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Taste Radio Insider Ep. 2: Want Brand Loyalty? ‘Be Consistently Great,’ Says Uncle Matt’s Founder; Insight Into the KDP/Core Deal

In this episode, we feature an interview with Matt McLean, the founder of organic beverage company Uncle Matt’s, who discussed the brand’s evolution from its launch nearly 20 years ago through to its sale to dairy conglomerate Dean Foods in 2017. We also sit down with BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman, who offered insight and perspective into Keurig Dr Pepper’s $525 million acquisition of Core Nutrition.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 2: Want Brand Loyalty? ‘Be Consistently Great,’ Says Uncle Matt’s Founder; Insight Into the KDP/Core Deal 2018-10-05T17:46:41+00:00

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 1: How Country Archer Turned Rejection Into a Multi-Million Dollar Idea

In Episode 1 of Taste Radio Insider, a new podcast focused on news, trends and innovation in business of food and beverage, we’re joined by Eugene Kang, the co-founder and CEO of fast-growing meat snack brand Country Archer. In our interview, Kang explained how perseverance and thinking outside-the-box have paid huge dividends for the brand. We also discussed trends and innovation in notable beverage categories, including RTD coffee and alt-dairy, as seen at Natural Products Expo East 2018.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 1: How Country Archer Turned Rejection Into a Multi-Million Dollar Idea 2018-09-28T14:53:26+00:00

Taste Radio Ep. 130: A Groundbreaking Fashion, Food & Cannabis Entrepreneur On What it Takes to Stay Ahead of the Game

Marci Zaroff, who over the past three decades has helped change the way we dress, eat and live, joins the podcast this week. Hear why she’s urging companies to incorporate ethical sourcing and sustainability into their brand strategies, discussed the “perpetual yo-yo” of entrepreneurship, and shared her take on the budding business of cannabis.

Taste Radio Ep. 130: A Groundbreaking Fashion, Food & Cannabis Entrepreneur On What it Takes to Stay Ahead of the Game 2018-10-01T12:27:31+00:00

Taste Radio Ep. 129: How a Beverage Virgin Named Branson Disrupted a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

This week we sit down with Ben Branson, the creator of Seedlip, a first-of-its-kind non-alcoholic spirit that’s disrupted an industry by changing the way consumers think about cocktails; the hosts convene for a debrief on the recently held Natural Products Expo East 2018 and discuss exhibitor reaction to the show and notable food trends on display at the annual event.

Taste Radio Ep. 129: How a Beverage Virgin Named Branson Disrupted a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry 2018-09-18T14:47:48+00:00

Taste Radio Ep. 127: Andrew Zimmern Is Calling B.S. On The Health & Wellness Food Space

This week we’re joined by the globetrotting, bizarre food eating television show host Andrew Zimmern, who pulls no punches when it comes to his thoughts on the business of health and wellness foods. We also meet with James McLaughlin, the CEO of influential and trendsetting coffee company Intelligentsia and discuss its unique approach to the cafe business.

Taste Radio Ep. 127: Andrew Zimmern Is Calling B.S. On The Health & Wellness Food Space 2018-09-05T11:10:33+00:00

Taste Radio Ep. 126: From Farmers’ Markets to Fortune — How Angie’s Boomchickapop Became a $250M Brand

Angie’s Boomchickapop co-founder Angie Bastian on how function, femininity & fun helped build a $250M brand. Tom First, the co-founder of Nantucket Nectars and an operating partner at private equity firm Castanea Partners discusses business habits that have supported his career as an entrepreneur and investor.

Taste Radio Ep. 126: From Farmers’ Markets to Fortune — How Angie’s Boomchickapop Became a $250M Brand 2018-08-29T11:10:29+00:00