Taste Radio Insider

Taste Radio Insider is a podcast focused on news, trends and innovation in the business of food and beverage. The show features interviews with the industry’s movers and shakers and includes discussion on emerging trends, innovation and news of the week from members of the BevNET and NOSH teams.

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Insider Episode 68 - :

How This Super Bowl Winner Is Tackling Disruption In The Drinks Space

+ Matt Light & Bill Dessel, KEEL Vodka

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by former NFL star Matt Light and Bill Dessel, the co-founders of sessionable spirit brand Keel Vodka. As part of our conversation, Light explained why despite ruthless competition as a professional football player, entrepreneurship “is more challenging than it ever would be on the playing field.” He and Dessel also discussed how they overcame initial regulatory hurdles, the benefits of a local distribution strategy, and why “living the lifestyle” is critical for brand ambassadors.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 68: How This Super Bowl Winner Is Tackling Disruption In The Drinks Space2020-01-17T10:28:04+00:00

Insider Episode 67 - :

Your Side Hustle Could Be Worth Millions. And It Needs A Strategy.

+ Matt Weiss, RIND Snacks

In this episode, Matt Weiss, founder/CEO of RIND Snacks, discussed his approach to incubating the skin-on dried fruit brand while maintaining his full-time job. Weiss spoke about how he assessed the financial and opportunity costs of entrepreneurship, the importance of open and honest communication with his employer while incubating RIND and why he believes in “relentless networking.”

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 67: Your Side Hustle Could Be Worth Millions. And It Needs A Strategy.2020-01-10T13:52:55+00:00

Insider Episode 66 - :

Next Level Advice On Investment, Goals, Profitability & More

This special edition of Taste Radio Insider highlights actionable insights and advice from interviews with six founders, creators and investors who joined us on the show during the second half of 2019. Our guests include Zico founder and Powerplant Ventures co-founder Mark Rampolla; Zoe Feldman, the director of the Chobani Incubator; Rick’s Picks founder and CEO Rick Field; Mike Cessario, the founder and CEO of Liquid Death; Harbinger Ventures founder Megan Bent and Chris Kirby, the founder of Ithaca Craft Hummus.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 66: Next Level Advice On Investment, Goals, Profitability & More2020-01-03T11:32:15+00:00

Insider Episode 65 - :

The News, Trends & Innovation That Shaped 2019

This week, members of the BevNET and NOSH editorial teams joined us for a discussion of some of the major news stories, trends and innovation from 2019. Among the topics of conversation were developments in the burgeoning cannabis CPG segment, explosive growth in the oat milk and sparkling water categories and the evolution of frozen food and plant-based meats.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 65: The News, Trends & Innovation That Shaped 20192019-12-20T12:01:21+00:00

Insider Episode 64 - :

The ‘Trifecta’ This Investor Looks For In Growing Brands

+ Megan Bent, Harbinger Ventures

Megan Bent, founder and managing partner of Harbinger Ventures, spoke about why launching the investment firm was about “rethinking some of the fundamentals in how capital is invested,” why funding decisions are “probably more relational than anything else” and why she encourages “bite-sized actions” to support greater diversity in business.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 64: The ‘Trifecta’ This Investor Looks For In Growing Brands2019-12-13T13:31:09+00:00

Insider Episode 63 - :

Prioritizing Diversity Will Make Your Company Better. Here’s Why.

+ Zoe Feldman, Chobani Incubator

Zoe Feldman, the director of Chobani Incubator, spoke about why she’s emphasized the incubator’s focus on diversity as part of its selection criteria, how prior roles as an executive at PepsiCo and in venture capital shaped her perspective on the importance of diversity in business and why “representation is hugely critical” to the future of our industry.

Taste Radio Ep. 63: Prioritizing Diversity Will Make Your Company Better. Here’s Why.2019-12-10T12:49:37+00:00

Insider Episode 62 - :

How To Get Ahead By Going Back To The Basics

+ The Primal Pantry, Dalston's

In this episode, we’re joined by the founders of two U.K.-based companies -- Suzie Walker, the founder of paleo-inspired snack maker The Primal Pantry and Dan Broughton, the co-founder of Dalston's, a brand of better-for-you craft sodas -- each of whom have built successful businesses by adopting a back-to-the-basics approach to product development and marketing.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 62: How To Get Ahead By Going Back To The Basics2019-11-27T14:08:59+00:00

Insider Episode 61 - :

There’s White Space For The Taking. Here’s How To Find It.

+ Minor Figures, Infinite Session

In this episode, we’re joined by the founders of two innovative U.K.-based companies, cold brew coffee and oat milk brand Minor Figures and non-alcoholic beer brewer Infinite Session, who detailed their respective strategies for winning at home and abroad.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 61: There’s White Space For The Taking. Here’s How To Find It.2019-12-13T17:08:13+00:00

Insider Episode 60 - :

What’s The Worst Advice You Ever Received?

This week’s episode features interviews with the leaders of four entrepreneurial companies -- PathWater co-founder and CEO Shadi Bakour, Lumi Juice founder/CEO Hillary Murray, Aloha CEO Brad Charron and Origin Almond founder/CEO Jake Deleon -- reflecting on advice that, in hindsight, they should have avoided.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 60: What’s The Worst Advice You Ever Received?2019-11-15T12:59:58+00:00

Insider Episode 59 - :

The ‘Slightly Out Of Control’ Growth Strategy

+ James McMaster, Huel

James McMaster, the CEO of Huel, a fast-growing brand of nutritionally complete meal replacement powders and RTD beverages, spoke about how the company manages sales and distribution in 80 countries, the challenges that come with rapid expansion and why formal referral programs are central to its consumer acquisition strategy.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 59: The ‘Slightly Out Of Control’ Growth Strategy2019-11-08T13:23:54+00:00