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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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Jul 4, 2022
Barb, co-founded by Sheena Lister and Megan Andrews, creates hair styling products for women, non-binary and trans people, or anyone who expresses themselves through short hair (Aka: Barbs). Sheena and Megan have had short hair for 15+ years. Before Barb, they were faced with an industry where nearly all short hair products were made for and marketed to men. So in 2021, they launched Barb to provide products and community for those who have been under-represented and under-served in the traditional haircare space. Barb's core customers are ages 25 to 45, and the brand sells nationwide via thebarbshop.com. They also work with a growing number of wholesale partners in salons across the country. They joins Justin to discuss this stylish brand!
Jun 30, 2022

Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. creates foods that bring freedom and joy back to those on restorative diets. Their line of baking mixes is G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R! Co-founders Kerry Brown and Heather McDonough join Justin to introduce this new and growing brand.

Jun 27, 2022

Avoid Waste + Season Meaningfully = A.W.S.M. AWSM Sauce is the world's first guilt-free sauce brand - AWSM delivers the best sweet and savory condiment ingredients right to your door for a convenient and eco-conscious way to enjoy your favorite meals. At AWSM, they prioritize three things: Taste, Sustainability, and Satisfaction. With a keen focus on these key values, they have successfully revolutionized the food industry while cutting down on cumbersome kitchen clutter. Co-founders Paul Lehmann and Carl Starkey join Justin to discuss this “awesome” brand!

Jun 23, 2022

From beer importer to Shark Tank success story, Boost Oxygen CEO Rob Neuner hasn’t had the most traditional career path. After all, a “canned oxygen” business isn’t the easiest concept to explain to doubtful customers and retailers. But in a matter of 15 years, he and his unwavering staff have managed to turn an airy idea into the #1 most trusted brand of supplemental oxygen on the market. Rob joins Justin to discuss this differentiated brand.

Jun 20, 2022

EZMILK is a natural, filling trail mix for breastfeeding and nursing moms made with just five ingredients, including almonds, raisins, organic pumpkin seeds, organic watermelon seeds and fennel seeds to help support a mom on her breastfeeding journey. Nourishing and delicious, EZMILK is naturally free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, added sugars and fenugreek. Founder Cynthia Nambiar joins Justin to discuss this new brand.

Jun 16, 2022
Flyers was born from a thirst to relish life without compromise - inspired by wanderlust thrill seekers, for those who desire the best. Tired of sacrificing days and mental wellbeing to dreaded hangovers, the Flyers guys took matters into their own hands (and mouths) to seek a better choice. A choice beyond the ties of alcohol - one that has lower calories, has more natural ingredients, still gives a sense of buzz while being crafted by world-class mixologists and, is completely hangover-proof. They have crafted Flyers to give the people what they want - a good time without any compromise. Co-founders Damon Gorrie and Craig (Lewie) Lewis join Justin to discuss this hot new beverage brand!
Jun 13, 2022

Bacon makes everything taste better. It is the ultimate food! But did you know there’s a way to enjoy the taste of bacon that actually makes it even ultimate-er? TBJ Gourmet Bacon Jam is made with real bacon, brown sugar, and caramelized onions to create a delicious spread, dip, and marinade all in one. Each jar is full of enough sweet ‘n’ savory flavor to transform even the simplest snack into a feast that’ll have you coming back for seconds! Co-founder Mike Oraschewsky joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Jun 9, 2022
Stewart’s Enterprises (SEI) is an alcohol beverage business based in the United States. SEI successfully launched Stewart’s Spiked Seltzer in February 2021. Under a global license, SEI also launched Hard Rock Seltzers in July 2021 and Hard Rock Read-to-Drink (RTD) cocktails in December 2021. SEI also holds the exclusive license to distribute the post-social replenishment drink, Bounce Back, in the United States. Tony Gaines, CEO of Stewart’s Enterprises, Inc. joins Justin to discuss this hot beverage brand!
Jun 6, 2022
Giannuzzi Lewendon plays an active role over the life span of a consumer product company, from the beginning of an idea to growing the company to a successful exit, and beyond. Their team has served as counsel to a vast array of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and founders in the food, beverage, lifestyle, beauty, and wellness sectors, helping them clear day-to-day hurdles and navigate opportunities towards an acquisition. In addition to this expertise, their long-established relationships with investors, manufacturers, brokers, co-packers, distributors, service providers, and other consultants and advisors makes Giannuzzi Lewendon a value-added legal practice. Partner Ryan Lewendon joins Justin to discuss this industry leader.
Jun 2, 2022

