North Bay Food Industry Group

Brandon Jewell, executive director

50 Old Courthouse Square, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa 95404

707-545-1118

The Santa Rosa-based North Bay FIG (Food Industry Group), formed as part of a five-year economic-development grant, now grown to more than 60 North Bay food and beverage businesses.

After funding ended earlier this year for Sonoma County BEST, the group two months ago became an independent 501(c)6 organization, helped by John Mackie, partner of Carle Mackie Power & Ross. Financing is work to provide information and strategic connections among food and beverage businesses in the North Bay will now require that members bay fees to belong.

The group’s outreach includes committees on Human Resources, Marketing and Quality Assurance. It also hosts quarterly breakfasts and two annual meetings.

On Nov. 7 at a program in Santa Rosa, the group awarded a new “Next Generation Pioneer Award” to Sean Lovett, founder and CEO of Petaluma-based beverage maker Revive Kombucha. The company offers seven products distributed nationally and has 45 employees.

“Sonoma County is a unique place to be a part of,” he told the audience.

Recipient of the third annual North Bay Food Industry Pioneer Award was Dan Benedetti, chairman emeritus of Clover Stonetta Farms. Part of a family which pioneered the growth the agriculture in Sonoma County, he told the audience of about 200 that “you are pioneers in your own way” in helping the make the area “the specialized food county in the country.”

North Bay Food Industry Group

Brandon Jewell, executive director

50 Old Courthouse Square, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa 95404

707-545-1118