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Vegan Business Talk features interviews with vegan business owners and entrepreneurs from across the globe. Plus a round-up of latest vegan business news. Hosted by journalist, media trainer and vegan business coach, Katrina Fox, author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business.

Vegan Business Talk Katrina Fox

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Vegan Business Talk features interviews with vegan business owners and entrepreneurs from across the globe. Plus a round-up of latest vegan business news. Hosted by journalist, media trainer and vegan business coach, Katrina Fox, author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business.

    VBT 153: Katrina Fox’s Top 5 Trends & Predictions for the Vegan & Plant-based Business Sector in 2021

    VBT 153: Katrina Fox’s Top 5 Trends & Predictions for the Vegan & Plant-based Business Sector in 2021

    In this episode I give you my top 5 trends and predictions in the vegan and plant-based business space for 2021.



    They are:



    1. Continued growth of the plant-based meat sector, with more IPOs, and a newcomer that’s aiming to replace KFC



    2. Creation of products using new biotechnology such as fermentation processes to create exact replicas of animal-based dairy and other items



    3. Developments in the animal-free & sustainable materials space, including the launch of an organization dedicated to furthering this innovation



    4. More multinational corporations getting in on the growing vegan and plant-based sector, through acquisitions, investment and accelerators (and why this is a good thing)



    5. More investors coming into the sector, including new platforms being set up to connect vegan and plant-based business owners with investors







    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



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    • 20 min
    VBT 152: Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers & Fare Well on pivoting her vegan eateries in 2020

    VBT 152: Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers & Fare Well on pivoting her vegan eateries in 2020

    In this episode I interview Doron Petersan, owner of Sticky Fingers and Fare Well vegan eateries in Washington, D.C.



    Doron opened Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats in 1999, drawing on her degree in dietetics from the University of Maryland and years of experience working in restaurants.



    In 2010 she grew Sticky Fingers to include wholesale distribution at grocers in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.



    She also opened an online Sticky Fingers store that ships sweets and merchandise nationwide across the US.



    In 2016, Doron opened Fare Well, a plant-based diner, bakery and bar.



    She is a two-time Food Network Cupcake Wars winner and author of the Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats cookbook.



    In this episode Doron talks about:



    • How her businesses have evolved over the past few years



    • How perceptions towards plant-based eating have changed



    • How she’s managed to continue to attract customers to her all-vegan eateries, despite more mainstream restaurants adding plant-based options



    • The impact of COVID-19 on her businesses and how she’s handled it



    • Her predictions for the plant-based dining sector



    • And more



    Visit the Sticky Fingers website

    Visit the Fare Well website

    Check out Doron's cookbook Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats



    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



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    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



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    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 36 min
    VBT 151: Food safety consultant Heather Landex on how vegan food service businesses may be missing opportunities

    VBT 151: Food safety consultant Heather Landex on how vegan food service businesses may be missing opportunities

    In this episode, I interview food safety consultant Heather Landex who’s originally from the UK and currently based in Denmark.



    Heather began working in the food service industry in 2000 and has worked in eight countries, in over 1000 food service businesses.



    Since training as an Environmental Health Practitioner she’s specialized in food safety, working with large food safety and safety compliance companies, The Olympic Games, and some of the largest chain restaurant brands and Michelin star restaurants.



    She’s developed and further specialized into allergy and dietary preferences beyond compliance and into customer service, marketing and branding in her aim to ensure that people feel included when they eat out and food service businesses are successful.



    Her upcoming book ‘Inclusive: The New Exclusive: How the Food Service Industry Can Stop Leaving Money on the Table’ is due out next year.



    In this episode Heather discusses:



    • Why food safety is important for a vegan food service business (and not just for obvious reasons)



    • What a vegan food service provider needs to take into account in regards to safety, and at what stages of the business



    • Why vegan and plant-based food businesses are leaving money on the table by excluding customers with certain dietary requirements.



    • What’s involved in ensuring your vegan café, restaurant or catering business can cater for other minority groups such as gluten-free, coealic or those with other allergies



    • The costs involved in both food safety and making your business more inclusive.



    • What street food vendors need to be aware of when it comes to food safety.



    • And more



    Visit Heather Landex’s website



    Pre-order Heather’s book ‘Inclusive: The New Exclusive: How the Food Service Industry Can Stop Leaving Money on the Table’ (for a limited time you can get a discount by using the coupon code VEGANSPECIAL)



    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 35 min
    VBT 150: Toni Okamoto of Plant Based on a Budget on becoming a successful vegan food blogger

    VBT 150: Toni Okamoto of Plant Based on a Budget on becoming a successful vegan food blogger

    In this episode I interview Toni Okamoto, the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies.



    California-based Toni is also the author of Plant-Based on a Budget and The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, as well as the co-host of the Plant-Powered People Podcast.



    Photo: Lauren Alisse Photography.



