BevNET’s Taste Radio is the podcast for food and beverage professionals, where we talk trends, interview the leaders and rising stars in the industry and discuss knowledge and topics that we hope entrepreneurs and pros everywhere find useful.

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Episode 232 - :

Frey Farms: Sarah Frey

Sarah Frey, founder & CEO of Frey Farms, spoke about how she engineered her company’s remarkable turnaround despite having no formal business training, how she identified and utilized advantages her company had over larger competitors and how she navigated Walmart’s corporate culture. She also discussed how consumers’ relationship with food has evolved during the Covid era and what she’s learned about building a beverage brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 232: How Sarah Frey Won Over Walmart On The Way To Over $1 Billion In Sales2020-11-10T12:16:45+00:00

Episode 231 - :

Hoplark: Dean Eberhardt

Dean Eberhardt, co-founder & CEO of Hoplark, spoke about how getting fired from his own prior startup led him to a “lightbulb” moment and inspired the creation of the fast-growing hopped tea brand, his belief that he’s “a marketing textbook’s worst nightmare,” how the company has succeeded during the pandemic, and why he turned down a venture capital investment this past summer.

Taste Radio Ep. 231: Why ‘Going Right When Everyone Is Going Left’ Made Hoplark A Budding Star2020-10-27T14:36:02+00:00

Episode 230 - :

88 Acres: Nicole Ledoux

Nicole Ledoux, co-founder & CEO of seed-based food company 88 Acres, spoke about the thoughtful process of scaling from a local to national brand, why she credits in-house production as a significant competitive advantage and how a successful Kickstarter campaign provided the foundation for the brand’s retail launch and successive fundraising initiatives.

Taste Radio Ep. 230: How This ‘Plant’ Enables 88 Acres To Control Its Own Destiny2020-10-14T11:53:38+00:00

Episode 229 - :

Artingstall's Gin: Paul Feig

Paul Feig, the Hollywood director and producer behind blockbuster comedy “Bridesmaids,” sat down with us to discuss his latest project, Artingstall’s Gin. Feig spoke about how his personality is incorporated into the brand, why he compares the business of distilled spirits to that of directing a movie and his ultimate goal for Artingstall’s.

Taste Radio Ep. 229: ‘Bridesmaids’ Director Paul Feig Wants To Upgrade Your Martini2020-10-06T13:14:06+00:00

Episode 228 - :

"The Checkout": Errol Schweizer

Veteran food industry insider, trendsetter and entrepreneur Errol Schweizer explained how systemic racism, labor inequality and outdated cannabis laws are affecting the food and beverage industry, and how he is attempting to motivate action and change via his new podcast, “The Checkout.”

Taste Radio Ep. 228: Errol Schweizer: ‘We Have The Most Work To Do In The Food Industry.’2020-09-29T11:42:44+00:00

Episode 227 - :

Josh Cellars: Joseph Carr

Joseph Carr, founder of top-selling wine brand Josh Cellars, spoke about how diligence and self-education were critical in turning his passion into a career and why he left a lucrative job to launch his own company. He also explained how he defines hard work and how Josh Cellars has articulated a positioning that is both premium and accessible.

Taste Radio Ep. 227: Josh Cellars Founder: ‘I Had To Figure Out How I Could Be Better.’2020-09-29T10:17:49+00:00

Episode 226 - :

Karma Water: CJ Rapp

Veteran beverage entrepreneur CJ Rapp, the founder of Karma Water and cult cola brand Jolt, spoke about why he defines himself as a “marketer,” the key lesson learned from launching several ahead-of-their-time beverages and what he believes to be the guiding path for any entrepreneur.

Taste Radio Ep. 226: What You Need To Turn A Good Idea Into A Multi-Million Dollar Brand2020-09-15T09:57:03+00:00

Episode 225 - :

Stacy's Pita Chips/BeBold: Stacy Madison

Stacy Madison, founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips, shared essential lessons learned from building her company, including those that she’s applying to her latest venture, BeBold, a refrigerated energy bar brand. She explained why having a “nothing to lose” attitude was key during her early days as an entrepreneur, the most significant mistake in building Stacy’s Pita Chips and the altruistic reason that she decided to get back into the packaged food industry.

Taste Radio Ep. 225: How The Founder Of Stacy’s Pita Chips Went From Struggling To Find Laundry Quarters To A Quarter-Billion Dollar Exit2020-09-01T10:43:02+00:00

Episode 224 - :

Dadz: Max Greenfield & Mike Constantiner

“New Girl” actor Max Greenfield and serial entrepreneur Mike Constantiner, co-founders of dad-centric consumer products and lifestyle company Dadz, spoke about how they’re attempting to reach a “new generation of dads,” the importance of a strong founding team and why it offers a “shortcut” to a fast start and how the brand is being communicated to the trade and consumer press.

Taste Radio Ep. 224: How Do You Mainstream A Coastal Concept? A Couple ‘Dadz’ Have A Plan.2020-08-18T10:40:30+00:00

Episode 223 - :

Tony's Chocolonely: Ynzo van Zanten

You might recognize Tony’s Chocolonely by its quirky labels and comic font logo. Behind the Dutch brand’s playful vibe, however, is a profound mission to end the use of child labor within the cocoa industry. Ynzo van Zanten, the company’s Chief Evangelist, spoke about how Tony’s has navigated the development of a premium brand while staying focused on its overarching social mission.

Taste Radio Ep. 223: How Do You Build An Iconic Brand When ‘Money Is Not A Goal’?2020-08-04T10:49:59+00:00