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Welcome to the Joshua Schall Audio Experience

On my podcast, you’ll hear episodes of my popular short-form Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) news segment "Consumed", a long-form CPG entrepreneurship interview segment "Formula For:", deeper dive segments "Deep Dish CPG", public speaking engagements, and any of my new and current thoughts that I record specifically for this audio experience!

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the Joshua Schall Audio Experience Joshua Schall

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Welcome to the Joshua Schall Audio Experience

On my podcast, you’ll hear episodes of my popular short-form Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) news segment "Consumed", a long-form CPG entrepreneurship interview segment "Formula For:", deeper dive segments "Deep Dish CPG", public speaking engagements, and any of my new and current thoughts that I record specifically for this audio experience!

Leave a review on iTunes and let me know what you think!

    1st Phorm Deserves More Respect | Why 1st Phorm is Different | Sal Frisella Silences Haters

    1st Phorm Deserves More Respect | Why 1st Phorm is Different | Sal Frisella Silences Haters

    1st Phorm isn’t like other supplement brands. That’s by design, but it seems to cause a level of ignorance by sports nutrition industry pundits that has always felt downright disrespectful to me. My belief is that outside of a rare few, the vast majority are one trick ponies that see the sports nutrition space through one lens only. Basically, they like to fit brands into boxes based on their understanding of the supplement market. The problem is that 1st Phorm doesn’t fit neatly into a box. Regardless, most of these supplement industry pundits recognize that 1st Phorm is successful by capitalistic market metrics. This does one of two things...they choose to simply ignore 1st Phorm all together or they take misguided jabs at them to try and generate attention or clicks. In my opinion, both are disrespectful. But, instead of hearing it just from me, I included a snippet of a conversation I had with Sal Frisella (President - 1st Phorm) on what he and his supplement brand thinks about it. Additionally, I breakdown a collection of strategies that are actually important and really damn impactful that 1st Phorm doesn’t get enough respect for, such as their job creation, free TransPhormation Challenges, Legionnaire Program, building the best community in the sports nutrition industry, leveraging of a vertically integrated business model, and being aggressively patient. Why is 1st Phorm different? 1st Phorm is an incremental success story…one that takes just as much patience to fully understand and appreciate.

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    • 12 min
    CPG Brands Have Gotten Innovation Drunk | Managing Innovation Risk

    CPG Brands Have Gotten Innovation Drunk | Managing Innovation Risk

    In a challenging business environment, where managing innovation risk has become critical, should you be expecting more than the typical brand-supplier relationship in the CPG industry? With tens of thousands of new CPG products launching every year, simply putting “new” on a bottle won’t get any meaningful market attention. There’s no doubt in my mind that innovation done right accelerates company growth in the CPG industry, but anticipating consumers’ needs, and measuring and managing innovation to address those needs, will continually get tougher. The supply side (e.g. ingredient suppliers and contract manufacturers) of the CPG industry have a vested interest in helping you beyond the lowest common denominator of just selling you ingredients or compiling the recipe or formula together to create that innovative new CPG product of your dreams. Seek out these partners, like Nutiani, as early as you can in the process to take advantage of value-added services and support. “What you don’t know can hurt you” or at least that ignorance can create disadvantages within the CPG industry. So, my baseline hope with this content was that you learned to elevate your expectations when seeking out supply side partners.

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    • 10 min
    Condition-Specific or Multifunctional | Supplement Industry Product Development

    Condition-Specific or Multifunctional | Supplement Industry Product Development

    Is the future of product development within the supplement industry heading towards more condition-specific or multifunctional formulation approaches? This juxtaposition in supplement industry product development approaches has been on mind for a while now...and there are so many considerations at play here coming from both the brand-level and supply side of the supplement industry, but also with how it all interacts to consumer behavior. We know that ingredient advances are enabling formulators to create products that can address a broader cluster of health conditions. At the same time, supplement brands are finding opportunities in smarter, more targeted products that appeal to specific subsets of consumers. While condition-specific is not a new approach in the supplement industry, it has gotten more prominent in the last few years though because of the overwhelming product proliferation within the supplement industry. Alternatively, we would be ignorant if we didn’t believe a subset of consumers appreciate convenient multifunctional products that can meet several wellness goals. But there’s also some other attributes at play in this condition-specific versus multifunctional debate. Though there's no central “best” approach to attack the supplement market, I'll explore this debate by looking at purchase criteria like price, personalization, marketing, and sales channel strategy. To further add depth to this content, I also included snippets of a recent conversation I had with Richard Wang, the CEO of ingredient company NuLiv Science, at the SupplySide West tradeshow.

