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Cannabis Drinks – The Latest Craze in an Evolving Market

Forget the stigma that still exists around cannabis. Paulo Sobral produces a low-level cannabis beverage without alcohol, and he shares insights into the nuances of the cannabis industry and the complex laws that impact cannabis beverage production. He discusses the differences between THC and CBD, touches on issues around the legalization of cannabis and its […]

From Craft Beer to Healthy Soft Drinks – An Insider’s Story

The beverage industry is moving to keep up with consumer desires for healthier options. Mary Pellettieri discusses her move from craft beer to start a beverage company offering healthier options in tonics and soft drinks. From the dangers of high fructose corn syrup to the benefits of natural sugar, from a definition of functional beverages […]

Hot Cocoa – From Cottage Industry to Regional Favorite

Hot cocoa tends to be considered a seasonal treat. Dean Packingham of Mike & Jen’s Hot Cocoa proves that a small cottage industry can grow into a regional business success year-round. He discusses the power of starting with your passion when developing a new product, the advantages of being in an F&B category with less […]

Scaling a Company in the Enhanced Water Market

Scaling from start-up to multi-million dollar business takes time, ingenuity, and perseverance. Yanni Hufnagel, founder of Lemon Perfect, discusses the 6-year growth of his company into a major player in the enhanced water sector. Discussion includes going from sourcing regional ingredients to international sources; delivering consistent quality; getting consumers to try a new product; the […]

A Deep Dive Into the Water Business

Water – the building block of life and a complex topic for the food and beverage industry. Beckie Anderer Murphy is an expert in regulatory compliance and food safety. In this nutrient-rich discussion, she goes beyond the basics of water and dives into the differences between U.S. and European standards for water treatment, packaging and […]

Alcoholic Beverages

Distribution Channels and Challenges for Craft Beer

Kevin McGee returns to F&B Talk to talk about the craft beer industry and distribution challenges to consumers both domestically and internationally. Kevin talks about distribution channel options, how distributors influence the reach of products and where they get shelf space, the logistics and challenges of selling internationally and differences in international markets, the consolidation […]

Alcohol and the F&B Industry – A Global Perspective

The history of alcohol in the U.S. is varied and influences the F&B sector nationwide. International business advisor and beverage industry expert Alain Barbet gives a global perspective on the alcoholic beverage industry and trends in the U.S. The discussion includes views on alcohol around the world, differences in attitude and consumption in Europe vs. […]

Evolution and Growth Potential in the Craft Brewing Industry

Beer is one of the oldest food products in the world. Lawyer and craft brewer Kevin McGee of Anderson Valley Brewing Company explores the excitement of the craft beer industry and gives a brief history from Prohibition to today. He discusses the definition and concept of craft beer, what draws consumers to craft beer, the […]

Pet Food

Manufacturing Pet Food – More That Just for Pets

When you think about it, there are obvious parallels between making pet food and the production of any food products. Stuart Harness discusses how his military background applied to operations management in pet food manufacturing. He talks about the intricacies of operations, the challenges of owning the manufacturing process versus working with a co-manufacturer, the […]

Feeding Fido Got More Expensive

The business of pet food is big business and is taking note of how consumers today treat their pets as members of the family. Eric Lewandowski returns to Food & Beverage Talk to discuss the humanization of pets and how this resonates throughout the pet food industry. From the premiumization of food to brand loyalty […]

Niche

Building a Brand Name – A Love Affair with Chocolate

Chocolate makes the world go round – at least it does for Sarris Chocolates. William Sarris discusses the growth and evolution of a small family chocolate company into a major player in the independent chocolate business, Sarris Chocolates. He discusses the universal love of chocolate, the company’s growth from the family’s basement to a destination […]

The Challenges and Benefits of Moving to Plant-Based Proteins

Combining an entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for the planet and compassion for animals, Brett Christoffel is trying to make Texas the largest plant-based protein producer in the USA while creating a company that also makes money. He discusses the health benefits to people and the planet of plant-based proteins, the manufacturing process, finding the […]

Regenerative Farming – A New Approach to Agriculture

Impact investing can make a difference in regenerative agriculture. Will Harris, a 4th-generation farmer in rural Georgia, talks about the evolution of the beef industry into a vertically integrated food system, the positive impacts of grass-fed beef, and the benefits to animal welfare – areas that are returning to being valued aspects of food production. […]

Bringing a Niche Food Product to the Marketplace

Bringing a niche food product to the marketplace presents unique challenges. Aaron Gailmor goes behind the scenes to talk about making products from sacha inchi seeds that don’t trigger allergies in people allergic to nuts. He discusses the differences between seeds and nuts, how this impacts allergen issues, consumer education, marketing strategies of a niche food […]

What Does It Take To Bring a Small Chocolate Snack To a Large Market?

Building a specialty snack bar company presents challenges and opportunities. Katarzyna Bosne talks about the lessons she has learned in starting and scaling a business producing all-natural nutrition bars made with vegan, no-preservative ingredients. She discusses manufacturing handmade products in-house, the costs and challenges of shipping products that are refrigerated directly to consumers, the distribution […]

How a Start-up Company Is Leading a Snack Food Revolution

Ashley Nickelsen is on a mission to reimagine snacks in vending machines. This is a nutrition-packed conversation about what goes into starting a new functional snack company on a mission to disrupt the snack food industry. Ashley shares her story and the inspiration behind starting BTR NATION, the challenges in being a sole founder, finding […]

From Employee to Owner – A Food & Beverage Tale of Success

What goes into the art of creating a wedding cake? Stephanie Chain, business owner and pastry chef of the micro-bakery Sweet Luncheonette, specializes in creating bespoke wedding cakes. She discusses the health and safety concerns that led to her emphasis on creating sugar flowers for cakes, the specifics about what goes into making custom wedding […]

Cannabis

Everything You Want To Know About the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is a multi-billion-dollar business in California. Nick Brandis reviews everything you want to know about this growing industry. He discusses cannabis forms and related products, types of CBDs and THC, and the many challenges that exist in the industry, from cultivating to marketing, licensing, scalability, payment processing, and the strong illicit market. […]

Cannabis Drinks – The Latest Craze in an Evolving Market

Forget the stigma that still exists around cannabis. Paulo Sobral produces a low-level cannabis beverage without alcohol, and he shares insights into the nuances of the cannabis industry and the complex laws that impact cannabis beverage production. He discusses the differences between THC and CBD, touches on issues around the legalization of cannabis and its […]