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Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva

Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva

July 4, 2022

Angela Zeng is the Founder and CEO of Karviva, a wellness beverage brand. Angela has over 17 years of experience within the functional beverage and juice industry. Her passion for natural healing is rooted in her strong belief in traditional Chinese medicine and herbal sciences. Angela's heritage and passion for Eastern medicine, combined with her education and experience in modern medical research, motivated her to create something new for consumers.

In this episode…

How do you provide wellness through healthy drinks — and run a successful brand?

More people want to consume healthier foods and beverages — and it’s up to entrepreneurs to leverage this. Angela Zeng believes that earth has provided us with an abundance of simple, natural, and nutritious plant-based ingredients — not just to sustain life, but to help it flourish. With this in mind, Angela started her beverage brand to take care of people in a natural way. Now, she’s sharing the challenges and lessons she has learned while running her company.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Angela Zeng, Founder and CEO of Karviva, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey running a successful, healthy beverage brand. Angela explains where the idea for Karviva came from, how to manage food waste, the challenges and lessons she learned maneuvering a young, growing brand in the beverage industry, and the impacts of veganism and plant-based foods on the American diet.

How To Succeed in the Refrigerated Snacks Space Featuring Leigh Keith, Perfect Snacks

How To Succeed in the Refrigerated Snacks Space Featuring Leigh Keith, Perfect Snacks

June 27, 2022

Leigh Keith is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Perfects Snacks, which makes fresh-from-the-fridge protein snacks out of love for optimal health, fitness, and nutrition. Leigh has remained steadfast in building healthy communities from the inside out. In July of 2019, Perfect Snacks gained a majority interest acquisition from Mondelēz International, the global snacking leader. Leigh and Perfect Snacks have been awarded the NEXTY Award from New Hope media, and San Diego Magazine also named Leigh a Woman of the Year finalist.

In this episode…

Do you have what it takes to succeed in the refrigerated snacks sector? At age 19, Leigh Keith started Perfect Snacks with her family. Now, they’ve revolutionized the billion-dollar protein category. How did they do it?

Leigh shares the journey of how Perfect Snacks managed to be successful in creating fresh, grab-and-go snacking options. She says that to succeed in this space, you have to be passionate and expect challenges but have a mindset that every misstep is taking you somewhere.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Leigh Keith, the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Perfect Snacks, to discuss the entrepreneurial journey as a successful refrigerated snacks brand. Leigh talks about Perfect Snacks and some of the challenges of running a business as a young person, their acquisition by Mondelēz International, leadership strategies, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

How to Successfully Run a For-Good, For-Profit Brand Featuring Suz Hernandez, MamaP

How to Successfully Run a For-Good, For-Profit Brand Featuring Suz Hernandez, MamaP

June 20, 2022

Suzan (Suz) Hernandez is the Founder and CEO at MamaP, a CPG brand that strives to make Mama Earth proud by offering affordable, eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products in beauty, health, and home goods. Coupled with an MBA from Indiana University and work experience at leading companies like Nike and P&G, Suz has a passion and drive for blending consumer products with purpose, sustainability, and design. Suz is leading the vision, product innovation, and go-to-market for MamaP. MamaP is a triple bottom-line company — focusing on people, planet, and then profits.

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If we take care of Mother Earth, in turn, she’ll take care of us. So, how do you promote affordable and eco-friendly products?

After becoming aware of the lack of options in the eco-friendly product space, Suz Hernandez founded MamaP. She shares their journey, challenges, and the lessons they’ve learned running MamaP to encourage other brands that it is possible to have a for-good, for-profit brand that’s eco-friendly. Suz believes that together, people have the power to make a difference and put Mother Earth first.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Suz Hernandez, the Founder and CEO of MamaP, to discuss ways to successfully run an eco-friendly brand. Suz explains the reasons why MamaP exists as a for-good, for-profit brand, the challenges and lessons they’ve learned, and how they’re growing and creating change.

Fueling the Path To Feeling Better Featuring Tara Staten, Bulletproof

Fueling the Path To Feeling Better Featuring Tara Staten, Bulletproof

June 13, 2022

Tara Staten is the Marketing Director at Bulletproof, where they believe that the right nutrients can help you tap into your potential. By creating products that fuel a path to greatness, Bulletproof helps you feel your best every day. Tara's passion for delighting customers with better-for-you products motivated her to lead microbiology lab work to develop and market new products in the fast-paced CPG world.

In this episode…

Want to provide healthy food and beverage options? Do you have what it takes to push the boundaries in this field?

Marketing Director at Bulletproof, Tara Staten, shares her entrepreneurial journey of how they challenge the nutrition norms to create healthy products that help people live their best lives. She shares her leadership style, challenges, and lessons she has learned in leading a successful CPG brand. Don’t miss out!