As the Founder & Chief Formulator of JBK Wellness Labs, Dr. Jenelle Kim continues to preserve the medical history of her family, and further her love of medicine and her understanding of the human mind and body. Dr. Kim completed extensive training in East Asia under some of the most respected doctors in the field of Oriental Medicine and is the custodian of her family’s proprietary Bi Bong formulas. Jenelle joins Justin to discuss JBK, her work in meditation and more.

Jun 1, 2022
Ayr Wellness serves customers best by learning who they are, why they use cannabis, and what we they do to elevate their experience through products and services. This deeper understanding gives way to invaluable insight and drives product innovation, a unique approach to retail, and better relationships in the communities they serve. Chairman and CEO Jon Sandelman joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing cannabis products brand.
May 30, 2022

David Perry is the CEO of Carro, an e-Commerce partnership network used by over 30K Shopify brands. David leapfrogged industries from video games to e-Commerce in 2017 after Sony PlayStation acquired his previous company Gaikai for $380 million. Currently, David helps brands gain attention, sales, and new customers by partnering with other brands in the Shopify network. David joins Justin to discuss this hot commerce brand.

May 23, 2022
Few mortals can resist the devastating temptation of Bon Dévil's wickedly delicious coconut-based desserts. Born from the deepest darkest desires of grocery consumers,  Bon Dévil comes in four different flavors and is 100% plant-based, gluten free, no evil GMO's, under 120 calories and sin free. Pure pleasure without the guilt, find Bon Dévil in major US Natural, Conventional and Mass Grocers. Founder James Averdieck joins Justin to discuss this devilishly delicious dessert brand!
May 20, 2022
Seth Goldman is the Co-founder of Eat the Change®, a brand that empowers consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. Eat the Change® recently launched a line of organic mushroom jerky as part of this mission. Seth is also the Co-founder of PLNT Burger, a plant-based quick serve restaurant that offers delicious burgers, sandwiches, fries and soft-serve. After co-founding Honest Tea, and leading it to global scale, Seth concluded his role with the Coca-Cola Company at the end of 2019. He continues in his role as Chairman of the Board of Beyond Meat, having stepped down as Executive Chair in February 2020. Seth joins Justin to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.
May 18, 2022
Seth Goldman is the Co-founder of Eat the Change®, a brand that empowers consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. Eat the Change® recently launched a line of organic mushroom jerky as part of this mission. Seth is also the Co-founder of PLNT Burger, a plant-based quick serve restaurant that offers delicious burgers, sandwiches, fries and soft-serve. After co-founding Honest Tea, and leading it to global scale, Seth concluded his role with the Coca-Cola Company at the end of 2019. He continues in his role as Chairman of the Board of Beyond Meat, having stepped down as Executive Chair in February 2020. Seth joins Justin to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.
May 16, 2022
Byzzer helps small CPG manufacturers pinpoint exactly what to do to sell more - without an army of analysts or huge budgets. With Byzzer’s retail analytics platform, you can easily access, visualize, and extract actionable business insights powered by NielsenIQ data. Andrew Criezis, US SMB GM, joins Justin to discuss this industry-leading analytics platform.
May 12, 2022
Born in Cypress Hall, a small town high atop the Red Hills of Kingston, Jamaica, Kamaal Jarrett, the Founder of Hillside Harvest, was taught to appreciate the simple things in life. Later, when his parents were deciding where in the United States to establish roots, they settled on Milton, Massachusetts, a small town nestled between Boston and the Great Blue Hill mountain range. Growing-up, Kamaal showed an inherent love for food; watching endless hours of PBS cooking shows and spending the summer hours with his Aunt Elaine in her Egleston Square bakery and Caribbean restaurant. And thus, Hillside Harvest was born. Kamaal joins Justin to discuss this delicious sauce brand.
May 9, 2022

