27 episodes

The Park Street Insider Podcast is dedicated to understanding the business strategies of the most interesting and successful thought leaders in the alcohol beverage space. In each episode we discuss the moves that shaped their careers, how they built some of the brands we all know and love, and some of the tools they can’t live without.The podcast will also feature shorter episodes with commentary from industry leaders on time-sensitive topics.

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The Park Street Insider Podcast is dedicated to understanding the business strategies of the most interesting and successful thought leaders in the alcohol beverage space. In each episode we discuss the moves that shaped their careers, how they built some of the brands we all know and love, and some of the tools they can’t live without.The podcast will also feature shorter episodes with commentary from industry leaders on time-sensitive topics.

    What's Trending—Andrew Merinoff on What Impact Investors Are Looking For

    What's Trending—Andrew Merinoff on What Impact Investors Are Looking For

    Impact investing is an investment strategy that is built on the intention to generate positive social or environmental impact through business investments.  On this episode of the Park Street Insider podcast, Andrew Merinoff, the founder of DisPact Ventures and Co-founder and Chairman of Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, sits down with Emily Pennington to discuss the intersection of impact investing and brand development.

     He'll take listeners through his investment strategy and help them understand the decision-making process behind how he allocates funds. He also covers the values his company operates under and the types of change he hopes to inspire in the wider bev-alc market. 
    Merinoff will also get specific about the models brands should adopt to succeed in the long term.  He offers his perspective on the importance of building the right team, what he wants to hear from brands when sizing up a potential investment and how brand owners should approach an exit strategy. 

    Listeners will also hear how his experience in the impact investment sector helped inform the brand development strategies he adopted when founding Chinola. He'll dive into his motivations for starting the brand, how his team brought the brand to market, and the models he thinks brands. 

    Episode Breakdown:

    Merinoff's background - 3:36
    Merinoff's principles of team building - 11:05
    Investment strategy at DisPact Ventures - 13:55
    Merinoff on industry disruption - 23:09
    Brand exit strategy - 34:24
    The founding of Chinola - 36:50
    Route to market strategy - 41:51

    Key Quote:

    "I think there are certain brands that need to chase top-line revenue, but most brands don't need to do that. They need to find their path for organic growth because companies will not buy you if there is no route to eventual profitability. If you can't leave a piece for acquisition that allows them immediate growth, you're going to fall short of that target." 
     

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Andrew Merinoff 

    Founder, DisPact Ventures
    Co-founder and Chairman of Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur


    Mentioned in this episode:
    DisPact Ventures: https://www.dispactventures.com/Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur: https://chinola.com/
    This episode was recorded in September of 2022 as part of the Park Street Insider Podcast's "What's Trending" series.


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    • 52 min
    Essential Talks—Campari America's Andrea Sengara on the Power of E-Commerce

    Essential Talks—Campari America's Andrea Sengara on the Power of E-Commerce

    With as much as 50% of retail sales—both on and off-premise—influenced by the experience consumers have online, e-commerce marketing serves as a viable brand-building opportunity. In the latest edition of Park Street University's Essential Talks series,  Andrea Sengara, Head of Marketing at Campari America, shares her best tips for brands to harness the power of e-commerce.   

    Sengara delivers a comprehensive overview of the key pillars to building out a robust e-commerce marketing strategy. She shares her insights on choosing a digital platform that works best for your company, the best ways to improve your digital performance and how to drive online conversions. She also covers strategies for creating a compelling digital shelf that will drive engagement.  Sengara encourages brands to avoid dead ends in their digital ecosystem by making it as easy as possible for consumers to make purchases online.

    Key Quote:

    "Recognize that e-commerce platforms and partners, yes they're a sales channel, but they're also a brand-building channel that critically influence purchase in that moment as well as outside that in the offline world as well."  

