In this weekly interview series, Alex Oesterle asks the hard and sometimes uncomfortable questions to dive into what's working and what isn't in world of food and beverage marketing. From CMO's to social media managers, the ideas and strategies will change the way you approach building your brand.
If you're a marketing professional in the food and beverage space or intend to launch a new product, these interviews are an amazing resource for practical tactics you can implement from day one.
After co-founding a digital agency aimed at helping food and beverage brands boost sales to millennials, I started interviewing experts in the field to get insights into what makes the best food and beverage brands so successful.
I created this podcast to share these interviews with you, and to help other food and beverage businesses achieve their goals in an actionable and entertaining way!
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What to Know When Scaling From Farmers Markets to +5000 Stores with David Czinn
On the show, we have David Czinn, co-founder and president of D'Vash.
If you’re not already familiar, D’Vash’s makes a line of all-natural sweeteners which are derived from superfoods, like dates and sweet potatoes, (think “syrups" and "nectars”, except with 25% less sugar than regular honey).
While the idea of using dates to create a sweetener is pretty new in the US, date syrup has been around for a long time – as in, dating back to the biblical era.
During a trip in the Middle East, David and his best friend, Brian, tried date syrup for the first time and became obsessed. Realizing there was nothing like it sold in the US, David and Brian soon partnered up, founding what would become D'Vash.
In just a couple years, D'Vash went from two friends selling their Original Date Syrup at Farmers Markets, to now, where they're sold in over 5000 stores, and have a growing product line.
On today’s episode, David takes us through how he and his partner scaled the business up, from developing the product, to shifting to a co-packer, to landing the golden ticket of their first Walmart PO. Obviously things have been going pretty well for D'Vash, but there were certainly bug learnings in the process, which David shares in today’s episode.
Whether you’re thinking of starting your own food company, in the midst of scaling, or are trying to gain more market share, David’s interview will leave you with plenty of savvy marketing ideas applicable at almost any size company.
David's Recommended Reads:
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish Learn More About D’Vash at:
@dvashorganics on Instagram dvashorganics.com
Food Marketing Nerds is a production of Blue Bear Creative, the Social Media Agency for CPG and Restaurants.
How Actually Listening to Customers Can Uncover Huge Opportunities, with Jägermeister's Chas Littlefield
On the show today, we have Chas Littlefield, VP of Marketing for one of the largest spirit brands in the world: Jägermeister.
As a heavy hitter in the industry, Jägermeister is recognized across the globe, in just about every country. New product launches aside, brand awareness isn’t necessarily the main challenge at Jäger’s scale. the question instead becomes “how do you influence the way consumers think or feel about a brand they already know,” or at least think they know.
In our conversation, Chas and I discuss some of Jäger's recent campaigns and innovations, all of which bring different use cases of the product to the forefront. Jäger’s marketing team has done a great job highlighting the unique strengths of their product by identifying and leaning into how consumers are actually behaving.
We discuss the campaigns from insight to execution, how they’ve adapted the ideas to a changing wine and spirits landscape, and plenty of the learnings in between.
It’s not everyday you get to learn from a marketing legend, discussing one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Joining us out of New York, we're excited to welcome Chas Littlefield.
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Learn More About Jägermeister:
Jägermeister.com @jagermeister on Instagram
How to Stress-Test Your Brand Strategy with Michael Keplinger
Joining us on this episode, we have Michael Keplinger, Director of Strategy at Smashbrand.
Even if you’re not familiar with Michael’s agency, you’ve certainly seen their branding and packaging work on shelves, both at grocery stores or even in your own home. Smashbrand uses a research-forward process to stress-test brand strategy and packaging design, which helps them better understand what sways consumers in a given purchase decision.
Smashbrand works with brands like Kool-Aid, Yucatan Guacamole, 7-Eleven Private Label, Duracell, and even PayPal. While their brand work reaches beyond the food and beverage space, make no mistake, these people are absolutely food marketing experts.
In this episode, you’ll learn how Smashbrand uncovers the hidden insights that validate or nullify ideas around what influences purchase decisions.
If you’re in the strategy or consumer research side of marketing, I think you’ll find this conversation to be especially useful.
Learn more here:
For full interview transcripts and other valuable resources, check out FoodMarketingNerds.com. Food Marketing Nerds is a production of Blue Bear Creative, the Social Media Agency for CPG and Restaurants.
