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May 2011

Golazo Energy Looks To Capitalize On Soccer, Latino Culture and Natural Food; Starbucks’ Schultz Is Investor; First Beverage Group Advising

Beverage Business INSIGHTS: Looking to capitalize on growing enthusiasm for soccer in US, trio of Seattle-based entrepreneurs has been testing all-natural energy drink in 12-oz cans called Golazo and recruited likes of Starbucks ceo Howard Schultz as investors. Richard Tait, former Microsoft exec who went on to create and run Cranium game before selling out […]

Dethroning the Family Business

Beverage World: By Bill Anderson I recently finished Dethroning the King by Financial Times writer, Julie MacIntosh.  Her book is as much about the inevitable threats to long-time family dynasties as it is a well-told story about an artful corporate takeover and the intrigue surrounding InBev’s circling of the Anheuser-Busch legacy and its proud portfolio […]

US: First Beverage Group Hires Managing Partner

Just-Drinks.com: First Beverage Group has appointed an investment banker to become one of its managing partners. Townsend Ziebold will join the four existing senior partners of First Beverage Group, and will be responsible for developing the company’s investment banking practice further, including its mergers and acquisitions advisory business, the firm said yesterday (9 May). Ziebold has […]

First Bev Hiring Spree Continues; Adds SR Investment Banker; Deals

INSIGHTS Express: First Bev Group has made a series of interesting hires this spring including former New Belgium exec JB Shireman, Nantucket Nectars founder Tom First and now investment banker Townsend Ziebold, who joins as managing partner.  Townsend, with over 25 yrs in investment banking, many of those with the late legendary Bruce Wasserstein, “has […]