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Episode 148 – The Blockchain and Food – Emma of AgriDigital

Imagine if, in 1996, you knew that the internet was going to be the next big thing. In hindsight, it seems obvious, but it wasn’t at the time. Now we are on the brink of a new technology that can be as monumental to the world as the internet: the blockchain. Food and Ag is […]

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 145 – Resourcefulness, Skyr, + Taking a Bite out of Disease – Andrew of B’more Organic

“Necessity creates opportunities in my life.” Andrew Buerger was in his 40’s and stuck in a declining industry. He had to find something new. While mountain climbing in Iceland, tried their traditional yogurt, Skyr. Even though he is lactose-intolerant, Andrew loved the yogurt and felt great after eating it. He came back to Maryland to […]

Episode 143 – Finding the White Space – Mikey’s

He started Mikey’s Muffins as a side hustle to pay the rent. As of today, his products are in more than 4500 retailers nationwide. Michael Tierney began working in professional kitchens at the age of 13 and followed his passion to The Culinary Institute of America, where he earned his degree in Culinary Arts Management. […]

Episode 141 – How to Reinvent Yourself, Build Startups – Tobias of Square Roots

Tobias Peggs understands how to pivot; how to evolve. He has primarily operated in venture-backed tech startup environments (twice as CEO w/exits to Walmart and Adobe). He has led companies across various domains including mobile, search, social, e-commerce, ad-tech and speech recognition. Now, with Kimbal Musk, he is spearheading Square Roots Urban Growers – a […]

Episode 140 – Mushrooms, Customer Rituals, and Lifestyle – Tero of Four Sigmatic

Tero Isokauppila, the founder of Four Sigmatic, is on a mission to make medicinal mushrooms, some of the world’s most researched superfoods, more accessible to everyone. Born in Finland to an agronomist father and nursing teacher mother, Tero grew up on a farm his family has owned since 1619. There, he foraged for mushrooms and […]

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, […]

Episode 137 – Chicory, Prebiotic Health Benefits, and B2B Sales – David of Blue Prarie

When David Woodburn was asked to be the CEO of Blue Prarie, he didn’t know what chicory was. Now, he is leading the charge developing prebiotic, chicory-based ingredients that help maintain a healthy gut environment for beneficial bacteria while replacing fast-digesting starches. David is pleased to announce that Blue Prarie has completed a $6 million […]

Episode 133 – Food Systems, Startup Investing, and Creating Alpha – Victor of S2G Ventures

Everything changed on his visit to the Central Market in Valencia, Spain: Victor Friedberg realized that food is a system. He returned to the U.S. and dove head first into learning about food systems. At S2G Ventures, Victor and his team invest in innovative food startups. Many of the startups have been guests on our […]

Episode 132 – Building an Amazonian Enterprise – Dan from Runa

Dan MacCombie is the co-founder and former Co-CEO of Runa, an Amazonian social enterprise and beverage company supporting indigenous farmers sustainably growing guayusa tea in the rainforest. He and the Runa team developed relationships with indigenous farmers and built a supply chain into nationwide distribution in Whole Foods and other U.S. chains. Starting in 2009, it […]

Episode 130 – Nutrition Tips + The Best Baby Food Money Can Buy – Cassandra of Once Upon a Farm

Doing research for this interview, I quickly realized that this is no ordinary baby food. It utilizes start of the art technology. And adults love it too! Cassandra Curtis is a nutrition fanatic foodie with an extensive background in the health and wellness spheres. Her deep understanding of business operations, nutrition and food, combined with the experience […]

Episode 128 – Organic Chicken with a Farmer Focus – Jefferson of SVO

Once you try organic chicken, it is difficult to go back to “conventional”. I say this from experience. Jefferson Heatwole and Shenandoah Valley Organics (SVO) are trying to affordably provide organic chicken. They have an innovative, farmer-focused business model and encourage healthy eating and cultural awareness. The company is growing in number of farms, chickens, […]

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