When evaluating funding pitches, Touch Capital founder and CEO Anna-Lena Kamenetzky doesn't pull any punches. Her straightforward style is shaped by over two decades of global experience as a brand operator and board director at multinational companies, including Keurig Dr. Pepper and JAB Holding Company. She's helped incubate and build billion-dollar brands, and understands what it takes to succeed in the highly competitive food and beverage industries. That perspective guides the vision and funding strategy for Touch Capital, a recently launched venture capital firm led by Kamenetzky that invests in consumer brands across food, beverage, pet and personal care. Touch Capital was founded on the thesis that CPG conglomerates “will continue to need to ‘buy-in' innovation through strategic acquisitions.” By leveraging their collective operational experience, Kamenetzky and her team support portfolio company founders, including those of fast-growing brands Super Coffee, Lesser Evil and Catalina Crunch, by bringing “buyers'-side experience to the builders.” We spoke with Kamenetzky during Taste Radio's live podcast and meetup event in Austin, where she discussed the formation of Touch Capital, how global trends help inform the firm's investments, how she evaluates innovative brands and their scaling potential, and the impact of a talent shift towards entrepreneurship. She also explained why investor feedback and input only works “if it's a pull and not a push,” how founders can mitigate risks for investors and offered a candid perspective on trendy concepts, ingredients and food and beverage categories. Show notes: 0:45: Interview: Anna-Lena Kamenetzky, Founder & CEO, Touch Capital – Kamenetzky and Taste Radio editor Ray Latif chatted about Miami's entrepreneurial food and beverage community before discussing how her experience as a beverage operator and an observer of global trends has impacted her perspective as an investor. She also discussed the value of entrepreneurs with prior industry experience, why an “‘A” idea doesn't work with a “C” team, how she identifies potential for mainstream appeal in early-stage brands, and why “can they pull it off?” is a key question in how she evaluated founders and their plans. Later, she shared her take on notable trends, ingredients and emerging categories, including keto, gut health, cannabis and RTD cocktails. Brands in this episode: Super Coffee, immi
On location at Natural Products Expo East 2022, the hosts shared their respective takes on standout products and brands exhibited during the first two days of the annual trade show, which is being held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The roundup highlights several brands that are using better-for-you, innovative and plant-based ingredients to disrupt legacy food and beverage categories. Show notes: 0:39: Getting The Band Back Together. Everyone Loves Bryan Adams. What Can't You Milk? – Former BevNET brand specialist Melissa Traverse returns the show as a special guest co-host, and it's as if no time has passed. The hosts applauded the launch of and team behind Just Ice Tea, riffed on notable brands exhibited at Expo East's Harvest Festival and debated whether Mike should be whispering about brownies. Later, Melissa named her “plant-based milk of the show,” Ray's praised a pouch-packaged soup brand and John highlighted several premium sparkling tea brands. Brands in this episode: Eat The Change, Just Ice Tea, Munchrooms, Lupii, Good Food For Good, Spero Foods, Supplant Co., Dalci, Elmhurst Naturals, Nitro Beverage Co., Small Batch Organics, bettermoo(d) Milk, Rip Van, I Eat My Greens, Pocket Latte, Fabalish, Sarilla, Tama Tea, Reishi Sparkling Botanicals, Inner Love Foods, Aqua ViTea, Eastern Standard Provisions, Fila Manila, Nara Foods, Oat Haus, Caulipower, Joolies, Chubby Snacks, Lil Bucks, Oba Snacks
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The letter “p” carries special significance for Maxime Pouvreau. His last name, of course, begins with “p,” as does his company, Petit Pot, a producer of single-serve premium puddings that, according to the brand's website, are “potted to perfection.” However, it's Petit Pot's focus on profitability that Pouvreau points to with particular pride. A former pastry chef at Michelin starred restaurants, Pouvreau launched Petit Pot in 2014. The brand markets “pot de creme,” a traditional French pudding known for its sweet and creamy texture, in 3.5 oz. glass jars and typically sold in packs of two. Made with organic ingredients, the puddings are available in several flavors, including dark chocolate, lemon and butterscotch, and are also available in plant-based varieties. In the years since its debut, the brand has charted a careful growth strategy focused on strong unit economics and a lean production model. That strategy has paid off, and today the brand's puddings are distributed in over 6,000 retail locations, including Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco. Petit Pot is expected to generate $17 million in sales by the end of the year. In this episode, Pouvreau spoke about his initial vision for Petit Pot and why he has stressed frugality and cautious spending since the beginning. He also explained how the hire of an experienced operations executive and planning strategy helped the company scale production and achieve profitability and how being ahead of the curve on permissible indulgence has benefited its development. Show notes: 0:45: Interview: Maxime Pouvreau, Founder, Petit Pot – Povvreau met with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif in Austin, Texas where they riffed on the entrepreneur's previous career as a pastry chef before discussing Petit Pot's partnership with UNSTUCK and the company's work with the Women On Boards (WOB) Project. They also discussed how the brand gradually built a national presence at Whole Foods, aligning short-term execution with a long-term planning strategy, why “watching every dime” enabled the company to become profitable and why his decision to hire a COO was a game changer. Later, he explained why self-manufacturing gives the brand a significant advantage, how he considers innovation, why great taste is the best way to build consumer loyalty and the elements of Petit Pot's upcoming rebrand. Brands in this episode: Petit Pot
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In this episode, Taste Radio's hosts reflected on recent networking and live podcast events at BevNET's San Diego office and Super Coffee headquarters in Austin. They also addressed an often asked question from early-stage entrepreneurs and highlighted a few unusual products before Jacqui Brugliera took on one of the hottest of challenges. Show notes: 0:39: So Great To See You, Even For 10 Seconds. Support With Scaling. All Hell Breaks Loose. – Ray admits to an issue with intros before the hosts chatted about conversations and connections from last week's meetup events. They also offered advice on scaling strategies, riffed on a marshmallow-flavored bourbon, functional spices and a new mood-centric beverage line. Later, Jacqui took on Paqui's one-chip challenge, eliciting sweat, tears and screams… among all the hosts. Brands in this episode: Paqui, Super Coffee, Marquis Beverage, Good Sunday, Recoup Wellness, Pocket Latte, Seoul Juice, Courtside Beverages, Somi Energy, Kimbala, Petit Pot, Shmallow, Spicewell, Kentucky 74, Vybes, Honey Mama's
When Junea Rocha launched Brazi Bites in 2010, she thought its success would hinge on being a first-to-market brand of frozen traditional Brazilian cheese bread. Fortunately, she was wrong. Despite launching just a few weeks after another similarly positioned product, Brazi Bites has since developed into a household name. A major inflection point came in 2015 when the brand gained national recognition following an appearance on the ABC show “Shark Tank.” Within 12 months of the episode airing, annual sales surged from $1 million to $8 million. The cheese bread is now sold at more than 16,000 stores nationwide including those of Whole Foods, Target, Costco, Wegmans, Publix, Kroger and Sprouts. In 2018, investment firm San Francisco Equity Partners acquired a majority stake in Brazi Bites after which Rocha transitioned from CEO to CMO and helped direct the company's foray into several other food categories, including empanadas, pizza bites and breakfast sandwiches, all of which are based on the brand's original cheese bread dough. In this episode, Rocha spoke about the value of peer mentorship, getting up to speed as a food entrepreneur and how she's utilizing her experience and resources to support early stage Latin business owners. She also discussed how Brazi Bites managed production challenges following its appearance on “Shark Tank,” the company's thoughtful innovation strategy and how she and her co-founder/husband Cameron MacMullin evaluated potential equity partners and decided to sell a majority stake of their business. Show notes: 0:45: Interview: Junea Rocha, Co-Founder, Brazi Bites – Rocha spoke with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif about the launch and mission of her Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, why her advisory network was critical to Brazi Bites' formative years and how entrepreneurs should consider the pros and cons of self-manufacturing. She also explained why appearing on “Shark Tank” was a double-edged sword, why innovative brands need to scale quickly or risk being left behind and why consumer trial has been the key to consistent growth. Later, she discussed how the launch of new products such as pizza bites is introducing Americans to the brand's cheese bread and why she describes herself as “the opposite” of entrepreneurs that are great at raising money. Brands in this episode: Brazi Bites
At the 24th Annual Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted in collaboration with Food Tank, Danielle Nierenberg sat down with award-winning New York Times journalist Kim Severson and Google's resident food ethnographer June Jo Lee. On this episode of “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg,” hear Severson and Lee's thoughts on the changing culture of food in the United States and how younger eaters are relating to and seeking new food experiences. While you're listening, subscribe, rate, and review the show; it would mean the world to us to have your feedback. You can listen to “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg” wherever you consume your podcasts.
