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Episode 216 - :

Justin Winery: Justin Baldwin

Justin Baldwin, founder of the acclaimed Justin Winery, chronicled the development of his highly awarded brand and spoke about the importance of leveraging one’s skill sets and admitting their weaknesses, mitigating risk through financial discipline and how entrepreneurs can best position their companies for success in good times and bad.

Taste Radio Ep. 216: World-Class Brands May Start With Passion, But They’re Driven By This2020-06-02T14:52:40+00:00

Episode 215 - :

Vega/Pulp Culture: Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier, co-founder of pioneering plant-based protein brand Vega and “hard” cold-pressed juice brand Pulp Culture, spoke about how his passion for plant-based nutrition culminated in Vega, why the company embraced the saying “ignorance is our only competition,” how he assessed the opportunity for a better-for-you alcoholic beverages and his perspective on the evolution of plant-based foods.

Taste Radio Ep. 215: After A $550 Million Exit, Why Vega’s Co-Founder Has ‘Culture’ On His Mind2020-05-26T13:51:59+00:00

Episode 214 - :

Siete Family Foods: Miguel Garza

Miguel Garza, co-founder & CEO of Mexican-American food brand Siete Family Foods, spoke about the principles upon which the company was founded, the roles of family and love play in the company’s operations, the hallmarks of its product development and innovation strategies and why revenue isn’t the defining metric for Siete to become an iconic brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 214: The Cornerstones Of Siete’s Billion-Dollar Strategy2020-05-19T13:27:07+00:00

Episode 213 - :

GURU Organic Energy: Carl Goyette

Carl Goyette, CEO of pioneering organic energy drink brand GURU, spoke about how a disciplined business strategy has paved the way for sustainable growth, why the company “says no to a lot” of opportunities, and why he believes that having both experience in a corporate environment and a thirst for entrepreneurship have been key to his ability to manage and build the brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 213: How This Brand Thrived In A Business Often Marked By Failure2020-05-12T13:59:06+00:00

Episode 212 - :

Rowdy Energy: Kyle Busch & Jeff Church

This week, we’re joined by the team behind upstart brand Rowdy Energy, NASCAR champion Kyle Busch and Suja co-founder Jeff Church. The duo spoke about their decision to enter the competitive energy category, leveraging Busch’s fame and fan base in an authentic way and how Church is incorporating lessons from the Suja playbook into Rowdy’s business strategy.

Taste Radio Ep. 212: How The Unlikely Duo Of NASCAR’s Kyle Busch And Suja’s Jeff Church Are Attempting To Defy The Odds In Energy2020-05-05T13:57:44+00:00

Episode 211 - :

Pat LaFrieda, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors

We’re joined this week by Pat LaFrieda, CEO of renowned meat brand Pat LaFrieda’s, who discussed his definition for quality and how it fits into the company’s evolution, why “relationships are everything” in business, his vision for the future of the restaurant industry and his surprising opinion about plant-based meat products.

Taste Radio Ep. 211: To Build A $200M Brand, Pat LaFrieda Relied On This More Than Anything2020-04-28T12:31:17+00:00

Episode 210 - :

Annie Chun’s/gimMe Snacks: Annie Chun & Steve Broad

Annie Chun and Steve Broad, founders of Annie Chun’s and gimMe Snacks, spoke about their entrepreneurial journey from selling at farmer’s markets to building category leading brands, why operational efficiency is critical to achieve sustainable margins and the importance of “discovering new experiences for the consumer.”

Taste Radio Ep. 210: They Borrowed $10,000 And Built Two Pioneering Brands. How The Founders of Annie Chun’s & gimMe Snacks Did It.2020-04-21T12:25:06+00:00

Episode 209 - :

Jefferson's Bourbon: Trey Zoeller

Trey Zoeller, founder of pioneering whiskey brand Jefferson’s Bourbon, spoke about overcoming initial criticism of his experimental methods for aging bourbon, why he doesn’t consider himself a distiller, balancing consumer demand for diversity, consistency and predictability and why he’ll “never create a brand or an expression out of a boardroom.”

Taste Radio Ep. 209: How A Revered Entrepreneur And Innovator Proved The Naysayers Wrong2020-04-14T12:48:04+00:00

Episode 208 - :

Bantam Bagels: Nick & Elyse Oleksak

Bantam Bagels co-founders Nick & Elyse Oleksek spoke about their transition from Wall Street analysts to bagel entrepreneurs, why they’ve said “yes” to everything and why effective cold-emailing works. They also explained why investing in PR has been crucial to the brand’s success and how they assessed opportunities to scale the brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 208: The One Word That Helped Build A $34 Million Brand2020-04-07T17:21:57+00:00

Episode 207 - :

Olipop: Ben Goodwin & David Lester

David Lester and Ben Goodwin, co-founders of Olipop, explained why they believe creating a better-for-you soda brand was the “most impactful thing” they could do, how package design fuels trial, why educating consumers about the products’ health benefits is not a priority and lessons from their first experience as beverage entrepreneurs.

Taste Radio Ep. 207: How This Challenger Brand Is Beating The Giants At Their Own Game2020-03-31T14:30:08+00:00