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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: May, 2023
May 29, 2023

First it was salsa! Now it is chicken! Dave Zilko has been a food entrepreneur for over 25 years, most prominently at Metro Detroit-based Garden Fresh Gourmet. He succeeded in taking the company from $4.6 million in annual revenue to just over $110 million prior to engineering a sale to the Campbell’s Soup Company for close to a quarter billion dollars. From his Garden Fresh experience, Dave wrote the book, “Irrational Persistence; Seven Secrets That Turned A Bankrupt Startup Into A $231,000,000 Business.” Now Dave has a new endeavor – The Skinny Butcher – that is growing rapidly with plant-powered protein! Dave joins Justin to discuss the keys to launching and growing a successful food brand.

May 25, 2023

Only 69% of Americans brush twice per day. A clear indicator that brushing is a chore, rather than a joy. And yet, a healthy mouth promotes a health life. At Chilly, they are on a mission to make brushing something we look forward to. They have re-imagined toothpaste – in fact, spicing it up! Founder and CEO Rainer Agles joins Justin to discuss this hot new brand!

May 22, 2023

Like many kids, mainstream snacks and cereals were a memorable part of Krishna Kaliannan’s childhood. There’s nothing he loved more than chocolate puffs for breakfast or a delicious sandwich cookie dunked in a glass of cold milk. Unfortunately, when he turned 17, he was diagnosed with T1 diabetes and had to give up many of his favorite snacks since they are typically loaded with sugar and empty carbs. He started eating low carb to help manage his blood sugar, but the few healthy options available tasted like cardboard. He got fed up! He wanted delicious snacks that would satisfy my cravings but weren’t loaded with all the sugar and empty carbs. And thus, Catalina Crunch was born. Krishna joins Justin to discuss this innovative and fast-growing food brand!

May 18, 2023

Deliciously different, with a refreshing approach to building a brand. Made the “Old fashioned way,” reaching consumers in an entirely new way. CAVU works with brands like Beyond Meat, Bai, Vital Proteins, Jennifer Garner's Once Upon a Farm, ONE bars, Oat-ly, Skinny Dipped, and Bulletproof. Chief Brand Architect Stevie Clements joins Justin to discuss how CAVU helps consumer brands accelerate growth.

May 15, 2023

Innoviom is a global innovative food and beverage platform that builds on new trends and takes them to scale. Innoviom uncovers new emerging trends for food and beverages bringing value-added healthy propositions to consumers. Imagine a world full of delicious healthy beverage and snacks that make us feel better. Ahmed ElAzizi, CEO, joins Justin to discuss this innovative new food and beverage platform.

May 8, 2023

flavrs provides foodies with the first shoppable-video platform that merges premium food content and commerce. The platform connects high-quality food videos to shopping, starting with groceries, through an industry-first Instacart integration. flavrs gives users access to premium recipe tutorials with a commerce-driven component allowing foodies to discover and replicate the meals they watch at home by purchasing ingredients through a custom integration with Instacart. flavrs is designed for passionate foodies who have been long deprived of one central digital ecosystem where they will discover the best food content, cook along with recipes, and shop. Co-founder Alejandro Oropeza joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing food commerce brand!

May 1, 2023

Elevated single serve wine! Each bottle contains 6.3 ounces of premium wine, packaged in an elegant and easy-to-open glass bottle.  Perfect for every moment when you want to enjoy one great glass of wine. Founder and CEO Dana Spaulding joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing wine brand!

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