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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 112 – Start a Food Brand Your Way – Ryan Florio of Inca Tea

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”  -Hunter S. Thompson He took an adventure against doctor’s orders and it changed his life. Back to another Ohio startup (what up LeBron!), Inca Tea does not disappoint. As you’ll learn today, Ryan Florio is a contrarian thinker. He does not take things at face value, which gives him […]

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 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 101 – How to Survive (and Thrive) with Purpose – Seth of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. They were acquired in 2011 are now a $160 million division of Coca-Cola. Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage. The brands are carried in […]

Episode 99 – Branding Packaging + Design 101 – Jordan and Fed of Hungry Studio

Over the last 6 months, we have had many listener requests for a packaging/branding episode. It took a while, but I finally found the experts. Jordan Hill and Fed Pacheco met when in the design program at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation they took separate paths as art directors in different global ad agencies, […]

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 […]

Episode 73 – Fear No Fruit – THE Specialty Produce Champs – Karen Caplan of Frieda’s

In 1962, Frieda Caplan introduced an exotic fruit to the United States, which she named the Kiwi. Fast forward to 2013, 62 million pounds of kiwi were sold! In the 50+ years since, Frieda’s has played a part in introducing more than 200 specialty fruits and vegetables. A documentary about the company, Fear No Fruit, was […]

Episode 52 – Creating a 1-for-1 Business Model with 2 Degrees Food

Today we get a behind the scenes look at an alternative food business model. 2 Degrees Food is growing rapidly: they are in 2500 stores as well as United and JetBlue airways. Co-founder Lauren Walters walks us through the company philosophy and their keys to success: The why/how of a 1-for-1 food business model How they were […]

Episode 42 – Better Packaging and a Better Business with Tessa Stuart

To kickoff 2015, we speak with the British queen of food packaging: Tessa Stuart. She is the author of Packed – The Food Entrepreneur’s Guide: How to Get Noticed and How to be Loved (UK / US). I have saved many insightful Kindle highlights from the book and I review it at least once a month. Plenty […]

Episode 36 – Creating Real Transparency on Grocery Shelves: Alexander Gillett of HowGood

Fresh off of a 2 million dollar funding, HowGood is poised to take off.  They score food products based on their health, environmental, and societal factors. Eight years in the making, it has been a long journey. Today, HowGood has over 100,000 food products in their database. We talk to founder Alexander Gillett and learn about: Why […]