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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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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Plant power to the people! Plants survive and thrive by releasing endogenous biochemicals that help them flourish under various circumstances, and many of those plant botanicals can help humans perform at their best, too. That’s why Zolt superdrinks are powered by plants (a whole entourage of ‘em) and optimized for performance. Each formulation of adaptogens, antioxidants and terpene botanicals is tailored to key areas of human function like sleep, immunity, energy, balance, and overall cognitive performance. Co-founders Doug Siegel and Ani Collum join Justin to discuss this “super” brand!

Nov 26, 2021

When Lin Jiang was a child in China, her mom would make black sesame cereal for her when she got home from school. The smooth, semi-sweet, toasty flavor made it one of her favorite foods. In China, black sesame cereal has been a staple food for hundreds of years because of its flavor and wellness benefits. As an adult, she began working and found herself reaching for unhealthy snacks often throughout the day. She needed something healthy and convenient that she could eat and kept coming back to the black sesame cereal that had been her favorite for so many years. However, products in Chinese supermarkets were high in sugar and calories. She decided to start making her own recipe from scratch for herself and her American friends. She saw this as an opportunity to bring black sesame cereal and the “food as medicine” concept to more people in the world. Lin joins Justin to discuss this new fast-growing brand!

Nov 24, 2021

A family company born behind a bar, the husband and wife team at Brothers Artisan Oil takes natural seriously. They're best known for their award-winning beard oil, a GQ and Esquire favorite, but their handcrafted line includes a plethora of products for the body and home. And every purchase does good--their "clean products for clean water" initiative has already funded one clean water project serving a community of 500 people! Co-founders Owen and Marie Shea join Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Nov 22, 2021

When Diana Levy originally started Undercover Chocolate Co., her goal was to make decadent chocolate covered goodies for events, gifts and holidays. People would tell her how much they loved her chocolates, then take a little bite and try (as best they could) to resist over doing it. Diana loved the chocolates but what she really craved was the satisfaction of just enough, absolutely delicious, premium chocolate, over something healthy, light and naturally good for you. After two of her chocolate-obsessed daughters were diagnosed with celiac disease, she became determined to make this snackable treat gluten-free too. She experimented with many ingredients and ultimately discovered the perfect combination…Crispy Organic Quinoa with Just Enough Milk or Dark Chocolate. Diana joins Justin to discuss this delicious brand!

Nov 19, 2021

Biotricity is a modern medical technology company focused on delivering innovative, remote biometric monitoring solutions to the medical and consumer markets, including diagnostic and post-diagnostic solutions for chronic conditions and lifestyle improvement. Biotricity’s R&D continues to focus on the preventative healthcare market, with a vision of putting health management into the hands of the individual. Founder Dr. Waqaas Al-Siddiq joins Justin to discuss his life-saving consumer technology company.

Nov 17, 2021

At LEVO, they are passionate about discovering natural paths to wellness. Infusing at home, with fresh ingredients, unlocks a myriad of customizable recipes – from marinades to lip balm – that optimize the benefits of wholesome herbs. Their products empower you to choose each of your ingredients and give you the utmost control in what you consume. The process of herbal infusion has been utilized for centuries among some of the world’s earliest civilizations for cooking and medicinal practice. Today, it’s often found behind-the-scenes as the secret sauce of restaurant chefs and your favorite skincare brands. By extracting the components of the whole plant, the full spectrum of superior nutritional, therapeutic and medicinal benefits of infusions can be realized. Founder and CEO Chrissy Bellman joins Justin to discuss this growing brand!

Nov 15, 2021

Returnity believes there is a better way to ship goods. Single-use packaging is wasteful, expensive, and boring at best. Reusable shipping and delivery packaging can be more affordable, green, and exciting than your current single-use packaging, when integrated right. Returnity helps forward-thinking brands and retailers identify and build the closed-loop logistics systems needed for reusable packaging integration. CEO Mike Newman joins Justin to discuss this sustainability brand.

Nov 12, 2021

XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail technology and consumer goods sectors. Serial entrepreneur and investment partner Diana Melencio joins Justin to discuss industry trends, how to successfully launch and grow a consumer brand, and the venture capital approach at XRC Labs.

Nov 10, 2021

Born and raised in Michigan, Mike McFall began his journey with BIGGBY COFFEE as a minimum-wage barista at the original store in East Lansing in 1996. Over the span of 23 years, with business partner Bob Fish, he has helped create one of the great specialty coffee brands in America. Today Mike is co-CEO with Bob, and BIGGBY has over 250 stores open throughout the Midwest. The company is in high growth mode, selling tens of thousands of cups of coffee each day. Mike joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Nov 8, 2021

Elyse Kaye could not find a sports bra that worked.  It is an engineering challenge not a design flaw, so she brought in top female minds from NASA, shipping and packaging experts and the celebrity corset designer of Oprah Winfrey to bring her vision to life. She wanted a bra that was comfortable, breathable, wire-free, adjustable and did not make her feel like she was wearing a suit of armor. Bloom Bras are designed to distribute weight across the back for comfort and posture. Each cup features a patented cincher adjusting to your breast type because we are not all symmetrical. And, they cover from a 28C - 56L making them the most inclusive line on the market. Elyse joins Justin to discuss this bra brand!

Nov 4, 2021

The Greeks knew a thing or two about dessert. They do hold the record for one of the first desserts in history known as Loukoumades (loo-koo-MAH-thez). Winners of the 776 BC Olympic were awarded these Heavenly Puffs as their prize over gold medals. In our opinion, if you are going to honor the Gods like the Ancient Greeks did through the Olympic Games, this could very well be the best way to do it. Fried dough puffs, with tons of honey and cinnamon! Crunchy on the outside and fluffy and airy on the inside. Today, Heavenly Puffs are still just as popular in many cultures of the world and have evolved into heavenly dessert creations! You can find Heavenly Puffs with all kinds of unique toppings including chocolate, powdered sugar, nutella, caramel, white chocolate, churro, jelly donut or just create your own. Tammy Levent, Creator and Founder, joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Nov 1, 2021

For over 35 years, Universal Diamond has solidified its legacy as one of the top national trusted engagement ring and diamond jewelry businesses. Universal is one of the most respected buyers and sellers of engagement rings, diamonds, diamond jewelry, loose diamonds and estate jewelry. Ronnie Agami, Owner of Universal Diamond, joins Justin to discuss the diamond industry, how to find the right diamond / diamond jeweler, and more.

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