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ContenderCast with Justin Honaman

Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and Consumer Industries entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. The ContenderCast is the top global Consumer Industries entrepreneurship podcast. Justin is a digital commerce leader, author, communicator, and Consumer Products / Retail industry thought-leader based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information and guest access, visit contendercast.com. Every winner started as a contender!
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Nov 28, 2022

At Coppa Cocktails they help bring people together in celebration of life, love and friends with the most delicious cocktails on the planet. Their irresistible range of ready-to-drink-cocktails is created together with award-winning mixologists. By challenging the conventions of how high-quality cocktails are served, Coppa Cocktails becomes the obvious choice for premium cocktails, made easy. Just pour your favorite Coppa Cocktails in your glass of choice over ice and enjoy! Jose Chao, President and CEO Americas, joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand.

Nov 24, 2022

Jelly Belly Candy Company is a seventh-generation family business, and the inspiration for Jelly Belly Sparkling Water came at a Mother's Day party where members of the family had gathered to celebrate. From there, five Jelly Belly Candy Company family members banded together to start Joffer Beverage Company, including three sixth-generation brothers – Justin, Ben, and Stephen Joffer – and two fifth-generation members, Andy and Becky Joffer (sister to Lisa Brasher, Jelly Belly Candy Company CEO). Jelly Belly launched with eight fresh and fun flavors: French Vanilla, Lemon Lime, Orange Sherbet, Piña Colada, Pink Grapefruit, Tangerine, Very Cherry and Watermelon. Each flavor has only two ingredients: carbonated water and natural flavors with zero sugar, zero calories and zero sweeteners. Stephen joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing beverage brand!

Nov 21, 2022

Inspired by their love of travel, adventure, and flavor from around the world. UNiTE Food bars are anything but basic. They are shaking up the run-of-the-mill bar aisle – uniting globally inspired flavors with wholesome, gluten-free ingredients and superfoods for a nourishing, snack. Founder and CEO Clara Paye joins Justin to discuss this booming, bold, and bright bar brand!

Nov 17, 2022

IZO is a collection of Mexican spirits handcrafted in Durango, Sonora and Tequila, Mexico. Their company was born out of a desire to bring their heritage and tradition, found in every bottle of IZO, according to traditional ancestral methods. Co-founder Gaston Martinez joins Justin to discuss this growing spirits brand.

Nov 14, 2022

At Recess, there are two paths to calm. Stress exists as both a feeling in our minds and a physiological response in our bodies. That’s why they made Recess: two distinct paths to a single destination. Recess balancing CBD blend and Mood mood-lifting magnesium blend. Founder and CEO Ben Witte joins Justin to discuss this growing beverage brand!

Nov 10, 2022

Variety is the spice of life. Try Theo’s salty, smokey, and sweet plant-based (aka Beet) jerky! Co-founders Theo Mourad and Aaron Brodkey join Justin to discuss this new jerky brand!

Nov 7, 2022

Francesca Hahn is Vice President, U.S. Digital Commerce and Direct to Consumer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2021 net revenues of approximately $29 billion.  Mondelēz International makes and sells primarily snacks, with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, Ritz, belVita, Cadbury and Toblerone chocolate, Sour Patch Kids candy, Trident gum, and HALLS. Francesca has been a global leader in Sales Transformation and Customer Leadership roles for more than twenty years.  She partners to drive business results by leading multi-functional teams and managing change in fast-paced environments. And today, she joins Justin to discuss ecommerce, direct-to-consumer, the industry and more!

Nov 4, 2022

obVus brings solutions to help you work, live and achieve great posture everywhere. From ergonomic products like their laptop tower stand, Bluetooth folding keyboard, and posture chair to their new ergonomic desk, obVus is innovating. Founder and CEO Ken Rosenblood joins Justin to discuss this innovative brand!

Nov 3, 2022

Solely was founded as a way to help kids in the community gain easy access to fresh fruit. Solely noticed that for many children, fresh fruit was scarce and kids were loading up on cheap processed foods at home and in school. The idea was simple: create a real fruit bite with the fewest possible ingredients to replace sugar filled, highly processed snacks. It needed to retain the nutritional benefits of whole fresh fruit, but without added sugar, additives, preservatives or chemicals. CEO Simon Sacal joins Justin to discuss this leading fruit snack brand!

