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Food-Tech Goes Vegan with Jennifer Stojkovic

As a food-tech leader, author of The Future of Food is Female, and the founder of the Vegan Women Summit, Jennifer Stojkovic is an amazing woman who continues to push boundaries. She began her career working with renowned Silicon Valley investor and founder of SV Angel, Ron Conway. Following her time there, she entered the food-tech market. Throughout her career she has worked alongside some of tech’s most well-known CEOs holding positions at Google, Microsoft and Facebook. In addition, she has also partnered with a number of fast-growing startups such as WeWork, Cruise and Postmates. Jennifer shares her career journey, what she has learned and the experiences she’s had along the way, all of which have shaped her into the food industry leader she is today.

Today’s episode is hosted by Diana Fryc of Retail Voodoo, connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianafryc/

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Jennifer Stojkovic
Author, Advisor, Founder of Vegan Women Summit
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferstojkovic
Website: https://www.jenniferstojkovic.com

QUOTES

“My views changed when I learned how Americans manage to put food on the table. Knowing the situation and wanting to change it motivated me.” – Jennifer

“Every single community deserves culturally specific food products that are healthier and natural and plant-based and better for them.” – Jennifer

“We must ensure that more people with more products and ideas that address more issues in more places are financially supported.” – Jennifer

CHAPTERS

00:00 | Introduction
03:08 | The Vegan Women Summit
06:48 | Getting Attention
09:53 | Motivation to be a Part of the Movement
14:21 | The Future of Food is Female
25:52 | Exciting Experiences
30:49 | Moments That Stand Out
33:14 | On To The Next
36:04 | Women To Look Up To
37:39 | What’s Next For Jennifer

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo. A brand consultancy focused on building, growing and revitalizing brands in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries. If you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, please visit http://retail-voodoo.com/contact to set up a discovery call today.

Produced by Heartcast Media.
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Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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From STEM to Marketing Exec, Unconventional Career Paths Are On The Rise with Kimberly Lam

As an expert brand management and marketing leader, Kimberly Lam joins me to talk about her extensive experience developing both lifestyle and consumer packaged goods brands on a global scale. She has spent her career leading iconic brands, including Coca-Cola, Marriott, Delta and American Express. At all different intervals of her career, she has experienced changing business landscapes and accelerated growth for brands such as Chobani, which set out to create a new CPG category. Kimberly is currently the Marketing Director at Sanzo, where she is elevating the company’s mission of bridging cultures through authentic Asian flavors. On today’s Gooder podcast, Kim shares her career journey, including the lessons she learned and the impactful moments that shaped her life’s work.

Today’s episode is hosted by Diana Fryc of Retail Voodoo, connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianafryc/

KEY TAKEAWAYS

-Overview of the Sanzo brand story and what makes them unique in the beverage space.
-Impactful moments and decisions that shaped a different career path.
-Courage to follow your intuition and do things differently.
-Advice on non-linear careers and creating meaningful moments throughout the journey.

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From STEM to Marketing Exec, Unconventional Career Paths Are On The Rise with Kimberly Lam

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Kimberly Lam
Marketing Director, Sanzo
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-lam-33229510
Links: https://drinksanzo.com

CHAPTERS

00:00 | Introduction
01:15 | Lychee or Lei-chee?
04:08 | Celebrating Sugar-Free Asian Flavors
06:39 | Bridging Culture
07:36 | Product Attributes & Value Propositions
10:07 | Non-Linear Career Moves
14:40 | Impactful Partnerships In Business
19:46 | Intentional Career Choices
21:49 | Instrumental Mentorship
22:39 | The Importance of Mission-Driven Work
25:38 | Non-Conventional Career Choices
31:10 | Expanding & Growing A Brand
32:15 | Retail & Digital Trends
33:55 | Admirable Women In CPG
34:58 | Learn More About Kimberly Lam & Sanzo

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo. A brand consultancy focused on building, growing and revitalizing brands in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries. If you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, please visit http://retail-voodoo.com/contact to set up a discovery call today.

