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 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

Insider Episode 102 - :

How Do You Build A Giant-Killer? Start With Peas.

+ Nick Desai, Peatos

Nick Desai, founder & CEO of pea-based snack brand Peatos, spoke about why he’s taking direct aim at legacy junk food brands, how to achieve meaningful scale amid consumer skepticism about better-for-you snacking, why he believes that he’s doing the right thing regardless of the brand’s chances for success and his perspective that the American dream “is still very much alive.”

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 102: How Do You Build A Giant-Killer? Start With Peas.2020-10-16T14:02:40+00:00

Insider Episode 101 - :

Why This Firm Is Investing Millions In ‘The Intersection Of The Interesting And The Obvious’

+ Carlton Fowler: Goat Rodeo Capital

Carlton Fowler, managing partner of venture capital firm Goat Rodeo Capital, discussed his strategy for investing in brands with a unique consumer proposition or go-to-market strategy, explained why he’s bearish on alcohol-free beverage alternatives and how he evaluates the opportunity for cannabis-based drinks amid an uncertain regulatory environment.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 101: Why This Firm Is Investing Millions In ‘The Intersection Of The Interesting And The Obvious’2020-10-12T16:16:39+00:00

Insider Episode 100 - :

How Outer Aisle Became The Fastest Growing Food Brand In The U.S.

+ Jeanne David, Outer Aisle

Jeanne David, founder & CEO, Outer Aisle spoke about how being early on several current food trends helped the brand land its first major retailer, why the company aims to “revolutionize” a legacy food category, why she decided not to outsource manufacturing and why she urges entrepreneurs to use experienced advisors during a fundraising process.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 100: How Outer Aisle Became The Fastest Growing Food Brand In The U.S.2020-10-02T20:24:56+00:00

Insider Episode 99 - :

Why Strategic Investors Love Brands That Create Systems For Success

+ Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling

Jason Barrett, founder & CEO of craft spirits producer Black Button Distilling, spoke about how a stint in small business consulting impacted his vision for the company, why he didn’t seek outside capital to launch Black Button and why he credits an effective systems management strategy as the key reason that spirits conglomerate Constellation Brands invested in the distillery.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 99: Why Strategic Investors Love Brands That Create Systems For Success2020-09-29T10:27:26+00:00

Insider Episode 98 - :

He ‘Won’ On LinkedIn. And It’s Paying Dividends.

+ Mark Samuel, IWON Organics

Mark Samuel, founder & CEO of protein-centric snack company IWON Organics, spoke what he defines as the brand’s “why,” the most effective ways to engage with his audience of 20,000-plus followers on LinkedIn, how he incorporates both confidence and vulnerability in his content and why patience is a virtue, especially after hearing the word “no.”

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 98: He ‘Won’ On LinkedIn. And It’s Paying Dividends.2020-09-18T12:11:45+00:00

Insider Episode 97 - :

How This Brand Doubled Sales... While Giving Away 50% Of Its Profits

+ Dave Colina, O2

Dave Colina, founder & CEO of natural sports recovery brand O2, spoke about how the company’s decisions over the past five years prepared it to meet the challenges and opportunities of the last five months, how the brand achieved record sales numbers while donating 50% of profits to independent gym owners affected by COVID-19 and why he believes that entrepreneurship is as much about personal growth as building a successful brand.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 97: How This Brand Doubled Sales… While Giving Away 50% Of Its Profits2020-09-11T16:34:09+00:00

Insider Episode 96 - :

How SkinnyDipped Made Millions At Target… After Sneaking Into Google

+ Breezy Griffith, SkinnyDipped

Breezy Griffith, co-founder and CEO of fast-growing coated nut brand SkinnyDipped, spoke about why persistence was critical in landing the brand’s first retail accounts, how guts and guile got the products into the office pantries of Google and Microsoft, how she orchestrated national distribution of the brand at Target and why she’s turned to an industry veteran to manage day-to-day operations.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 96: How SkinnyDipped Made Millions At Target… After Sneaking Into Google2020-08-28T13:24:29+00:00

Insider Episode 95 - :

Why Successful Brands Respect And Love Their Competitors

+ Hannah Crum, Kombucha Brewers International

Hannah Crum, co-founder and president of influential trade association Kombucha Brewers International, spoke about how she manages a membership group comprised of “frenemies,” the recent launch of a Code of Practice for brewing kombucha and why it’s important to support the category’s evolution despite the misgivings of some within the space.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 95: Why Successful Brands Respect And Love Their Competitors2020-08-14T10:59:41+00:00

Insider Episode 94 - :

Why The Right Way Is ‘Exactly The Opposite Of The Easy Way’

+ Simon Sacal, Solely

Simon Sacal, founder and CEO of innovative food platform Solely, spoke about his background as a food entrepreneur beginning as a teenager and how his career culminated in the development of the brand. He also explained why the company’s strategy and focus is “exactly the opposite of the easy way,” and why Solely doesn't launch a product unless it identifies “a huge advantage” over a competitor.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 94: Why The Right Way Is ‘Exactly The Opposite Of The Easy Way’2020-07-31T12:45:13+00:00