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Tara Staten, the Marketing Director at Bulletproof, to discuss ways to run a healthy, successful food and beverage brand. Tara explains the lessons she has learned that have contributed to her success, the leadership style she uses and how it has evolved with time, the importance of having mentors, and advice to leaders.

Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks

Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks

June 6, 2022

Katrina Borisjuk is the Senior Director of SnackFutures and Intrapreneurial Founder and Lead of Dirt Kitchen Snacks Brands, the first business launched under Mondelēz International's Innovation and Venture hub. Dirt Kitchen Snacks is on a mission to make real veggies irresistibly snackable and help consumers get more veggies into their lives.

Katrina has been with Mondelēz International and its precursor Kraft Foods for over 15 years. Through several roles in the global growth organization, Katrina has had the privilege to travel the world, gaining consumer insights and international experience through project work across both developed and emerging markets, including Western Europe, Russia, China, and Mexico. Katrina’s current role as an intrapreneur has her growing a startup across both e-commerce and brick and mortar retail from the ground up. Prior to joining the food industry, Katrina worked in investment banking for Bear, Stearns, & Co. and Barnett & Partners LLC in New York.

In this episode…

Want to maintain a healthy lifestyle by snacking on veggies? Here’s how one intrapreneur is helping you do so.

With her love for veggies and passion to provide people with healthy options, Katrina Borisjuk founded Dirt Kitchen Snacks. She shares tips on how they came up with a healthy snacking brand of veggies within a multinational established big brand and how they overcame most of their challenges during the process. So, tune in and learn about intrapreneurship and how you can leverage the advantages you have as a startup in a big company. 

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Katrina Borisjuk, the Senior Director of SnackFutures and Intrapreneurial Founder and Lead of Dirt Kitchen Snacks, to discuss her intrapreneurial journey in the healthy foods industry. Katrina explains the value of intrapreneurship and lessons she has learned, the process and challenges they faced launching a startup during the pandemic, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

Tips To Run a Healthy Social Venture Featuring Nina Tickaradze, NADI

Tips To Run a Healthy Social Venture Featuring Nina Tickaradze, NADI

May 30, 2022

Nina Tickaradze is the Founder and CEO of NADI, a certified women-owned enterprise and social venture with a mission to create jobs for displaced refugees. NADI produces organic juices and healthy snacks that are sold in organic grocery stores and supermarkets across the US. NADI’s products are inspired by ancient Georgian health traditions and old family recipes.

Nina is a native of the country of Georgia and was educated primarily in the United States. Nina is the Founder of the Georgia to Georgia Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia. Nina is also the Co-chair of the Atlanta Tbilisi Sister City Committee and builds stronger business and cultural ties between Atlanta and its sister city of Tbilisi, which is the capital of Georgia. Nina is passionate about the ancient culture of the country of her birth and is an advocate for educating others about Georgia’s history, hospitality, and vibrant food and wine scene. Nina is a Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild.

In this episode…

Do you have what it takes to run a social entity and achieve its goals? Social ventures come with their challenges, but the benefits of helping communities far outweigh the difficulties.

Nina Tickaradze runs a social entity with a mission to create job opportunities for refugees, and at the same time, serve people with healthy product options. Through running this company, she has learned that all businesses need to be unique in terms of their products, have funds, and have a purpose if they want to be successful. Business leaders also need to be in entrepreneurial networks to learn and have the support they require. 

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Nina Tickaradze, the Founder and CEO of NADI, to discuss tips on how to successfully run a healthy social venture. Nina explains the challenges of running a social venture and lessons she has learned as a leader, the importance of being in an entrepreneurial group outside of your organization, and her advice to other women leaders.

The Changing World of Allergens Featuring Catherine Jaxon, Mission MightyMe

The Changing World of Allergens Featuring Catherine Jaxon, Mission MightyMe

May 23, 2022

Catherine Jaxon is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Mission MightyMe, a revolutionary food company on a mission to end the food allergy epidemic by making it easy for parents to include peanuts and other common food allergens in their babies’ diets early. Catherine is a mom of three, and her oldest daughter is allergic to most nuts. As a mom who knows what a burden food allergies can be, Catherine is passionate about helping other parents get proactive about preventing them. Prior to founding Mission MightyMe, Catherine was an award-winning journalist with CNN and is still an avid researcher and a journalist at heart.

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Are your kids struggling with food allergies? Would you like to learn proven tips on how to prevent food allergies from infancy?

