Stop us when this sounds familiar: two young entrepreneurs have an idea for a disruptive food concept, but lack experience and need help — with everything.
In the case of Amanda Klane and Drew Harrington, who together launched frozen Greek yogurt brand Yasso while fresh out of college, identifying and aligning with the right partners meant building around their vision of success.
“When we started the business, we were 23,” Klane said in an interview included in this episode of Taste Radio. “We clearly knew we didn’t know everything. It was ‘how do we find people that are smarter than us and can provide assistance and support, but also allow us to do what it is we love to do and grow the brand the way we want to?’”
The strategy has paid dividends. Since its launch in 2009, Yasso, which is positioned as a healthier and low-calorie alternative to traditional ice cream brands, has become a bona fide star in the freezer aisle, racking up over $82 million in sales last year. As part of our interview, Klane and Harrington discussed the inspiration behind the brand, how they identified an opportunity to disrupt a legacy category, the importance of value-added financial partners, and why trash cans became a key part of the brand’s marketing strategy.
Pizza and ice cream is, of course, a popular pairing. So to go with Yasso’s healthier take on the latter, how about a serving of Cali’Flour? The fast-growing brand sells vegetable-based, gluten-free frozen pizza crusts that are made with just four ingredients. Founded in 2015 by Amy Lacey, Cali’Flour has attracted a loyal following and established a thriving direct-to-consumer business. In a recent interview, Lacey spoke about staying ahead of a hot trend, how the brand incorporates consumer feedback into its R&D strategy, and why the company doesn’t make hero products.
In this Episode
|2:35: Elevation, Enlightenment, Expo — The hosts discuss the migration of Elevator Talk to the BevNET and Project NOSH YouTube channels and Instagram TV, the release of BevNET Magazine’s July/August 2018 issue and cover story on the “31 of the most powerful women in the industry,” the upcoming Natural Products Expo East show, and a bevy of new and interesting products that arrived at the office over the past week.|
|14:26: Interview: Drew Harrington and Amanda Klane, Co-Founders/Co-CEOs, Yasso — Harrington and Klane are the founders of Yasso, a popular ice cream brand that uses Greek yogurt as the base of its tasty treats. The childhood friends and co-CEOs recently sat down with Project NOSH editor Carol Ortenberg and BevNET CMO Mike Schneider, where they spoke about the brand’s ascendance, its innovation and marketing strategy and the keys to its partnership with majority investor Castanea Partners.|
|35:39: Interview: Amy Lacey, Founder/Owner, Cali’flour Foods — Lacey sat down with BevNET CMO Mike Schneider at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show, where they spoke about the launch and development of Cali’Flour, which is promoted as the “Original Cauliflower Pizza Crust.” Lacey, who participated in the Pitch Slam competition at NOSH Live Summer 2017, discussed the brand’s origins, how it has attempted to separate itself from competing brands and why listening to its customers has been critical to its growth.|
Mother Kombucha, Up Mountain Switchel, Mother Beverage, Dirty Lemon, Mikey’s, Crispy Green, Yoplait, Red Bull, Yasso, Ben & Jerry’s, Annie’s, Nantucket Nectars, Halo Top, Enlightened, Arctic Zero, Cali’Flour