Produced by Heartcast Media
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Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Leadership Growth When Women Run Boards with Cassie Burr

Join us as I sit with Cassie Burr, a Talent Partner at VMG Partners and the Executive director of the Women On Boards Projects which she co-founded in February 2020. From analyst to powerhouse talent developer, Cassie Burr talks about her her unforgettable and favorite life moments, and how she became the Executive Director of Women on Board Project. As women in leadership is on the rise, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Today’s episode is hosted by Diana Fryc of Retail Voodoo, connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianafryc/

KEY TAKEAWAYS

-The Women on Board Project and its mission
-Cassie’s career from an analyst to become a talent developer leader
-Special moments in Cassie’s career and what’s next
-The struggles of women in becoming a part of the boards

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Leadership Growth When Women Run Boards with Cassie Burr

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Cassie Burr
Executive Director, Women On Boards Project
Talent Partner at VMG Partners
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassieburr
Websites: https://www.vmgpartners.com/ | https://www.wobproject.com/

Chapters

00:00 | Introduction
03:49 | What is the Women On Board Project and why does it exist?
08:09 | How does an analyst become a powerhouse talent developer and leader?
15:55 | Pivotal moments that changed Cassie’s life.
20:50 | The moment that working with Women On Board was the right decision
23:24 | Why do women want to be on boards and why are women not accepting the offer?
36:16 | How can someone become impactful in a business?
39:51 | What’s next for Cassie and her career?
42:07 | Conclusion

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo. A brand consultancy focused on building, growing and revitalizing brands in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries. If you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, please visit http://retail-voodoo.com/contact to set up a discovery call today.

Produced by Heartcast Media.
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Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Increasing Accessibility to Food as a Form of Medicine with Maya French

Today Maya French, the founder of Koia and Joydays joins us to talk about her growth journey as an entrepreneur and startup founder. Both Koia and Joydays are mission-driven brands that are working to get healthy food and beverage products into the hands of underserved populations. Maya works hard to ensure that her products are filled with vital nutrients and wholesome ingredients to counteract unhealthy eating habits across America, ones that she’s all too familiar with. Maya and I also discuss burnout and how she approaches taking breaks by finding a creative space to thrive in and coming out better on the other side. Maya also shares which key relationships have shaped her career and her outlook on what’s next for her.

Today’s episode is hosted by Diana Fryc of Retail Voodoo, connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianafryc/

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

Brands Koia and Joydays, who are they and how do the products help consumers seeking healthy food options.
The important mission behind Maya’s work and how it shapes her leadership.
Maya’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur and mentor in the better-for-you food business.

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Increasing Accessibility to Food as a Form of Medicine with Maya French

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ABOUT THE GUEST:

Maya French
CPG Entrepreneur, Cofounder Koia and founder of Joydays
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maya-french-b706a036
Links: https://getjoydays.com / https://drinkkoia.com

CHAPTERS:

00:00 | Introduction
02:03 | Organic Food and Health Equality
03:23 | Playful Packaging
04:20 | Quality Food and Value Proposition
06:07 | Product Distribution and Accessibility
13:23 | Applied Learnings
19:23 | Mission-Driven Brand
22:12 | Women Leadership
25:45 | Mentorship
27:19 | New Perspectives
29:37 | Brand Growth
30:42 | Healthy Habits
32:37 | Food and Wellness Trends
37:40 | Health Education

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo. A brand, marketing and design consultancy focused on building, growing and revitalizing brands in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries. If you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, please visit retail-voodoo.com/contact to set up a discovery call today.

Produced by Heartcast Media.
https://www.heartcastmedia.com/

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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The Importance of Having Accelerator Programs for Latino Entrepreneurs Featuring Junea Rocha, Brazi Bites

Are you a startup struggling to achieve success? Have you thought of joining an entrepreneur accelerator program?

It is not easy to make a business viable — many barriers can take you down. That’s why Junea Rocha relied upon many people in her journey growing Brazi Bites. She now has a thriving brand and is passionate about helping others achieve success. With the launch of the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, Junea is uplifting minority entrepreneurs, giving them a network of support, and helping them reach their biggest goals.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Junea Rocha, the Co-founder and CMO of Brazi Bites, to discuss how she’s helping entrepreneurs succeed through the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. Junea talks about the program, the industry gap she’s trying to reduce, how the program will help startup leaders achieve success, and the criteria for joining the program.

