Hear How Food Founders are Launching Growing & Scaling Their Packaged Food & Beverage Brands

Tune in to hear the journey of food founders at various stages of growth in their business. You'll hear how brands got to where they are right now, what the next level of success looks like for them and the good, bad and ugly of being a food founder. 

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Episode 28: Resourcefulness, Passion and Purpose to Fuel Growth

After finding herself overworked and overstressed, Food Founder Megan Riggs quit her ‘good on paper’ job to discover what she really wanted to do. What first led to a juice company eventually led to the creation of Crunchy Hydration, a line of function beverages to help calm and energize you, using ancient principles and adaptogen ingredients.

Megan shares how sharing her story and the mission she is on has helped her find comanufacturing partners, lead to sales and has allowed her to live her purpose. You’ll also hear how Megan stays balanced and grounded while still going all in on her business.

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Episode 27: Launch a product to solve your own problem

Food Founder™ Renee Volchko shares how her regular life of adventure and aiming to eat healthy led to the birth of the idea for Super Salad Bar™. Numerous prototypes later, she went to market with something that is transforming the bar category.

Renee shares how she’s worked over the years to flex her creativity muscle to help her evaluate good ideas from not so great ones and what eventually led her to go all in on Super Salad Bar. She also shares how being open has led to much of her success and I highlight what I think one of her other super powers as a food founder is.

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Episode 26: 3 reasons to focus on branding before sales

In this solo episode I share 3 big reasons to focus on branding if you want to drive more sales for your business. Your brand will help you get on your dream retailers shelves and fly right off of them and this episode will show you how and why to do that. If you have a great product but have been going to market with JFN branding, tune in to see why branding is the solution to your sales problem.

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Episode 25: Using your food product for a larger purpose

Your product can do more than just feed people. It can inform people, bring people together and educate them about causes and give them hope. Hear Food Founder Melis from Ruya share how she’s using the power of coffee and chocolate to educate people about different cultures and inspire people to live the great American dream.

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Episode 24: Building a food business with friends

Hear how Food Founder Chris from Hot Sauce for Everyone has managed growing slowly, steadily and thoughtfully with friends. Chris shares how the company has managed to gain loyal fans, build a look and feel people are drawn to and how they’ve been able to understand who their brand is and isn’t. Chris shares how a group of friends came together to build a food company where everyone can lean into their strengths to make the entire business stronger as a whole. 

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Episode 23: What makes decision making easier

Food Founder Matt from Matt & Steve’s shares how two young bartenders wanted to make a beloved Canadian drink even better. He shares how they went coast to coast showcasing to potential customers how their product was better than what they were currently using. The company has not only revolutionized the way consumers enjoy this Canadian classic drink, they’ve also continued to bring line extensions to support their mission. 

Hear what’s made decision making easier for the company and how they’ve continued to grow sustainably over the years. 

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Episode 22: The advantages of being a small food business

When your product is bigger than you, it’s incredible what you can accomplish. Hear Food Founder Lisa of Kuli Kuli share how her desire to help a community in Africa led her to start Kuli Kuli. It wasn’t an overnight business. And it took her day job boss to push her out of the nest to go full time into the business. But now, it’s lining grocery store shelves and opening up the entire Moringa market. 

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Episode 21: Refreshing an outdated category 

Ideas come from anywhere. In this case, it came from being stuck in an airport. Hear from Food Founder Alisha of Kindroot on how she saw the need for her Adaptogem product in the tired lozenge market. Alisha shares how her brand has been at the heart of her business and how that’s led to lifestyle retailers reaching out to her in an unsuspecting way to list the Kindroot products in their stores. 

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Episode 20: Is the future of food under the sea?

Food Founder CBM is revolutionizing our food system through Kelp. Not only does this superfood do wonders for the body, it does wonders for the planet and those involved in the supply chain too. Hear how Akua used crowdfunding to not only finance their growth, but also create a loyal fan base of Kelpers. Creating a new category of food products isn’t easy, but it sure can be worth it, especially when it’s for a brighter food future. Hear how Akua is doing just that.

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Episode 19: Lessons from 40+ years in the food industry

This food founder story starts in a candy factory. Moves into an airstream and now is in every natural food store you know. 

Food Founder Joel from Edward & Sons shares his 40+ year journey in the food industry. Joel shares what led to his decision to not manufacture products, but instead import and market them under a trusted family brand. In this podcast we talk about how to ride the waves of the food and beverage industry, how to keep putting out products you believe in and a different approach to looking at growth.

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Episode 18: Mindset of a Food Founder

Being a pastry chef and not having a business degree, the food part came easy. Finding mentors, learning from other food founders, taking time outside of the business, and some good old fashioned hustle DNA has helped the Empowered Cookie stay the course as they’ve grown the business. 

Food Founder Natalia Barr shares the journey of what it’s been like to launch in the competitive better for you cookie industry. We dive into the lessons she’s learnt along the way and what keeps her motivated, focused and on track in the good times and the tough times as she grow her food company. 

Natalia shares why delegating, hiring for what you don’t know and surrounding yourself with the right people can help you fast track your food business success.

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Episode 17: Relaunch and revamp your product until it sticks

The idea came in the midst of a marathon. 10 years later, the company has gone through numerous different names and product lines, always delivering on the idea of personalized nutrition 

Food Founder Mark Yount of My Match shares the journey of how the company has had a number of different products over the years all to support the same big vision of personalized nutrition. Mark shares how by being rigid in some areas and flexible in others, they’ve been able to continue to grow and evolve to deliver what the market wants. 