Do you believe your food and beverage purchases have an impact on the environment? Do you follow a diet or eating pattern (clean, plant-based, mindful, calorie-counting)? Do you seek out “natural” foods to avoid artificial ingredients? Do you choose your beer to get more out of the price (higher ABV) or to reduce alcohol consumption altogether (zero ABV)? If any of these apply to you, then you're part of the latest trends in food and beverage. Tracy chats with Monica Watrous, managing editor for Food Business News, about the business of food, including the top food and beverage trends she's is seeing right now, examples of emerging brands to watch for and hopefully incorporate into event menus. Connect with Tracy: facebook.com/groups/EatingataMeeting thrivemeetings.com
Chitra Agrawal had no experience in CPG prior to launching Brooklyn Delhi in 2014. Nevertheless, she has built the brand of Indian-inspired pantry staples into an admired and profitable company that generates millions of dollars in annual revenue. As remarkable as those accomplishments might seem, they weren't goals when she started out. The daughter of immigrants, Agrawal envisioned Brooklyn Delhi as a brand that could connect Americans to authentic Indian cuisine through products rooted in culture and designed for modern consumers. The brand's flagship product is achaar, a staple Indian condiment made from pickled ingredients and is often prepared spicy. Chitra developed her own recipe for achaar, one that eventually caught the attention of a Whole Foods global buyer and also meal kit company Blue Apron, both of which became key partners in the brand's rise to national prominence. Brooklyn Delhi has since expanded its product offerings to include simmer sauces like its Golden Coconut Curry Simmer Sauce and Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, as well as condiments including Curry Ketchup, Curry Mustard, and Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce. The products are sold in natural and specialty retailers across the U.S., online and via foodservice. In this episode, Agrawal spoke about her vision for achaar as a pantry staple in American homes, the influence of her popular blog in the early development of Brooklyn Delhi, why consumer education requires patience and how she leveraged the brand's strengths to win over Whole Foods. She also explained why the company has no outside investors, why profitability has always been top of mind, creating favorable contracts with co-manufacturers and how an omni-channel sales strategy has benefited the company. Show notes: 0:45: Chitra Agrawal, Founder & CEO, Brooklyn Delhi – Agrawal spoke with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif about her recent transition from Brooklyn to the suburbs and the benefits of having a bigger kitchen and gave a primer on achaar and its versatility in cooking. She also explained why she is frustrated with Trader Joe's, how she incorporated her personal story into the brand, why she didn't pay herself a salary for the first four years of the business and how a remarkable meeting with a Whole Foods buyer changed the brand's fortunes. Later, she discussed Brooklyn Delhi's partnership with Blue Apron, why she has been adamant about not taking outside capital and how thoughtful planning and ingredient sourcing is key to the company's operational strategy. Brands in this episode: Brooklyn Delhi
On the cusp of BevNET and Taste Radio networking meetups in San Diego and Austin, the hosts highlighted the value of industry connections and linking up with experienced professionals, and why showing up is half the battle. They also spoke about a new fund focused on women-led brands, a retailer focused on non-alcoholic cocktails and spirits and new products that caught the hosts' attention. Show notes: 0:39: Jersey Mike, Togronis For All, Confetti And BBQ – The hosts chatted about their respective summer vacations before sharing details about BevNET's meetup at the company's San Diego office and Taste Radio's live podcast and networking event at Super Coffee's office in Austin. They also noted the launch of Roya Capital, a new fund founded by the founders of Shaka Tea, a canned cocktail that's likely to be a hit in the office, John's visit to Spirited Away in New York City and a few brands marketing delicious drinks and food. Brands in this episode: Super Coffee, Confetti Snacks, Truboy BBQ, Togronis, Partake Foods, Seconds, Maker Wine, B Sweet, Oathaus, ROMR, Yerbae, embodygreen, Solti, Slow & Low
Protein coffee is currently trending on the social media platform TikTok, with the hashtag gaining nearly ten million views, but is it as simple as mixing espresso with protein powder? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the trending protein coffee drink, whether it's healthy and which companies sell it. Protein coffee, which is typically made by combining protein shakes, coffee and milk, along with some ice, is healthy in moderation, but adding too much caffeine can cause an increase in heart rate, stress and cortisol. Sydney talks about three companies that sell various versions of the drink, including Chike Protein Iced Coffee, Thunder Coffee Milk and Alani Nu. The team wonders whether it's necessary to combine the two functional beverages and if these drinks could potentially do more harm than good. Also, in this episode, Sydney talks about National Food Bank Day 2022. The day is honored to bring awareness to the persistent issue of hunger around the world, and while food banks receive attention and canned goods year-round, National Food Bank Day is a reminder that hunger must be eradicated. The day was founded on the 50th anniversary of the world's first official food pantry: St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix, Arizona, which was founded by John van Hengel in 1967. Sydney shares the history of food banks and pantries as well as ways to participate in National Food Bank Day. The team discuss the issue of unequal food distribution that leads to hunger in various communities as well as the need for holidays to commemorate those that help those in need. Read the full articles here:Is Protein Coffee Healthy and Which Companies Sell it?National Food Bank Day 2022: History and Significance For more food and beverage industry content, visit the Xtalks Vitals homepage.Follow Us on Social Media Twitter: @XtalksFood Instagram: @Xtalks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Xtalks.Webinars/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/xtalks-webconferences YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/XtalksWebinars/featured
Food, Cars & Fashion Welcome to Season 7! Registered Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson joins the show to talk about shish kabobs and corn dogs. Some other highlights: How Steve Jobs got away with never having a license plate on his car, and how throwing a hot dog at a police officer in Florida can get you arrested. Listen, laugh, and learn with Nick and Roy.