In this episode we learn:

  • Junea Rocha talks about Brazi Bites’ new products
  • The Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program Junea has developed — and the inspiration behind it
  • How Brazi Bites’ journey is connected to the template of the program
  • Junea explains the gap her program is trying to reduce
  • How the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program is going to help startup leaders achieve success
  • Who can join the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, and what’s the application process like?
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The Importance of Having Accelerator Programs for Latino Entrepreneurs Featuring Junea Rocha, Brazi Bites

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About Junea Rocha

Junea Rocha is the Co-founder and CMO of Brazi Bites. Junea founded Brazi Bites with her husband in 2010 in the hopes that Americans would love Brazilian Cheese Bread (pão de queijo) as much as they did. After appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2015, Brazi Bites grew a passionate, cult-like fanbase, and in the years since has expanded to thousands of freezer sections nationwide. In her time running Brazi Bites, Junea has gained experience in all areas of the business, while remaining deeply passionate about sharing their delicious creations with the world.

Guests Social Media Links: 

LinkedIn Junea Rocha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/junea-rocha-615b983a/

Website: https://brazibites.com/

Show Resources: 

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo

Retail Voodoo has been building beloved and dominant brands in the food, wellness, beverage, and fitness CPG industries for over 30 years. They’ve served multinational companies like PepsiCo. and Starbucks, startups like High Key, and everything in between. 

Their proven process guides hundreds of mission-driven consumer brands to attract a broad and passionate fan base, crush their categories through growth and innovation, and magnify their social and environmental impact. 

So, if you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, Retail Voodoo is here to help.

Visit retail-voodoo.com or email info@retail-voodoo.com to learn more.

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Finding Balance for Work-Life Harmony Featuring Zahira Marmar, Hrbvor

How can you have work-life harmony even when you’re running a business?

Growing up, drinking herbal tea was a way of life for Zahira Marmar. After moving from St. Martin to New Jersey with her family, she could not find herbal tea in any store. That’s when she started to brew tea for her family, which later caught other people’s attention. Discovering that it could be a great business opportunity, she took the risk with a mission to empower families nationwide to get healthy with herbal teas. Now, Zahira shares how she overcame the challenges of running a beverage brand and gained the work-life harmony she needed.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Zahira Marmar, the Founder and Chief Tea Brewer at Hrbvor, to discuss work-life harmony while running a beverage brand. Zahira talks about her herbal tea company, Hrbvor, tips for having work-life harmony, and the mistakes and lessons she learned in her entrepreneurial journey.

In this episode we learn:

  • Zahira Marmar talks about Hrbvor and how it came about
  • Where Hrbvor sources the herbs for their herbal tea
  • Zahira talks about the inspiration behind Hrbvor
  • Tips for having work-life harmony
  • Mistakes and lessons Zahira learned while running a successful beverage brand
  • What is Zahira most proud of?
  • What’s next for Hrbvor — and the trends they are focusing on
  • Other women leaders Zahira admires
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Finding Balance for Work-Life Harmony Featuring Zahira Marmar, Hrbvor

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About Zahira Marmar

Zahira Marmar is the Founder and Chief Tea Brewer at Hrbvor, a line of organic herbal teas formulated for function. She is a wife and a mom of three who’s on a mission to share the protective health benefits of herbal tea with families everywhere. Zahira was also the Co-founder of St. Maarten Garden Artists, where she designed and maintained organic vegetable and herb gardens for private clients, schools, and resorts. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in community regeneration.

Guests Social Media Links: 

LinkedIn Zahira Marmar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zahiramarmar/

Website: https://drinkhrbvor.com/

Show Resources: 

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo

Retail Voodoo has been building beloved and dominant brands in the food, wellness, beverage, and fitness CPG industries for over 30 years. They’ve served multinational companies like PepsiCo. and Starbucks, startups like High Key, and everything in between. 

Their proven process guides hundreds of mission-driven consumer brands to attract a broad and passionate fan base, crush their categories through growth and innovation, and magnify their social and environmental impact. 

So, if you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, Retail Voodoo is here to help.

Visit retail-voodoo.com or email info@retail-voodoo.com to learn more.

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Empowering Underrepresented CPG Founders Featuring Katrina Tolentino, Naturally Network

Where can diverse CPG founders gain the resources and connections needed to succeed?

Diverse — and often underrepresented — groups have the power to take the industry to another level. In order to do so, there needs to be communities and networks that can support, coach, point them in the right direction, and help them access the resources they need to thrive. Through the incredible stories of brands that have already succeeded despite the barriers, Katrina Tolentino is sharing how networks in the CPG industry are working to support marginalized voices and leaders.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Katrina Tolentino, the Executive Director at Naturally Network, to discuss how they help underrepresented CPG founders succeed. Katrina explains what Naturally Network does for the CPG industry, how the M/O Fellowship helps CPG brands prosper, and the partners and people she’s looking up to as advisors in the program.

