Incredible journeys that shape the present & future of food & beverage industry

Episode 172 – Kenneth Park on Turning a Home Remedy to a Successful Beverage Brand

Kenneth Park is the founder and CEO of Detoxwater, an Aloe Vera water brand that started as a home remedy that his mom used for digestive problems and other illnesses. Ken eventually introduced Aloe water to the market, originally branded as Superleaf Aloe Juice, selling from his dorm room and later on becoming a household […]

Episode 169 – The Technique of Self Distribution and Building Strong Relationships with Buyers

Sadie Scheffer is the founder and CEO of Bread Srsly, a wholesale sourdough bread company. After Sadie dropped out from MIT, she started her own business making and distributing glutten-free treats. All of their bread rises for more than 12 hours, breaking down hard-to-digest grains and Plus, Bread SRSLY gluten-free sourdough contains a host of […]

Episode 168 – How Fanaticism and a Solid Channel Mix Strategy Can Help You Thrive

In 2013, Matt Bachmann walked into a grad school classroom carrying a travel mug of homemade cold brew coffee and met Ben Gordon, who was sitting with a leather-wrapped mason jar filled with his own homebrew. A fast friendship turned into fanaticism, an obsession with coffee that set the two off on what has now […]

Episode 166 – How passion + strategic execution made this cocktail vinegars brand a hit – Don Morton of Shrub District

Don Morton is a bartender, WSET trained wine nerd, cocktail geek, fermentation enthusiast, and an eager host. After 10 years of working in public policy, Don founded Shrub District to bring a little more happiness into the world. Today, their cocktail vinegars (aka shrubs) and ‘built cocktails’ (A “built” cocktail is a cocktail you build […]

Episode 162 – On Building True Fans, Mentors and E-commerce Dominance – Madeline of nutpods

In just a few years, nutpods is on fire. A dairy-free coffee creamer, they have passed Coffee Mate on Amazon.com for # of reviews. Talk about “review capital”! She entered the food space as an outsider. With a beginner’s mindset and the ability to develop die-hard fans, nutpods has become a great success. Awarded as […]

Episode 160 – Logistics Strategy with Andrew of Zipline

Listen to part 2 here: While many of us our strategic about our packaging and ingredients, food startup founders tend to address logistics from a tactical standpoint. We brought in an expert to help us think strategic. Andrew Lynch is co-founder and president of the Zipline Logistics, an award-winning North American 3PL that specializes exclusively […]

Episode 158 – A Pragmatic, Visionary Capitalist – Michael of Green Chef

Mindset, packaging, food labeling, logistics, innovation, systems thinking, sustainability, traceability, and big e-commerce in the delivery space. This episode has it all. I don’t say this lightly, but this episode should be listened to by all food entrepreneurs. Michael Joseph is the CEO of Green Chef, his 3rd food startup. Green Chef is a a USDA-certified […]

Episode 156 – Personal Strength, Community, and Homegrown Veggies – Sam of Vinder

Sam Lillie is the founder/CEO of Vinder, a peer-to-peer marketplace for homegrown produce that connects home gardeners who hate seeing their excess veggies go to waste, with fellow community members looking to buy local produce. Sam graduated from San Jose State in 2015 then solo-hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail (2,658 […]

Episode 155 – How to Last in the Natural Foods Space – Joshua of Living Intentions

“I had a lot of experiences where I truly manifested my reality. And those experiences continue.” Joshua Mchugh has been at this for 13 years. Not many startups make it to the decade mark. How did he do it? Starting out, he would spend endless hours reading recipe books with the intention of understanding how […]

Episode 152 – How to Run a Premium, Global Brand – Reza of Icelandic Glacial

Reza Mirza has an exciting job: CEO of Icelandic Glacial. A premium brand, they control the sole commercial rights to bottle and sell water from the legendary Ölfus Spring. In 21 countries with only 40 total employees, they are organized, efficient, and growing.  Their U.S. distribution is handled by Anheuser-Busch, which took a 20% ownership stake […]

Episode 147 – More on Brokers, Costco, and the Evolving Food Space – Jeremy of LaunchPad

Jeremy Smith is back. If you haven’t heard the first interview, listen here. There is trouble brewing in the food broker space. Whole Foods sales are down. The market has changed dramatically. Based on listener response to the first episode and Jeremy’s intuition, we continued the conversation on Costco, brokers, and how to adapt to […]

Episode 139 – Costco, Chobani, and Becoming Iconic – Jeremy of LaunchPad

Jeremy Smith is fed up with the food brokerage industry. There are a shortage of great food brokers. And grocery buyers have noticed. That’s why he is back in the game. He previously sold his food brokerage, Level One, and is back with an innovative Food Brokerage and Consultancy: LaunchPad. Over his career in food, […]

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