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

Mark Cohen is the founder and CEO of Kidfresh, a food brand for kids, advocating for healthier options and providing nutritious & delicious meals for children. The brand was inspired by Matt’s goal to provide a line of better-for-you and tasty kids meals to-go made with the same quality ingredients enjoyed by parents but for children.

In this episode, he shares several key insights for shelf strategy, as well as the importance of perseverance and vision.

Some key takeaways from the interview:

1. Incorporate consumer feedback to improve your product quality.
2. Perseverance as being the key in growing your business successfully.
3. When it comes to packaging and distribution: find retailers that really believe in you and will give you the time and ability to establish your brand so you can build your metrics and your success story.
4. Production and packaging: Find co-packers who are willing to work with you and your small margins. Develop an honest, straightforward and personal relationship with them.
5. Pricing on shelf: Make sure that your product is affordable. Take note of where your product is being shelved, who your competitors are and what price point will work best in your category.
6. Consistency in branding and packaging: Make initial strategic choices. For instance, the Kidfresh logo and colors convey freshness, simplicity, authencity and quality. Choose colors that will not only stand out from the rest, but will also serve its purpose in representing your brand.
6. To be successful on shelf, visibility is important. Start with minimum SKUs to put on a number of shelves, to be picked strategically depending on variety. Choose a number of stores which are representative enough, allowing you to do some marketing and promotion.
7. Hire the right people as part of your sales and marketing teams.
8. In-store shopping experience: Find a way in which your consumers will have everything they need in one door or shelf. This will make things easier to find, easy to understand, easy to shop and easy to consume.
9. Raising capital: For starters, go with investors whom you know personally or are introduced to you within your network. Once you gain momentum and are able to grow your business better, go for more institutional investors. Find the right match; the more relevant they are to your brand or network, the better.

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Written by Hema Reddy / May 15th, 2019


Shrub District Interview by Food Startups Podcast Host Hema Reddy

Don Morton is a bartender, WSET trained wine nerd, cocktail geek, fermentation enthusiast, and an eager host. After 10 years of working in public policy, Don founded Shrub District to bring a little more happiness into the world. Today, their cocktail vinegars (aka shrubs) and ‘built cocktails’ (A “built” cocktail is a cocktail you build in the same glass in which you serve it) are available online, restaurants and bars across the North East.

With a keen focus on quality and sometimes, seasonal ingredients, Don is determined to provide an exceptional experience while making it convenient for consumers to make a cocktail.

Some key takeaways from the interview:

  1. test the product after you have nailed down the formulation with real customers
  2. make sure that you have variety for folks otherwise you will leave money on the table
  3. finding partners that meet distribution challenges
  4. innovating in a category that’s quite hot while not over extending on capacity and production

Written by Hema Reddy / August 2nd, 2018


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