24 episodes

INFRA's Buyer's Desk is hosted by Chris Sorensen, Promotions Program Manager & Angela Bozo, Director of Member Programs at INFRA. They will guide listeners through quick snapshots on Natural Food trends & insights, interviews with INFRA member store buyers & Natural Food brand founders, and conversations with INFRA staff experts to discuss the month's topic.

The Buyer's Desk Independent Natural Food Retailers Association

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INFRA's Buyer's Desk is hosted by Chris Sorensen, Promotions Program Manager & Angela Bozo, Director of Member Programs at INFRA. They will guide listeners through quick snapshots on Natural Food trends & insights, interviews with INFRA member store buyers & Natural Food brand founders, and conversations with INFRA staff experts to discuss the month's topic.

    Sourcing Smarter, Sourcing Local

    Sourcing Smarter, Sourcing Local

    Brought to you by JonnyPops & Painterland Sister's Skyr Yogurt.
    In celebration of Independent Retailer Month, we're exploring a unique strength of independent retailers: local sourcing!
    First, SPINS expert Jim Olson delves into how local sourcing resonates with values-oriented consumers. Then, Chris and Jim join forces in a discussion with Allison Hohn, Executive Director at Naturally Minnesota, about connecting small brands with the resources they need to thrive and the crucial role independent retailers play in helping these brands gain traction. Lastly, Angela interviews David Warner from INFRA Member City Feed and Supply, focusing on prioritizing the customer's perspective and building strong relationships with local vendors.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EXTRAS: KeHE Holiday Show Highlights

    EXTRAS: KeHE Holiday Show Highlights

    In this bonus episode, Chris takes to the KeHE Holiday Show floor to chat with lots of INFRA brand partners about the latest innovations in natural foods!
    First, Chris chats with founder Haley from Actual Veggies about innovation in the veggie burger space. Next, he has a conversation with Addy about GoMacro’s exciting new flavors and compostable packaging. Michael from MyBacon talks about the endless possibilities of mycelium protein, and much more! 
    Shout out to the INFRA members we ran into at the show - including folks from A Clean Plate, Gibson’s Fresh Grocer, Cornucopia Natural Foods, Skyline Health, Pilgrim’s Market, Leg Up Farmer’s Market, and Spangler’s Market! 

    • 54 min
    Making Waves with Sea Food Sustainability

    Making Waves with Sea Food Sustainability

    This episode is brought to you by Klean Kanteen & Safe Catch. 
    In this month’s episode we’re diving deep into sea food sustainability! SPINS expert Jim Olson gives us the run down on CPG brands making responsible sea food happen - including products in the tin fish and seaweed snack categories. Next, Angela and INFRA Fresh Retail Consultant Matt Olson sit down with Michelle Beritzhoff-Law from Fishwise - a sustainable sea food consultancy organization. Lastly, Chris chats with Nicole Gitlin from Nordic Naturals about how they value regulated fishing and bycatch prevention in producing their Omega-3 supplements. 

    • 49 min
    AAPI Innovators in the Retail Space

    AAPI Innovators in the Retail Space

    In honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Chris and Angela are sitting down with AAPI retailers and brand founders making waves in the natural foods space. Chris interviews Justin Gill, Founder & CEO of Bachan’s, about the meaning behind Bachan’s octopus logo, not sacrificing ingredient cost for quality, and secret family recipes. Next, Angela chats with Yogesh Patel, Owner of Nature’s Pick Market in Marietta, GA, about his health food awakening, building partnerships with local businesses, and organic juicing!  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EXTRAS: Exploring Expo West 2024

    EXTRAS: Exploring Expo West 2024

    In this special bonus episode, Angela and Jim take the Expo West show floor to give you exclusive interviews with your favorite brands! Jim chats with Seth Goldman from Eat the Change about sourcing from Mozambique and democratizing organic and Fair Trade products. Angela gets the scoop from Christy Goldsby from Honey Mamas about the benefits of coconut oil. Plus, hear from other great brands like KIND, Mixhers, Odyssey Elixirs, and more!

    • 24 min
    Retail for a Greener Tomorrow

    Retail for a Greener Tomorrow

    This episode is brought to you by Compostic, GOODSAM, and Lundberg Family Farms. 
    This month, Chris and Angela celebrate Earth Month with two amazing guests! 
    Angela sits down with Shannon Holtzman, Purchasing and Merchandising Manager at Leg Up Farmer’s Market, to talk re-usable bags, the labor (and love) of local sourcing, and Shannon’s career journey as a Category Manager.
    Next, Chris chats with Elizabeth Whitlow, Executive Director of the Regenerative Organic Alliance, about the importance of soil health, building upon the organic certification, and hydroponics. 

    • 1 hr 13 min

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