    Her work has been featured in the popular documentary What the Health, and she's a regular presence on local and national morning shows across the US, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget.



    Toni’s latest book, co-authored with her business partner Michelle Cehn, is The Friendly Vegan Cookbook: 100 Essential Recipes to Share with Vegans and Omnivores Alike.



    In this interview Toni discusses:



    • How the vegan food blog space has evolved over the past decade



    • What to do if you want to start a food blog



    • The best ways to get traffic to a food blog at the moment



    • How to monetize a food blog



    • How she’s able to support herself as a content creator full time and her tips for those interested in this career path



    • Strategies for both brands and influencers on how to work together successfully



    • Her experience of publishing her books including how this can enhance your business



    • And more



    Visit the Plant Based on a Budget website



    Find out more about The Friendly Vegan Cookbook: 100 Essential Recipes to Share with Vegans and Omnivores Alike



    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 51 min
    VBT 149: Manufacturers & suppliers discussion panel at VegFestUK Summerfest Online Trade Day

    VBT 149: Manufacturers & suppliers discussion panel at VegFestUK Summerfest Online Trade Day

    This episode features a panel discussion I hosted a couple of months ago for the VegFestUK Summerfest Online event for the Trade Day’s manufacturers and suppliers section.



    It features several renowned entrepreneurs in the food, fashion and beauty sectors.



    Among the topics they discuss include:



    • How lockdown impacted them



    • What they had to do to survive



    • What’s selling and why



    • The impact of lockdown on the development of new products



    • How the COVID-19 situation impacted their relationships with wholesalers, distributors and retailers



    • What staff issues have come up and how they’re handling them



    • What they need – from governments, retailers and customers to survive or thrive, especially with so much uncertainty and the possibility of further lockdowns



    • And more



    Watch the video:







    Panelists:



    ADRIAN LING, managing director of Plamil, the UK’s oldest vegan company (Adrian’s father Arthur was vegan in 1927!) which makes chocolate and other dairy-free items (yes, Adrian is the vegan Willy Wonka!)



    TAMMY FRY of Fry’s Family Foods, international plant-based meat brand which has been operating more than 20 years.



    RIMI AND MANAV THAPAR of LoveRaw, a healthy vegan snack bar company. Rimi turned down a deal on Dragon’s Den (UK equivalent to Shark Tank) to wait for a more suitable investor



    JOE HILL of One Planet Pizza, a fast-growing frozen vegan pizza brand and the first of its kind in the UK.



    LAURA WAY, founder of vegan watch company Votch, which creates unisex styles popular with both men and women.



    SUE HARRISON of Mahi Naturals, which provides skincare, haircare and organic beauty products sourced from around the world.



    VegFestUK is the largest provider of vegan events in the UK. Visit the VegFestUK website for details of upcoming events.



    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn



     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    VBT 148: Lawyer Carissa Kranz on creating global vegan certification program BeVeg

    VBT 148: Lawyer Carissa Kranz on creating global vegan certification program BeVeg

    In this episode I interview Carissa Kranz, a former professional ballet dancer-turned Super Lawyer who is the founding attorney and CEO of BeVeg International, a vegan certification firm managed by the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz, an American law firm with offices in Florida, New York, Washington D.C, Georgia, and California.



    Carissa, who has been vegan since birth, is a regular legal expert for major media networks including Fox, CNN, NBC and CBS and is currently an anchor with vegan and animal advocacy media outlet Jane Unchained News Network where she has her own weekly show Laws that Matter: Veganism & Law.



    BeVeg focuses on global vegan certification for products and services, and vegan labeling law and is ISO accredited.



    The firm is focused on defining a legal vegan standard, that provides the consumer with true truth and transparency in labeling laws.



    In this episode Carissa discusses:



    • Her journey from ballet to law and how the creativity and skills of the former are valuable to her current profession



    • Why she’s making vegan certification and labeling laws her mission



    • The difference between BeVeg and other vegan certification programs



    • What’s involved in BeVeg certification, including robust auditing, and some of the costs involved



    • The benefits of certifying your products with BeVeg



    • How even just applying for certification, regardless of how big or small your business is, can help to create positive change in food safety and ethical consumerism



    • And more



    Visit the BeVeg website



    Read the BeVeg White Paper on vegan labeling laws



    Watch Carissa’s show Laws That Matter: Veganism & The Law



    Check out Carissa’s personal injury law firm



    Visit Carissa’s personal website



    RESOURCES:



    My Online PR Course for Vegan Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Vegans in the Limelight



    My book Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business



    Services: Work with me



    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 48 min

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Golden Vegan Nuggets

Starting out in my own journey of going into a Vegan Business (EthicaLiving), I've found Katrina's podcast and the guests she interviews to offer valuable niche information. Veganism is growing exponentially, but at the same time is still a niche market and if you have a Vegan Business, this is the podcast you need to be listening to.

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