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Episode 147 - :

Lifeway: Julie Smolyansky

Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky, who took the reins of her family’s business at age 27, explained how she built a brand with over $100 million in annual sales. She also discussed how she deals with persistent criticism, the company’s innovation strategy and why Lifeway releases some new products as “a marketing expense.”

Taste Radio Episode 147: How This CEO Built a $100 Million Business By Facing Down Adversity and ‘Haters’2019-02-05T15:12:44+00:00

Episode 146 - :

Tofurky: Jaime Athos

Tofurky CEO Jaime Athos discussed the origins of the plant-based meat brand and how it has evolved over its nearly four decades on the market. Athos also spoke about current challenges in the plant-based meat category/market, executing and learning from a brand revamp, the reason that Tofurky has resisted acquisition offers and why he believes that plant-based ham has to taste great, but doesn’t have to taste exactly like... ham.

Taste Radio Episode 146: Why Plant-Based Ham Doesn’t Need to Taste Like Ham, According to the CEO of Tofurky2019-02-05T17:03:31+00:00

Episode 145 - :

Stillhouse Spirits Co.: Brad Beckerman

Stillhouse founder/CEO Brad Beckerman discussed the early challenges, pivots and risks along the brand’s journey. He also spoke about his background in entrepreneurship, parallels between his previous career experience in sports and music apparel and current role, and how country music legend Johnny Cash factored into a partnership with popular rapper G-Eazy.

Taste Radio Episode 145: Starter, Steel & Swagger — The Rise of Stillhouse Spirits2019-01-16T15:00:52+00:00

Episode 144 - :

Sailor Jerry Rum/Hendrick’s Gin: Steve Grasse

Steve Grasse discussed the roots of his career in branding and design and how he built Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s from concepts into best-selling brands. He also explained why he views his creative agency, Quaker City Mercantile, as a “spirits company that does corporate gigs to pay for experimentation," how it helped revitalize Guinness beer and why he identifies as a filmmaker "that makes booze."

Taste Radio Ep. 144: How The Creator of Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s Gin Builds Iconic Brands2019-01-16T14:14:41+00:00

Episode 143 - :

The Best of Kobe, Angie, Zimmern, ‘Zona and More

Highlights from interviews with a few of the leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs and who joined us on the podcast during the second half of 2018, including Kobe Bryant, Angie Bastian of Angie’s Boomchickapop, Andrew Zimmern, Blueprint founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, America’s Test Kitchen/Milk Street creator Christopher Kimball, and AriZona Beverages co-founder and chairman Don Vultaggio.

Taste Radio Ep. 143: The Best of Kobe, Angie, Zimmern, ‘Zona and More2018-12-31T11:47:50+00:00

Episode 142 - :

Humm Kombucha: Jamie Danek

Danek spoke about how she grew into the role of CEO of Humm and the most important thing she learned along the way. She also explained why launching the brand during a recession actually worked, discussed the importance of Bend, Ore. to the company, and how relationships were key to its landmark deal with Target, one that made Humm just the second national kombucha brand.

Taste Radio Ep. 142: Humm Kombucha CEO Jamie Danek On The Number One Thing Good Leaders Must Do2018-12-18T12:59:58+00:00

Episode 141 - :

Presented by Blue Pacific

Late July Snacks: Nicole Dawes

Dawes joined Taste Radio for a conversation chronicling her entrepreneurial journey, from childhood to her decision to launch Late July Snacks to its eventual sale. She also explained why staying independent early on and maintaining voting control of her company saved it from potential downfall and told a remarkable story about her first sales call.

Taste Radio Ep. 141: How Late July Founder Nicole Dawes Turned a Niche Into a $100 Million Business2018-12-11T17:17:18+00:00

Episode 140 - :

Ripple Foods/Method Products: Adam Lowry

Adam Lowry explored the development of both Method and Ripple and how lessons from the former factored into the foundation for the latter. He also shared his perspective on how the funding environment for CPG brands has changed, why it was important to hire a CEO early into Method’s life cycle, discussed Ripple’s mission and its innovative technology, and why he believes that “raising money is not an indicator of success.”

Taste Radio Ep. 140: How to Solve Billion-Dollar Problems, According to Method/Ripple Foods Co-Founder Adam Lowry2018-12-04T18:58:22+00:00

Episode 139 - :

AriZona Beverage Co.: Don Vultaggio

+ Wesley & Spencer Vultaggio

AriZona co-founder/chairman Don Vultaggio discussed how his experience as a beer distributor paved the way for the development and stunning rise of AriZona. He also explained how the company has maintained its iconic 99 cent pricing model for 26 years, why he views AriZona as “one big incubator,” and why running a business means handling all kinds of problems, even if it means mopping up blood.

Taste Radio Ep. 139: The ‘Accident’ That Made AriZona Co-Founder Don Vultaggio a Billionaire2018-12-27T12:44:09+00:00

Episode 138 - :

Presented by Blue Pacific Flavors

Essentia: Ken Uptain

At the helm of a brand with nearly $180 million in annual retail sales, Essentia founder Ken Uptain explained why timing has been so critical to success. He also spoke about his leadership style, why all potential employees have to pass “Ken’s Good Guy Test,” and the one thing he’ll never share with his team.

Taste Radio Ep. 138: How Essentia’s Ken Uptain Went From Semi-Retired to Stunning Success2018-11-20T17:35:27+00:00