Nick Green, CEO and Co-Founder of Thrive Market joins Elizabeth this week for a talk about making healthy living easier and accessible to everyone. Nick first talks about his journey to launching Thrive Market in 2014, and how he saw a need for a membership based online platform that both offered the world's best natural and organic products at an affordable price, and also gave back to those in need. Nick discusses Thrive's commitment to be a leader in regenerative agriculture and carbon neutral shipping, his own personal wellness non-negotiables, and what makes Thrive a unique shopping and delivery experience to its members. Nick also gives us a behind the scenes glimpse at what's in his own Thrive shopping cart. Mentioned: Find All Season 4 Episodes Here In Defense of Food Sam Harris App Head HERE for 30% off your first order and a free giftSay Hi To Elizabeth and Purely Elizabeth: Website | InstagramNick Green: Website | LinkedIn
Practically as soon as it got off the ground, Dream Pops was already under pressure. Founder and CEO David Greenfeld admits that launching the platform brand of plant-based, indulgent desserts and candy via a direct-to-consumer model – a strategy that almost bankrupted the company – was a mistake. However, lessons learned – and shared – have given Dream Pops a foundation to disrupt multi-billion dollar categories. Launched in 2018, the company aims to challenge legacy confectionary brands by giving consumers better-for-you options across four product lines, including its flagship coconut milk-based popsicles and shelf-stable chocolate-coated snacks sweetened with coconut sugar. The brand is sold in over 6,500 stores, including nationally at Whole Foods as well as locations of Wegmans, H.E.B. and Harris Teeter, among others. Dream Pops' innovation and retail strategy is bolstered by its active social media presence, which Greenfeld says “completely changed the trajectory of the company.” Greenfeld has over 44,000 followers on LinkedIn and points to constant engagement on the platform as driving significant interest in Dream Pops among industry professionals. Meanwhile, the brand's early embrace of TikTok has helped it attract over 181,000 fans and millions of views of its short videos. Within this episode, Greenfeld spoke about the origins of Dream Pops, how he navigated a myriad of challenges in the frozen aisle, the duality of better-for-you and indulgent food and how he used the popsicles as a proof of concept and springboard into shelf-stable products. He also explained why every CPG company needs to also be a “content company,” the importance of investing in merchandising and why consistency is the most important aspect of Dream Pops' social media strategy. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: David Greenfeld, Founder/CEO, Dream Pops – Greenfeld sat down with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif and chatted about his experience as a finalist in NOSH Pitch Slam 3, his method and process for gaining followers and influence on Linkedin, and what motivates him to invest in early-stage companies. He also discussed the meaning and importance of the brand name, why he was bullish on the frozen aisle, how the term “plant-based” has evolved in recent years and its impact on the development of Dream Pops. Later, he spoke about the company's roadmap for innovation and new product development, applying learnings from merchandising in the frozen set to ambient shelves and whether it's too late for brands to now start incorporating TikTok into their social media strategies. Brands in this episode: Dream Pops, KIND Snacks, Butterfinger, Hershey's, Ferrara, Snickers, Nestle Dibs
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Emma Chamberlain is the face of Generation Z. Can the 21-year-old YouTube sensation be its Juan Valdez, too? In this episode of Taste Radio, the hosts discussed Chamberlain's foray into the coffee business as the founder of Chamberlain Coffee, a platform brand of coffee and tea products that recently completed a $7 million funding round. They also spoke about the surprising news that Haus, a promising brand of low-ABV aperitifs, is shutting down and the launch of Coca-Cola Dreamworld, the latest variant in Coke's “Creations” sub-line, which promises consumers “technicolor tastes and surrealism of the subconscious.” This episode also features the latest installment of The Maxi Minutes, in which investor Maxine Kozler Koven shares insights and expertise with early-stage founders. Show notes: 0:48: A Golden Introduction, Brad Moseys, Mike Gets “Real” – The quartet of BevNET editorial assistant Shauna Golden, reporter Brad Avery and regular hosts Mike Schneider and Ray Latif chatted about what it means to be a “BevNETtter,” strutting vs. moseying and a social app that only Mike seems to understand. They also discussed recent articles about Chamberlain Coffee and Haus, penned by Shauna and Brad, respectively, why none of them are too excited about a “dreamy” cola and notable new products, including an addictive snack and non-alcoholic canned cocktails. 31:33: The Maxi Minutes, Part 6 – Maxine Kozler Koven, the co-founder of L.A.-based investment firm LDR Ventures, shared advice on the information that investors want to see from entrepreneurs in quarterly reports, strategies for working with outside agencies, the value of a management team with industry experience and tips on how to get current investors to join subsequent funding rounds. Brands in this episode: Omsom, Chamberlain Coffee, Haus, Coca-Cola, Figlia, Chunk Nibbles, Nguyen Coffee Supply, Altitude Beverage Co., Willa's
When Jen Liao and Caleb Wang saw their dream business in peril, they froze. The reaction, it turns out, was brilliant. Liao and Wang are the founders of XCJ, a surging brand of frozen foods inspired by Chinese street cuisine. The couple, former corporate executives, launched XCJ as a Seattle-area restaurant in 2018 and it quickly became a popular destination among local residents thanks to its authentic Chinese soup dumplings. Yet its early momentum was threatened by the rise of Covid-19; in response, Liao and Wang stopped serving hot takeout meals and instead began delivering bags of frozen dumplings for consumers to prepare at home. The dumplings quickly became a cult hit within the region and within a matter of months, XCJ expanded distribution nationally. The company has since established a frozen logistics network with warehouses across the U.S. that allows it to ship millions of its critically praised dumplings direct to customers from coast-to-coast. XCJ also expanded its offerings to include lamb, beef and chicken BBQ skewers, as well as sauces and a recently introduced ice cream line inspired by Chinese flavors. In this interview, Liao discussed her and Wang's decision to enter the restaurant business, despite having no prior experience, and how XCJ cultivated consumer interest in the frozen dumplings. She also spoke about why self-manufacturing was the only path forward and how they are managing multiple business divisions while continuing to grow and maintain quality standards. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Jen Liao, Co-Founder, XCJ – Taste Radio editor Ray Latif spoke with Liao about her brand's shorthand name and meaning, swapped Seattle area restaurant recommendations and touched on the launch of XCJ ice cream. She also explained how the company utilized Facebook and WeChat to build consumer awareness and interest for XCJ's frozen dumplings, unusual ways of distributing food to customers early on, the importance of educating consumers on food preparation and whether domestic production has an impact on perception and marketing. Later, she spoke about how XCJ splits responsibilities and manages disagreements among its founders and leaders, how the company is crafting a new look for the brand and how growing interest in AAPI food and culture factors into the rebrand. Brands in this episode: XCJ, Omsom, Fly By Jing
