Let's Eat with Mark Samuel Oct 18, 2023
Let's Eat, ep. 172 with Chuck Casano with Pitaya Foods and Nora Dinuzzo with Pitcher
We talk frozen fruit, starting in smoothie bars, growing to thousands of distribution points and growth consulting.
Let's Eat, ep, 171 with Sydney Webb from Toto Foods and Greg Yankelovich from Demo Wizard
We talk better for you cookies, understanding macros, raising capital and offering support to brands.
Let's Eat, ep. 170 with Dixie Grace from Dixie Grace Boiled Peanuts and Fernando Arendar from Nitid Studio
We talk boiled peanuts, farmers markets, moving to commercial production and brand strategy in CPG.
Let's Eat, ep. 169 with Mac Villarreal from I Eat My Greens
We talk soups in a pouch, manufacturing in Mexico, the story, the category and what's next.
Let's Eat, ep. 168 with David Cisneros with Origo Brands and Rifle Hughes with JPG Resources
We talk Latin American brands, where they're made, how they're positioned here in the States and how to identify opportunities for growth.
Let's Eat, ep. 167 with Jason Wright from Wilde and Gage Mitchell from Modern Species
We talk about the early days of the brand, a huge pivot, learning from the past, the analogy of picking fruit and chopping wood (never giving up) and graphic design.
Let's Eat, ep. 166 with Nikki Seaman from Freestyle Snacks and Emily Hazel Miner from
We talk olives in a pouch, newness to the category, how to compete, and brand packaging.
Let's Eat, ep. 4, Marketing Series, with Kevin Smith from SmashBrand
We talk all things data when it comes to CPG and why that's so important for success, plus how you can scale with a lot less capital.
Let's Eat, ep. 165 with Kat Kavner with Heyday Canning and Kendal Lovejoy with Lovejoy Studios
We talk beans, innovation in a sleepy space, the size of the category and product photography.
Let's Eat, ep. 164 with John O'Brien with Chubby Snacks and Jordan Scheltgen with Cave
We talk nut butter sandwiches, scaling, taking on the big guys and content marketing.
Let's Eat, ep. 163 with Ryan Emmons at Waiakea and Jake Bjorseth from Trndsttrs Media
We talk water from Hawaii, logistics, distribution and how to separate the story + talk on influencer agency.
Let's Eat, ep. 162 with Bart Adlam from GOOD PLANeT Foods and Luis Luis Edilberto from Praeclare Studio
We talk plant based cheese, the market in general, what works and what doesn't, and brand identity.
Let's Eat, Health Series, ep. 2, with Alison Acerra from Strategic Nutrition Design
We talk nutrition and its connection to our physical and mental health.
Let's Eat, ep. 161 with Jason Burke from Noble Made and Alex Sunshine from Rising Suns Agency
We talk about starting a company with meat sticks and then creating an additional brand of sauce and seasonings, and how that came to be, plus we talk about influencer marketing.
Let's Eat, ep. 160 with John Bonnell from Wholly Veggie and Maggie Gremminger from Watering Can Marketing
We talk frozen foods, innovation in the wings and cheese sticks category, CAN and US distribution, diving into what works, and strategic digital marketing.
Let's Eat, ep 1., Health Series with Meghan Swidler
We talk about gut health, how foods affect us, and health in general as it relates to exercise and nutrition.
Let's Eat, ep. 5 of Investor Series with Jon Sebastiani from Sonoma Brands
We talk about his background in CPG, general investments, what they look for in a company, brand and founder, what the market looks like now and how to get through it.
Let's Eat, ep. 159 with Adam Bent from Scout and Austin Floyd from ATTN Labs
We talk seafood, tuna, lobster, mussels, and more, all premium, building out that growing category and growth marketing.
Let's Eat, Sales Series, ep. 17 with Adria Campbell with Malk Organics
We talk all things sales when it comes to CPG over the last couple years.
Let's Eat, ep. 158 with David Jacobowitz from Nebula Snacks and Chris Devlin from Cartograph
We talk zero sugar chocolate, working and distributing from home, educating the consumer, and helping brands grow.
Let's Eat, ep 157 with Justin Gill from Bachan's and Steve Chicalese from AMZ Advisers
We talk sauces, NorCal, raising capital, Costco, profitability and how to scale on Amazon.
Let's Eat, ep. 156 with Tyler Phillips from Hummii and Caroline Grace from Product and Prosper
We talk better for you candy and go-to-retail strategy.
Let's Eat, ep. 155 with Ari Raz from The Coconut Cult and Matt Rogers from ePac Flexible Packaging
We talk yogurt, building through social media, guy health and innovation in packaging.
Let's Eat, ep. 154 with Sydney Chasin from Chasin' Dreams and Karin Samelson and Alison Smith with UMAI Marketing
We talk better for you snacks, specific distribution, innovation, and digital and social marketing.
Let's Eat, Sales Series, ep. 16, with Pierre Jamet with Petit Pot
We talk sales, in the face of all the obstacles happening in CPG today.
