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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

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    • 4.6 • 31 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 163: Izzy Shu of JOI on Turning a Thesis Project into a Vegan Milk Business with a Difference

    VBT 163: Izzy Shu of JOI on Turning a Thesis Project into a Vegan Milk Business with a Difference

    In this episode I interview Izzy Shu, one of four co-founders of JOI (Just One Ingredient), a plant-based milk company with a difference.



    When Izzy and her fellow co-founders met in grad school, they quickly realized their shared passion for healthier lifestyles and a quest to make the world more sustainable, and created a thesis project: An innovative solution to make plant-based milks cleaner, more accessible and more eco-friendly.



    In 2016, JOI was created. The company offers concentrates made from whole, natural, raw ingredients which, when blended with water, create customizable, instant clean and nutritious plant-based milks.



    Before founding JOI, Izzy worked in marketing and brand identity, as well as graphic and production design.



    In this interview Izzy discusses:



    • Why the company pivoted from hardware manufacturer to creating food products, despite investing time and money in the former



    • How JOI is different to other plant-based milks and also to standard ‘instant milk’



    • The benefits of a subscription-based sales model and a customer rewards program



    • How Covid impacted the business – in a good way



    • And more







    Visit the JOI 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



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    • 31 min
    VBT 162: Jena Bautmans of Jenah St. on Ditching Leather & Starting a Vegan Handbag Brand

    VBT 162: Jena Bautmans of Jenah St. on Ditching Leather & Starting a Vegan Handbag Brand

    In this episode I interview Jena Bautmans, the founder of Jenah St., a vegan handbag and accessories brand in Germany.



    Before founding Jenah St. in 2019, Jena was the co-founder of Buckle & Seam, a men’s accessories company that uses animal leather.



    While working in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Pakistan, she experienced an awakening of how the land and people are impacted by heavy industries like fashion, which changed the way she looks at the world.



    She decided to make a difference as a result of seeing how tanneries actually process animal leather and its impact on the environment, people and animals.



    In this interview Jena discusses:



    • Her diverse career journey from legal intern, marketing assistant and creative director to co-founder of a startup



    • Her experience of being a female serial entrepreneur in a male-dominated startup space



    • What she learned from founding Buckle & Seam that was useful in launching Jenah St.



    • How she avoids the issue of over-production that is prevalent in mainstream fashion



    • The company’s circular handbag program and how it benefits both the customer and the business



    • How Covid-19 impacted her young business and how she handled it



    • And more







    Visit the Jenah St. 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



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    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 38 min
    VBT 161: Tev Finger of Luxury Brand Partners & R+Co Bleu on Creating Vegan , Sustainable, Clean Beauty & Haircare Products

    VBT 161: Tev Finger of Luxury Brand Partners & R+Co Bleu on Creating Vegan , Sustainable, Clean Beauty & Haircare Products

    In this episode, I interview beauty industry veteran Tev Finger.



    He started in the industry in 1990. Since 2006, Tev has helped to create, launch and grow beauty brands across the globe through his company Luxury Brand Partners (LBP).



    He does this by partnering with key talent while focusing on unique distribution models and collaborating on product innovation, while staying on top of the latest consumer trends.







    Based in Miami Florida, LBP products are currently sold in 23 countries across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and can be found in top salons and specialty retailers including Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter.



    Some of the brands he’s built have sold to large corporations including Estée Lauder for billions of dollars.



    Now a vegan himself, Tev is focusing his efforts on investing in cleaner brands and ideas to not only help the planet, but to help push the beauty industry as a whole to reach for higher, cleaner, more sustainable standards that haven’t been done before.



    In December 2020 he helped launch R+Co Bleu, a clean, sustainable, vegan, luxury haircare line which is believed to be the first to introduce 100% PCR packaging.



    In this interview, Tev discusses:



    • How he decides which brands to launch and partner with



    • How he decides which talent and influencers to work with



    • What independent hair and beauty brands can do that conglomerates can’t and how to use this to your advantage



    • The challenges he faced in creating R+Co Bleu, especially with sustainable packaging, and how he handled them



    • The different aspects of hair and beauty products that appeal to different customers, and why this is important for brands to know



    • Certifications including if and when to include them on your products



    • And more







    Visit the Luxury Brand Partners website

    Visit the R+Co website

    Visit the R+Co Bleu 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 54 min
    VBT 160: Bonnie Brown & Paul Turcotte of Passion Placement on Launching a New Jobs Platform for Mission-Driven Employers & Candidates

    VBT 160: Bonnie Brown & Paul Turcotte of Passion Placement on Launching a New Jobs Platform for Mission-Driven Employers & Candidates

    In this episode, I interview Bonnie Brown and Paul Turcotte, co-founders of Passion Placement, a new employment platform focused on connecting people with mission-driven organizations doing work that matters to them.