In this episode you’ll be reminded food business success is not a straight line forward, but instead a windy road, driven by the market, retailers, competition and consumers. 

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Episode 16: 300% year over year growth with sustainability at the heart of it all

Food Founder Bella Hughes shares how Shaka Tea has been able to grow their business, focus on sustainability and still offer a better for you, delicious and affordable beverage for all.

Bella shares how she was able to bring the Hawaii native plant of mamaki to the masses through Shaka Tea and what the early stages of the company looked like. Before there was national distribution. Before there were investors. Just a family that wanted to bring the nutritious and delicious mamaki tea leaf to America.

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Episode 15: BMS approach to successful food businesses

This solo episode shares Ainsley's BMS Approach to launching, growing and scaling food and beverage companies. Ainsley shares how this approach to running a food company is what many brands overlook and as a result, their businesses don't reach the heights they want.

Success leaves clues and Ainsley points you to some of these clues in this final episode of Season 1 of the Food Founders Podcast.

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Episode 14: 5th generation maple farmers bring innovation to the beverage category

Food Founder Chas Smith from SAP! Beverages shares how a family tradition of serving maple to the Vermont region eventually led them to being featured on Shark Tank and lining Whole Foods shelves. Hear this found founder story of how a family business grew and evolved over the years and how the company stayed tapped in to what consumer's wanted and needed.

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Episode 13: Gain a loyal following in a niche market

Food Founder Steven Williams from TranzFuse shares how they've niched down to own a unique segment of the hydration space and how they've put a stake in the ground around why they're better than all the other hydration alternatives. Steve shares great advice for food founders who are looking to compete in a competitive industry, how to work on owning a niche and how to grow a beverage brand.

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Episode 12: How this food company runs 100% on solar power

Hear Food Founder Sabine Schoenknecht from Lucky Bee Homestead share how they've been able to run their business through the use of 100% solar energy, how they delight customers with a wide range of skus and why you should always chase your dreams.

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Episode 11: Restaurant recipe to lining grocery store shelves

Food Founder Mariam Elghani shares the journey of how Garlic Goodness went from a beloved dip at her family's restaurant to now lining grocery store shelves. Mariam opens up about how she's managing growth and distribution and how she's learned to not focus on serving everyone with her product, but instead, focus on those who she knows loves it.

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Episode 10: Why being nimble is key to your success with Lumen

Hear Food Founder Yasir Hashim from Lumen share how this company has constantly stayed plugged into what their customers want, how they've had to pivot their products and their launches and how they're creating a whole new category in the wellness beverage space.

Lumen talks about some core elements that lead to successful food founders and gives advice that will help your business grow no matter what stage you're at.

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Episode 9: Start before you're ready with Georgian Bay Spirits

Hear Food Founder Tim Keenleyside from Georgian Bay Spirits share the journey of how he went from having an idea for a brand to pitching it before it was ready. Tim shares how Georgian Bay Spirits has been able to grow by surrounding themselves with great people and how a single piece of PR lead to the brand going viral.

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Episode 8: Starting for the right reasons

Food Founder Kamlesh Korat shares the early stages of growth for Munchy Pops. He dives into why starting for the right reasons is so important and how they're managing production and growth right now.

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Episode 7: Turning problems into profits with MilkBliss

Hear Food Founder Jessica Ciraulo from MilkBliss share how by solving a need in her own life, she was able to create a product and a brand that helps moms all across the country. Jessica shares what's helped her grow her business and what's up next for this growing company.

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Episode 6: Moving from natural to mainstream with Nud Fud

Hear Food Founder Julia Cirouac share how Nud Fud has moved from the natural to mainstream grocery channel, and what she wishes she'd done earlier in her food founder journey.

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Episode 5: How Ugly Drinks is disrupting the beverage industry

Food Founder Hugh Thomas shares how Ugly Drinks is disrupting the largest sectors of the beverage industry. Hear how they've managed becoming an international beverage brand, how they've deeply connect with consumers every step of the way and how purpose fuels everything they do.

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Episode 4: Surrounding yourself with the right people with Nine Spoons Soups

Food Founders Jennifer Ferone & Joe Becker share how they're bringing a family recipe to market through Nine Spoons Soups. Hear how they got early traction from retailers, what partnerships helped them grow and who they have been as a team to bring this delicious tasting product into a full scale business.

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Episode 3: Why cash is king when you're growing your food business with Snooze

Hear Rick Ross from Snoooze share how the company is revolutionizing the sleep industry and what they're doing to manage their growth and profitability. From constantly testing the product with consumers, to delivering it in the package that delivers on the brand message, Snoooze is building not just a product but a whole new category.

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Episode 2: How leading with heart took Mother Raw from 300 to 5,500 stores in 3 years

Leading with heart is at the core of how Kristi Knowles has led the growth of Mother Raw. Through her leadership, this small and nimble team has been able to build a breakthrough brand and grow from 300-5,500 stores in 3 short years. Hear the challenges they've had to overcome to reach this growth and how they're managing this next phase of growth.

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Episode 1: The key to product success? Get early feedback with Eat Nice Foods

Paul Cantagallio shares the Food Founder journey of Eat Nice Foods and how they're bringing flexitarian families together for meal time. Hear how Eat Nice Foods got early feedback from consumers that lead to a winning product formula and how they're tackling the next stage of business growth - raising capital.

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Episode 0: Welcome to the Food Founders Podcast

Welcome to the Food Founders Podcast! In this episode you'll hear why this is THE podcast for packaged food and beverage companies that want to launch, grow or scale their brand. You'll hear why the show was started, some background about your host, Ainsley Moir and what to expect from upcoming episodes.

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