Let's Eat, ep. 153 with Carl Starkey with AWSM Sauce and Jessyca Dewey with The Y Collective
We talk food sauces and sustainability, innovation in that category, direct to consumer and the impact of storytelling.
Let's Eat, ep. 152 with Parker Olson with Forij and David Abrahams with iLevel Brands
We talk granola, state of the CPG space, the brutal headwinds ahead for many brands, plus brokers.
Let's Eat, ep. 151 with Katherine Harvey from Bare Bones and Richard Moniz from Rich Insights
We talk bone broth, health benefits, growing over the last 8+ years and shopper insights.
Let's Eat, ep. 150 with Simon Sacal from Solely and Emily Wilcox from Elevate
We talk dried fruit and other snacks, vertical integration with facilities in Mexico, owning the P&L and innovation, and helping brands sell on Amazon.
Let's Eat, ep. 149 with Yanni Hufnagel from Lemon Perfect and M'kenna Krchnavy from GenerMatch
We talk going from college basketball to making lemon water, mile deep in sales, raising capital and spending to get trial and big revenue, plus matching brands with content creators.
Let's Eat, ep. 4 with Dr. James Richardson
We talk Liquid Death, going hard after your core customer and advertising with no filter, plus Dude Wipes and Chomps mentioned.
Let's Eat, ep. 148 with Melissa Martinelli with Super Frau and Jonathan Fudem from One Text
We talk about upcycled beverages, new category, educating the consumer, and buying experience through tech.
Let's Eat, ep. 3, Growth, with Joshua Schall
We talk current state of CPG, market fit, and how to scale.
Let's Eat, ep. 147 with David Vartarian with Tidbits and Annalea Krebs with Social Nature
We talk better for you candy, taste and texture, expansion and getting product off the shelf.
Let's Eat, ep 2., Growth Series with Will Nitze from IQ Bar
We talk all things CPG, from DTC to retail to Costco roadshows, the good, bad and everything in between.
Let's Eat, ep. 146 with Suzie York from The Better Chocolate and Daniel Tejada from Straight up Growth
We talk about better for you chocolate, starting yet another CPG brand after seeing the good, bad, and everything in between, and helping brands grow on Amazon.
Let's Eat, ep. 145 with Emanuel Storch from Blackbird Foods and Holly Corrales from Planted Seed PR
We talk frozen pizza, better for you category, the right retailers and PR for the health and wellness space.
Let's Eat, ep. 144 with Paul Voge from Aura Bora and Louis Condon from Pear Commerce
We talk beverages, San Francisco, scaling at retail, differentiating with flavor and bridging data between brands and retailers.
Let's Eat, ep. 143 with Thomas Angel from Altitude Beverages and Vish Puttagunta and Power Central
We talk on functional beverages, moving to Bend, leaving a corporate job and advising those in CPG.
Let's Eat, ep. 142 with Joe Christensen from Nuskool Snacks and Kirk Visola from Mind the Font
We talk protein bars, rebrand, lay of the land in CPG today (not all good), and branding and packaging.
Let's Eat, ep. 1, Growth Series with Dr. James Richardson
We talk about his book, Ramping Your Brand, and dive into all things growth, packaging, capital needs, trial, velocity, and more. If you're in CPG, read or listen to his book, and hopefully listen to this, it's just a glimpse of the knowledge he has in CPG.
Let's Eat, ep. 141 with Lauren Chew from Love and Chew and Hannah McGough from Banana Brands
We talk cookies, improving margin, distribution, innovation with protein and branding.
Let's Eat, ep. 140 with Jake Kneller from Sweet Nothings and Peg Brown from Peg Brown Designs
We talk frozen section, kids smoothies, convenience and all things CPG design.
Let's Eat, ep. 139 with Vasa Martinez with Perfy and Laura Sauls with Scout Marketing
We talk beverages, launching with experience in digital, going to retail instead of DTC, and marketing.
Let's Eat, ep. 4 of Investor Series with Tom Malengo from Brandjectory
We talk investors, early stage investment, the contacts they have, how to present, what to know and how to be prepared.
Let's Eat, ep. 138 with Kayla Castañeda from Agua Bonita and Kristi McGill from Rooted Food Sales
We talk beverages, working on a small budget and being scrappy, testing DTC before any retail launch and working with good food brokers.
Let's Eat, ep. 3 of Investor Series with Natalie Borowski from Coefficient Capital
We talk about Magic Spoon's recent $85M raise, what investors are looking for in founders, market fit, unit economics and more.
Let's Eat - ep. 137 // Jessica Berger from Bundle x Joy and Georgiana Dearing from Virginia Foodie
We talk better nutrition for pets, price points at premium, and CPG strategy.
Let's Eat, Ep. 136 with Alex Piasecki from Seal the Seasons and Irina Balyurko from Red Rocks Ecommerce
We talk fresh fruit, then frozen, regional farmers, growing to 4K doors and how to sell on amazon.
Let's Eat, Ep. 15 of Sales Series, with Corrie Higgins and Mike Scavuzzo from Mid-Day Squares
We talk founder's, personality, story telling, sales decks, and 3 key ingredients needed to help sell a CPG product into retail.