In this episode we learn:

  • Katrina Tolentino talks about Naturally Network and what it does for the CPG industry
  • The journey of how Katrina became the Executive Director of Naturally Network
  • What is the M/O Fellowship, and how does it help brands succeed in the CPG industry?
  • How NielsenIQ got to partner with Naturally Network
  • What Katrina hopes Naturally Network’s program will look like in the future
  • The advisors and women leaders Katrina looks up to
  • The product trends Katrina has her eyes on
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Empowering Underrepresented CPG Founders Featuring Katrina Tolentino, Naturally Network

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About Katrina Tolentino

Katrina Tolentino is the Executive Director at Naturally Network, a national community for natural, organic, and better-for-you consumer packaged goods. Katrina creates opportunities and experiences that foster connections between diverse groups to build a stronger ecosystem. She has over 17 years of experience in launching and scaling organizations and programs through partnerships, program and experience strategy, and community engagement. Prior to Naturally Network, Katrina was the Executive Director at Naturally Austin, where she launched the M/O Fellowship, a six-month program that supports CPG founders of color.

Guests Social Media Links: 

LinkedIn Katrina Tolentino: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinatolentino/

Website: https://www.naturallynetwork.org/

Show Resources: 

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo

Retail Voodoo has been building beloved and dominant brands in the food, wellness, beverage, and fitness CPG industries for over 30 years. They’ve served multinational companies like PepsiCo. and Starbucks, startups like High Key, and everything in between. 

Their proven process guides hundreds of mission-driven consumer brands to attract a broad and passionate fan base, crush their categories through growth and innovation, and magnify their social and environmental impact. 

So, if you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, Retail Voodoo is here to help.

Visit retail-voodoo.com or email info@retail-voodoo.com to learn more.

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Tips To Succeed in the Beverage Industry Featuring Becca Schepps, Mortal Ventures

What does it take to run a successful beverage brand?

The beverage industry is a male-dominated industry, so, how did the Founder of Mortal Ventures, Becca Schepps succeed? She decided to be completely unconventional and turn kombucha on its head. Now, Becca’s here to share her journey as an entrepreneur in the beverage industry, the challenges, and the lessons she learned running her business.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Becca Schepps, the Founder and CEO of Mortal Ventures, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and tips to succeed in the beverage industry. Becca explains the importance of natural brand accessibility, how she balances her personal and professional life, how her history as a creative director influences her leadership style, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

In this episode we learn:

  • Becca Schepps talks about Mortal Ventures, why it exists, and where the idea came from
  • Becca explains how to make your natural brand accessible to everyone
  • How Becca is balancing her personal and professional life
  • Becca explains how her history as a creative director influences her leadership style
  • Mortal Ventures’ path in the right direction
  • Mentors that helped Becca succeed in her business
  • Becca shares her proudest moments with Mortal Ventures
  • Becca’s advice to entrepreneurs starting out
  • What’s next for Mortal Ventures?
  • Exciting trends in the food, beverage, and wellness space
  • Women leaders Becca admires
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Tips To Succeed in the Beverage Industry Featuring Becca Schepps, Mortal Ventures

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About Becca Schepps

Becca Schepps is the Founder and CEO of Mortal Ventures, a brand that produces beverages that fight death. Becca founded Mortal Ventures after she was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic, on a mission to make kombucha that was low in sugar and high in bubbles. Prior to founding Mortal Ventures, Becca worked as a Freelance Creative Director across many industries, working with clients such as The Feed, Yasso, One Bar, Stages Cycling, Carrots, and more. Becca has extensive ad agency experience across all types of media.

Guests Social Media Links: 

LinkedIn Becca Schepps: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bescka/

Website: https://drinkmortal.com/

Show Resources: 

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo

Retail Voodoo has been building beloved and dominant brands in the food, wellness, beverage, and fitness CPG industries for over 30 years. They’ve served multinational companies like PepsiCo. and Starbucks, startups like High Key, and everything in between. 

Their proven process guides hundreds of mission-driven consumer brands to attract a broad and passionate fan base, crush their categories through growth and innovation, and magnify their social and environmental impact. 

So, if you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, Retail Voodoo is here to help.

Visit retail-voodoo.com or email info@retail-voodoo.com to learn more.

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms

How do nutritious, ancient grains and wheat positively impact the environment?