Oct 31, 2022

Junkless Foods makes chewy granola bars that moms approve and kids love! Made with simple and real ingredients, such as wildflower honey, whole grain rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, molasses, and other wholesome ingredients, all JUNKLESS chewy granola bars have less sugar than half a medium-sized banana. And the best news yet? With the small business’ recent increase in distribution to all Walmart stores nationwide, these better-for-you, great tasting snack bars are sure to be available at a store near you. Founder and CEO Ernie Pang joins Justin to discuss this booming bar brand!

 

Oct 28, 2022

Nationally recognized Chef and Restaurant owner K.C. (Kristopher) Gulbro’s passion for food came at an early age, working in the restaurant industry since he was sixteen and holding every position from dishwasher to line cook. After years of mastering his skills in the restaurant and hospitality industry, K.C. and his father Curt, opened the doors to FoxFire restaurant in 2003. Being in business for over 18 years, the FoxFire family prides itself on investing in their employees and community, while being able to adapt and persevere through difficult times. In April of 2021, despite the previous year’s closures and lockdowns, K.C. and his award winning team persisted and opened his second venture, Copper Fox, a pub and banquet hall. Gulbro continues to incorporate his own style, creating unique savory dishes, and offering an exceptional dine-in experience. K.C. joins Justin to discuss the restaurant business and building a brand!

Oct 27, 2022

Eating without restrictions should be the norm! Growing up with food allergies and limitations Patrick Manning knows how challenging this can be. As an active person, he was trying to find protein bars and snacks that worked with his allergies. He realized there was a lack of solid nutritional protein bars on the market that he could eat. After a full year and a half of making protein bars in his kitchen, altering, changing ingredients and formulation, he finally created a top 8 allergy friendly protein bar that can be enjoyed by anyone around the world. Patrick joins Justin to discuss this new bar brand!

Oct 24, 2022

Meet Siwen Deng (CTO) and Jessica Schwabach (CEO). Siwen grew up in a rural agricultural town, where she got her passion for food safety and the environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and Pathology and recently completed her PhD in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She loves scientific exploration. For her, creating healthy, innovative meat alternatives and food systems that sustainably meet protein demands is a dream come true. And together, they launched Sundial Foods! Jessica joins Justin to discuss the plant-based meat industry and their innovative product!

Oct 21, 2022

Simply Delish’s mission is to create delicious, healthy, desserts that can be enjoyed every day, everywhere by everyone. Simply Delish is dedicated to creating a global brand that stands for healthy desserts, excellent customer service, and is distributed through retail, direct to consumer, foodservice, and other channels of distribution worldwide. They are committed to building a strong global community with their customers, their partners and their employees to bring the healthiest most delicious dessert to the world. CEO and founder Martin Pamensky joins Justin to discuss this “delicious” brand!

Oct 19, 2022

Real life isn’t a stock photo… so maybe we're not all enjoying Sip Herbals on a deck, looking over a lake, with a dog at our feet. In fact, maybe we’re grabbing a thermos to take to the office, or sneaking it in between feeding kids and cats. Maybe we’re enjoying a mid-afternoon break, getting up from our desk to enjoy the process of brewing a cup. Or maybe we’re guzzling it down in the car. Doesn’t matter. All the ways we loved our coffee, we now love our Sip Herbals. Co-founder Orleatha Smith joins Justin to discuss this coffee brand!

Oct 17, 2022

Petaluma offers dog food made from plants to provide complete nutrition with a smaller environmental footprint. Their food is veterinarian-designed and made with sustainable ingredients to provide the best care for both your dog and the planet. Co-founder Garrett Wymore joins Justin to discuss this growing pet food brand!

Oct 13, 2022

BeeFree evolved from Jennifer Wiese’s desire to bake tasty gluten and dairy free treats for her son. Treats that would help with his autism and would allow him the pleasure of being a kid. Navigating the world without gluten/dairy is no easy task. So, with the help of her mother (aka Queen Bee) she set to work converting their favorite recipes. Once a recipe passed the discriminating tastes of a house full of teenage boys, she knew they had a winner. Jennifer joins Justin to discuss her Warrior Mix!

