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

Episode 114 – Startup Resources @ The Indie Food Hub – Corey Hill

“Any time more than two people mention something, you know that it is something to consider.” Corey Hill is the founder and CEO of Indie Food Hub, a resource providing services to small and medium sized food businesses. He is driven to change the food system for the better, creating greater access for independent producers. Indie […]

Episode 111 – Creating a Food Commodities Exchange – Kellee of Mercaris

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs Kellee James exemplifies this quote. Looking at her experience, one can connect the dots and trace why she was able to start a food […]

Episode 109 – The World’s Smartest Coffee Machine – Roderick of Spinn Coffee

“After the tour, I started meeting with him regularly to do Harley trips, and over a bottle of whiskey we both talked about doing something together, starting a business … Let’s make a coffee machine that’s connected, that uses your patent.” If you’re into coffee, you may own a variety of equipment: grinder, coffee dripper, […]

Episode 108 – 80 farms, 6000+ stores in 7 Years – Tim of Maple Hill Creamery

Tim Joseph had no farming experience. He had never even milked a cow. In 2004, he received a fast education when sixty-four cows stepped off the trailers onto his land. Thrown into the fire, Tim and his wife Laura started selling milk while Tim worked a full-time corporate job from home. In 2009, they went “all […]

Episode 107 – Entrepreneur, Innovator, + Farmer – Tim of Shenandoah Growers

Tim Heydon started at Shenandoah Growers via an unusual route: along with a few classmates, he wrote a case study on the company while doing his MBA nearby at James Madison University. This was 1998. Tim joined the company as CEO and has grown Shenandoah into 350 employees across 300,000 square feet of growing/packing facilities in […]

Episode 106 – The Grocery Shopper 2.0 with Sam of the Sage Project.

In today’s interview we talk about the paradox of choice and the power of data. As Sam Slover mentioned in the interview: “If you think of a grocery store with a huge aisle of 60+ yogurts to choose from, but each of those yogurts has a slightly different (nutritional) profile”, how do you choose the […]

Episode 105 – An 8 Minute Intro to AI and Food Startups

Self-driving cars, IBM’s Watson, and Google’s search algorithm are just a few examples of AI (Artificial Intelligence) .. it is already here. And it is rapidly becoming a bigger part of our lives. AI will change food. Listen to this quick overview as a starting point for AI Awareness, how you can start thinking about […]

Episode 98 – Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to Boston – Sean of LeanBox

The original title was “Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to the Bronx to Brooklyn to Boston”.. full of alliteration but a bit too long. Sean Butler has been moving north during his life, adding skills and experiences along the way. The current stop of his journey is VP of Growth at one of the hottest startups […]

Episode 96 – IoT Produce Tracking and Startup Wisdom – Tom of Fresh Surety

Produce going bad is no secret: 50% of the shelf life is already gone before you can visually detect that the fruit has gone bad. Fresh Surety is working on solving the problem with “real time freshness reporting anywhere in the world for a few cents per carton.” It could really change the world. As we covered […]

Episode 88 – How to Crush Kickstarter & Business – Lisa Q. of NOMIKU

NOMIKU was born from two successful Kickstarter campaigns that totaled over $1.3 million and have thousands of units in homes and restaurants around the world. Lisa Q. Fetterman, the co-founder and CEO, is equally gifted and inspiring. She launched the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Yes, you’ve tried sous vide cooked […]

Episode 87 – American Hemp, Activism, and Life on the Bourbon Trail – Chad Rosen of Hemp Foods America

Chad Rosen is nicknamed “Hemp Man” in  New Castle, Kentucky. A California transplant, he is spearheading the movement for industrial grown U.S. hemp. Watch the video (and support) his IndieGogo to learn why hemp is so important to the economic, environmental, and nutritional future of the United States. U.S. legislation is severely restricting the hemp movement. But not for long. […]

Episode 85 – How to Build a Brand Using Art, Values, and Experience Design – Jody Levy of WTRMLN WTR

Jody Levy knew she was going to be an artist in 3rd grade when she got into the flow state painting a Georgia O’Keefe piece. Fast forward to 2016, her watermelon water drink WTRMLN WTR (website) will be nationwide in 7500 stores this summer. Cold pressing 14 million pounds of watermelons in 2016! Last month, many of […]

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