For quite some time, people have been unaware of ancient grains’ and wheats’ importance. In 2005, Brooke Lucy and her husband, Sam Lucy, started their vertically integrated farm business to raise awareness, grow, process, and sell organic ancient grains and heritage wheat varieties. Now, she’s here to share the challenges and lessons they’ve learned while growing and selling heirloom grains. 

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Brooke Lucy, the Co-owner and Founder of Bluebird Grain Farms, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in growing, processing, and selling organic ancient grains and wheat. Brooke explains the fundamental shift in people’s demand for ancient grains and wheat, product development and the farming practices they use to grow their grains, challenges they’ve faced, and her advice to new farmers and entrepreneurs.

In this episode we learn:

  • Brooke Lucy talks about Bluebird Grain Farms and why it exists
  • The fundamental shift in people’s demand for ancient grains and wheat 
  • Brooke explains how her role as a wilderness ranger impacts her leadership style
  • What are Brooke’s principles for product development?
  • Brooke explains the farming practices they use to grow their grains 
  • Why entrepreneurs lose sight of their end goal
  • The people that influenced Brooke and her husband’s grain-growing process
  • Brooke shares the challenges they’ve faced and her proudest moments
  • Brooke’s advice to new farmers and entrepreneurs 
  • What’s next for Bluebird Grain Farms? 
  • Women leaders that Brooke would like to elevate
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The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms

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About Brooke Lucy

Brooke Lucy is the Co-owner and Founder of Bluebird Grain Farms, a vertically integrated farm business that produces, processes, and sells ancient and heritage wheat and grains. Brooke is a visionary, educator, people person, and networker. She believes that people deserve access to pure, clean food, and she believes that producers have an obligation and social responsibility to the planet and humankind to grow and deliver sustainable food with minimal water use and a low carbon footprint. Brooke is honored to be an entrepreneurial environmentalist where she can work with the land and integrate her infinite wisdom while driving good food to the people.

Guests Social Media Links: 

LinkedIn Brooke Lucy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-lucy-b4ba6947

Website: https://bluebirdgrainfarms.com

Show Resources: 

This episode is brought to you by Retail Voodoo

Retail Voodoo has been building beloved and dominant brands in the food, wellness, beverage, and fitness CPG industries for over 30 years. They’ve served multinational companies like PepsiCo. and Starbucks, startups like High Key, and everything in between. 

Their proven process guides hundreds of mission-driven consumer brands to attract a broad and passionate fan base, crush their categories through growth and innovation, and magnify their social and environmental impact. 

So, if you are ready to find a partner that will help your business create a high-impact strategy that gives your brand an advantage, Retail Voodoo is here to help.

Visit retail-voodoo.com or email info@retail-voodoo.com to learn more.

Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva

How do you provide wellness through healthy drinks — and run a successful brand?

More people want to consume healthier foods and beverages — and it’s up to entrepreneurs to leverage this. Angela Zeng believes that earth has provided us with an abundance of simple, natural, and nutritious plant-based ingredients — not just to sustain life, but to help it flourish. With this in mind, Angela started her beverage brand to take care of people in a natural way. Now, she’s sharing the challenges and lessons she has learned while running her company.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Angela Zeng, Founder and CEO of Karviva, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey running a successful, healthy beverage brand. Angela explains where the idea for Karviva came from, how to manage food waste, the challenges and lessons she learned maneuvering a young, growing brand in the beverage industry, and the impacts of veganism and plant-based foods on the American diet.

In this episode we learn: 

  • Angela Zeng talks about Karviva and what it stands for
  • Angela explains where the Karviva product idea came from
  • Angela talks about food waste, how to solve this problem, and what people should know about low-carb diets
  • How Angela knew that she was headed in the right direction
  • Angela’s experience maneuvering a young, growing brand within the beverage industry
  • Generational differences in driving innovation and running businesses
  • The impacts of veganism and plant-based foods on the American diet
  • Angela shares a fun fact about postbiotics
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Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva

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About Angela Zeng

Angela Zeng is the Founder and CEO of Karviva, a wellness beverage brand. Angela has over 17 years of experience within the functional beverage and juice industry. Her passion for natural healing is rooted in her strong belief in traditional Chinese medicine and herbal sciences. Angela’s heritage and passion for Eastern medicine, combined with her education and experience in modern medical research, motivated her to create something new for consumers.

LinkedIn Leigh Keith : https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelazeng1/

Website : https://karviva.com/

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