    Sengara's talk was recorded at Bar Convent Brooklyn in August of 2021.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Andrea Sengara, Head of Marketing at Campari America

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Campari Group: https://www.camparigroup.com/enInstacart: https://www.instacart.com/Watch the full video on Park Street University's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=282RW25qEY8&t=11s

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    • 13 min
    What's Trending—St. George's Dave Smith on the American Single Malt Category

    What's Trending—St. George's Dave Smith on the American Single Malt Category

    On the latest episode of the Park Street Insider Podcast, Andres Correa sits down with Dave Smith, Head Distiller at St. George Spirits to break down his distillery's whiskey-making approach. 

    Recorded just before the TTB issued its official definition of American Single Malt Whiskey, this episode traces the history of this category from the perspective of one of its earliest adopters: St. George Spirits. Smith offers his interpretation of what American Single malt should be and how St. George approaches this still developing segment.  He'll also get into where he sees the American single malt category heading in the coming years.

    Smith will get technical about the production methods his brand uses to create its products, their approach to responsible ingredient sourcing, and his insider tips for a great tasting. 

    Our conversation with Dave Smith was recorded live at this year's ACSA Convention in New Orleans.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Dave Smith, Head Distiller at St. George Spirits

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    • 39 min
    Essential Talks—Beam Suntory's Heather Boyd on RTD Innovation Strategy

    Essential Talks—Beam Suntory's Heather Boyd on RTD Innovation Strategy

    In this episode of the Park Street Insider Podcast, Heather Boyd, Managing Director of U.S. RTD at Beam Suntory, overviews the paradigm shifts that the ready-to-drink space is causing in the beverage alcohol industry. 

    Boyd breaks down the major players and innovations driving the RTD segment, the guiding forces behind the trends in the category, and how emerging brands can navigate this new regulatory environment. She shares Beam Suntory's RTD innovation strategy from a legal compliance perspective, something she considers key in a category where regulatory lines are often blurred.

    Boyd's talk was recorded at Bar Convent Brooklyn in June of 2022.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Heather Boyd, Managing Director of US RTD at Beam Suntory

    Mentioned in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVzGdSBZXcU&t=60s

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    • 12 min
    Live From Bar Convent Brooklyn—Diversity in Drinks Roundtable

    Live From Bar Convent Brooklyn—Diversity in Drinks Roundtable

    In recent years, we’ve seen an increased focus on diversity conversations in the wider beverage alcohol industry, but have these calls for equality moved the needle from a sales and funding perspective? 

    In this episode, a group of esteemed industry members tackle the impact of diversity in drinks, and how to continue to effectively market and share the stories of diverse founders. They cover the line between authentic marketing and cultural appropriation, creating transparency around where work cultures need to improve and what work needs to be done to create a more inclusive industry. 

    In this episode you'll hear from: 
    Lia Jones - Executive Director, Diversity In Food and BeverageTuan Lee - CEO + Co-Founder VERVET Kamuti Kiteme - Managing Director - Inclusive Investment Programs, Distill VenturesJomaree Pinkard - Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Hella Cocktail Co.Mentioned in This Episode:

    The Diversity Wheel: https://community.astc.org/ccli/resources-for-action/group-activities/diversity-wheel

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    • 45 min
    What It Takes—21 Seeds Co-Founder Kat Hantas

    What It Takes—21 Seeds Co-Founder Kat Hantas

    On the latest episode of the Park Street Insider Podcast, Emily Pennington sits down with Kat Hantas, Co-Founder of 21 Seeds Tequila, to discuss the brands meteoric rise and recent sale to Diageo. The two will dive into how Hantas used her personal experience to craft a brand that appealed to a previously overlooked consumer base. Listeners can expect to learn about 21 Seeds route to market strategy, how they utilized digital marketing to connect with their consumers and why their brand identity made them an attractive acquisition for Diageo.   

    Guests Include:
    Kat Hantas, Co-Founder & 21 Seeds

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

DrHarry69 ,

Davos Brands discussion very insightful

Loved listening to the Davos episode - amazing what Andrew and Guillaume were able to do - very inspirational for other entrepreneurs!

New Hampshire Listener ,

Good interview with Rob Maron of DISCUS

Emily's interview with Rob Maron of DISCUS was very informative as they discussed the impact of recent decisions surrounding Tariffs and their effect on the sales of distilled spirits. Emily's background is well suited to this format. Keep up the good work.

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