Their primary competitors are multinational corporations with massive marketing budgets, highly experienced sales teams and distribution reach that stretches from coast to coast. So, how is it that Crafthouse Cocktails is beating the giants at every turn? Co-founder Charles Joly, a celebrated bartender and an influential figure in the emerging international cocktail movement, developed Crafthouse in 2013 and in doing so helped pioneer what is now a booming ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail category. The brand markets small-batch bottled cocktails made with all-natural and high quality ingredients and are designed to replicate the quality of drinks served at the world's best bars. In the nine years since its debut, Crafthouse has expanded distribution of its products, which include a Moscow Mule, Paloma, Pineapple Daiquiri, Rum Old Fashioned and Smoky Margarita, to 23 states. Available in 200 mL screw top cans, 750 mL swing-top bottles and a 1.75 L bag-in-box package, the cocktails are carried by Walmart, Wegmans, Total Wine and More, Binny's Beverage and Whole Foods, among other retailers. The brand is also available at several theme parks and outdoor venues while its Gold Rush variety is available in all Amtrak dining cars across the U.S. Amid rising consumer demand for RTD cocktails and an increasingly crowded category, Crafthouse is distinguishing itself via quality, consistency and variety. In an interview featured in this episode, Joly discussed the brand's emphasis on differentiation, the impact of his experience and reputation in the brand's development, how a focus on quality helped establish and cement the company's relationships with retail buyers, and his perspective on the parallels between bartending and entrepreneurship. Show notes: 0:45: Interview: Charles Joly, Co-Founder, Crafthouse Cocktails – Taste Radio editor Ray Latif sat down with Joly at the 2022 Tales of The Cocktail conference where they chatted about 20-plus year career as a bartender and bar consultant, why ice shouldn't be overlooked in cocktails and his consistent attendance at Tales. He also spoke about why the creation of Crafthouse “was so simple and so complex,” the challenge in finding a co-packer that was aligned with the brand's quality standards and how the company is navigating a flood of new RTD cocktail brands coming to market. Later, he explained how Crafthouse was prepared for an explosion of consumer demand at the outset of the pandemic, why he believes that “cream will rise to the top” in the category, how he advises retail buyers about assembling an assortment of cocktail brands and why he credits taste, first and foremost, to the company's success in landing high-profile placements and partnerships. Brands in this episode: Crafthouse Cocktails, Abstract Ice, Skinnygirl, Ketel One
Mustard-based donuts, beer-infused sneakers, cheese cocktails… No, this episode isn't about trying to gross you out. Rather, the hosts discuss recent marketing campaigns, collaborations and limited-edition merchandise involving legacy and small brands and how each is attempting to strike a chord with target consumers. They also highlight BevNET articles about a major beverage deal and new funding for a specialty retail chain, riff on a suds-inspired day of celebration and chat about notable new products including premium canned tea, a conglomerate's foray into spicy sauces and sake cocktails. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Emma Walker, the master blender for Johnnie Walker, for a ten-pack of questions about her trailblazing role and the future of the iconic Scotch whisky brand. Show notes: 0:48: Everyone Loves Guinness (Well…), The Good, The Bad And The Weird, Do We Need A Store For That? – The show opens with a chat about Ray's passion for a certain Irish beer brand, before the hosts reviewed Velveeta's attempt to mix in, Aura Bora's “secret menu,” Heineken's odd kicks, why French's is imploring consumers “taste the tang” at breakfast and Tito's middle finger to the canned cocktail category. They also briefly discuss PepsiCo's new and exclusive distribution deal with Celsius and a capital raise for non-alcoholic beverage retailer Boisson, plus highlight peanut butter-stuffed dates and “choco nuts” and a new line of premium condiments from Heinz. 32:20: Dr. Emma Walker, Master Blender, Johnnie Walker – Dr. Walker sat down with Ray at the 2022 Tales of the Cocktail conference, for an expansive conversation about her work with Johnnie Walker, including her leadership style and stewardship of the brand, her thoughtful way of communicating with colleagues and consumers and her perspective on being a trailblazer for women in the whiskey business. Brands in this episode: Athletic Brewing Co., Guinness, Dogfish Head, Trillium Brewing, Oathaus, Truff, Velveeta, Fishwife, Fly By Jing, Milk Bar, Aura Bora, Heineken, French's, Paqui, Tito's, Reishi Tea, Italicus, Savoia, Celsius, Mike's Hot Honey, Momofuku, Heinz, Motto, Rollin' & Bowlin', Joolies, Pocket Latte, Ysidro, Johnnie Walker
The revolution may not be televised, but if it's up to Heather Terry, it will be farmed. A veteran entrepreneur and business advisor, Terry is the founder of GoodSam Foods, a food brand focused on combating climate change through regenerative agriculture. Launched in 2020, GoodSam's central thesis is that by empowering small farms to adopt systems that improve soil health, increase biodiversity and sequester carbon, people and the planet will benefit for generations to come. GoodSam markets several product lines, including chocolate bars, candy coated nuts and baking mixes, all of which incorporate ingredients sourced from small farms that utilize regenerative growing methods. GoodSam products are currently available on Thrive Market, Amazon and the brand's website, and the company is planning for brick and mortar retail distribution in the fall 2022. As the brand scales, Terry is employing lessons learned from her first startup, organic chocolate brand NibMor. She's using the experience, along with several years as a mentor and consultant to early-stage food entrepreneurs, to accelerate growth while minimizing the mistakes. In an interview featured in this episode, Terry spoke about making the transition from an acting career in film and television to entrepreneurship, why acknowledging a lack of business acumen was important in NibMor's early years, and why a brand's “North Star '' should guide every decision. She also explained why adhering to GoodSam's mission is paramount to its operational strategy and how the company aligns with consumers and retailers that embrace its vision. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Heather Terry, Founder & CEO, GoodSam Foods - Terry and Taste Radio editor Ray Latif recalled their short interview at NOSH Live Summer 2022 and why visiting New York City can be cumbersome. She also discussed the origins of NibMor and why having a co-founder and CFO were critical to the brand's development and why it's important for entrepreneurs to consider the potential size of their businesses. Later, she explained why she got back into the food industry as a founder, building a team of veteran executives, why GoodSam markets a variety of products despite being an early-stage company, and her perspective on a rising tide for brands focused on regenerative agriculture. Brands in this episode: NibMor, GoodSam Foods, Taza Chocolate, Nuttzo
