A podcast about building consumer product (CPG) startups. When Haven's Kitchen launched its fresh sauces in grocery stores across the U.S., founder Alison Cayne knew they were jumping into something crazy. In her effort to get educated, she started meeting with everyone she knew and respected who could advise her - from operations and supply chain gurus to brand marketing and social media mavens. Then she started having those conversations as a podcast so that other entrepreneurs can learn from them as well. This is the story of building Haven’s Kitchen. But it’s also the story of every growing business. Because we’re all In the Sauce.
Kendall Dickieson is the social media and influencer marketing consultant helping brands like Graza, Canopy, and immi become best friends with their consumer. On this episode of ITS, Kendall talks all things social, content, and how to make community more than a buzzword.
Building on a Family Recipe
Crystal Ung is the Founder and CEO of Bowlcut, the sauce brand named after everyone’s favorite 80s haircut, building next generation Asian-American flavor. On this episode of ITS, Ali and Crystal talk about Operating Principles, leadership, and how Bowlcut is the culmination of Crystal's life and career.
Building with a Strategic Creative
Taja Dockendorf is the Founder and Chief Creative Director of Pulp+Wire, an award-winning consumer packaging, branding, and digital agency that's worked with brands like Petco, Magnolia Bakery, Bob’s Red Mill, and Vermont Creamery. On this episode of ITS, Taja breaks down what makes branding, digital content, and packaging both visually compelling and rooted in functionality and effectiveness.
Building with Cows
Hayley Painter is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Painterland Sisters, an organic skyr yogurt company a mission to connect consumers with family farmers. On this episode of ITS, Hayley tells Ali why she and her sister Stephanie began packaging their thick, creamy yogurt, how they're changing the narrative on dairy farming, and what the future holds for the sisters and their community.
Building a Newsletter
Nate Rosen is the founder of Express Checkout, a newsletter dedicated to the latest news and trends across CPG, retail, eCommerce, and supply chain. On this episode of ITS, Nate and Ali talk economic recovery, c-stores, and best practices for developing, writing, and building subscribers for newsletters.
Building a Good Time
Marissa Hohner is the CEO & founder of Good Time Creative, the agency best known for creating trade show exhibits, experiential installations, influencer kits, and custom merch for brands like Chomps, Belgian Boys, Culture Pop, Ulta, Gatsby, Celsius, and Imperfect Foods. On this episode of ITS, Marissa and Ali talk about best ways to express your brand without spending more than you should, and what some brands may be missing without realizing it.
CPG incubator in podcast form
I love listening and always recommend this podcast to CPG startups I work with. It’s so informative and interesting! The archive of episodes has answers to most issues they’ll need to tackle!
Alison does a great job of breaking down a guest’s insight into actionable tasks she can incorporate into her own business, or at least relate them to. Not a “talking head”, but a conversationalist with other CPG pros helping novices like me find my way.
My favorite podcast!
Ali is so wonderful. She bring amazing guests and is super knowledgeable. I learn a lot about building a business, wish Ali would speak more.