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How Do You Make It ‘Pop’ On TikTok? And, Why A Flamin’ Hot Drink Has Us Divided.

In this episode, the hosts discussed recent headlines on BevNET and NOSH, including how prebiotic soda brand Poppi leveraged its presence on TikTok in support of a recent $13.5 million round of capital, why MTN DEW’s limited-edition Flamin’ Hot variety works (whether we like it or not) and the potential pitfalls of brand positioned as a better-for-you Hot Pocket.

How Do You Make It ‘Pop’ On TikTok? And, Why A Flamin’ Hot Drink Has Us Divided.2021-09-03T13:24:48+00:00

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Vice Is Nice. Why This VC Firm Is Pumping Millions Into ‘Bad’ Consumer Products.

+ Catharine Dockery, Vice Ventures

Vice Ventures founder Catharine Dockery spoke about the massive opportunity for CPG categories, such as cannabis, alcohol and sexual wellness, that have traditionally been shunned by institutional investors, how her firm utilizes non-traditional data to make informed decisions, why she believes a shakeup in beverage alcohol distribution is on its way and why she spends most of her day engaging in new business pitches.

Vice Is Nice. Why This VC Firm Is Pumping Millions Into ‘Bad’ Consumer Products.2021-09-02T21:41:18+00:00

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When Life Gave This CEO Lemonade, He Made Millions

+ David Klavsons, Calypso

David Klavsons, the CEO of King Juice, the maker of Calypso, spoke about how the company has leveraged its well-recognized lemonade brand, key distribution partnerships and consumer demand for low sugar formulations to achieve rapid and consistent growth in recent years.

When Life Gave This CEO Lemonade, He Made Millions2021-08-24T10:24:14+00:00

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Why This ‘Healthy’ Transition Happened. And, How A ‘Barman’ Became Champion.

In this episode, the hosts discussed the implications of major stakeholder and leadership shifts at Health-Ade, examined what BevNET’s recently held Cocktail Showdown competition revealed about how category insiders are evaluating brands in the space and spoke about several innovative new products, including an elevated PB&J and a wickedly fast-growing plant-based platform.

Why This ‘Healthy’ Transition Happened. And, How A ‘Barman’ Became Champion.2021-09-03T10:47:47+00:00

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'Heir’ To The Throne: How Pipsnacks Is Taking On The Giants, One Crunch At A Time

+ Teresa Tsou and Jeff Martin, Pipsnacks

This week we’re joined by Teresa Tsou and Jeff Martin, co-founders of Pipsnacks, which markets classic salty snacks made with a base of heirloom corn. The pair spoke about the brand’s unique positioning, how they navigated a tumultuous funding round and a key partnership that has boosted its innovation strategy.

‘Heir’ To The Throne: How Pipsnacks Is Taking On The Giants, One Crunch At A Time2021-08-20T11:55:01+00:00

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Embrace Waste. Imperfect Foods Built A Unicorn Out Of It.

+ Benjamin Chesler, Imperfect Foods

This week we’re joined by Benjamin Chesler, the co-founder of Imperfect Foods, a pioneering online grocery service that specializes in selling produce and surplus food that would otherwise be discarded. Chesler discussed Imperfect’s roots and mission to reduce food waste on a massive scale, the process for incorporating branded items into its product selection and how the company communicates quality as a seller of “imperfect” food.

Embrace Waste. Imperfect Foods Built A Unicorn Out Of It.2021-08-10T14:47:16+00:00

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Attaining Our Attention: Why These New Products And Brands Made Us Sit Up

Taste Radio hosts Ray Latif, Jacqui Brugliera and Mike Schneider highlighted several new products and innovative brands sent to the office in recent weeks, including a line of non-alcoholic cocktails billed as “the world’s first plant powered social elixirs,” thin-cut fruit chips, an avocado-based hot sauce, hydration tonics and everything (bagel) in between.

Attaining Our Attention: Why These New Products And Brands Made Us Sit Up2021-08-06T15:03:47+00:00

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The ‘Evil’ Strategy Is Remarkably Good

+ Charles Coristine, LesserEvil

This week, we’re joined by Charles Coristine, president and CEO of LesserEvil, who spoke about the better-for-you snack brand’s turnaround from industry outcast to a vertically integrated platform that emphasizes gross margin and innovation. Within our conversation, he explained why he leans on retail buyers to guide product development and why he’s a proponent of “failing fast and falling forward.”

The ‘Evil’ Strategy Is Remarkably Good2021-08-03T11:38:17+00:00

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The Retailer That Every Brand Wants To Be In... Is a Convenience Store

+ Mike LaVitola, Foxtrot Market

As Foxtrot Market, one of the most hyped retailers in recent memory, prepares to open dozens of new locations, we sat down with co-founder/CEO Mike LaVitola to talk about how the company cultivates an intimate understanding of its consumers, its uniquely curated product selection and why the chain is simultaneously going head-to-head with the likes of Starbucks, 7-Eleven and DoorDash.

The Retailer That Every Brand Wants To Be In… Is a Convenience Store2021-07-27T15:07:50+00:00

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Embrace Being Uncomfortable. Hyper Growth May Follow.

+ Joshua Ellis, Founder/CEO, WithCo Cocktails

Joshua Ellis, the founder and CEO of super-premium mixer brand WithCo, explained how, despite being the company’s sole employee in early 2020, he weaved together a DIY and paid social marketing strategy that fueled a surge in direct-to-consumer sales, how he’s thoughtfully expanding the brand’s retail footprint and what he means when he says that he’s “building to sell.”

Embrace Being Uncomfortable. Hyper Growth May Follow.2021-07-20T13:26:45+00:00