It's fair to say that brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson are ambitious entrepreneurs. “Take over the world” was an actual phrase in their first business plan. And since resurrecting Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, a company founded by their great-great-great grandfather in the 1800s, they've envisioned a future in which the brand's Tennessee whiskey, which was once one of the best known in America, is again among the biggest names in the spirits business. Although their ultimate goal remains the same, the strategy has evolved. Years of planning, refining and building have come with tempered expectations in terms of the time and resources required to achieve their vision. And that's okay, they'll tell you. Charlie and Andy's accomplishments this far has been recognized by one of the largest beverage companies in the world, Constellation Brands, which first invested in Nelson's Green Brier Distillery in 2016 and acquired a majority stake in the company three years later. In an interview recorded on location at annual spirits convention Tales of the Cocktail, the Nelson brothers spoke about their interest in bringing back to life their ancestor's brand, why it was imperative to align with industry experts and how to bring them into the fold and why they never wanted to be the smartest people in the room when starting the company. They also explained why they turned down millions of dollars during one of their first funding rounds, the critical impact of having a brick and mortar home for Nelson's Green Brier Distillery and how they are adjusting to new roles and responsibilities since Constellation's investment. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Charlie & Andy Nelson, Co-Founders, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery – Taste Radio editor Ray Latif met with the Nelson Brothers at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans where they chatted about their first meeting in New York City before Charlie shared a brief history of the brand and Andy shared the best place for honky tonk music and fried baloney sandwiches in their hometown of Nashville. They also spoke about the research and planning they undertook prior to launching Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, how thoughtful networking was critical to identifying brand partners and advisors and how their father helped address a challenging funding decision. Later, they explained how the opening of their Nashville distillery validated the company in the eyes of some potential investors and strategic partners, how they assessed Constellation's offer to invest and eventually acquire a controlling stake in the company and why giant killers need to be patient. Brands in this episode: Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, Angel's Envy, Jack Daniel's
Hey there! We're Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, the authors of almost three dozen cookbooks (plus lots more for celebs--shhh!). Welcome to our podcast about food and cooking. We've got a packed show about food trends and cooking tips, as well as Bruce's interview with brother-sister duo Aubry and Kale Walch, the fabulous owners of The Herbivorous Butcher and now authors of their first cookbook. We're so happy you've joined us. Here are the segments of this episode of COOKING WITH BRUCE AND MARK: [00:37] Our take on the latest food trends, as seen at this year's FANCY FOOD SHOW in New York City. [12:34] Our one-minute cooking tip: a better way to peel tomatoes and peaches [13:58] Bruce's interview with Aubry and Kale Walch, the duo behind The Herbivorous Butcher (both the shop and their brand-new cookbook). [27:52] What's making us happen food this week: plums and melty ice cream! (Are you a skimmer, too?)
In this episode, BevNET reporter Brad Avery joined Taste Radio's regular hosts and discussed his recent article about an innovative “scent-flavored hydration system” that is making inroads in the U.S. They also spoke about 7-Eleven's embrace of upstart brands and shared personal takes on several new products, including grain-free donuts and spicy (if not NOSH-y) potato chips. Also in this podcast: a brief recap of annual cocktail convention Tales of The Cocktail and the latest edition of The Maxi Minutes. Show notes: 0:48: We're All About The Hot, Hot, Hot. Tasty Treats Also Please Us. Brad Has Accepted The Challenge. – The hosts chatted about New Orleans, the site of the 2022 Tales of The Cocktail event, beignet-flavored beverages and PepsiCo's recent investment in a brand of refillable water bottles and scented “flavor” pods. They also discussed the ascendance of grain-free snack and bakery brand Soozy's, the market launch of a traditional salsa and new beverage brand with a proprietary sweetener blend. Oh, and Brad committed to setting his mouth on fire. 26:45: An On The Ground Report From Tales – Ray discussed takeaways from Tales of The Cocktail, which was held from July 24-29 in New Orleans. Notably, the convention highlighted the restaurant and spirit industry's continued focus on premium brands and ingredients, low and no ABV cocktails and ethnic spirits easing their way onto bar backs and liquor store shelves. 30:40: The Maxi Minutes, Part 5 – LDR Ventures co-founder Maxine Kozler Koven discussed effective ways for brands to achieve a high rate of sell through, tips on aligning with merchandising and demo agencies, and the value of having experienced industry professionals on your team (especially when courting investors). Brands in this episode: PulpoLoco Sangria, Ohza, Agua Bonita, Freestyle Snacks, Honey Bunchies, Chunk Nibbles, Tosi, Soozy's, Tia Lupita, Oathaus, Pringles, The Good Crisp, Paqui, Simple Mills, Inura, Faubourg Brewing Company, Italicus, iichiko, Campari, Wild Turkey, Crafthouse Cocktails, Batch & Bottle, Hendrick's Gin, Glenfiddich, Perrier, Nelson's Greenbrier Distillery, Johnnie Walker
What do all 4 of things have in common… functional and immune boosting foods and drinks, Cannabinoids, plant based meats, and Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Wine Cocktails and Seltzers?Well I believe they are all top food and beverage trends of 2022Welcome to feeding the soul podcast, a podcast devoted to discussing food and drink culture. On today's episode, we are talking about food and drink trends!
