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After A $419M Exit, Manitoba Harvest’s Mike Fata Has Something ‘Bigger’ On His Mind

Mike Fata, the co-founder of global hemp foods producer Manitoba Harvest, spoke about how his interest in nutrition and healthy living led him to hemp, overcoming government-led and generational disinformation about the crop, why he laments not seeing greater potential for the company early into its development and where he drew inspiration for confidence as a CEO.

After A $419M Exit, Manitoba Harvest’s Mike Fata Has Something ‘Bigger’ On His Mind2021-04-27T10:28:26+00:00

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First-Year Fortune -- How Bomani’s Founders Set Themselves Up For Success

+ Sam Madani, Amin Anjedani & Kai Drewry, Bomani Cold Buzz

The co-founders of Bomani Cold Buzz, a brand of alcohol-infused cold brew coffee, spoke about how, despite launching at the outset of the pandemic, it persevered through preparation, planning and purpose, including why aggressive cold-calling was critical. They also discussed their thoughtful approach to surveys and focus groups and how they convinced investors and advisors to believe in their vision.

First-Year Fortune — How Bomani’s Founders Set Themselves Up For Success2021-04-27T10:28:37+00:00

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Plated & HOP WTR: Nick Taranto

Nick Taranto, the co-founder of pioneering meal kid company Plated and beer alternative brand HOP WTR, spoke about why storytelling is the key to any successful company, how his experience in the Marines and at Harvard Business School influenced his perspective as an entrepreneur and why he’s bullish on Bitcoin and sober-curious lifestyles.

The Skill That Helped This Pioneering Entrepreneur Build Plated Into A $300M Company… And Another In The Making2021-04-27T10:28:46+00:00

Insider Episode 112 - :

The ‘Bitchin’ Way To Build An Iconic Brand? Don’t Blend In.

+ Starr & L.A. Edwards, Bitchin' Sauce

Starr and L.A. Edwards, the co-founders of vegan dip brand Bitchin’ Sauce, spoke about how consumers respond to the brand’s quirky name and why they’ll never change the primary elements of its packaging, how they landed a deal with Costco early into the brand’s development and why they believe that owning a production facility has given them an advantage when working with retailers.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 112: The ‘Bitchin’ Way To Build An Iconic Brand? Don’t Blend In.2021-04-18T18:48:14+00:00

Episode 239 - :

Athletic Brewing Co.: Bill Shufelt

Bill Shufelt, the co-founder and CEO of non-alcoholic beer maker Athletic Brewing Co., spoke about the critical importance of market research, how he dealt with consistent rejection from beer industry professionals and why he believes that “drama is so unproductive.” He also discussed how he planned for and is managing explosive growth and how he evaluates strategic partnerships.

Taste Radio Ep. 239: Uncovering A Billion-Dollar Opportunity ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’2021-02-16T11:23:13+00:00

Insider Episode 111 - :

How This Brand Quietly Built A $100M DTC Powerhouse

+ Mae Steigler, Organifi

Organifi CEO Mae Steigler spoke about the origins of the powdered juice and supplement brand, the company’s impressive DTC business and how she and her team crafted an effective consumer acquisition and retention strategy. She also discussed how Organifi scaled while being bootstrapped and how daily huddles and employee empowerment are key to the company culture.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 111: How This Brand Quietly Built A $100M DTC Powerhouse2021-04-18T18:48:15+00:00

Episode 238 - :

Ever Better: Denise Austin

Fitness icon and home workout pioneer Denise Austin, the founder of snackable protein bite brand Ever Better, spoke about her rise from college gymnast to one of the most recognized names in fitness, why she advocates for people to eat healthy food 80% of the time and indulgent foods for the other 20% and why integrity is the key factor in everything she does.

Taste Radio Ep. 238: How These 12 Words Make Fitness Icon Denise Austin ‘Ever Better’2021-02-02T12:35:39+00:00

Insider Episode 110 - :

Why Asking For Specific Advice Helped This Brand Secure $7.5 Million In Funding

+ Denise Woodard, Partake Foods

Denise Woodard, the founder and CEO of fast-growing allergen-friendly food brand Partake Foods, spoke about the benefits of “leaning into” cost-saving retailer programs, how she went from raising thousands of dollars at a time to multi-million, celebrity-led funding rounds, how the tragedy and social unrest of 2020 impacted Partake and why she sings the praises of a having a leadership coach.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 110: Why Asking For Specific Advice Helped This Brand Secure $7.5 Million In Funding2021-04-18T18:48:16+00:00

Episode 237 - :

Celsius: John Fieldly

John Fieldly, CEO of fitness-centric energy brand Celsius, discussed the company’s turnaround from turmoil to over $100 million in sales in 2020, including the importance of setting expectations with staff and investors, how to optimize placement at key retailers and why he has an open door policy.

Taste Radio Ep. 237: How Celsius Rose From The Ashes To Become One Of The Hottest Brands In CPG2021-01-19T10:24:23+00:00

Insider Episode 109 - :

How Cleveland Kitchen Is Using Data And Innovation To Become A Household Name

+ Drew & Mac Anderson, Cleveland Kitchen

Drew and Mac Anderson, co-founders of the fast-growing fermented food platform Cleveland Kitchen, spoke about how the brand drew its inspiration from their mother and from the city of Cleveland, their experience leaning into new use occasions for sauerkraut and why it was key to growth, the impact of data on its merchandising and sales and how the brothers balance family and business.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 109: How Cleveland Kitchen Is Using Data And Innovation To Become A Household Name2021-04-18T18:48:16+00:00