Episodes

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.

Subscribe to and rate Taste Radio on your favorite Podcast platform:

iTunes Spotify Google Podcasts Stitcher

Episode - :

Raising Capital? BFG’s $125M Fund Should Be In Your Sights.

+ Tom Spier & Dayton Miller, BFG Partners

Tom Spier and Dayton Miller, managing partners of BFG Partners, a venture capital firm with investments in several high-profile and fast-growing brands, including Olipop and Graza, dive deep into investment strategy, their evaluation of fast-growing categories, how they assess gross margin in the near- and long-term lifecycle of a brand and what a polished pitch says about a founder.

Raising Capital? BFG’s $125M Fund Should Be In Your Sights.2024-04-23T17:11:05+00:00

Episode - :

It’s A Gen Z(ero) World. But, You Don’t Need Millions To Get Their Attention.

+ Laura Merritt, Diageo Beer Company

As expected, commerce reigned at the annual Coachella music festival, but which food and beverage companies stood out? We have a report. Also, Laura Merritt of Diageo Beer Company discusses how Guinness’ non-alcoholic Zero variety is helping the brand cultivate a new generation of consumers.

It’s A Gen Z(ero) World. But, You Don’t Need Millions To Get Their Attention.2024-04-19T12:12:45+00:00

Episode - :

She Built An Iconic Brand By Thinking ‘Purely’ Every Step Of The Way

+ Elizabeth Stein, Purely Elizabeth

Elizabeth Stein, the founder/CEO of better-for-you granola and breakfast brand Purely Elizabeth, explains how to create something that retail buyers perceive as unique and incremental to a category, her two most important considerations when raising capital, and the impact of hiring the "right" people.

She Built An Iconic Brand By Thinking ‘Purely’ Every Step Of The Way2024-04-23T09:34:29+00:00

Episode - :

Maybe Momofuku Doesn’t Deserve This Heat. Then Again…

Momofuku built its reputation as a company that was always willing to stir the pot. It may, however, regret stirring this one. The hosts leap into the fray with their own takes on a hot and developing story. They also riff on Japanese TikTok, ASMR videos of people eating and a new spirit brand that, according to the founder, may make your brain “bounce that ass.”

Maybe Momofuku Doesn’t Deserve This Heat. Then Again…2024-04-12T11:23:49+00:00

Episode - :

Why Getting To ‘Zero’ Means Winning Today… And Tomorrow

What role can bars and mixologists play in protecting Earth’s fragile environment? It’s a question that Torres Brandy is attempting to answer via its innovative Zero Challenge competition, which is designed to promote a new paradigm in hospitality by aligning cocktail culture with environmental responsibility.

Why Getting To ‘Zero’ Means Winning Today… And Tomorrow2024-04-09T11:38:52+00:00

Episode - :

A Trendy Retailer May Have Run Its Race, But There’s Still Road Ahead

What happens when a small, but influential, retailer unexpectedly closes all of its stores? What does its closure say about the trends it embraced? The hosts discuss. They also test out a “nu” machine that produces on-demand plant-based milk and highlight a motley crew of RTD beverages.

A Trendy Retailer May Have Run Its Race, But There’s Still Road Ahead2024-04-05T11:29:56+00:00

Episode - :

How Momofuku’s ‘Objection’ Helped It Generate $50M In Sales

+ Marguerite Zabar Mariscal, Momofuku

Marguerite Zabar Mariscal, the CEO of Momofuku, the admired restaurant group founded by David Chang, and Momofuku Goods, a brand of restaurant-quality pantry items inspired by modern Asian cuisine, explains how “a conscientious objection” to complacency has fueled constant improvement and why she’s intent on building companies that have “optionality.”

How Momofuku’s ‘Objection’ Helped It Generate $50M In Sales2024-04-15T21:15:02+00:00

Episode - :

When Hype Engulfs An Entire Industry, What Are The Lessons?

Five years ago, seemingly every food and beverage brand was incorporating CBD into its innovation strategy. Of course, that’s no longer the case. What generated the hype, and what lessons can be drawn from CBD’s rapid rise? The hosts discuss. They also sip and snack their way through an unusual mix of products, including hot [...]

When Hype Engulfs An Entire Industry, What Are The Lessons?2024-03-29T13:58:46+00:00

Episode - :

Patagonia’s CEO Shares The Playbook On Preservation & Provisions

Ryan Gellert, the CEO of pioneering outdoor apparel and gear company Patagonia and Paul Lightfoot, the general manager of its food and beverage division, Patagonia Provisions, speak about how early-stage and emerging brands can actively incorporate sustainability and environmental responsibility into their business strategies.

Patagonia’s CEO Shares The Playbook On Preservation & Provisions2024-03-26T13:29:50+00:00

Episode - :

The Innovation You May Have Overlooked At Expo West

Expo West 2024 remains top of mind for the hosts, who discuss how attendees’ perception of innovation and their evaluation of new products has evolved in recent editions of the annual event. They also speak about how a confluence of global flavors and convenient, clean label foods and beverages is a positive sign for the industry as a whole.

The Innovation You May Have Overlooked At Expo West2024-03-27T11:54:44+00:00