    Bonnie is a CPA, senior level executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years hands-on experience in finance, management, information systems and business leadership.







    Paul is an entrepreneur and business executive who built, owned, operated, for 20 years, and sold a successful, high-volume, real estate brokerage of 70 sales associates with offices in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.



    Passion Placement curates every job that the platform posts to make sure member companies are in support of sustainable living, animal advocacy or creating alternatives to animal-based products.



    In this interview Bonnie and Paul discuss:



    • How Passion Placement differs from other vegan job boards and platforms



    • How the platform works for both job seekers and employers



    • The kinds of jobs that are currently advertised on the platform including what’s in high demand right now



    • The types of positions they anticipate will become more in demand in the future



    • At what stage a business needs a Chief Financial Officer, whether fractional or full time



    • The extra support with HR and business development that they’re offering with the debut of their second platform New Earth Partners



    • And more







    Visit the Passion Placement website



    Visit the New Earth Partners 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 34 min
    VBT 159: Kati Ohens of Plantcraft on Exiting Her Digital Agency Career to Create Vegan Deli Meats

    VBT 159: Kati Ohens of Plantcraft on Exiting Her Digital Agency Career to Create Vegan Deli Meats

    In this episode I interview Kati Ohens, co-founder of vegan deli meats company Plantcraft in New Zealand.



    After a 20-year marketing, advertising, and software executive career, Kati exited her agency to start working in the mission-based space.



    While working as a vegan transition coach, she noticed the gap in the alternative meat market, and the need for deli slices.







    Kati met commercial banking executive Csaba Hetenyi, a fellow Hungarian, during a work project as they were looking at commercializing a new food tech IP.



    As she learned about the technology, Kati discovered that it could be used to make groundbreaking, sustainable, plant-based meat alternatives, and in 2018 the pair founded Plantcraft.



    The company is just about to launch its first products into the US market.



    In this interview Kati discusses:



    • The challenges of running a services-based business to a product-based business and she’s handled them



    • The different roles she and co-founder Csaba’s have and how they complement each other



    • The two most important criteria for business success



    • How Covid impacted the business



    • Marketing strategies that are working we, including where buyers are now looking to find new products



    • Why ‘plant-based’ is on the packaging for the US market but may be different when the company launches in other markets



    • How she got investors on board, including one that had never invested in a plant-based brand and was so keen that they returned for a second raise



    • And more







    Visit the Plantcraft 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 45 min
    VBT 158: Stephanie Miklosvary of Lucky Chick on Relaunching a Vegan Cosmetics Brand After an 11-Year Break

    VBT 158: Stephanie Miklosvary of Lucky Chick on Relaunching a Vegan Cosmetics Brand After an 11-Year Break

    In this episode, I interview Stephanie Miklosvary, founder of Lucky Chick, a vegan cosmetics brand in New York.



    Stephanie founded and created the company in 2000 as she was putting her art degree to work as a shoe designer in New York City.







    Nicknamed “Lucky Chick” by a friend for living in her LC (Lobby C) apartment, she decided to create a persona around her new name.



    Inspired by art and self-expression, Lucky Chick Cosmetics makes a vibrant range of color-intensive glosses, lipsticks, shimmers and shadows to encourage people to treat themselves as the masterpieces they are.



    In 2007, Stephanie put the business on hold for over a decade, and relaunched in 2018.



    In this interview Stephanie discusses:



    • Why she took a break from the company for over a decade and what motivated her to revive it



    • The challenges she faced with the relaunch compared with the challenges when she first started the brand nearly two decades earlier



    • How she landed a deal with luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus, only for it to be put on pause when Covid-19 hit



    • How she got Lucky Chick products to be used by make-up artists on Dancing with the Stars



    • The impact of Covid-19 on her business and relaunch, including some unexpected upsides



    • How she got her products added to a beauty subscription box and the benefits of this kind of collaboration



    • And more







    Visit the Lucky Chick 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





    Follow Vegan Business Media on:



    Facebook  

    Twitter 

    Instagram 



    Connect with me personally at:



    Facebook 

    Twitter 

    LinkedIn

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

@athleticfoodhacks ,

She asks what I’m thinking

What a talented interviewer Katrina is. I listen in the pool and I need to stop because at every corner, she asks exactly the question I’m asking in my head and the answers are always things I want to write down and remember. Actionable tips, easy to follow, super insightful. Fantastic podcast!

Arlie K ,

Best of the Best!

If you’re currently a business owner, entrepreneur, or want to be one in the future then this podcast should be part of your weekly content diet. Katrina does a great job featuring guests that are making the world a better place with what they do. It's a great listen!

RWInvesther ,

Dig into vegan business

Katrina brings every aspect of vegan businesses interviewing a variety of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to help understand what being vegan is in a business landscape. Her interviews are thoughtful and thought provoking.

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