hip chick farms logoToday we’re chatting with Serafina Palandech of Hip Chick Farms. Serafina’s company makes a line of extremely high quality organic chicken products, like nuggets and tenders, and was founded 4 and half years ago in an effort to provide healthy food to people and children on a mass scale.

From being on a reality show to selling out of inventory on QVC, her company has had amazing success and is growing like crazy.

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Fred Hart is joining us on the show today. We had Fred on the podcast back at episode #30, and if you haven’t listened to that interview yet, we talked all about honing brand strategy, and I’d definitely recommend checking that one out.

Fred is a Partner and Creative Director of Interact, one of the most sought after packaging design firms in the industry.

Part of Fred’s job as creative director is keeping a pulse on industry trends and how to leverage that knowledge to set brands up for the future.

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On the show today, we’ve got Kate Weiler, co-founder of DrinkMaple, and we’re talking about being the champion of your own new category.  Kate’s maple water is now sold in over 12,000 stores, which has taken years of grit, passion, and in her words “blissful ignorance” to make happen.CPG Startup

As you’ll hear, there are pros and cons to creating a product that’s the first of it’s kind, especially as a start-up bootstrapping it to the top.

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On the show today, we have Luke Lahman, who is the field marketing manager for E&J Gallo. If you’re not already familiar, Gallo is the largest producer of wine in the world, and they own and distribute a number of the popular wine and spirit brands you’ll see at most liquor and grocery stores, like Barefoot, Apothic, and New Amsterdam Vodka.

From being on the front lines to training and managing over 30 salespeople,

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We have Eric Pierce, Director of Business Insights for New Hope Network.  If you’ve been following the podcast, we hfood industry trends 1ad Eric on the show back at episode 19.

It’s been one of our most popular episodes, so we asked Eric to come back on the show to share some more insights on trends, and he graciously obliged.

Eric is incredibly talented in helping entrepreneurs and companies uncover opportunities in the market,

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“There’s a lot of money flowing into this space, especially to the earlier stage brands, and so I think we try to decipher those people who are really in it for the long haul or for the right reasons, as opposed to those who just think they can make a quick buck which is hard to do in this industry.” -Ben Fenton

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Today, we’re talking with Ben Fenton of Boulder Food Group about the do’s and don’ts if you’re looking for outside investment for your food or beverage company.

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Today we’re talking with Koel Thomae, Founder of Noosa Yoghurt.

growth strategyI’m sure you’ve seen the Noosa brand in the thousands of stores they’re in across the country, and today, Koel discusses what it was like growing the business with an extremely tight budget.

Before partnering with an investment firm, Koel and her business partner had bootstrapped their way to a projected $100M a year in revenue. Everyone loves to talk about big investments and overnight successes,

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We have Brandon Rhoten on the show, who, get ready for this title, is the VP of Advertising, Social Media, Media, and Digital Marketing for Wendy’s. It’s a mouthful, and I don’t know how he does it, but everything you see with a Wendy’digital marketing for wendy's s logo on it, is the work of Brandon and his team.

This episode is all about how Wendy’s went from middle of the pack,

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In this episode, we’re chatting with Matt D’Amour, CEO of Yumbutter, about how he built his B Corp from the ground up, increasing his ability to make a positive impact on the world. Matt’s story is one of benevolence, but it’s also a great lesson in scaling a food startup and scrappy CPG marketing.

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Starting with only $900 and zero industry experience, Matt and his business partner launched the business,

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“We were lucky to be told early on to take our time, be strategic and make sure that we have the right items in the right stores.”  Lizzie Ackerman on the strategy behind Birch Benders’ success.

Lizzie Ackerman is the COO ofBirch Benders – one of the fastest growing, bootstrapping food startups in Colorado. Having their big launch at Expo West in 2014, Birch Benders went from being in just 20 stores to now over 5000 – quite the increase in distribution in less than two years.

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