitization, tracking and audit ready processes.
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About SprayTraQ: SprayTraQ provides professional service solutions to transportation providers of perishable food goods for consumption in the U.S.
Chief Executive Officer of High Road Craft Ice Cream
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About High Road Craft Ice Cream: High Road Craft Ice Cream makes all-natural, luxury ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and mixes for chefs and food lovers.
Chief Executive Officer of CoreFount
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About CoreFount, Gartner: CoreFount is taking a food perspective to nutritional tracking and wellness. Patented approach allows the app to understand.
Co-Founder & CEO of Kill Cliff
John Timar is the CEO & Board Member at Kill Cliff.
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About Kill Cliff: Kill Cliff specializes in providing sports beverages, ready-to-drink beverages, and recovery drinks.
CEO of Snap Infusion
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About Snap Infusion: Snap Infusion offers a natural energy snack packed with b-vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.