26 episodes

Full Stack Food is a podcast about food and innovation. We cover topics ranging from plant-based meat to robot-operated vertical farms, and the impact of COVID on the startup scene. You’ll hear interviews with entrepreneurs developing new ways to produce, distribute, and consume food. We also showcase cool startups looking to change the world, and discuss some of the buzzworthy topics in food innovation. Join journalist, Aditi Roy and investor, Brett Brohl to navigate the exciting world of food tech.

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    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

Full Stack Food is a podcast about food and innovation. We cover topics ranging from plant-based meat to robot-operated vertical farms, and the impact of COVID on the startup scene. You’ll hear interviews with entrepreneurs developing new ways to produce, distribute, and consume food. We also showcase cool startups looking to change the world, and discuss some of the buzzworthy topics in food innovation. Join journalist, Aditi Roy and investor, Brett Brohl to navigate the exciting world of food tech.

    Does Storytelling Matter in Food? A Special Episode with Reuters Events "Transform Food 2023"

    Does Storytelling Matter in Food? A Special Episode with Reuters Events "Transform Food 2023"

    This summer, Reuters Events launched Transform Food 2023, a event accelerating innovation and collaboration within the global food
    and agriculture industry. As a precursor to the main event in Fall, 2023, Reuters Events teamed up with Full Stack Food's Aditi Roy, who moderated a panel discussion addressing the issue, "How Must We Rethink Emotional Resonance in New Food Categories." Irina Gerry, Chief Marketing Officer at Change Foods, and Paige Graham, SVP of Social Impact and Sustainability at Edelman joined Aditi in discussing why storytelling and building emotional connection with mass audiences is a critical part of scaling in new food categories. In this special episode, we bring you the unedited panel discussion. In addition, Aditi, Brett, and Stephanie discuss some of the topics highlighted during the panel, and ponder why and how storytelling matters in food innovation.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Can You Make (Good) Chocolate Without Cocoa and Coffee Without Beans? A Conversation with Adam Maxwell and Kelsey Tenney, Voyage Foods

    Can You Make (Good) Chocolate Without Cocoa and Coffee Without Beans? A Conversation with Adam Maxwell and Kelsey Tenney, Voyage Foods

    Adam Maxwell and Kelsey Tenney are almost polar opposites. What makes them such a formidable pair of co-founders is the one thing they do have in common. They are both downright obsessed with the science behind food. That mind meld led the pair to launch Voyage Foods, which makes your favorite staples with alternative ingredients to produce food more sustainably. The Oakland-based company recently launched peanut butter without the peanuts, and they’re also working on chocolate without cocoa and coffee without beans. Kelsey and Adam’s partnership began across the country on the East Coast - he had worked in fine dining, and she had a sweet tooth. Together, they believe they can replace ingredients that are becoming increasingly scarce in the world…with her capacity to solve hard problems and his big vision…and counterculture attitude that arose from his Boston childhood.

    • 44 min
    When Will Fake Meat Taste Like Real Meat (Part 2)? A Conversation with Tyler Huggins, CEO/Co-Founder, Meati

    When Will Fake Meat Taste Like Real Meat (Part 2)? A Conversation with Tyler Huggins, CEO/Co-Founder, Meati

    Tyler Huggins is not a man of many surprises. Rather, he is a study of consistency. The things that matter to him most today are the same things he cared about as a child, as a teenager, and as a young adult. For one, he loves nature. And second, he wants to devote his life to preserving it. Tyler feels a kinship with land, trees, air, and water that feels core to who he is and it drives what he does. As a student, he studied ecology, biology, and engineering - marrying his love for the outdoors and living things with his passion for solving problems. Tyler also studied grizzly bears when he took up a side-hustle as a forest ranger....and also worked on water issues. After college, he started a land restoration company .. and later, as a PhD student, he landed on mycelium as a sustainable way to make structures from battery components to leathers and even building materials. After a brief flirtation with air filtration, Tyler realized that ultimately, he could have the biggest impact on the world by making food sustainably. And that's how Meati was born. Today, Meati - which makes plant-based meat from mushrooms - appears to be a raging success...it's backed by celebrity chefs, it just entered a partnership with Sprouts and it's building a mega-ranch to meet insatiable demand for its products. But for Tyler - the man of few surprises - none of these endeavors are far flung from his childhood growing up next to a national forest…

    • 43 min
    Can Data Fix Food? A Conversation with Kellee James, Founder/CEO, Mercaris

    Can Data Fix Food? A Conversation with Kellee James, Founder/CEO, Mercaris

    Markets and data transparency may sound like dry subjects, until you hear Kellee James talk about her life’s work. Kellee is the CEO and founder of Mercaris, a market data service, and trading platform for organic agricultural products. Over the course of her life, Kellee saw the power of exchanges in addressing social or climate issues. One example is, how cap and trade programs solved the problem of acid rain. And now, Mercaris is bringing more transparency to organic markets by providing farmers, processors, and consumers packaged goods companies with pricing data for organic foods. Mercaris is also a trading platform for organic commodities. In providing that transparency, Mercaris helps remove the hidden costs of those foods, and could help incentivize more farmers to switch over to organic crops. While it’s hard to imagine Kellee working on anything but market economics…that subject was pretty far flung from her childhood dream of riding horses for a living….

    • 40 min
    What's Stopping New Foods from Getting to Market? A Conversation with Riana Lynn, Founder/CEO, Journey Foods

    What's Stopping New Foods from Getting to Market? A Conversation with Riana Lynn, Founder/CEO, Journey Foods

    Riana Lynn’s company, Journey Foods, applies data to the world’s biggest food supply chains to help bring plant-based foods to market faster and more cost efficiently. That may sound like a big undertaking, but it’s just one of Riana’s many superpowers. From her days as an elite athlete and pre-med student to her early entrepreneurial experiences as the founder of a massively successful juice bar and a stint working for the White House - one of Riana’s early challenges was figuring out where could have the most impact while doing what she loved. Today, Riana sits at an unique intersection of food, data, nutrition, and culture that reflects her own journey…

    • 36 min
    Is The Future of Food Vegan (and Female)? A Conversation with Jennifer Stojkovic, Founder, Vegan Women Summit

    Is The Future of Food Vegan (and Female)? A Conversation with Jennifer Stojkovic, Founder, Vegan Women Summit

    We’ve interviewed many founders for Full Stack Food, but Jennifer Stojkovic is truly one–of-a kind. She created The Vegan Women Summit, which brings together more than a thousand women to help make our food systems more sustainable, accessible, and equitable. She's also an investor, founder, and author of "The Future of Food is Female."
    Stojkovic is devoted to increasing representation for women in the food system; she's started programs to increase the number of women launching, investing in, and working for food innovation companies. Above all, Stojkovic says she doesn’t expect everyone to become vegan; rather, her goals are more about systemic change - about targeting the food system to create more opportunities to bring delicious and affordable vegan choices to mass consumers.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Harry Campbell ,

Great Podcast!

Great podcast! Loved the episode about the "spaceship on wheels" with Benson Tsai of Stellar Pizza. Probably shouldn't have listened to it while working out at the gym though... all that pizza talk made me hungry lol!

KBSitar ,

Produce waste and Apeel.

Interesting episode. Have wasted plenty of produce. Trying to be better. Mango will solve the world hunger!!! Kudos to the Apeel founder. Good job Aditi.

lddb4 ,

Worth a listen!

Really engaging discussions about the biggest topics in food tech! At first I was skeptical due to Brett’s controversial opinions on brunch, but after hearing his feelings on everything bagels I came around.

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