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 112 - :

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

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

When discussing the unconventionality of her brand’s name and label design, Starr Edwards, the co-founder and CEO of Bitchin’ Sauce, a maker of vegan, almond-based dips, described herself as “the Bob Ross of branding.” There were “a lot of happy accidents,” she noted. Those playful mishaps provided the foundation for what is now one of [...]

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 112: The ‘Bitchin’ Way To Build An Iconic Brand? Don’t Blend In.2021-02-26T17:44:33+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 Powerhouse2021-02-12T12:19:25+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 Funding2021-01-29T17:11:12+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 Name2021-01-18T21:43:33+00:00

Insider Episode 108 - :

There’s Opportunity In Adversity. Just Ask These Founders.

This special edition of Taste Radio Insider highlights actionable insights and advice from interviews with four founders, creators and investors who joined us on the show during the second half of 2020. Our guests include Greg Fleishman, Co-Founder/CEO, Foodstirs; Jing Gao, Founder & CEO, Fly By Jing; Carlton Fowler, Managing Partner, Goat Rodeo Capital; and Breezy Griffith, Co-Founder & CEO, SkinnyDipped.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 108: There’s Opportunity In Adversity. Just Ask These Founders.2020-12-31T12:45:34+00:00

Insider Episode 107 - :

Why Successful Innovation Begins With The Consumer

+ Francesco Amodeo, Don Ciccio & Figli

In this episode, we’re joined by Francesco Amodeo, the president and co-founder of Don Ciccio & Figli, an acclaimed distiller of handcrafted Italian herbal liqueurs and ready-to-drink cocktails based in Washington, D.C. Within our expansive interview, Amodeo explained why obsession has been key to the company’s success and how brands can adopt a modern approach to a legacy category.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 107: Why Successful Innovation Begins With The Consumer2020-12-18T10:48:46+00:00

Insider Episode 106 - :

The ‘Future’ Of Millennial & Gen Z Brands

+ Justin Fenchel, Aimy Steadman, Brad Schultz, Co-Founders, Future/Proof

The co-founders of next-generation beverage company Future/Proof, spoke about why naiveté, scrappiness and business school connections were critical to the early development of their flagship brand, BeatBox Beverages. They also explained why over-preparation is key to fundraising and how the convergence of lifestyle and liquid play into the company’s trade and consumer marketing strategies.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 106: The ‘Future’ Of Millennial & Gen Z Brands2020-12-04T11:00:01+00:00

Insider Episode 105 - :

How To Disrupt An Industry? Consider A ‘Tailored’ Strategy.

+ Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek, Bespoken Spirits

Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek, co-founders of Bespoken Spirits, a modern distilling company which claims that it can precisely tailor spirits to a desired aroma, color and taste, spoke about they are attempting to win over stakeholders and gatekeepers, how they validated their process and products and why they described Bespoken as an enabler of change, rather than a change itself.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 105: How To Disrupt An Industry? Consider A ‘Tailored’ Strategy.2020-11-20T10:50:08+00:00

Insider Episode 104 - :

The First Step To Securing Millions In Venture Capital? It’s Easier Than You Think.

+ Filipp Chebotarev, Cambridge SPG

Filipp Chebotarev, co-founder of venture capital firm Cambridge SPG, spoke about what he learned from developing an unsuccessful food brand, effective strategies for initiating and cultivating relationships with investors, why he’ll review a 70-page pitch deck under the right circumstances and the general rules that predict success in food and beverage.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 104: The First Step To Securing Millions In Venture Capital? It’s Easier Than You Think.2020-11-06T12:33:18+00:00

Insider Episode 103 - :

What Makes A ‘Hot’ Brand? It’s Personal.

+ Jing Gao, Fly By Jing

Jing Gao, founder & CEO of Sichuan-inspired sauce and seasoning brand Fly By Jing, discussed the origins of her passion for Chinese food culture and why she set out to create a brand that could elevate consumers’ expectations for the cuisine’s flavors. She also spoke about how she managed a surge in demand in 2020 and how she addressed racist comments posted on the brand’s Instagram page.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 103: What Makes A ‘Hot’ Brand? It’s Personal.2020-10-24T01:49:11+00:00