Oct 10, 2022

Ronda Brittian was raised in a very entrepreneurial, food centered home. Her father, Ron, a true visionary who combined his love of cooking with an engaging spirit, and her mother, Carol, the loving backbone of the home along with Grandparents, who brought their rich traditions of Mexico from one side and true Southern Homestyle Cooking from the other, helped plant the seeds of culinary creativity in her younger years. Their products can be purchased on their website www.rondasfinefoods.com , on Amazon.com, or 500+ retails outlets in 43 states. Ronda joins Justin to discuss launching Ronda’s Fine Foods!

Oct 6, 2022

In 2002, David Parker founded Benchmark Wine Group after having a successful history of high-tech ventures. With a unique blend of talents, plus wine and high-tech industry contacts, he has succeeded in bridging the gap between high-quality wine producers and well-informed fine wine collectors and connoisseurs. An avid wine collector, David has been involved in the wine industry since 1987 owning commercial vineyards in Geyserville, California and in the Eola Hills of Oregon. David joins Justin to discuss this leading wine marketplace brand!

Oct 3, 2022

From growing up on an Iowa farm to spending decades in corporate America, Eileen Gannon has always had a passion for baking, winning over 600 culinary awards. Now, she’s putting all her best-kept secrets into Sunday Night Foods to share her delectable sauces and recipes. Eileen joins Justin to share the secrets behind her new delicious brand!

Sep 29, 2022

People have used seaweed for food and medicinal purposes for millennia. Many scientists even believe our evolution from primitive ancestor to modern homo sapien wouldn’t have been possible without seaweed’s micronutrients (iodine, zinc) and fatty acids which enabled human cognitive development. And a growing body of research shows that in regions with seaweed-heavy diets, people live longer, healthier lives. Founder and CEO Sachi Singh joins Justin to discuss this “growing” brand!

Sep 26, 2022

Buoy doesn’t use ingredients linked to inflammation and disease like sugar, stevia, dextrose, natural flavors and artificial dyes and oils – even if they're organic. They made Buoy purposefully unsweetened and unflavored with just the essential minerals and nutrients needed to replenish, restore and refresh. Co-founder and CMO Eddie Zelenak joins Justin to discuss this booming drops brand.

Sep 22, 2022

The Run-A-Ton Group, Inc. family of brands was founded by Doon Wintz’ father, Bob Wintz, in 1972 as a conventional baked goods company. In 1978 he pioneered the concept of bringing natural foods to Northeast supermarket consumers. By the early ‘90’s they were thinking about how to merge their passion for baked and natural foods to bring better-tasting options to the table. Believing that consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice their taste standards for their ingredient standards, they launched Wholly Wholesome in 1996. Since then, the business has grown along with their lines of products. Doon joins Justin to discuss this leading food brand!

Sep 19, 2022

Made in small batches and handcrafted in copper kettles, Blissfully Better's Almond Toffee, Crunchy Quinoa Toffee, Caramel, Coconut, and Mint Thins are the perfect indulgence. Certified Organic and sweetened only with low glycemic coconut nectar, our confections are Blissfully Better for you and your taste buds! Shop today on the Blissfully Better site with this code to save 20%:  PodcastJH20. Founder Bonnie Boroian joins Justin to discuss this growing food brand.

Sep 16, 2022

Adam Albrecht, Founder & CEO of The Weaponry, an advertising and ideas agency, offers a broad range of useful ways to become a better professional and human through bite-sized stories of his own learnings. By reading the 80 pieces of wisdom (plus a bonus!) in this delightful book, you’ll gain perspective-altering ideas, gather thought-provoking suggestions for life and work, acquire reliable techniques for personal growth, take steps toward self-improvement by asking questions like “why not me?”, remember why and how to engage in positive thinking, engage the power of useful habits like blocking your time and exercising regularly, set your alarm a little earlier in the morning and go to bed a little earlier at night, and have the confidence and resources to see your goals through to their best outcomes. Adam joins Justin to discuss a wide range of purpose-built topics!

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