There were a few chuckles when Morgan McLachlan launched her first spirit brand, a vodka crafted from California clementines. Yet, while its novelty may have amused some in the beverage alcohol industry, the product represented a foundation for her now acclaimed distilling philosophy, which is focused on botanical-based spirits. The co-founder, chief product officer and master distiller of Los Angeles-based brand AMASS, Morgan describes the company as born out of “a desire for quotidian pleasures made better by plants.” Launched in 2018, AMASS produces a variety of spirits, including its flagship dry gin, and in recent years extended into hard seltzers as well as personal care and beauty products, such as liquid soap, hand sanitizer and candles. Earlier this year, McLachlan introduced De Soi, a line of sparkling ready-to-drink non-alcoholic apéritifs. Co-founded by global pop star Katy Perry, De Soi was designed as a brand for mindful, yet also refined, consumption. The line includes three expressions each made with botanicals like blackcurrant, birch and yuzu and functional ingredients, including reishi mushroom, ashwagandha and maca. In an interview featured in this episode, McLachlan spoke about her transition from a career in the film industry to the spirits business and how the former guided her focus on creative distilling methods. She also discussed how AMASS developed its distinctive branding and positioning, the company's decision to incorporate lifestyle products into its portfolio, how De Soi is an expression of a new phase in her life and the origins of her partnership with Katy Perry. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Morgan McLachlan, Co-Founder/Master Distiller, AMASS and Co-Founder, De Soi – McLachlan and Taste Radio editor Ray Latif riffed on the latter's pronunciation skills before discussing an industry honor bestowed upon the entrepreneur, exploring Los Angeles' micro-climates and why she decided to distill citrus for her first spirit. She also discussed how she applied her experience growing up in an artistic family into distilling, how blurring beverage categories has impacted drinking culture, how she joined AMASS as a co-founder and helped establish its positioning as both luxury and accessible. Later, she discussed the expansion of the AMASS portfolio, the launch of and roadmap for the distillery's RTD cocktails, why De Soi was established as an independent brand, the formulation of products and how Katy Perry is involved in planning and operations for the upstart company. Brands in this episode: AMASS, De Soi
When prominent beverage investor and entrepreneur Clayton Christopher calls your brand “a winner,” you're probably doing a few things right. And in the case of Onda, a premium tequila seltzer brand, the description seems spot on. Christopher's praise came after he joined as a board member and equity shareholder in 2021 as part of a $5 million Series A funding round. At the time, he noted “the potential of the category, the positioning of the brand and the strength of the team” as key reasons for his investment. Packaged in bright orange 12 oz. slim cans, Onda is made from a blend of blanco tequila, sparkling water and real fruit juice. Available in eight flavors, each can contains 5% ABV, 100 calories and no added sugar. Last year, Onda expanded distribution to over 10,000 retail accounts in 31 states, including Publix, Total Wine, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Walmart, Costco, Safeway, Albertsons and BevMo. Onda achieved over 700% growth in 2021 and emerged as the third-best selling brand of tequila-based seltzers, according to Nielsen data. In June, Onda announced a $12.5 million growth round led by existing investors, including Christopher, investment firm Aria Growth Partners, venture platform 25madison and several high-profile athletes, musicians and entertainers. In an interview featured in this episode, Onda co-founder and CEO Noah Gray talked about Onda's origins as a “trade up” concept and how a confluence of premium ingredients and striking package design have resulted in strong consumer trial and repurchase. He also explained what up-and-down-the-street sales informed the team about effective retailing and merchandising and how he landed meetings with and won over high-profile investors, including Christopher and former President & CEO of Moët Hennessy Jim Clerkin. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Noah Gray, Co-Founder & CEO, Onda – Gray spoke with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif about his unexpected career in the beverage alcohol business, how a recent tweet encapsulates Onda's genesis, aligning liquid and package harmoniously and why the products are positioned as an affordable luxury. He also discussed how, disrupted by the onset of the pandemic, Onda pivoted its retail launch strategy to door-to-door sales model, and the importance of optimizing merchandising in driving velocity. Later, Gray explained how Onda assesses a growing pool of tequila seltzer brands, attracting industry veterans to a young company and how the team determined capital needs and the most effective ways to deploy new funding. Brands in this episode: Onda, Sweet Leaf Tea, Deep Eddy Vodka
Taste Radio's hosts discussed several recently announced collaborations, including those of high-profile drink brands that have aligned to create new RTD cocktails, a well-known entertainer and an upstart energy drink company and a humanitarian initiative that connects with better-for-you brands. They also chatted about notable new products, including a line of shelf-stable tamales, NA wine and beer and a protein bar with a somewhat odd name. Show notes: 0:52: It Wasn't Intended To Be A “Gotcha.” The Uniform, Upgraded. Cookies Make Ray Happy. – After a brief chat about the perpetual problem of uneven heating and cooling in offices, Ray puts John on the spot about a prediction that came true and the hosts collectively spoke about what moves their needles for canned cocktails. They also praised UNSTUCK, an initiative that connects leading CPG brands with suppliers that hire refugees, offered mixed opinions about a brand-centric music video and lauded innovative new products, in particular an amaretto-flavored cola, spiked aguas frescas and soft, doughy cookies. Brands in this episode: Coca-Cola, Jack Daniel's, Frecsa, Simply, Vita Coco, Captain Morgan, Topo Chico, Chobani, That's it, La Colombe, GoodPop, Petit Pot, Pitaya Foods, Joyburst, Gruvi, Visitor Beer, Fillo's, A Dozen Cousins, Calidad, Jambar, Powerbar, Ghia, Brooklyn Cannery, Bell's Cookie Co.
Ten years ago, Alison Cayne opened a cooking school in New York City called Haven's Kitchen. The goal was simple: help local residents learn how to make better food at home and enjoy doing it. Although the pandemic forced the school to shut its doors in 2020, the mission of Haven's Kitchen lives on in the form of an eponymous consumer brand of refrigerated sauces. Available in eight globally-inspired flavors, including Golden Turmeric Tahini, Edamame Green Goddess and Herby Chimichurri, the sauces are packaged in transparent, squeezable eco-friendly pouches. The products debuted in 2018 and are now available in over 2,000 locations, including at Whole Foods, Target, Sprouts, Giant and Foxtrot. Much of the retail growth has come over the past two years and reflects the brand's surging sales: a 500% year-over-year increase in 2020 and +80% in 2021. In an interview featured in this episode, Cayne spoke about the origins of Haven's Kitchen, the impact of the brand's innovative packaging and striking label design on trial, why emphasizing use case and occasion is critical for consumer adoption and repurchase and how effective merchandising of the products has enabled it to become “the ultimate basket builder.” She also explained how to use anecdotal data effectively when pitching to retail buyers, navigating the challenge of uneven retail pricing and how she found a co-packer that would invest in the brand's future. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Alison Cayne, Founder & CEO, Haven's Kitchen – Taste Radio editor Ray Latif met with Cayne at Haven's Kitchen's test kitchen and office in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan where they chatted about nostalgic snacks, her team's desire to return to an IRL work setting and Whole Foods' influence on the launch of Haven's Kitchen sauces. She also explained the reason behind the brand name, how the company successfully broke traditional rules of branding and package design, educating mainstream consumers about esoteric flavors and why Chobani's head of innovation told her to stop innovating. Later, she spoke about how an argument with her partner led to an emphasis on gross margin, why she's bullish on Target, despite the chain's pricing strategy, and why her podcast has been beneficial to her education about the food industry. Brands in this episode: Haven's Kitchen, SOMOS Foods, Kind Snacks, Cholula, Chobani, A Dozen Cousins, Sabra, Perfect Snacks, Lucky Charms, Snickers, Ithaca Hummus, Spudsy, Sir Kensington's, Momofuku
Nutrition Nugget! Bite-size, bonus episodes offering tips, tricks, and approachable science. In today's episode, Jenn talks about “The Daily Foundation'' and what to focus on daily to improve your health. She touches on the serving of fruits and vegetables, protein, and fat, as well as highlighting the importance of movement, sleep, and stress reduction. We can get caught-up in the fads, details and superfoods but overall, it really comes down to consistency and looking at your overall health. Like what you're hearing? Be sure to check out the full-length episodes; new releases every Wednesday. Have an idea for a nutrition nugget? Submit it here: https://asaladwithasideoffries.com/index.php/contact/ RESOURCES:Become A Member of Salad with a Side of FriesJenn's Free Menu PlanA Salad With a Side of FriesA Salad With a Side of Fries Instagram
Information Morning's food columnist Jennifer Brady tells us about the biggest food trend you've likely never heard of - "upcycling" - and what it has to do with food waste.
