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Just a Taste - Episode 40: Aviva Paley of Kitchens for Good

9/12/2018
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Aviva Paley, Senior Director and Co-Founder of Kitchens for Good, shares how her company is breaking the cycles of food waste, hunger, and poverty through innovate solutions in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise.

Duration:00:22:35

Just a Taste - Episode 39: Abby Prior of Bright Farms

8/29/2018
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Abby Prior, Vice President of Marketing at BrightFarms, discusses her companies mission to improve the health of the planet and the health of society by bringing more local produce to more people nationwide. Find out how BrightFarms is using less water, less shipping fuel and less land than industrialized produce companies while also providing a more nutritious and better tasting product.

Duration:00:29:33

Just a Taste - Episode 38: Dianna Lovett Founder of Cocomama

8/15/2018
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Dianna Lovett, Founder of Cocomama, discusses her lifelong love affair of chocolate and her big hearted wish for a world in which delicious treats could be enjoyed with peace of mind. Lovett wanted to create a company that would utilize only ethically responsible cocoa while supporting small-scale farmers. She traveled the world from West Africa to Central America to find the perfect beans and discovered FUNDOPO, an Organic, Fair Trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic.

Duration:00:24:28

Just a Taste - Episode 37: Mark Tilsen of Tanka

8/2/2018
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Mark Tilsen President and Co-Founder of Native American Natural Foods, the innovator of the first national meat snack bar, Tanka Bar, joins our podcast. Tilsen explains how the Tanka Bar is helping break the social, economic, and political isolation of the Indian reservation where it is produced and how buffalo meat is healthier and more environmentally sustainable than beef.

Duration:00:24:58

Just a Taste - Episode 36: Baxter Holmes of ESPN

7/18/2018
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ESPN Writer Baxter Holmes joins the “Just a Taste” podcast to discuss his James Beard Award winning article titled “The NBA’s Secret Addiction”. This article explores how PB&J sandwiches became a favorite snack for players and teams across the league. It also dives into the level of devotion they had to this childhood favorite, from grilling the sandwiches to having full on buffets with multiple jams and condiments.

Duration:00:17:17

Just a Taste - Episode 35: Maura Judkis of the Washington Post

7/5/2018
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Washington Post Reporter, Maura Judkis, joins us to open eyes on the problem of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry and also discuss lighthearted topics like the dining habits of millennials. Judkis explains how and why sexual harassment became so prevalent in restaurants and what is being done, or unfortunately not being done, now that it has been exposed. On a very different note, she reveals how millennial dining habits are shaping the food industry.

Duration:00:27:07

Just a Taste - Episode 34: Chef Melissa Mayo

6/20/2018
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Celebrity chef, yoga fanatic, mom, wife and word traveler, Melissa Mayo, shares her unique experiences and beliefs on this week’s episode of Just a Taste. Mayo discusses a wide range of topics that include her journey from accountant to celebrity chef, how thoughts can sculpt your health and the excitement of opening her dream cooking school in Tuscany.

Duration:00:27:12

Just a Taste - Episode 33: Mike Cockrell of Sanderson Farms

6/6/2018
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Mike Cockrell, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Sanderson Farms – the 3rd largest poultry producer in the United States – explains how honest business practices and honest relationships has led to their success. Cockrell speaks with expertise and insight since he has experienced it all at Sanderson farms. From their humble beginnings as a small chicken hatchery in rural Mississippi to their perch atop the poultry world producing 4.5 billion pounds of chicken each year, gain valuable...

Duration:00:40:54

Just a Taste – Episode 32: Domonic Biggi of Beaverton Foods

5/23/2018
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In a world where lean, successful companies are often bought out by massive conglomerates, Beaverton Foods, a condiments business founded in 1929, has remained true to its roots of being a family-owned business with a focus on producing quality products and taking good care of its associates. The CEO of Beaverton Foods, Domonic Biggi, speaks with ChefsBest on this episode of Just a Taste about the company’s humble beginnings during the Great Depression as well as what business is like today....

Duration:00:21:53

Just a Taste – Episode 31: Stefan Gates, the Gastronaut

5/3/2018
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Stefan Gates is an author, TV presenter, and self-proclaimed “gastronaut” who is obsessed with the strange and adventurous stories behind food and digestion. His interest in food began while he was attending Oxford University. As a poor college student, he couldn’t exactly afford to take a date out to a nice place, so naturally he learned to cook. Later, he got fed up with wimpy food writing and decided to try this sort of writing out for himself, and voila! He found his passion...

Duration:00:29:10

Just a Taste – Episode 30: Patrick Bultema of FoodMaven

4/25/2018
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With hundreds of billions of dollars lost each year to food waste, the food system has a serious oversupply issue. Food waste continues to be a massive problem while 68% of farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy and 42 million Americans are food insecure. Notice the discrepancy here? So does FoodMaven. Lots of people have tried to solve the food waste problem, but FoodMaven’s model, which is currently running out of and will be expanding from Colorado, is different. After all, the startup...

