Bridget Connelly, the co-founder and CEO of Luna Bay Booch, spoke about her inspiration for launching the hard kombucha company and why brand story is an essential asset when meeting with retail buyers. She also explained why investment in the category is a two-sided story and how her mentors have played a critical role in the brand’s development.
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This episode features an interview with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, who spoke with us about his upstart specialty coffee and lifestyle brand, BIGFACE. We also feature the latest edition of The Maxi Minutes with LDR Ventures managing director Maxine Kozler Koven, who advises entrepreneurs on how to speak to potential investors about their vision and exit strategy.
Paul Voge, co-founder/CEO of fast-growing artisanal sparkling water brand Aura Bora, recalled the clever way he landed his first meeting with a Whole Foods buyer, how his pricing strategy was ahead of the curve, and his tension-filled experience on “Shark Tank.” He also explained why acquiring sales data has been critical to the brand’s development and how he’s attracted industry veterans for key roles.
In this episode, we’re joined by Spike Mendelsohn, the acclaimed chef, restaurateur and co-founder of better-for-you fast food chain PLNT Burger and sustainable snack brand Eat The Change. Mendelsohn is also immersed in the nascent world of NFTs as the co-creator of CHFTY Pizza, a Web3 community that connects chefs with foodies and fans.
In this episode, Taste Radio’s hosts discussed notable brands and products exhibited at the 2022 Specialty Coffee Association Expo, reflecting on how some cannabis-based drinks are finding favor as evening libations and riffed upon several striking snacks and beverages. The show also continues our spotlight on health-centric private equity firm Manna Tree Partners in an interview with managing director Pam Shepherd.
This week, we sat down with the co-founders of Vail-based private equity firm Manna Tree Partners and the founders of three portfolio companies, Verde Farms, Health-Ade and Gotham Greens, to explore the relationship between investor and entrepreneur. The discussions revealed how their personal friendship established a baseline for trust and helped create positive outcomes for all involved.
Brad Kintzer, Chief Chocolate Maker at TCHO, discussed the company’s emphasis on sustainable and ethical sourcing as a key metric of quality, how it defines “better” when evaluating progress, how he’s been inspired by winemaking and why, despite TCHO’s cachet, the brand recently introduced massive changes in its formulation and branding.
In this episode, Taste Radio’s hosts discussed new products in several food and beverage categories, including a nootropic-boosted hydration drink brand launched by an NFL star and NFT icon, a nostalgia-inspiring cinnamon spread, RTD milk teas and spiked tonics, artisanal and low-sugar sweets and perhaps the best-tasting tortillas on the market. They also riffed on this weekend’s Specialty Coffee Association trade show and a funding round for a brand of experimental condiments and beverages.
Bentley Hall, the CEO of California-centric online grocer Good Eggs, spoke about how an intimate understanding of its customers and a highly-curated selection of products helped grow annual revenue to over $100 million. He also explained how Good Eggs articulates quality, its process for vetting and adding new brands to its service and how the company evaluates new platforms and technologies when mapping out its growth strategy.
This week, we explored the ideation, business plans and growth strategies of three innovative and on-trend brands in conversations with Susan Buckwalter, the co-founder and CEO of ginger-powered wellness brand Recoup; Dr. Juan Salinas, the founder and CEO of P-nuff Crunch, a brand of nutritious baked peanut puffs; and Michelle Razavi and Nikki Elliott, the co-founders of functional, decadent snack brand ELAVI.