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53 How to Define Your Restaurant’s Values and Company Culture

On this episode of The Barron Report, Host Paul Barron speaks with Doug Radkey, strategist, consultant, speaker, author, Foodable contributor and founding partner of Key Restaurant Group. In this Skype interview, the two discuss some of the most influential decisions you will make for your restaurant.


52 Building the Right Marketing Plan for 2019

Host Paul Barron sat down with The Restaurant Coach, Donald Burns to explore some of 2019’s key marketing tips to employee for your restaurant as we discuss the issue around Price and why it is much more than what is on your menu, all the way to Promotion and what new tactics are working and what is not.


51 Getting to Know Jim Berman, Host of Foodable's Newest Podcast: Chef AF

In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron sits down with Chef Jim Berman, a longtime Foodable Expert Contributor currently working as a corporate chef. Berman is the host of Foodable’s newest podcast show—Chef AF, It’s All Food!


50 How the Emerging Brand Urbane Cafe Plans to Conquer the Fast Casual Bakery Category

Many brand leaders today are faced with the decision to either upgrade their financial partners or to continue on their own. Tom Holt of Urbane Cafe, saw value in forging a partnership and decided to team up with Industry Veterans Andrew and Peggy Cherng, the co-founders of the Chinese fast food chain Panda Express, to grow the brand. Urbane Cafe has quickly become a California staple for guests seeking out high quality products at a great value.


49 Cooper’s Hawk Partners with the SAG Awards To Increase Brand Awareness

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron speaks with Emily Wines, master sommelier & vice president of wine and beverage experiences at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. In this Skype interview, the two discuss the latest feat for the winery, partnering with the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, and how to utilize partnerships to increase brand awareness.


48 Top Wine Trends to Expect in 2019

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by Emily Wines, master sommelier & vice president of wine and beverage experiences at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. The two discuss wine trends, understanding your wine menu, and what bar operators and owners should expect for 2019.


47 The Future of Edibles in the U.S. and Canada

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by Nancy Whiteman, founder and CEO of Wana Brands, the leading edibles company in the Colorado medical marijuana industry in terms of quality, consistency, and potency. The two discuss future innovations, laws, and potential brands entering the marijuana industry.


46 How to Find the Prime Location for Your Restaurant Startup or Brand in 2019

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by Tim Forrest, Senior Advisor and CEO of Tim Forrest Consulting, to discuss the latest trends in restaurant real estate and how an operator should select a site.


45 The State of Social Media with Ted Rubin

On today’s episode of The Barron Report, we are in the studio with Ted Rubin, social media strategist, speaker, and author of several books, including “The Age of Influence: Selling to the Digitally Connected Consumer” to talk social media marketing strategy in the ever-changing digital landscape.


44 How Sweetgreen is Becoming the Next Fast Casual Unicorn

On this episode of the Barron Report Live, host Paul Barron discusses which wing-focused restaurant brand is taking on pizza for the next Super Bowl, the fire sale of Diageo’s liquor brands, and how Sweetgreen becoming the next food unicorn in the fast casual industry.


43 How Pei Wei’s Clean-Label Initiative is Pushing Menu Transparency in the Restaurant Industry

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by Chief Marketing Officer of Pei Wei, Brandon Solano, to discuss Pei Wei’s clean-label initiative and supply chain challenges that go along with it.


42 Restaurant Traffic is Down by Almost 30 Percent

In this episode of The Barron Report Live, Paul discusses the multiple headlines announcing the store closures of popular restaurant brands, the changing landscape in the restaurant reservation app space, and SoftBank's big investment in Zume Pizza.


41 Have Amazon Go and UberEats become a Threat to Restaurant Operators?

Operators have always had to compete in the market with other concepts, but in today's market, there are a new set of power players ready to steal your customers. Enter Amazon. Amazon, like the fast casual segment, is catering to the on-the-go consumer with its cashier-less Amazon Go stores, many of which offer grab-and-go food options. These stores have become the most popular during the workweek, especially at lunchtime.


40 Bellacosa Wine Co. is All About Lifestyle and Consumer Experience

Bellacosa which translates to mean a “beautiful thing” in Spanish, is the name of a winery that focuses on the beautiful life experiences it can bring to those who drink it. On this special episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by President & CEO of Bellacosa Wine, Dan Cohn, in our live podcast studio set to discuss current wine trends and Cohn’s groundswell tactics.


39 Millennial Food Founders Create Specialty RTD Super Coffee Brand KITU Life

With millennial coffee consumption up 41% this year, according to Foodable Labs, it only makes sense that the world's first enhanced RTD coffee drink is lead by millennials themselves: brothers Jordan, Jake, and Jim DeCicco. On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron discusses with Jordan the specialty beverage market, and how he provided a solution to a gap in the specialty beverage market at such a young age.


38 How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability

On this episode of The Barron Report, Jen VanDewater, Vice President of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation, sits down with our host Paul Barron to discuss how a large company like Rich’s is addressing concerns over clean labeling and authenticity in their products, among other topics.


37 Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron speaks with CEO, Kim Sanchez Rael and Chief Creative Officer, Ron Silver of Azuca, on how their company’s unique technology is developing the latest CBD Trends.


36 Female-Led Funding Startup AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host Paul Barron speaks with Jordan Gaspar, co-founder of AccelFoods, and Susan Chen, CEO of Soozy’s, a frozen, gluten-free baked good product company that has partnered with the female-led venture capitalist group in order to grow its business.


35 Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

After a quick stint at law school, Hunter Pond decided his true passion laid with the restaurant business. “I just felt this gravitational pull to the industry and it was strong enough... [that] I dropped out of law school after one semester,” said Pond. “...It was a rough three months trying to convince everybody that this was the right move for me.” On this episode of The Barron Report, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Hunter Pond, CEO of East Hampton Sandwich Co. to learn how this...


34 Amazon Go to Threaten 70 Billion Fast Casual Segment

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron analyzes the aggressive move Amazon is making in the foodservice industry. Amazon plans to open up to 3,000 of its cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores by the year 2021, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. The tech giant's brick-and-mortar concept Amazon Go currently has three stores open, two in Seattle and one in Chicago.