Food allergies are on a rise, especially in the United States. Studies show that about 50% of kids in the US have food allergies. As parents, how do you prevent these allergies? First, you need to know the types of allergen foods. Next, you have to figure out which food your child is allergic to. And finally, you need a solution. There are products being created to help you as a parent prevent food allergies from kids before it gets worse.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Catherine Jaxon, the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Mission MightyMe, to discuss ways parents can prevent food allergies in their children. Catherine explains the importance of introducing microdoses of the allergen foods into babies’ diets early, the types of allergen foods we have, and the products Mission MightyMe creates to help prevent food allergies.

How To Run a Healthy Brand Featuring Sophia Maroon, Dress It Up Dressing

How To Run a Healthy Brand Featuring Sophia Maroon, Dress It Up Dressing

May 16, 2022

Sophia Maroon is the Founder and CEO of Dress It Up Dressing, a company that offers olive oil-based dressings with gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, paleo, keto and Whole-30-friendly varieties. Since Sophia couldn't find a salad dressing on the market that resembled homemade — and because her brother challenged her — she decided to create Dress It Up Dressing using her mother’s recipe. Sophia is also a filmmaker with three kids.

In this episode…

Dressings should be as healthy as your salad. So, where can you get clean, high-quality, classic-flavored dressings to whip up a delicious and healthy dish?

People need to understand what they are eating — if it’s healthy or not — and that includes the dressing they use on their salad. Sophia Maroon shares her entrepreneurial journey of how she started her dressing and marinades company to provide tips to entrepreneurs on how to run a successful business — and educate people about healthy eating.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Sophia Maroon, the Founder and CEO of Dress It Up Dressing, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in making healthy dressings and marinades for salads. Sophia explains her 10-year journey of scaling Dress It Up Dressing and the mistakes she avoided, the kind of networks an entrepreneur should have to succeed, and her advice to entrepreneurs.

How To Drink Better and Drink Clean Featuring Donna Katz, G’s Hard Ginger Beer

How To Drink Better and Drink Clean Featuring Donna Katz, G’s Hard Ginger Beer

May 9, 2022

Donna Katz is the CEO and Founder of G's Hard Ginger Beer, a company that crafts vibrantly flavorful, absurdly aromatic, refreshing, and memorable dry hard ginger beers that are ready to drink and ready to mix. Donna is an Australian native who moved to Napa Valley, California in 2013. In 2014, Donna began dry-farming a small block of grapevines by hand and making restrained-style wines. Donna started fermenting ginger for her own digestive health, often incorporating foraged and seasonal ingredients. She quickly came to realize she was making beverages she couldn’t buy — ones that had no added sugar or sweeteners and were crafted with only real ingredients.

In this episode…

Are you struggling to find healthy beverages that you can enjoy as a consumer? How can you have a great business catering to these needs as an entrepreneur? What tips can help you achieve these goals on both the consumer and producer side?

Many people nowadays are seeking transparency and cleaner alcohol options to support their active and healthier lifestyles. As an entrepreneur, you should view this as an opportunity to come up with a solution for them. That’s why Donna Katz shares her entrepreneurial journey, tips, and lessons she learned as an entrepreneur — and how people can stay healthy.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Donna Katz, the CEO and Founder of G's Hard Ginger Beer, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in beverages, specifically in the alcohol category. Donna talks about what inspired her to found G’s Hard Ginger Beer, the lessons she has learned developing the company, and the importance of growing through mentorship and industry networks.

Importance of Design Thinking in Innovation Featuring Snehdeep Brar, Lenny & Larry’s

Importance of Design Thinking in Innovation Featuring Snehdeep Brar, Lenny & Larry’s

May 2, 2022

Snehdeep Brar is the Head of Technical Services and R&D at Lenny & Larry’s, a company with a strong purpose of sustaining people's energy throughout the day with clean nutrition — without depriving you of your favorite snacks (like cookies). Snehdeep is a CPG leader with an aim to help businesses achieve targets sustainably, through enabling innovation, commercialization, processes, best practices, and capability building. She has worked with developed and emerging brands like PepsiCo, Century Snacks, and Mars.

In this episode…

What are consumer trends leaning toward in the food and beverage space? How can you gain insight, innovate, and cater to the consumer’s needs?

Life is so precious, and that’s why consumers are turning toward healthier options. The good thing is that a lot of companies are advocates for healthy living, like Lenny & Larry’s, and are exemplary, innovative brands. These successful brands learn from challenges, bring that consumer feedback into the innovation process early on, have conceptual thinking, and are quick to come up with ideas. 

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Snehdeep Brar, the Head of Technical Services and R&D at Lenny & Larry’s, to discuss design thinking in innovation within the world of BFY food and beverage. Snehdeep explains strategies to successfully work in different markets, the tools and tactics she uses to be successful, and advice to people working with different brands.

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