Chicago | August 3, 2020

Chris Cuvelier

Chris Cuvelier is Head of Beverage at Caliva.  Chris started his career focused on beverages, working in the juice and smoothie industry before taking a life-changing trip to Brazil in 2001 where he fell in love with Açaí and was inspired to start Zola.  A few years later, he expanded Zola to include Coconut Water, his favorite hydration drink after a good surf session.  In 2016 Zola was sold to growth investors KarpReilly and Chris stayed on as CEO doubling down on his passion for delicious plant-based drinks.  In late 2018, Caliva's CEO, Dennis O'Malley and Chris were speaking on the same panel at a beverage conference.  Chris had long seen Cannabis as the ultimate plant-based ingredient and began consulting for Caliva soon after meeting Dennis.  Recognizing the opportunity to be a leader in cannabis beverages, Caliva acquired Zola in May 2019 to quickly accelerate Caliva into the cannabis infused beverage category. 


Meet our 2021 conference speakers

Adam Ross

Cannabis, Environmental and Food/Beverage Specialist