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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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Bangs, Deals And What Never To Say To An Investor

Taste Radio’s hosts riffed on Bang founder/CEO Jack Owoc’s unforgettable on-stage appearance at BevNET Live Summer 2022, M&A headlines in beer and food, why it’s important to stay connected to our newsrooms and notable new products, including a fizzy drink inspired by Korean cuisine. We also feature our latest edition of The Maxi Minutes in which we discuss what investors don’t want to hear in a pitch.

Bangs, Deals And What Never To Say To An Investor2022-07-01T09:29:49+00:00

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Buyers Were Initially Skeptical About His Brand. Now, It’s An Anchor For A Fast-Growing Set.

+ Ibraheem Basir, A Dozen Cousins

Ibraheem Basir, the founder and CEO of A Dozen Cousins, a brand of ready-to-eat meals and sides inspired by traditional Black and Latino recipes, spoke about how the brand’s initial focus has evolved, why keeping “a foot in the familiar” is a key tenet of its innovation strategy, the reason the company isn’t vocal about funding and how opportunities have improved while challenges remain for BIPOC food entrepreneurs.

Buyers Were Initially Skeptical About His Brand. Now, It’s An Anchor For A Fast-Growing Set.2022-06-28T11:56:04+00:00

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The ‘Perfect’ Plan To Become A Billion-Dollar Brand

+ Yanni Hufnagel, Lemon Perfect

Yanni Hufnagel, the founder and CEO of Lemon Perfect, spoke about his ambitious vision for the fast-growing enhanced water brand, the parallels between coaching college basketball and running a beverage company, why nailing “the big decisions” has been critical to the brand’s development, how his perspective on gross margin has evolved and why Lemon Perfect has invested heavily in field sales.

The ‘Perfect’ Plan To Become A Billion-Dollar Brand2022-06-21T11:59:08+00:00

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(We’re) Back in New York, And Loving Every Minute Of It

Taste Radio’s hosts reflected on the return of BevNET and NOSH’s summer events to New York City, the accessibility of admired brand leaders and top retail executives at NOSH Live, the camaraderie among entrepreneurs meeting each other for the first time in person at BevNET Live and why taste and story inspired the strongest reactions for judges in the events’ brand competitions.

(We’re) Back in New York, And Loving Every Minute Of It2022-06-20T13:33:33+00:00

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How Kin’s ‘Big Bold Bet’ Is Changing The Way People Think About Social Drinking

+ Jen Batchelor, Kin Organics

Jen Batchelor, the co-founder and CEO of Kin Euphorics, a pioneering brand of non-alcoholic social tonics, joined the podcast for an expansive conversation about the inspiration for and development of Kin, how Soylent provided a rough template for the company’s business strategy and D2C success and how she applied learnings from success at upscale retailer Erewhon to other chains.

How Kin’s ‘Big Bold Bet’ Is Changing The Way People Think About Social Drinking2022-06-21T15:40:47+00:00

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Brad Paisley’s Bourbon Is On A Bumpy Ride. And, That’s A Good Thing.

This week, country music superstar Brad Paisley joined the podcast to discuss his foray into the spirits business as the founder of American Highway Reserve, a uniquely crafted, super-premium bourbon. Paisley explained why product positioning was determined as the brand was developed, communicating the production story to consumers, why his name isn’t on the label and his ultimate vision for the bourbon.

Brad Paisley’s Bourbon Is On A Bumpy Ride. And, That’s A Good Thing.2022-06-07T10:44:35+00:00

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Honest Tea Opened Doors. Its Closure Might Open Even More.

Taste Radio’s hosts discussed Coca-Cola’s decision to discontinue Honest Tea, the brand’s legacy and impact on better-for-you beverage and food companies and what the move might mean for emerging upstarts. They also highlighted recently announced speakers, including top executives from Whole Foods and Kroger, that will be joining the stages at BevNET Live and NOSH Live this summer and chatted about several innovative products that crossed their desks over the past month.

Honest Tea Opened Doors. Its Closure Might Open Even More.2022-06-03T11:52:51+00:00

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Innovation Is Critical. But How Far Do You Step Outside The Box? It’s An Empirical Decision.

+ Lars Williams & Mark Emil Hermansen, Empirical

Lars Williams and Mark Emil Hermansen, the co-founders of experimental distillery and food company Empirical spoke about how they identify and sustainably source high quality – and often unusual – ingredients and turn them into delicious experiences. They also discussed flavor innovation as a means of stimulating memories and why transparency is the priority in marketing.

Innovation Is Critical. But How Far Do You Step Outside The Box? It’s An Empirical Decision.2022-05-31T14:03:08+00:00

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Against All Odds, They Built Against The Grain. A Skrewball Emerged… And Surged.

+ Brittany Yeng, Skrewball Whiskey

Brittany Yeng, the co-founder of trendsetting flavored whiskey brand Skrewball explained why an “against the grain” approach has worked for the company, the reason that misjudging people can be both problematic and helpful, why a gut check is a key factor in every decision and how a poor review of the brand early on was a blessing in disguise.

Against All Odds, They Built Against The Grain. A Skrewball Emerged… And Surged.2022-05-24T11:32:40+00:00

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We’re Psyched About These Things. You Probably Are, Too.

Taste Radio’s hosts reflected on upcoming cultural events and the excitement surrounding NOSH Live and BevNET Live Summer 2022 in New York City. They also riffed on several new and innovative products, including crunchy mushroom chips, gut-health drinks made with upcycled whey, a soda-inspired line of kids’ beverages and cigarette-styled snacks made for “invisible friends.”

We’re Psyched About These Things. You Probably Are, Too.2022-05-23T10:57:30+00:00