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Several founders—and a master distiller—of some of the most notable alcohol-free adult beverage brands discuss the technical aspects of their products. From ready-to-drink cocktails to a brilliant take on the kombucha trend, these experts speak on the innovations they bring to this growing sector of the industry.

Audarshia Townsend

January 23, 2023

In this second episode of a three-part series, we chat with leaders in the spirit-free movement. Here, Shelley Elkovich, co-founder, For Bitter For Worse; Zane Adams, co-CEO, Buchi; Matt Cechovic, master distiller, Dhos; and Kerr Nicoll, production director/co-founder, Spirits of Virtue, discuss how their products are revolutionizing the industry. See Part 1 of the series right here.

About the Author(s)

Audarshia Townsend

Content Director, Food & Beverage Insider, Informa Markets

A lifelong Chicagoan, Audarshia Townsend is a veteran food and beverage journalist who serves as the content director for the Food & Beverage Insider brand. Her experience as a visionary editor and writer spans 30 years, with an emphasis in print and digital magazines. Audarshia's professional passion is to champion and amplify underserved business communities. Some of her most recent content includes her review of 2023's F&B trends, the future of food science careers, an interview with culinary star Padma Lakshmi, and Pescavore's sustainable ahi tuna jerky strips. She also appears regularly on local and national media outlets to discuss food and beverage trends, most notably FOX-32 Chicago, WGN-TV, WXRT-FM, NPR-Chicago and the Travel Channel. She is often called on to serve as a judge for prestigious food, beverage and restaurant awards, including the James Beard Foundation, NEXTY Awards and Black Women in Food. She continues to write for Chicago magazine, and previously she has written for the likes of the Chicago Tribune, Eater Chicago, Esquire, Essence, Playboy, Time Out Global and World’s Best Bars. When Townsend's not on the eats beat, she's an avid yogi and meditation practitioner. Email her at [email protected] and also connect with her on LinkedIn.

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