Victor Garcia was born in Jalisco, Mexico and he loved Mexican drinks, treats and flavors that were on every block. He moved to the US and followed a traditional career path, attending UT Dallas and getting a job in accounting. And then…decided that he wanted to do something he loved and hence Sol Dias was born. Sol Dias makes authentic Mexican ice cream and more. Victor joins Justin to discuss this delicious growing brand.

May 6, 2022
ALOHA is here to provide you with absolutely delicious, ridiculously high-quality foods and drinks. They choose to be a fully plant-based, vegan brand because it means they can share real, sustainable, nourishing food with…pretty much everyone. So if you’re vegan? Welcome. If you’re a carnivore? You’re also welcome. Because delicious, nutritious food is something we can all agree on! CEO Brad Charron joins Justin to discuss this high-flying brand! ALOHA!
May 4, 2022
Fred Hart is a Partner and Creative Director at Interact, a world class branding and packaging design firm that specializes in consumer product goods. Their clients include FitVine, Boulder Canyon Chips, Fat Snax and Monster Energy. With over 20+ years in the creative space, Fred has become the go-to expert on helping brands differentiate themselves on shelves. Fred joins Justin to discuss all-thing product and package design and innovation.
May 2, 2022
Global Wired Advisors is a leading Digital Investment Bank focused on optimizing the business sale process. Their approach combines decades of merger and acquisition experience with online and e-commerce expertise to increase the transactional value of your greatest asset. Managing Partner Chris Shipferling joins Justin to discuss ecommerce and how GWA is helping accelerate brand growth.
Apr 28, 2022
Frost Buddy manufactures the world’s first universal can cooler. Their patent pending design fits 12oz cans, slim cans, bottles, & 16oz cans all in one. In their first year in business, they were able to sell nearly 1M units, launch in Bucees, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and expand their product line as well as launch in Canada and Australia. They have built one of the fastest growing drinkware brands in the world and their goal is to make Frost Buddy into one of the largest global drinkware brands in the world. They have 200K+ Tik Tok followers, 400K+ subscribers, and 30K Instagram & Facebook followers. Founder Brock Mammoser joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!
Apr 25, 2022
Ashley Dudarenok is a China watcher, 3-time Amazon bestselling author, global keynote speaker, vlogger, podcaster, trainer, media contributor and female leadership advocate. She’s the founder of Chinese social media agency Alarice and your Business School for China, training company ChoZan. She’s also the creator of the FIRE🔥 (Find Your Inner Road to Empowerment) personal development course which was designed with women in mind. Ashley joins Justin to discuss ecommerce strategy in China.
Apr 22, 2022
The inspiration for Canviiy was born when its founder, Sherrel Sampson experienced an unbearable itchy scalp that would not go away. After trying disappointing market products, this sparked the desire to formulate botanical-based scalp care products that address the root of the problem for millions of people. That wish became a passion, and that passion became a purpose for the Canviiy team, to craft a one-of-a-kind formulation to calm scalp irritation. With a team of organic experts and a strong desire for a perfect product, Canviiy pioneered the ScalpBliss™ Collection, proven to offer the most long-lasting (hours to days) organic-based scalp irritation solutions on the market today. Sherrel joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand.
Apr 21, 2022
In 2007, mattress craftsman, Tim Masters, launched an all-natural, organic line of mattresses called My Green Mattress when his daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with eczema and allergies. Masters created a hypoallergenic crib mattress made with organic materials for her, and soon after he developed MyGreenMattress.com where customers across the country can purchase safe, healthy and affordable mattresses for the entire family. Tim joins Justin to discuss his growing mattress brand!
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