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Episode 206 - :

"Sport Science"/Kill Cliff: John Brenkus

If you’ve ever seen an episode of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” chances are that John Brenkus is a familiar face. The Emmy Award-winning creator/host of “Sport Science,” and Chief Brand Officer of natural energy drink brand Kill Cliff, Brenkus joined us to discuss the origins of his work, his process for evaluating functional ingredients, including CBD and navigating pitfalls in consumer education.

Taste Radio Ep. 206: This ‘Sport Science’ Guru Explains What It Takes To Win On And Off The Field2020-03-24T12:53:52+00:00

Episode 205 - :

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk, co-founder & chairman of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green and Square Roots, spoke how his urban farming venture, a food literacy project for children and a restaurant chain focused on accessible, healthy meals are contributing to his mission of ‘real food for everyone’ and the advancement of the food system.

Taste Radio Ep. 205: Why A Future Of ‘Real Food For Everyone’ May Not Be Far Away2020-03-17T15:50:32+00:00

Episode 204 - :

Dang Foods: Vincent Kitirattragarn

We spoke with Vincent Kitirattragarn, co-founder/CEO of Dang Foods, about why he thinks the company is well-positioned to tap into one of the most overlooked and influential minority groups in the U.S. He also explained how Dang communicates its brand story across product lines, why he keeps a tight grip on innovation strategy and his relationship with investment firm Sonoma Brands.

Taste Radio Ep. 204: How Dang Foods Describes The ‘Perfect Consumer’2020-03-10T13:57:07+00:00

Episode 203 - :

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream: Ben Van Leeuwen

Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder & CEO of super-premium brand Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, spoke about how why running a lean and profitable company is a core element of its business strategy, how the brand has bucked the trend toward healthy eating, promoting brand pillars through packaging and the synergistic relationship between its stores and wholesale business.

Taste Radio Ep. 203: The Reason This Indulgent Brand Gets ‘Richer’ Every Year2020-03-06T12:31:06+00:00

Episode 202 - :

Brodo: Marco Canora & Andrew Garner

We spoke with Marco Canora and Andrew Garner, the founder and CEO, respectively, of pioneering bone broth company Brodo about communicating its value proposition to consumers, how Canora attempts to use his influence as an award-winning chef as to support better-for-you brands and why he believes the steepest part of the learning curve in CPG is also its most frustrating.

Taste Radio Ep. 202: The Difference Between Good and Great Brands Often Comes Down To This2020-02-25T13:05:24+00:00

Episode 201 - :

Gotham Greens: Viraj Puri

Viraj Puri, co-founder/CEO of greenhouse innovator and fresh produce brand Gotham Greens, discussed the company’s genesis, its ambitious mission and multifaceted business model, weaving technology and human resources to reach an optimal outcome, how he defines and communicates ‘local’ as a marketing term and best practices for working with local governments and leaders.

Taste Radio Ep. 201: The Heroes Behind Gotham Greens’ Transformative Mission2020-02-19T10:05:37+00:00

Episode 200 - :

Strong Roots: Sam Dennigan

Sam Dennigan, founder of innovative plant-based brand Strong Roots, spoke about the company’s focus on making sustainable food that appeals to the next generation of health-conscious consumers, how thoughtfully planned demos can be the best path to trial, why Strong Roots is positioned as a “Consumer Packaged Good” and its “top down/bottom up” strategy for becoming a global brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 200: How Do You Build The Next Great Global Brand? By ‘Getting The Small Things Incredibly Right.’2020-02-11T16:33:58+00:00

Episode 199 - :

Eboost: Josh Taekman

Eboost founder/CEO Josh Taekman chronicled his career path from music marketing, including a partnership with hip-hop and fashion mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, to beverage entrepreneurship with energy platform brand Eboost, and also discussed why he initially focused on non-traditional retail and how he landed a joint venture with AriZona Beverage Co. to produce and distribute the product.

Taste Radio Ep. 199: Innovate, Survive, Adapt, Win. How Eboost Is Playing The Long Game.2020-02-04T15:40:00+00:00

Episode 198 - :

Miyoko's Creamery: Miyoko Schinner

Miyoko Schinner, founder and CEO of fast-growing vegan cheese and butter company Miyoko’s Creamery, spoke about why she describes her business “a mission with a company,” the importance of empowering employees and ensuring they align with the brand’s ethos and why investors “have to love you for who you really are.”

Taste Radio Ep. 198: Trying To Change The World? Miyoko’s Founder Explains Why You Need To Embrace Transparency.2020-01-31T16:26:43+00:00

Episode 197 - :

Orgain: Andrew Abraham

Andrew Abraham, founder and CEO of Orgain, discussed the creation and early development of the pioneering protein brand, the importance of building a sustainable business infrastructure and how maintaining a positive and steadfast belief in the company’s mission and a focus on meaningful innovation have been key to its success. This episode is presented by Flavorman, the beverage architects.

Taste Radio Ep. 197: The ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Strategy That Guides This Protein Powerhouse2020-01-21T15:20:25+00:00