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 85 - :

How This Brand’s ‘Hidden’ Strategy Helped It Land Kroger And Target

+ Jessica Weiss Levison, Peekaboo Organics

Jessica Weiss Levison, founder/CEO of Peekaboo Organics, a maker of indulgent ice cream infused with hidden vegetables, spoke about the importance of identifying those who instantly “get” the concept, shared the unconventional way in which she met a Target buyer, her process for raising capital and a key way to avoid slotting fees.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 85: How This Brand’s ‘Hidden’ Strategy Helped It Land Kroger And Target2020-05-15T13:27:01+00:00

Insider Episode 84 - :

The Fastest Growing Brand In This Category Was Also The Most Patient One

+ Jamba Dunn, Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha

Jamba Dunn, the founder and CEO of Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha discussed the duality of Rowdy Mermaid’s current trajectory and its long-term business strategy, the brand’s function-forward approach to formulation, why he was cautious about aligning with a private equity firm and how his role as CEO has changed over the years.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 84: The Fastest Growing Brand In This Category Was Also The Most Patient One2020-05-08T13:10:52+00:00

Insider Episode 83 - :

How Bubble Is Redefining E-Commerce For Next-Gen Brands

+ Jessica Young, Bubble

We spoke with Bubble founder & CEO Jessica Young about how she drew upon her experience as a chef and product developer to launch the health-focused online marketplace, how Bubble is enhancing visibility and sales for small brands via the platform and how she assessed opportunities and challenges for the company and thoughtfully communicated each to investors.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 83: How Bubble Is Redefining E-Commerce For Next-Gen Brands2020-05-01T15:34:46+00:00

Insider Episode 82 - :

A Whole Foods Insider Opens Up The Buyer Playbook

+ Lee Robinson, Whole Foods Market

Lee Robinson, Director of Dairy & Beverage at Whole Foods Market, discussed best practices for engaging with retail buyers, why he urges entrepreneurs to be transparent about their business and innovation strategies, how he evaluates disruptive concepts, his perspective on the future of plant-based food and setting expectations for communication with buyers amid the current crisis.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 82: A Whole Foods Insider Opens Up The Buyer Playbook2020-04-24T13:05:28+00:00

Insider Episode 81 - :

How MUSH Made Millions With The ‘Right Mix’ Of These Two Things

+ Ashley Thompson, MUSH

Ashley Thompson, co-founder and CEO of innovative ready-to-eat oat brand MUSH, spoke about why she set out to create a “best for you” product, why she likes having a “polarizing” brand name, how she prepared for her first meeting with Whole Foods and why the company has pivoted from being “product first” to “team first.”

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 81: How MUSH Made Millions With The ‘Right Mix’ Of These Two Things2020-06-25T00:19:42+00:00

Insider Episode 80 - :

What ‘Matters The Most’ When Building A Disruptive Brand

+ Jordan Salcito, Ramona

We’re joined this week by Jordan Salcito, founder of acclaimed canned wine brand Ramona, who spoke about the inspiration behind her disruptive concept, why she’s not prescriptive about how and when people should drink the products and how cultivating industry relationships prior to the brand’s launch was critical to its fast start.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 80: Why These Two Things ‘Matter The Most’ When Building A Disruptive Brand2020-04-10T14:21:58+00:00

Insider Episode 79 - :

The ‘Sole Advantage’ That Fuels This Fast-Growing Brand

+ Ethan Hirshberg, Ethan's

Ethan Hirshberg, the founder & CEO of organic wellness shot brand Ethan’s, spoke about the importance of “being nimble responsibly,” why the company is “maniacally obsessed with customer feedback,” how core values are incorporated into products and communicated to consumers and what he views as Ethan’s biggest advantage over more established competitors.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 79: The ‘Sole Advantage’ That Fuels This Fast-Growing Brand2020-04-03T13:03:39+00:00

Insider Episode 78 - :

The ‘Reason’ Behind This Once In A Generation Opportunity

+ Hilary McCain, Sweet Reason

Hilary McCain, founder/CEO of CBD-infused sparkling water brand Sweet Reason, spoke about attempting to own a distinct message about the benefits of CBD, strategizing amid an uncertain cannabis regulatory environment and how she convinced Lerer Hippeau, an early-stage venture capital fund notable for early investments in Warby Parker and Casper, to invest in the brand.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 78: The ‘Reason’ Behind This Once In A Generation Opportunity2020-04-06T15:54:21+00:00

Insider Episode 77 - :

A Bloom Is On The Horizon. Here’s How To Prepare For It.

+ Candice Crane, Petal Beverage

This week’s episode focuses on ways that the BevNET and NOSH teams are working with entrepreneurs to support their businesses during these uncertain times, and also includes an interview with Candice Crane, founder/CEO of botanical drink brand Petal Beverage, who discussed how the company is leaning into its digital marketing strategy amid an evolving retail landscape.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 77: A Bloom Is On The Horizon. Here’s How To Prepare For It.2020-03-20T13:05:32+00:00

Insider Episode 76 - :

Why ‘Wood Fires’ Are The Key To Long-Term Trends

+ Mark Alexander, Icelandic Provisions

Mark Alexander, CEO of fast-growing skyr brand Icelandic Provisions, discussed lessons and takeaways from his nearly 30 year career at the Campbell Soup Company, the steepest part of the learning curve in leading an entrepreneurial brand, how Icelandic Provisions assesses trendy concepts and ingredients and how it navigates consumer demand for premium and affordable offerings.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 76: Why ‘Wood Fires’ Are The Key To Long-Term Trends2020-03-13T16:26:34+00:00