The Salad With a Side of Fries podcast is hosted by Jenn Trepeck, discussing wellness and weight loss for real life, clearing up the myths, misinformation, bad science & marketing surrounding our nutrition knowledge and the food industry. Let's dive into wellness and weight loss for real life, including drinking, eating out, and skipping the grocery store. In today's episode, we are talking about the top food trends for 2022 and how these trends are shaped by “pandemic generation.” We talk about different ways the restaurant industry and supermarkets have changed since the pandemic and how restaurants now need to entice people to venture out of their houses. We also discuss the new 2022 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists that have just come out. We'll touch on the lists and give feedback on where we think each trend will go. Join us to get some tips and tricks around the dirty dozen and clean fifteen and what we see as valuable upcoming trends!IN THIS EPISODE: ● [04:45] Discussing Food Trends for the COVID generation.● [07:52] Foods designed to improve mental health and wellbeing are trending.● [12:46] Cuisines to watch out for in 2022. ● [19:53] How micro influencers are impacting the restaurant industry.● [29:09] Produce Blue Books Top 5 Trends to watch in 2022.● [35:53] Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.KEY TAKEAWAYS: ● Clean 15: Avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, onion, papaya, sweet peas, asparagus, honeydew melon, kiwi, cabbage, mushroom, cantaloupe, mangos, watermelon, and sweet potatoes● Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, spinach, kale/collard/mustard greens, nectarines, apples, grapes, bell and hot peppers, cherries, peaches, pears, celery, and tomatoes. ● Think about which of the trends are healthy for each individual. Look for things that are easier and healthier.QUOTES: “When you buy local and seasonal, buy in bulk and freeze your own produce. Stuff that's in season tends to be less expensive.” Jenn Trepeck“Just because you can eat it, doesn't mean it's nutritious.” Jenn Trepeck“It's about being savvy consumers. We hold strong to what we know to be true for ourselves and not fall prey to the marketing messages of the food industry.” Jenn Trepeck“During the pandemic, some restaurants did virtual cooking classes or the cocktails for pickup and delivery. So all of these kinds of things that sort of bring the restaurant to the home. And so according to datassential, there's likely to be more of the hospitality driven dining experience at home.” Jenn TrepeckRESOURCES:Become A Member of Salad with a Side of Fries Jenn's Free Menu PlanJenn's InstagramSalad with a Side of Fries InstagramA Salad With a Side of Fries Website
Taste Radio's hosts riffed on Bang founder/CEO Jack Owoc's unforgettable stage appearance at BevNET Live Summer 2022, M&A headlines in the business of beer and food, why it's important to stay connected to our newsrooms and notable new products, including pickle-infused hummus and a fizzy drink inspired by the flavors of Korean cuisine. We also feature our latest edition of The Maxi Minutes for a conversation about what investors don't want to hear in a pitch. Show notes: 0:52: A Free Tee, John Was Glued To His Screen, Three Stars… And Vegan, Steaming At Home – The episode opens with a reminder on how to get a free Taste Radio t-shirt (hint: it's really easy), a less-than-craven take on a ‘bang' up interview and how Jacqui convinced Ray that Michelin might have it right when it comes to a high-end restaurant. The hosts also discussed the recent acquisition of two well-known brands, why samples are really helpful and why Ray is excited about coming back to BevNET HQ. 26:25: The Maxi Minutes, Part 4 – Maxine Kozler Koven, the co-managing director of Los Angeles-based investment firm LDR Ventures, advised listeners on what not to say to a potential investor and also tackles the timely topic of supply chain challenges and how to address them with your funding partners. Brands in this episode: Bang Energy, Clif Bar, Stone Brewing, Soultopia, Teaonic, Parch, Halmi, Berry Bissap, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Razorwire Energy, Ithaca Hummus, Grillo's, Snow Days, Wholly Veggie, FOMO Baking Co., Ruani
Unsure what the difference is between plant based and vegan? In this short episode, find out what some of our podcast guests have to say.Discount Codes mentioned in the episode: 20% off with code AFN at https://drinksound.com/ 15% off with code AFN at https://www.palermobody.com/Credit: Sound Recording and Editing: Will CrannAs referenced in this episode:Other episodes with Kathy DavisWhat Does Whole Food Plant Based Mean? (Episode 13): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-13-what-does-whole-food-plant-based-mean/Plant Based Recipes for the BBQ (Episode 21): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-21-plant-based-recipes-for-the-bbq/Other episodes with Colleen MontgomeryHeart Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet (Episode 18): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-18-heart-health-benefits-of-a-plant-based-diet/Save Money on Plant Based Groceries (Episode 22): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-22-save-money-on-plant-based-groceries/Another episode with Easter HoCan Eating Plant Foods Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? (Episode 24): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-24-can-eating-plant-foods-reduce-the-risk-of-breast-cancer/Another episode with Kory ZelicksonTop Plant Based Food Trends (Episode 23): https://www.alternativefoodnetwork.com/plant-based-diet/episode-23-top-plant-based-food-trends/
When Ibraheem Basir launched A Dozen Cousins in 2018, retail buyers questioned the marketability of the brand's first products, a line of premium-positioned cooked beans. Four years later, those buyers are asking a different question: “How do we keep up with consumer demand?” A former marketing executive with General Mills, Basir founded A Dozen Cousins to increase accessibility of better-for-you food within Black and Latino communities via healthy ingredients, authentic seasonings and convenient preparation. Available in varieties such as Mexican Cowboy Pinto Beans and Trini Chickpea Curry, the beans are packaged in microwavable pouches that can be heated in 60 seconds. As A Dozen Cousins expanded distribution, the brand found traction with a broad variety of consumers seeking a quick, flavorful meal or side dish. The company has since added two complementary product lines – bone-broth cooked rice and seasoning sauces for rice and meat dishes – and widened its presence in stores across retail channels, including Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joes, Kroger and REI. In an interview featured in this episode, Basir spoke about how the brand's initial focus has evolved, working with co-manufacturing partners to ensure quality standards, why sampling was critical to its development and why keeping a foot in the familiar is a key tenet of its innovation strategy. He also explained why A Dozen Cousins is relatively quiet about raising capital and shared his take on improved opportunities and continuing challenges for BIPOC food entrepreneurs. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Ibraheem Basir, Founder & CEO, A Dozen Cousins – Basir spoke with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif at NOSH Live Summer 2022 where they discussed their shared experience growing up in large families, alternate names for A Dozen Cousins and how the brand addresses “two different levels” of consumer needs. Basir also spoke about how he prepared for a national launch at Whole Foods while the brand was still in its infancy, the impact of his experience as an employee at a large food conglomerate, what social media taught the company about the unexpected ways consumers used the beans and what moved the needle for retail buyers that were initially skeptical about the brand. Later, he explained why the launch of A Dozen Cousins' rice was about creating something “additive” to the category, why he wants the brand to be “in the middle of the spectrum” when it comes to innovation, the reason the company isn't vocal about funding and why he points to the lack of “insider knowledge” as a hurdle for BIPOC founders. Brands in this episode: A Dozen Cousins, Annie's
