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

Episode 127 – Growth, Awareness, Inc. 500 – Courtney of SmartyPants Vitamins

It started off as an Amazon.com side business. Now it is one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Courtney Nichols Gould had to evolve as a person and leader in order to make SmartyPants Vitamins a successful AND healthy company. They have disrupted the vitamin industry. The company’s products are top ranked […]

Episode 126 – Advice from a Franchise Extraordinaire – Greg Sausaman of Topper’s Creamery

“And I asked him: Why are you doing this? Your grandchildren won’t have to work..” -Greg to his co-founder Wade who owns more than 50 Papa John’s pizza franchises. Greg Sausaman has worked in food since the 1980’s. By the time he was 30 years old, he owned eight Domino’s pizza locations. Then he transitioned to […]

Episode 122 – Local Empowerment + Alternative Sales Channels – Kim of Cureate

You don’t HAVE to follow the cookie-cutter retail sales model. An entrepreneur can feel powerless when they are 100% dependent on one or two large grocery buyers for the success of their food startup. Hotels, catering, and local cafes are a few examples of local businesses that may be interested in carrying your brand. But they need […]

Episode 113 – The Timeless Art of Social Dynamics – Susan MacTavish Best

“I’ve made a lot of people wealthy, but what about me? What do l love to do?” Susan MacTavish Best creates interesting and engaging salons that have brought together some of the most creative minds of this century, from Tim Ferriss to Michael Pollan to food companies like Hampton Creek. The salons cover topics ranging […]

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 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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