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 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

Insider Episode 58 - :

The Path From Niche To Mainstream

+ Kelly Heekin & Ben Schmidt, Co-Founders, Hoist

In this episode, we’re joined by Kelly Heekin and Ben Schmidt, the co-founders of Hoist, a brand of hydration beverages developed to be a more palatable version of Pedialyte. They discussed their strategy for mainstreaming a niche concept, why “staying power and the ability to adapt” have been critical to Hoist’s development and how they communicated their vision to stakeholders.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 58: The Path From Niche To Mainstream2019-11-01T15:48:08+00:00

Insider Episode 57 - :

This VC Firm Invests In Brands So They Can ‘Slow Down’

+ Shilen Patel, Distill Ventures

In this episode, we sat down with Shilen Patel, the co-founder of Distill Ventures (DV), a U.K.-based venture capital firm and accelerator that invests in disruptive distilled spirit companies and non-alcoholic drink brands. Patel explained why he’s bullish about the future of low- and no-alcohol adult beverages, and why quality is of paramount importance to DV’s investment philosophy.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 57: This VC Firm Invests In Brands So They Can ‘Slow Down’2019-10-28T10:26:22+00:00

Insider Episode 56 - :

What It Takes To Hit The Ground Running

+ Jason Shiver, Waterloo

In this episode, Jason Shiver, the CEO of fast-growing sparkling water brand Waterloo, discussed his strategy for winning in a crowded and highly competitive category. Shiver spoke about how he’s applied past lessons to his current role, the challenges of managing rapid growth and how he establishes and communicates metrics for success.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 56: What It Takes To Hit The Ground Running2019-10-17T23:41:34+00:00

Insider Episode 55 - :

The Profitable Way To Build a Disruptive Brand

+ Chris Kirby, Ithaca Craft Hummus

Chris Kirby, founder/president of Ithaca Craft Hummus, spoke about how he identified white space in the hummus category and what he learned during four years of operating his own production facility. He also urged entrepreneurs to be thoughtful about their retail relationships and deliberate about expenses, and discussed why he hires people that are highly self-sufficient.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 55: The Profitable Way To Build a Disruptive Brand2019-10-11T12:45:33+00:00