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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Seedlip: Ben Branson

This week we sit down with Ben Branson, the creator of Seedlip, a first-of-its-kind non-alcoholic spirit that’s disrupted an industry by changing the way consumers think about cocktails; the hosts convene for a debrief on the recently held Natural Products Expo East 2018 and discuss exhibitor reaction to the show and notable food trends on display at the annual event.

Taste Radio Ep. 129: How a Beverage Virgin Named Branson Disrupted a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry2018-09-18T14:47:48+00:00

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Kogi: Roy Choi

+ Pieshell

Famed chef and food truck pioneer Roy Choi dishes on a recent high-profile partnership, the cultural value of food and explains why he has no filter; PieShell founder/CEO Cheryl Clements shares the keys to a winning crowdfunding strategy.

Taste Radio Ep. 128: Why Famed Food Truck Pioneer Roy Choi Has No Filter2018-09-12T10:40:05+00:00

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Presented by NVE Pharmaceuticals

Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern

+ Intelligentsia Coffee

This week we’re joined by the globetrotting, bizarre food eating television show host Andrew Zimmern, who pulls no punches when it comes to his thoughts on the business of health and wellness foods. We also meet with James McLaughlin, the CEO of influential and trendsetting coffee company Intelligentsia and discuss its unique approach to the cafe business.

Taste Radio Ep. 127: Andrew Zimmern Is Calling B.S. On The Health & Wellness Food Space2018-09-05T11:10:33+00:00

Episode 126 - :

Angie's Boomchickapop: Angie Bastian

+ Tom First

Angie’s Boomchickapop co-founder Angie Bastian on how function, femininity & fun helped build a $250M brand. Tom First, the co-founder of Nantucket Nectars and an operating partner at private equity firm Castanea Partners discusses business habits that have supported his career as an entrepreneur and investor.

Taste Radio Ep. 126: From Farmers’ Markets to Fortune — How Angie’s Boomchickapop Became a $250M Brand2018-08-29T11:10:29+00:00

Episode 125 - :

Presented by Symrise Califormulations

Shake Shack: Zach Koff

+ Dirty Lemon

Shake Shack COO Zach Koff explains how the restaurant chain’s surprisingly simple business philosophy led to stunning success; Zak Normandin, CEO, Dirty Lemon takes us on a deep dive inside its innovative detox-to-your-doorstep business model.

Taste Radio Ep. 125: Shake Shack’s Secret to Success is Surprisingly Simple2018-08-23T16:34:07+00:00

Episode 124 - :

Milk Street/America's Test Kitchen: Christopher Kimball

Christopher Kimball, the founder of Milk Street and America’s Test Kitchen, explained his perspective that, at its core, there is nothing “authentic” about food, which he views as a “river that keeps moving,” shared his stance on buzzy trends and why flavor “is what’s missing in the discussion” about organics.

Taste Radio Ep. 124: Milk Street/America’s Test Kitchen Founder: ‘Nothing is Authentic’… Food Is a ‘River That Keeps Moving’2018-12-27T12:30:30+00:00

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Yasso: Amanda Klane and Drew Harrington

+ Cali'Flour Foods

Drew Harrington and Amanda Klane, the millennial masterminds behind frozen Greek yogurt company Yasso, on the keys to building an $80 million brand. How Cali'flour founder Amy Lacey created a thriving direct-to-consumer business for her brand of innovative, vegetable-based pizza crusts.

Taste Radio Ep. 123: How The Millennial Masterminds Behind Yasso Created An $80 Million Brand2018-08-07T22:54:50+00:00

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Rip Van Wafels: Rip Pruisken

+ Up Mountain Switchel

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by the young, ambitious leaders of two trendsetting brands: Rip Pruisken, the co-founder and CEO of fast-growing snack company Rip Van Wafels, and Ely Key, the co-founder, president and CEO of innovative beverage maker Up Mountain Switchel.

Taste Radio Ep. 122: How Rip Van Wafels Tore Up the Playbook and Took the Tech World By Storm2018-11-02T14:44:36+00:00

Episode 121 - :

Frontera Foods: Rick Bayless

+ Susie Fogelson, Watermelon Road

Acclaimed chef and entrepreneur Rick Bayless discusses why authenticity has been the guiding principle throughout his career and is an indispensable asset in the food business. Susie Fogelson, who for 15 years guided marketing efforts for the Food Network explains why transparency is an opportunity for brands to tell a story. Meet Jamie Meltzer, the founder of upscale fruit jerky brand Watermelon Road, who was victorious in NOSH Live’s Pitch Slam 4.

Taste Radio Ep. 121: Acclaimed Chef Rick Bayless: “I Want the Real Deal”2018-07-25T16:17:20+00:00

Episode 120 - :

Banza: Brian Rudolph

+ MatchaBar, Simply Soupreme

Banza co-founder/CEO Brian Rudolph on why mentors, cold calling were key to his fast-growing brand. Measuring the impact of influencers and unconventional marketing strategy with MatchaBar co-founder/CEO Graham Fortgang. Meet the founders of Simply Soupreme, Jackie Greene & Taylor Rossi, who were victorious in BevNET Live’s New Beverage Showdown 15.

Taste Radio Ep. 120: Banza Co-Founder Rudolph: “Be Polite, But Be Relentless”2018-07-17T18:03:51+00:00