With the New Year in full swing, there are a few emerging business trends that could make a big impact on companies and consumers in 2017. Question: When you buy food and drinks, do you consider what kind of impact your choice makes on the planet?
2017 will be the year that consumers start answering this question with a big "yes." Based on our experience at Harmless Harvest [www.harmlessharvest.com], the first (and only) premium, organic and Fair For Life coconut water brand, the following trends will gain a foothold in big businesses in 2017.
1. Doing well by doing good
This year, brands will start thinking deeply about their impact beyond just their product. They'll also build meaningful relationships with their consumers by aiming to deliver value and transparency—even if that means higher costs of doing business.
2. Zero waste
As companies are being held more and more accountable for their environmental impact, the concept of using the whole plant or animal is gaining traction and showing up in new products and line extensions.
3. Fair for Life
Our Fair For Life certification means we are committed to fair sourcing practices and have a responsibility to provide fair working conditions to everyone who touches our product, from farmers and factory workers in Thailand, to our offices here in the US. Through Fair for Life, we commit to tracing all of our products from production to sales, which allows us to safeguard human rights and working conditions throughout all stages of production. We also pay a premium on every coconut purchased, which provides a fund that farmers are empowered to use for social community projects such as school uniforms and mobile health clinics. Year over year, our Fair for Life certification shows our continued commitment to constructive capitalism as we strive to benefit every person and entity involved in the making of our product.
Harmless Harvest is one of those companies that are leading this revolutionary time in the beverage industry. We recently released a new 32 oz. bottle and an incredibly delicious and healthy line of probiotic beverages –Harmless Coconut Probiotics. Additionally, our probiotic beverages take us one step closer to our vision of being a zero-waste company.
Deliberately building a business at the forefront of each of these trends and taking a holistic view of product, people, and planet, Harmless Harvest strives to be an example of how, in the near future, companies will show the power one business can have in making a difference. Ms. Alvarez has had a successful career in U.S. and international consumer products goods with premier brands and companies for more than 25 years.
She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Harmless Harvest, manufacturer of Harmless Coconut® Water, a progressive organic food and beverage company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Ms. Alvarez previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Pet Business Unit at Del Monte Foods from 2013 to 2014. Prior to this, Ms. Alvarez served as Group President and CEO for Barilla Americas, where she was responsible for the P&L across North, Central, and South American operations between 2011 and 2013. From 2006 to 2010, Alvarez excelled as the Global Vice President & General Manager for the Active Lifestyle portfolio at The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), where she spearheaded the acquisition and the global expansion of VitaminWater and SmartWater into 25 countries. Earlier in her career, Alvarez held executive leadership roles at Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in general management, marketing, innovation and finance.
Ms. Alvarez has served on the board for the not-for-profit organizations Water.org, Hands on Atlanta and First Robotics National Championship in the Georgia Advisory Board. She is also a Member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Northern California Chapter, and the Women Corporate Directors (WCD). Ms. Alvarez earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.
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