Demystifying Branding: How to Develop to a Winning Brand Strategy with Fred Hart
On the show today, we have Fred Hart, partner and creative director at Interact. Fred is a Food Marketing Nerds regular - he’s been on the podcast a handful of times, and he always brings new knowledge and a fresh perspective – which is why we keep inviting him back on.
Interact, is a world class branding and packaging design firm that specializes in CPG. They recently launched a really informative series called SprintToSuccess, which explains the branding and packaging design process. The content dives into the research, strategy, and creative work that goes into identifying and capitalizing on the white space in a given category.
In today’s episode, Fred talks us through the process of developing a winning brand strategy, and applying it through all facets of the brand.
While Interact specializes in CPG, and the deliverable of the process we discuss is ultimately new packaging design, the knowledge Fred shares around brand strategy and how to apply it in the real world is universal across a spectrum of different industries within food & beverage. Whether or not you have a rebrand in the pipeline, there are plenty of valuable takeaways in this episode for all of you brand marketers out there.
Interact Boulder Sprint to Success Content Series SuperFrau For full interview transcripts and other valuable resources, check out FoodMarketingNerds.com. Food Marketing Nerds is a production of Blue Bear Creative, the Social Media Agency for CPG and Restaurants.
Performance Branding: Building Brand Equity at Every Stage of the Funnel with Hayley Raymond of HelloFresh
We have an awesome interview lined up for you. Hayley Raymond, Associate Director of Brand Marketing at HelloFresh, joining us out of Brooklyn for today’s episode. HelloFresh has grown into the leader in the meal kit space, and as a direct to consumer company, they’ve built their portfolio of brands largely through performance marketing.
While branding and performance marketing have traditionally been somewhat at odds with one another, a big part of Hayley’s role is to break down silos and make sure HelloFresh is building brand equity at every stage of their marketing funnel.
In this episode, we talk through
How to quantify the results of difficult to measure top of funnel efforts Why a “brand sandbox” has replaced the standard brand book at HelloFresh How to merge dynamic creative with continuity through your customer touchpoints And plenty more.
A lot of times, branding and performance marketing are discussed as two completely separate schools of thought, but Hayley connects the dots of that right and left brain thinking in a really elegant and original way, that I think you’ll find very refreshing.
So without further adieu…
Creating Change: Outmaneuvering the Titans of Industry, with Chloe’s Fruit CEO, Michael Sloan
On the podcast today, we have Michael Sloan, CEO of Chloe’s Fruit. If you’re not familiar with the company, you are seriously missing out. Chloe’s makes several different varieties of clean ingredients, frozen treats that I can say from personal experience, are incredibly delicious and very quality.
Whether you’re a rising startup or the industry leader, product quality is critical to long term success. But, as you likely know as a listener of this podcast, there’s so much more than goes into which challengers become and remain household names, and which ones become statistics.
In most David and Goliath scenario’s, Goliath often wins. But in this episode, Michael tells us the story of how Chloe’s mission to create more accessible better for you options, not to mention a lot of savvy tactics met with great execution, has taken the company from a single shop in New York to the freezer aisle of over 10,000 stores across the country.
We get into a lot of things...
Pricing strategy when your ingredients are more expensive How licensing deals can help create opportunities for more distribution How to innovate your way to more shelf space… ...and so much more.
Michael is an amazing thought leader, and you’re going to come away from this episode with a lot of new thinking around non-traditional ways to build your company through the rapid changes in the food and bev industry.
Trillion Dollar Coach @ChloesFruit on Instagram
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What a great listen!! Insightful content and straight to the point. Three thumbs up.
Great Topics and Interviewees
I just started listening in 10/2019 and love all the shows. There are little nuggets of insight and inspiration in every show. I love the high level perspective from companies like Noosa, Wendy’s, and Barnana. I hope more shows are coming soon.
Love this podcast, lots to learn here!
I've listened to almost every one of Alex's Food Marketing Nerds podcasts and I have to say I learn something every time! Even when I start off thinking the specific food or company isn't lining up with my interests, I am pleasantly surprised a some nugget that I get out of it! Thanks Alex for a thoughtful, insightful show and for your encouraging interview style. If you have an interest in the food biz, this is a must. Nice job!