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    • 15 min
    Premier Protein Product Recall Fear Was Overblown | BellRing Brands 2022 Q4 Update

    Premier Protein Product Recall Fear Was Overblown | BellRing Brands 2022 Q4 Update

    Purchasing volume has fallen for both Premier Protein and Dymatize, yet total revenues for the brands keep climbing…what’s going on here? As I normally do with my performance update content of publicly-traded functional CPG brands, I will use the recently filled earnings report, earnings conference call, and any relevant publicly disclosed news, in this case it’s Bellring Brands (NYSE: BRBR) 2022 Q4 earnings release, to obviously update you on the performance of brands in that portfolio, but also use it as the backdrop to discuss market insights within the active nutrition formats of the liquids, powders, and bars. BellRing Brands is a portfolio that owns a collection of convenient nutrition brands like Premier Protein, Dymatize Nutrition, Powerbar, and Joint Juice, which was previously wholly-owned by Post Holdings. A fast-paced and busy lifestyle is pushing consumers to switch to quick and healthy meal options. This has resulted in the increased household penetration of RTD protein shakes that promote active lifestyles. Bellring Brands had a strong 2022 Q4 with net sales reaching $379.2 million, which was up 11.5% YoY. Premier Protein (81% of BellRing Brands total revenue) grew 10.1% YoY because it was able to exercise pricing power because of its strong brand equity in the inflationary market. Dymatize Nutrition was up 31.6% YoY stemming from price increases. I also give some more detail later in the content about why both Premier Protein and Dymatize struggled with comparative volumes. Finally, I explain why the voluntary product recall, that was initiated by one of the company’s contract manufacturers, might not be much of a problem to available supply and brand equity at all based on information that I found throughout the financial documents.

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    • 11 min
    Celsius Energy Drink Passed Bang Energy For 3rd Place | Celsius Holdings 2022 Q3 Update

    Celsius Energy Drink Passed Bang Energy For 3rd Place | Celsius Holdings 2022 Q3 Update

    Did y’all really think the party was over for Celsius Holdings after the PepsiCo deal? Come on man! Celsius Holdings (NASDAQ: CELH) hit another record quarterly revenue ($188 million - up 98% YoY) and represented its 17th consecutive quarter of sequential growth for the energy drinks brand. While Celsius energy drinks saw massive growth in convenience stores, mass retailers like Walmart, the club channel, and the Amazon marketplace...the big news this quarter was that the brand announced they passed Bang Energy to become the third most popular energy drink in the U.S. market. Now…hold your horses on getting super excited about that. Firstly, this is based on one week data from IRI. Secondly, Celsius is beating a Bang Energy brand that is battered, bruised, and confused where they are at right now. Just like when retailers were delisting Coke Energy, Celsius is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Bang Energy delisting process. So, Celsius is gaining incremental shelf space on that change, but you can’t assume Bang Energy or other fast charging energy drink brands like GHOST, C4, Alani Nu, or Ryse Fuel are going to make it easy for them to retain it long-term.

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    • 12 min
    BSN Getting Back Into Bodybuilding | SlimFast Brand Overhaul | Glanbia 2022 Q3 Update

    BSN Getting Back Into Bodybuilding | SlimFast Brand Overhaul | Glanbia 2022 Q3 Update

    Will revamping SlimFast and BSN be the answer to solving the struggles of both Glanbia Performance Nutrition brands? Glanbia Performance Nutrition had 2022 Q3 revenue growth of 13.7% YoY on a constant currency basis from strong pricing increases. They also benefitted from the mid-2021 acquisition of LevlUp, a gamer (esports) nutrition brand. Glanbia Performance Nutrition is one of two wholly-owned segments of Glanbia plc (LON:GLB), a multi-billion dollar global nutrition company. The brands in the Glanbia Performance Nutrition portfolio include; Optimum Nutrition, BSN, think!, Isopure, Amazing Grass, and SlimFast. I'll use the recent earnings report, earnings call, and associated news to update you on how Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Performance Nutrition is performing against the complex operating environment. Additionally, I'll dive deeper into Glanbia Performance Nutrition categorial performance (performance nutrition, healthy lifestyle, weight management, and international). Finally, I share a collection of hot takes or things I’m left pondering about Glanbia at this current time, which includes the Slim Fast brand overhaul, BSN getting back into bodybuilding, and why your sports nutrition brand shouldn't follow the leader during this current recessionary period.

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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Andrew Calvino ,

5 star informative

Joshua gives such great insight into what’s happening within the supplement space & many other industries, also I appreciate how he breaks down information so everyone can understand the subject matter is he is speaking about

Mdjcks ,

Easy listens packed full of juicy content!!!

Highly recommend

Bootka ,

Informative CPG Insights

Joshua Schall has done a very good providing information for those in the CPG space, especially in supplements and food. He has strong ties to the sports nutrition industry and provides great information and insights into this and other segments of the business.

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