american food revolutionOn the show today, we have Taylor West, VP of Marketing for Kodiak Cakes. Taylor has a wealth of experience in the food industry – before making the move into the Natural Products space, he spent around seven years in marketing for General Mills learning how the big dogs roll.

Taylor just published an incredible article on the state of the food industry in America and what’s
driving the success behind natural food brands,

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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.

scaling a food startup

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

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On the show today, we’ve got Jenny Burns, Marketing Director of Dang Foods.

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If you’re not already familiar with Dang Foods, I’m sure you’ve seen their packaging and would recognize their line of toasted
coconut chips on the end caps of most grocery stores around the country.

Dang Foods was the trailblazer in the coconut chip category and since their founding several years back,

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, people are traveling, maybehow to market convenience store products stopping to get gas at one of the 150 thousand plus convenience stores. Yeah, that’s right 150 thousand plus convenience stores in just the US alone.

With that many store, that is a ton of opportunity for distribution in the c-store channel. But selling products into convenience stores presents a whole different set of challenges compared to grocery.

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We’re already cruising into the double digits of episodes here, and today we’re going to be talking about Hummus. Hummus has been around for THOUSANDS of years, and yet, Hope Foods, makers of Hope Hummus, has been reinventing an entire food category as we know it.

On the show today, we’ll be chatting with Will Burger, Director of Marketing for Hope Foods, about how a group of friends went from making hummus in their kitchen at home,

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What does challenging food industry norms in the CPG industry really take?

Some might say time, or creativity, others might say strategy. The guest in this episode would likely say, “all of the above”. If you’vestubbs barbecue suace scott jensen never heard of Scott Jenson before this, then surely you’ve heard of his first food startup, Stubbs BBQ.

Scott Jensen is a true serial entrepreneur in the food industry.

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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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How often do you head to the grocery store and forget to buy something on your shopping list?

It’s frustrating as a consumer, but it’s even more of a nuisance to the brands who sell those products you intended to buy but didn’t. With grocery stores designed to influence how and what shoppers purchase, what’s a company to do to get customers to buy its new products of the shelves?

Just ask today’s guest,

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