Duration:00:26:08

Just a Taste – Episode 29: Phil Lempert of SupermarketGuru.com

4/11/2018
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Phil Lempert, cleverly known as the Supermarket Guru®, has been identifying impending trends in the food and beverage industry for over 25 years. In this episode of Just a Taste, we learn what started Phil down his path, trends such as intelligent search engines that are re-shaping the industry, and what consumers these days are really after when grocery shopping. We also discourse on the importance of taste to the consumer, how we really ought to listen to millennials instead of bashing...

Duration:00:35:51

Just a Taste – Episode 28: Joshua Sigel of Innit

3/28/2018
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Think about your oven and your refrigerator for a second. What do these items have in common? For one, they’re kitchen appliances. Less obviously, though, they often lack the ability to connect to the Internet of Things and your phone, in particular. Innit is seeking to change this reality. Speaking with Josh Sigel, Chief Operating Officer at the newly launched startup, we learn about the need for bringing digital conveniences into the kitchen through a common platform. Through the Innit...

Duration:00:30:53

Just a Taste – Episode 27: Cathy Davis of Feeding America

3/14/2018
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41 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t know for sure if they’ll have their next meal. Despite its high prevalence domestically, hunger is often stigmatized and, thus, not talked about. With so many people lacking awareness of food insecurity, Cathy Davis joined Feeding America as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer to help shed light on the issue. She explains how, as the third largest nonprofit in the nation, Feeding America is a powerful and efficient...

Duration:00:27:41

Just a Taste – Episode 26: David Ziegler-Voll of Marketing by Design

2/28/2018
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When you think of really fun store brand packaging, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It would be no surprise if “Trader Joe’s” was your answer as the mostly private label grocer has long been a leader in creating interesting, clever designs out of packaging that could easily be very basic. In this episode, we speak with David Ziegler-Voll, who was formerly Trader Joe’s Senior Package Designer for ten years and is now Creative Director at Marketing by Design. Having designed about...

Duration:00:27:03

Just a Taste – Episode 25: Bret Thorn of Nation’s Restaurant News

2/14/2018
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As someone who keeps close tabs on the restaurant industry, Bret Thorn, Senior Food Editor for Nation’s Restaurant News, has tried fares ranging from fermented Icelandic shark to Japanese shrimp ganglia. In this podcast, he shares his knowledge on foodservice operations and trends. We learn that being a chef is now “sexy,” that restaurants are increasingly sourcing locally, and where to find the best affordable foods when eating out.

Duration:00:25:26

Just a Taste – Episode 24: Don Larson of Sunshine Nut Co

2/7/2018
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Don Larson was once a highly successful executive at Hershey with a Porsche and a hot air balloon. But disillusioned with corporate life, he sold all his toys and, together with his wife and youngest child, moved to Mozambique to offer hope to one of the world’s poorest countries. Sunshine Nut Co was born out of a vision to help orphans, widows, and everyday people struggling in poverty through offering them the opportunity to work their way out of poverty, giving them a hand up – not a...

Duration:00:34:31

Just a Taste – Episode 23: Mark Mallardi of New Hope Network

1/17/2018
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Mark Mallardi is Executive Director of Strategic Development for the NEXT Data & Insights division of New Hope Network, which combines proprietary knowledge and deep industry expertise to help brands understand and identify opportunities within the natural food and beverage landscape. In this podcast, we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the company’s operations, as Mark describes the steps it took when creating a comprehensive blueprint for bringing one South American super fruit to the...

Duration:00:51:55

Just a Taste – Episode 22: Christopher Durham of My Private Brand

12/13/2017
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From meeting consumer demand to stretch dollars during the Great Recession to now helping retailers differentiate themselves, store-owned brands have seen notable growth in recent years. In this episode, Christopher Durham, private brands expert and president of My Private Brand, walks us through the evolution, current state, and possible future of private brands. We also explore such topics as how millennials affect the store brand trend and which marketing strategies work for store brands.

Duration:00:33:15

Just a Taste - Episode 21: Adam Beane & Erik Havlick of Conagra

12/6/2017
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How do two previously competing brands come together to build off one another’s strengths? In this podcast, Adam Beane, senior brand manager of Conagra’s protein snacking group, and Erik Havlick, co-founder and VP of sales for Thanasi Foods, provide firsthand insight into this question as their category-sharing brands – Slim Jim, Duke’s Smoked Meats, DAVID Seeds, and BIGS Seeds – now fall under the same umbrella following Conagra’s acquisition of Thanasi Foods. Our guests also dive into the...

Duration:00:34:27