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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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The Common Threads Of Competition Winners. And, The Community That Bolsters Us All.

Taste Radio’s hosts reflected on the BevNET’s Winter 2022 events through the first day of BevNET Live, highlighted the winners of various competitions held throughout the week, how community was a key theme in panels and presentations and the fuel that kept Ray, John, Jacqui and Mike going amid a whirlwind schedule.

The Common Threads Of Competition Winners. And, The Community That Bolsters Us All.2022-12-09T15:30:14+00:00

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When You Live The Vision, A Massive Opportunity Emerges. The Founder Of Lyre’s Can Attest.

+ Mark Livings, Lyre’s

Mark Livings, co-founder and CEO of leading non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre's, spoke about the brand’s position as a “first scaler” within a fast-growing category and how the company has prioritized market share and rapid growth. He also discussed the development of its portfolio and product road map, Lyre’s thoughtful communication strategy and how his management style supports Lyre’s torrid trajectory.

When You Live The Vision, A Massive Opportunity Emerges. The Founder Of Lyre’s Can Attest.2022-12-06T19:23:21+00:00

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Meet The ‘Cult Leader’ Who's Forecasting The Future Of Food And Beverage

+ Andrea Hernandez, Snaxshot

Snaxshot creator Andrea Hernandez discussed the emergence of her influential trend-predicting platform and its content strategy, her bone to pick with functional foods and beverages, how she defines a “great” product and her take on several noteworthy trends. We also sat down with legendary musician, actor and entrepreneur Steven Van Zandt, who spoke about the launch of his new wellness brand, Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary.

Meet The ‘Cult Leader’ Who’s Forecasting The Future Of Food And Beverage2022-11-28T14:36:08+00:00

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It’s Time To Make It Happen.

On the cusp of BevNET’s winter conferences in Santa Monica, the hosts spoke about how attendees can utilize the variety of resources available at the events and leverage connections with the BevNET team to engage with like-minded founders, industry executives and investors. They also hinted about a mystery speaker that no one will want to miss and riffed on some of their favorite new products sent to the office in recent weeks.

It’s Time To Make It Happen.2022-11-23T18:42:16+00:00

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$35K To $35 Million In 3.5 Years. This Is The Story Of Bachan’s.

+ Justin Gill, Bachan's

Justin Gill, the founder and CEO of Japanese barbecue sauce brand Bachan’s, spoke about how the brand’s rapid start was fueled by six years of preparation and planning prior to its debut, the intentionality of Bachan’s label and package design, why he considers high quality ingredients as key to creating consumer loyalty and his thoughtful approach to demand planning.

$35K To $35 Million In 3.5 Years. This Is The Story Of Bachan’s.2022-11-23T09:04:23+00:00

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Consumers Crave An Immersive Experience, And All The Details Matter. Tacombi Has Shown The Way.

+ Dario Wolos, Tacombi & Vista Hermosa

Dario Wolos, the founder and CEO of fast-growing Mexican-inspired restaurant chain Tacombi and consumer brand Vista Hermosa, spoke about his vision to share Mexican culture through authentic food, hospitality and experience, how the journey of building a business has come to define who he is as an entrepreneur and a leader, and his decision to align with acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer.

Consumers Crave An Immersive Experience, And All The Details Matter. Tacombi Has Shown The Way.2022-11-15T11:58:52+00:00

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The Underestimated Value Of Showing Up. And How A Little Oomph Goes A Long Way.

+ Michael Lewis, Oomph!

In this episode, the hosts explained why founders who regularly attend industry events are often better positioned to support their brands than those who don’t, riffed on the impact of sleek and clever packaging and marveled at a sparkling water brand’s latest LTO. This episode also features a conversation with Michael Lewis, the founder of oomph, a new brand of low-sugar, functional candy.

The Underestimated Value Of Showing Up. And How A Little Oomph Goes A Long Way.2022-11-11T17:26:18+00:00

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Business Is Personal. And It’s How Sahra Nguyen Is Reshaping An Industry.

+ Sahra Nguyen, Nguyen Coffee Supply

Nguyen Coffee Supply founder and CEO Sahra Nguyen explained how the company’s approach to storytelling via flavor and personal narrative is shifting the perception of Vietnamese coffee, why incorporating her background and beliefs into brand communication is both challenging and highly effective, and the one word that drives the company’s innovation strategy.

Business IS Personal. And It’s How Sahra Nguyen Is Reshaping An Industry.2022-11-08T18:16:14+00:00

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The Most ‘Outstanding’ Advantage A Brand Can Have Is One That Many Overlook

+ Bill Glaser, Outstanding Foods

Outstanding Foods co-founder and CEO Bill Glaser spoke about how he has applied lessons from prior entrepreneurial ventures to the company’s business strategy, how the brand has attracted celebrity investors and involved them in marketing and promotion efforts, and the evolution of Outstanding Foods’ package design and its alignment with the company’s innovation and retail strategies.

The Most ‘Outstanding’ Advantage A Brand Can Have Is One That Many Overlook2022-11-01T13:40:15+00:00

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Be Different, And Be Wildly Successful. Just Have A Great Operations Plan.

In this episode, the hosts reflected on the passing of legendary beverage entrepreneur and Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, and reviewed several new products and limited-time offerings. Later, operations expert Andrew Guard joined the show for the first edition of a new series in which he answers topical questions about production and scaling strategies.

Be Different, And Be Wildly Successful. Just Have A Great Operations Plan.2022-10-28T13:00:20+00:00