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Episode 226 - :

Karma Water: CJ Rapp

Veteran beverage entrepreneur CJ Rapp, the founder of Karma Water and cult cola brand Jolt, spoke about why he defines himself as a “marketer,” the key lesson learned from launching several ahead-of-their-time beverages and what he believes to be the guiding path for any entrepreneur.

Taste Radio Ep. 226: What You Need To Turn A Good Idea Into A Multi-Million Dollar Brand2020-09-15T09:57:03+00:00

Episode 225 - :

Stacy's Pita Chips/BeBold: Stacy Madison

Stacy Madison, founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips, shared essential lessons learned from building her company, including those that she’s applying to her latest venture, BeBold, a refrigerated energy bar brand. She explained why having a “nothing to lose” attitude was key during her early days as an entrepreneur, the most significant mistake in building Stacy’s Pita Chips and the altruistic reason that she decided to get back into the packaged food industry.

Taste Radio Ep. 225: How The Founder Of Stacy’s Pita Chips Went From Struggling To Find Laundry Quarters To A Quarter-Billion Dollar Exit2020-09-01T10:43:02+00:00

Episode 224 - :

Dadz: Max Greenfield & Mike Constantiner

“New Girl” actor Max Greenfield and serial entrepreneur Mike Constantiner, co-founders of dad-centric consumer products and lifestyle company Dadz, spoke about how they’re attempting to reach a “new generation of dads,” the importance of a strong founding team and why it offers a “shortcut” to a fast start and how the brand is being communicated to the trade and consumer press.

Taste Radio Ep. 224: How Do You Mainstream A Coastal Concept? A Couple ‘Dadz’ Have A Plan.2020-08-18T10:40:30+00:00

Episode 223 - :

Tony's Chocolonely: Ynzo van Zanten

You might recognize Tony’s Chocolonely by its quirky labels and comic font logo. Behind the Dutch brand’s playful vibe, however, is a profound mission to end the use of child labor within the cocoa industry. Ynzo van Zanten, the company’s Chief Evangelist, spoke about how Tony’s has navigated the development of a premium brand while staying focused on its overarching social mission.

Taste Radio Ep. 223: How Do You Build An Iconic Brand When ‘Money Is Not A Goal’?2020-08-04T10:49:59+00:00

Episode 222 - :

Bitsy's: Gabrielle Union, Maggie Patton and Alex Buckley

Gabrielle Union, Maggie Patton and Alex Buckley, co-founders of better-for-you kid’s snack brand Bitsy’s, spoke about the company’s mission to make nutritious snacks accessible to all families, communicating the brand’s healthy halo to children and parents, why asking for help has to be a priority for entrepreneurs and how the food industry can work together to mainstream healthy food for kids.

Taste Radio Ep. 222: How Three Female Entrepreneurs Are Changing An Industry ‘Bit’ By Bit2020-07-21T09:46:03+00:00

Episode 221 - :

This Is How Innovative Concepts Become Top Brands

This special episode of Taste Radio features highlights from interviews with six entrepreneurs who joined us on Taste Radio during the first half of 2020. Our guests include Siete Family Foods co-founder and CEO Miguel Garza; Nick & Elyse Oleksak, the co-founders of Bantam Bagels; Miyoko’s founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner; Ben Van Leeuwen, the co-founder and CEO of Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream; Orgain founder and CEO Andrew Abraham; and Gail Becker, the founder and CEO of Caulipower.

Taste Radio Ep. 221: This Is How Innovative Concepts Become Top Brands2020-07-07T13:56:40+00:00

Episode 220 - :

Kitu Life Super Coffee: Jim, Jake & Jordan DeCicco

Jim, Jake and Jordan DeCicco, co-founders of surging “Super Coffee” brand Kitu Life, explained why success is as much about avoiding the wrong moves as it is about making the right decisions. They also discussed the role of mentors in steering strategy, adjusting their management style to meet the needs of an evolving workforce and their perspective on raising capital and aligning with strategic investors.

Taste Radio Ep. 220: Is This The Next Billion-Dollar Brand? It’s Starting To Look Like One.2020-06-30T13:31:58+00:00

Episode 219 - :

ALO Drink: Henry Chen

Henry Chen, founder/CEO of SPI West Port, the owner of ALO Drink, ALO Snacks, Jen Collagen and Woodridge Snacks, spoke about the importance of staying true to the company’s core focus, who he views as the ultimate industry gatekeeper, how the company strategizes around retail placement and the key element entrepreneurs can’t overlook when scaling.

Taste Radio Ep. 219: This Is How Category-Leading Brands Stay On Top2020-06-23T15:59:52+00:00

Episode 218 - :

DEFY: Terrell Davis & Megan Bushell

NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Davis and Megan Bushell, co-founders of CBD-infused beverage brand DEFY, discussed how the company is navigating a murky regulatory environment for CBD, the positioning of the beverages as “performance drinks” and how Davis is advising current NFL players about incorporating hemp- and cannabis-based products into their lifestyles.

Taste Radio Ep. 218: Can CBD Help Fix The NFL? DEFY’s Terrell Davis Is A Believer.2020-06-16T12:54:16+00:00

Episode 217 - :

"Bar Rescue" & Taffer's Mixologist: Jon Taffer

In this episode, we’re joined by Jon Taffer, host of popular reality TV show “Bar Rescue” and the creator of Taffer’s Mixologist, a brand of handcrafted cocktail mixes and hard seltzers. Known for his opinionated and often bombastic on-screen personality, Taffer was instead reserved and thoughtful in discussing several timely topics, including how bar owners [...]

Taste Radio Ep. 217: You Might Be Surprised By Jon Taffer’s Take On ‘Rescuing’ Bars and Brands2020-06-09T19:04:10+00:00