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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 13, 2024

With the arrival of her daughter in 2018, Emily Groden (Founder and CEO) knew she would not have as much time to cook. She needed a new go-to: something that was simple, tasty, and truly nourishing. But frozen waffles? Are they simple? Yes. Tasty? Definitely. Nourishing? Uh… no. It’s a classic tale of a mom, a mission, and a waffle maker. Cramming all the good stuff like fruits, veggies, nuts and spices into something that tastes as good as it makes you feel. A few years and a few hundred recipes later, flavor, protein, fiber, and a whole serving of fruits and veggies are together at last… in a toaster. Emily joins Justin to discuss this delicious and fast-growing brand!

May 9, 2024

Moss Pure was created during a startup competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2020, where it won First Place Startup in Track 1B: Health, Energy, and Waste Management (MIT Lebanon Challenge). It then went on to participate in the United Nations Development Programme where it won Top 10 Startup in August 2020. While most moss wall companies use preserved moss that is no longer living, Moss Pure is the first and only live moss air filter and stress relief device. Their patent pending science extends the lifespan of live moss within our design without needing any watering, sunlight, or maintenance. All while being an aesthetically pleasing decor piece in your modern space. Founder Jamie Mitri joins Justin to discuss this “growing” company!

May 6, 2024

Amante, the Italian word for lover, is designed to stimulate the senses and inspire a life of passion. LA DELIZIOSA VITA, the delicious life. Hailing from the historic Il Palagio 1530 estate in Tuscany, this latest innovation in amaro offers a new take on an old classic; combining aromas of Italian citrus, ginger and honeysuckle to help you enjoy a unique bittersweet taste and a thoroughly delicious afternoon. Amante 1530 transports the art of Italian spirit-making into the 21st century, and heralds a new era of amaro. Amante 1530. The delicious life. CEO Ana Rosenstein joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Apr 29, 2024

Based in Las Vegas, Noovo introduces two groundbreaking models in 2024: Noovo Lite and the innovative Noovo Plus, the ‘First Super High Roof Camper Van in the US. Designed for the evolving needs of remote workers, retirees, travel nurses, and adventurers, these vans represent our vision of seamless integration between life’s work and pleasures. These vans are ideal for full-time van living. Co-founder Paul Aubert joins Justin to discuss this moving brand!

Apr 22, 2024

Renewal Logistics provides fulfillment solutions tailored to accommodate each brand’s unique needs. Renewal streamlines the supply chain with customizable value-added services supporting direct-to-consumer, retail brick-n-mortar and ecommerce marketplaces routes to market. Founder and CEO Courtney Folk joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing CPG service brand!

Apr 14, 2024

Rebecca van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of Nest, a nonprofit supporting the responsible growth and creative engagement of the artisan and maker economy to build a world of greater gender equity and economic inclusion. Rebecca leads an organization that is partnering with brand leaders such as Etsy, Madewell, Patagonia, Target and West Elm to improve transparency, social wellbeing, and economic opportunity for handworkers which includes both artisans and less skilled manual laborers, often working from their homes. Nest’s comprehensive suite of artisan and maker programming reaches over 250,000 handworkers working across 1,500+ artisan businesses in 124 countries.

Apr 8, 2024

Lovers of snacks, devotees of quality food. This shared passion was met with an equally shared frustration that the snacks they loved the most often made them feel the worst. So the team at Myna Snacks set out on a journey to create the most craveable, poppable, feel-good snacks of all time. Real ingredients, sustainably sourced, vitamin D, no gluten, no GMOs, nothing artificial. Better snacks make Myna Snacks happy, so they made them to share with you. CEO and co-founder Darcey Macken joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand.

Apr 1, 2024

La Gringuita Cookies in Palm Beach County offers quarter pound gourmet cookies made with premium ingredients and handcrafted with lots of love. The frozen CookiDough, however, is what sets this business apart. Now you can bake these jumbo cookies in the comfort of your own home by purchasing the preformed frozen CookiDough balls. Founder and CEO Caroline McGinley joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand!

Mar 25, 2024

Packed Party is a lifestyle gifting brand that encourages customers to make everyday a party with its unique party packages and creative products both at a wholesale and direct to consumer level. Founder and CEO Jordan Jones joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing “party” brand!

Mar 18, 2024

As a 26-year-old entrepreneur, Ophir Rahimi owns and operates several e-commerce businesses. Ophir is the founder of Rip Technologies, a 40+ person e-commerce company based in Miami, Florida. They build and scale direct-to-consumer brands including Haus and Hues, The Carefree Bee, Artelo, and Daylight with an average of ~50% YoY growth last six years across marketplaces including Amazon, Etsy, Shopify, and Walmart. Ophir joins Justin to discuss building and launch D2C brands.

Mar 11, 2024

From the people, to the art and science of the craft itself, to unique approaches and industry innovations, to that delicious liquid in the bottle — if it’s related to craft alcohol and there’s an interesting story behind it, The Crafty Cask celebrates it. People don’t connect with products, they connect with people and stories. The Crafty Cask is here to tell the stories, introduce you to the people, draw you in, and get you excited about visiting or trying whatever it is that we’re sharing. The Crafty Cask does this to inspire you to travel and explore this amazing world through craft spirits, cider, wine, beer, and more. Founder Suzanne Henrickson joins Justin to discuss this beverage brand.

