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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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May 26, 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 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!
Apr 18, 2022
Sun & Swell has always been a company that stands for quality, organic, whole food that is free from heavy processing and harmful ingredients like preservatives, added sugars, and other chemical additives. Their journey started with a desire to make it easier for people to eat whole, real food - but it didn't stop there. They have always wanted to be more than just a food company. That led them to formalize their commitment to making the lives of their employees, community, and customers better by becoming a certified B-Corp and joining 1% for The Planet in 2017. But everything completely changed for them the day they discovered compostable packaging. Co-Founder and CEO Kate Flynn joins Justin to discuss this new food brand!
Apr 14, 2022
DE-NADA was born from an epic journey that saw Adam Millman and Daniel Neeson venture from the streets of New Orleans to the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico in search of the finest tequila. In a field of blue agave, a family of 5th generation distillers gifted them the perfect drop and they couldn’t wait to share it. Introducing DE-NADA’s Blanco and Reposado — ideal for cocktails or sipping straight. Split a bottle, then another! Adam and Daniel join Justin to discuss this new fast-growing alco-bev brand!
Apr 11, 2022
At Soul Insole, they design unique, high quality, affordable solutions for foot health. Foot pain can be debilitating & can impede our ability to work & to do the things that we love. The feet support the entire body. Soul Insole helps to provide the most innovative, effective solutions to support the feet and help people to get back their quality of life. Their unique insoles fit into dress shoes, sandals, and athletic shoes! Founder and CEO Laina Gossman joins Justin to discuss this innovative brand!
Apr 7, 2022

Underground Cellar is a leading wine e-commerce company that is changing the way wine is bought and sold in the $70B consumer US wine market through ‘gamification’.  They provide a unique and exciting experience that gives wine buyers a great value by using upgrades instead of discounts. Wine sellers love Underground Cellar as it allows them to quickly sell bottles while protecting their brand. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Shaw joins Justin to discuss this unique, growth ecommerce wine brand! Use code CAST to get $100 off your first order of $150!

Apr 4, 2022
How many times has glue let us down? Fingers stuck together, broken toys that we just can’t fix, having to throw out our stuff because gluing it only made it worse. Not to mention just when we need glue most, we discover our 3-month-old bottle is as dry as the Sahara Desert on a hot day. Bondic® is the only product that works where glue fails. It’s liquid plastic that only hardens when you need it to. YES it stays liquid and won’t dry out like those crazy glues on the market today. Bondic® is a very simple 4-step process (clean, fill, cure and shape) to fix almost anything, saving countless precious items from ending up in the trash before their time. Robert Harbauer joins Justin to discuss this “sticky” growth brand!
Mar 31, 2022

Downward Dog Wine is custom blended to perfection using grapes grown in some of the most prestigious valleys wine country has to offer. It’s their mission to create great tasting wines by focusing on single varietal options as well as beautiful fun loving blends. Enjoy their bold flavors and subtle twists on tradition. From wine snobs to sweet seekers, they have something for everyone. Discover your new favorite boxed wine today! Founder and CEO Betsy Hendershot joins Justin to discuss this new wine brand!

Mar 28, 2022
Kokada is the original coconut spread made from the perfect ingredients that are found in nature. Vegan, nut free, and free of refined sugars, Kokada is about to be your new best snacking friend! Co-founder and CEO Breanna Atkinson joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing and delicious new brand!
Mar 25, 2022
Know Yourself is dedicated to making anatomy as fundamental as the ABCs and 123s. Understanding how anatomy, physiology, and psychology are inextricably connected is essential information that helps children excel in sports, school, and socially. Know Yourself combines vetted scientific material with art and storytelling to create a series of captivating workbooks that encourage them to take control of their health and wellness. Co-founder Nancy Howes Justin to discuss this education brand.
Mar 24, 2022
TSUMo is a cannabis-infused savory snack brand, bringing you a unique and elevated snacking experience by infusing nostalgic snacks with premium THC. Forget about the super sweet edibles you’re used to, and dive into the future with flavors such as Classic Cheese Puffs, Zesty Ranch, or Salsa Verde Mini Tortilla Rounds. CEO and Co-Founder Caroline Yeh joins Justin to discuss this new cannabis snack brand!
Mar 21, 2022
Kevin’s Natural Foods mission is to empower even the busiest people to eat clean without sacrificing flavor. Food gives us the fuel we need to do the things we want with the people we love. Food can also help you feel good when you’re feeling less than average. That’s how Kevin discovered his joy for food. Clean eating is what our bodies were designed to thrive on. But clean eating has had a bad rap. It seems you have to pay for guilt-free meals with boring cuisine and a lack of flavor. Kevin made it his mission to change this and a company was born. Kevin joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing prepared meals, sauces and seasonings brand!
Mar 18, 2022

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. John’s affinity for crazy socks paired with his love of making people smile made their mission clear: they want to spread happiness. John and co-founder / dad Mark join Justin to discuss this “crazy” fun brand!

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