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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 135 – The International Man of Food Development – Tim Forrest

Cookies in Saudi Arabia, pomegranates in Croatia, bananas in Ecuador, Olive oil in Georgia. Tim has done it all. In the food business since 1988, he helps companies add thousands of retail locations, millions of dollars in revenue, and millions of capital investment. Tim has worked with large and small companies from all around the […]

Episode 131 – The Future of Chips – Brand Evolution – Christian of Cabo Chips

It all started 12 years ago in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Today, it is a nationwide brand based out of Southern California. Christian Bunte started Cabo Chips in college and has been doing it ever since. In 2012, he made the decision to focus on the natural retail channels. A pivotal shift that changed everything. […]

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 129 – Bogotá to Eugene, Solo to Co-Founder, Crafting Beer – Doug of Alesong

Douglas Coombs decided it was time for a change. He left a tech startup in a South American city of 9 million people and moved to a small college town in Oregon to start a brewery. Why and how did he do it? We have a fun conversation about his journey and current venture: Alesong […]

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, […]

Episode 118 – Do You Need a Food Broker? Andrew of YINYANG NATURALS

Andrew Chae worked in his family’s food manufacturing business since his teenage years. In 2004, he oversaw the organic certification of two production facilities, and built a new Asian organic brand, Ohana House, from the ground up. Ohana House went national with distribution into all Whole Foods and other major natural chains. Andrew also oversaw […]

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 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 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 104 – Editorial and Social Content Tips from a Food Freelancer – Kristen Hawley

Kristen Hawley is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor focusing on chefs and restaurants + digital and social technology. Like a lot of freelancers, she leads a fascinating life. She has worked on creative projects with OpenTable, the National Restaurant Association, TechTable Summit, SF’s Nopa restaurant, SALIDO, Upserve, and more and has a background […]

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