Mar 4, 2024

If you have an active lifestyle then you know there is no complete solution for solving all the gross things that come along with it (sweat, stank, funk, grime, dirt, bacteria, etc). At Nonaste (pronounced No Nasty), Nonaste handles all the dirty work with their best in class, high performance odor removing laundry detergents, Odor Eliminating Spray, hand sanitizer, Sanitizing Spray - Just spray and go! Founder and CEO Andy Voggenthaler joins Justin to discuss this no-nasty brand!

Feb 26, 2024

KickIt Pajamas is an idea born from co-founder Cindy Trice while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cervical cancer. A dear friend gave her a cute pair of pajamas to wear while hospitalized. From the minute she put these pajamas on, Cindy felt put together and dressed as she pushed her IV pole in laps around the nurses’ station and welcomed visitors. In essence, she felt dignified and a little “normal” in a world where absolutely nothing felt normal. Thus, a brand was born. Cindy joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the brand. And check out their products here - www.kickitpajamas.com

Feb 19, 2024

Kathryn Bricken, Mum and now entrepreneur, has a passion for baking. From an early age she understood how food is more than fuel; it is a way of bringing people together and making magical memories. After moving to London, Kathryn became famous amongst her friends for baking the best American-style cookies using the finest natural ingredients. She was often asked to make extra dough so that her friends could bake cookies at home. In 2014 Kathryn decided to share her secret with the rest of the UK … Thus, Doughlicious was born. Every cookie dough flavour is 100% gluten-free thanks to their unique blend of gluten-free flours. There are also dairy-free, organic and vegan flavours. Everything is made with the finest ingredients and no artificial additives or preservatives. Kathryn joins Justin to discuss this doughy-delicious brand!

Feb 12, 2024

Tallywell is an AI-modeled health management app that empowers you to care for yourself and your loved ones with confidence. In the complex and expensive world of health care, we’re your first step toward clarity, understanding, and preparation. Every day, your Apple Watch collects data on the way you live and move. Tallywell puts that data to use, learning your habits and providing actionable insights to keep you in the driver seat of your family’s health. Live freely with the knowledge that you’re keeping yourself and your family on a path to better health. CEO Candice Paik joins Justin to discuss this new health tech app.

Feb 5, 2024

Tom Cingari Jr. is Vice President, Produce, Floral, and E-Commerce across all Cingari Family ShopRite locations. For the last 15 years, Tom has always focused on innovation. From making sure his departments feature the latest and freshest products, to bringing the stores into the digital age in his e-commerce role. Tom joins Justin to share the Cingari story – four generations in the business – and how retail is quickly evolving to meet the unique needs of the shopper.

Jan 29, 2024

It all began three generations ago in a small village, where Antonio Carlo is from, in Genoa, Italy. This is where his Nona perfected her idea of a homemade, all purpose “MARI-NAADA” sauce. Keeping with tradition, he’s been making this sauce for over 50 years and let me tell you something, this ain’t no ragoooo. It’s the real deal. You’re gonna love it. Buon appetito! Antonio joins Justin to discuss his growing line of marinara sauces!

Jan 22, 2024

Max Tucci is the Third Generation Partner and Global Brand Officer of Delmonico’s New York. Max is a 2023 IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Trailblazer Award Recipient, a Telly Award, Communicator Award, w3 Award, MUSE Award, and Davey Award winner. Coined a "Lifestyle Expert" from his appearances on America's Next Top Model with Tyra Banks. Max is the Bestselling Author of the Amazon #1 cookbook, 'The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York!' Published by Rizzoli. Finally, Max is the grandson of the legendary restaurateur, the late Oscar Tucci of the iconic Delmonico's Restaurant in downtown NYC. Max joins Justin to discuss the restaurant, the industry, and his book. Come hungry!

Jan 15, 2024

Bubble Goods is on a mission to redefine our food system. And at the same time, provide the most transparent health food marketplace. Today's food system is loaded with refined sugars, dyes, gums, and preservatives-- a function of mass distribution that has resulted in products that are cheaply made. Bubble Goods believes that the future of food is built from a community of independent makers who make real food. Founder Jessica Young joins Justin to discuss launching and growing this food brand marketplace.

Jan 8, 2024

Nikki Baird is the vice president of strategy at Aptos, a retail enterprise solution provider. She looks after the future of retail and retail technology and identifies their impacts on both retail and Aptos’ strategy and solutions.  She has been a top global retail industry influencer for 20+ years, with a background in retail and technology, and a career spanning PwC, Forrester, independent retail and tech startups. Nikki joins Justin to discuss key retail trends expected in early 2024.

Jan 2, 2024

Founded by husband-and-wife duo Stephen and Allison and based in Austin, TX, poppi combines fresh fruit juice, apple cider vinegar, and inulin prebiotics for a deliciously refreshing, full-of-flavor soda with benefits. With the help of an investment on Shark Tank, poppi has gone from farmer's-market-favorite to sitting pretty on the shelves of thousands of retailers across the nation. Along the way, they’ve become beloved by many including Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Billie Eilish, Russell Westbrook, JLo, Olivia Munn, and more. Allison joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing beverage brand!

Jan 1, 2024

Nicole (Nikki) Dawes is the CEO and Founder of Nixie Sparking Water and also the Founder of Late July Organic Snacks. Founded in 2018, Nixie Sparkling Water is a brand that delivers exceptional taste without synthetic solvents, carriers or artificial preservatives. Founded in 2003, Late July Snacks offers tortilla chips and crackers made of organic, non-GMO ingredients that the whole family can enjoy. Nikki joins Justin to discuss launching and growing two successful CPG brands.

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