It's rare for an entrepreneurial food or beverage brand to generate a billion dollars in annual revenue. Yet that hasn't kept ambitious founders from envisioning a 10-figure future for their companies. Yanni Hufnagel, the founder and CEO of Lemon Perfect, is one of those aspiring leaders, and based on the trajectory for his brand this far, he has a realistic shot. Launched in 2018, Lemon Perfect markets a line of low-calorie, lemon-flavored water. Positioned as hydration beverages, the USDA certified organic drinks come in seven varieties each sweetened with a blend of erythritol and stevia and containing five calories per 12 oz. bottle. Available nationwide at Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods and Ralph's, Lemon Perfect anticipates over $60 million in sales and a retail footprint of over 40,000 doors by the end of 2022 as it expands into Costco, CVS, Walmart and Target. Earlier this year, the company closed on a $31 million Series A funding round that included a high-profile roster of celebrity investors headlined by music icon Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The recent financing brought Lemon Perfect's total funding to $42.2 million and a valuation of over $100 million. In an interview featured in this episode, Hufnagel spoke about his overarching vision for Lemon Perfect, the parallels between coaching college basketball and running a beverage company, why nailing “the big decisions” has been critical to the brand's development and how his perspective on gross margin has evolved. He also explained why Lemon Perfect has invested heavily in field sales, how he cultivated a culture of hustle and commitment and why he says that he's never sold the brand to an investor. Show notes: 0:42: Interview: Yanni Hufnagel, Founder & CEO, Lemon Perfect – Before diving into Lemon Perfect's backstory, Hufnagel and Taste Radio editor Ray Latif chatted about the entrepreneur's Instagram handle, his brief flirtation with investment banking and the origin of the brand's name. Hufnagel also discussed the simplicity of Lemon Perfect's ingredients, how he got up to speed in the beverage industry (hint: a certain podcast was key), his counterintuitive advice about gross margin for early-stage brands, why moving to a shelf-stable formulation was instrumental in the brand's growth and why not hiring a CEO was one of the best decisions he's made. Later, he explained why Lemon Perfect's unit economics make it highly attractive to investors, his praise (and acronyms) for hard work and why “being great fiduciary of a capital” is a point of pride. Brands in this episode: Lemon Perfect, Vitaminwater, Bai, Vita Coco
Taste Radio's hosts reflected on the return of BevNET and NOSH's summer events to New York City, the accessibility of admired brand leaders and top retail executives at NOSH Live, the camaraderie among entrepreneurs meeting each other for the first time in person at BevNET Live and why taste and story inspired the strongest reactions for judges in the events' brand competitions. Show notes: 0:40: Chelsiron, Jacqui's A Pitch Slam Pro, Content Is Still King, Brownies Are The Best – Convening on the stage after day one of BevNET Live, the hosts chatted about Jacqui's first time judging the New Beverage Showdown, the quality of speaker panels and presentations at the events and the triumph of an adaptogenic brownie brand. Mike also praised the communication skills of New Beverage Showdown semifinalists and Ray expressed his admiration for an innovative cocktail brand. Brands in this episode: Wild Fizz Kombucha, Plink, Perfy, Aura Bora, Saffron Road, Mid-Day Squares, Sweet Loren's, Jeni's Ice Cream, Orgain, Culture Pop, Poppi, Ruani, SOMI Energy, Everything Cheeze, Straightaway Cocktails
What's trending in plant based foods for 2022? Kory Zelickson, the co-founder and CEO of Vejii Holdings, lets us in on what's hot in plant based products.In this episode you'll hear: 2:00 – How Kory began his plant based journey4:00 – The top trending food categories on Vejii5:00 – Is the next generation of plant based foods healthier?6:30 – Cheese alternatives10:00 – Price of products on shopvejii.com13:40 – Frozen goods shipping16:10 – Kory's favourite plant based foods and cooking tipsGuest Link: https://shopvejii.com/CREDITS: Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann
What do adaptogens, nootropics and botanicals have to do with the future of social drinking? If you ask Kin Euphorics co-founder and CEO Jen Batchelor, the answer is “quite a bit.” And, based on Kin's trajectory, it's hard to argue with her. Founded in 2017, Kin Euphorics is based on the idea that there needed to be a better-for-you alternative to alcohol when decompressing after work or enjoying a night out with friends. Available in five SKUs tied to distinct use occasions, the beverages are formulated with functional ingredients said to enhance mood and relieve stress, including,, depending on variety, Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, Gaba and L-Theanine. Since its inception, Kin has raised over $10 million dollars in venture capital, a figure that reflects the brand's remarkable growth, particularly via e-commerce. While 90% of the company's revenue is currently derived from direct-to-consumer sales, Kin is in the midst of an aggressive push into brick and mortar retail. The company recently announced the hires of three former Fever-Tree executives tasked with expanding distribution of the brand into large retailers in all channels of trade. In an interview featured in this episode, Batchelor discussed the inspiration for and development of Kin, why the brand adopted “euphorics” as part of its branding despite the word's association with drug culture, how Soylent provided a rough template for the company's business strategy and the brand's association with sober-curious lifestyles. She also explained how Kin has built an effective D2C strategy, applying learnings from success at upscale retailer Erewhon to other chains, and how she views me-too brands that have emerged in recent years. Show notes: 0:49: Interview: Jen Batchelor, Co-Founder & CEO, Kin Euphorics – Taste Radio editor Ray Latif spoke with Batchelor about Kin's recent company retreat, the impact that growing up in Saudi Arabia had on her belief system, how she weaved together cultural experiences and Ayurvedic methodology into the creation of the brand and why, despite its unconventional positioning, traditional business fundamentals have been critical to Kin's development. She also explained how Kin became an “accidental D2C brand,” how supermodel Bella Hadid became an investor and partner, the ambitious goals for the company's new commercial team, and why Batchelor is enthusiastic about some emerging non-alcoholic social brands — and less so about others. Brands in this episode: Kin Euphorics, Soylent, Ghia