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Bootleg Avocado - Food & Cannabis Ventures

Author: Bootleg Avocado

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Our food centric podcast helps to introduce entrepreneurs who are in early stage food and cannabis ventures and learn about their journey.
27 Episodes
This week we sat down with Kaelan Castetter, CEO of the Castetter Sustainability Group, and dug into what its like to run a family business in the cannabis industry.  How has the group supported and grown other hemp companies through advocacy and regulatory strife in the Empire State?  Also what does their CBD infused wine taste like?
What does it take to launch a food brand in the cannabis space? Scott Jennings, Co-founder & CEO, Pantry Food Co. stops by to talk about his transition from Wall Street to being at the helm of a chef driven food brand. How do you choose your "investors'" while also investing in your team? 
This week, we had the pleasure to chat with Serafina Palandech, Co-founder and CEO of A Boring Life.  We discuss the current landscape for early stage startups in the food cannabis space and what it takes to survive in the first few months with impending regulatory changes on the horizon.  
Who doesn't like ice cream?! Founder and CEO, David Yusefzadeh, of Cloud Creamery stops by to chat about his journey through restaurant life and how his bout with Crohn's Disease lead him into exploring cannabis and eventually creating Cloud Creamery.  
Happy New Year Everyone! Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel King, Chief Development Officer, of Kaneh Company.  Rachel started in the fine dining scene in San Diego and decided to take a risk into the cannabis industry.  So sit back, relax and listen to her journey while eating one of her delicious Kaneh brownies.  
This week we had the pleasure of speaking with, Christine Yi, co-founder and chief brand officer of Potli.  We discuss their unique approach to the CDB infused edibles market and how they crafted their products for high functional individuals.
Pollen - Next Gen CBD

Pollen - Next Gen CBD


In this episode we chat with CEO, Melanie Goldsmith of Pollen.  Melanie gives us the story of how her first company forced her to find a way to deal with the rigors of startup life, ultimately leading her to launch Pollen.  
In the episode, we had to opportunity be a fly on the wall at Adrian Farquharson's MARY holiday pop up at the Come Back Daily storefront.  MARY explores ways to educate and enlighten our society on cannabis culture; change negative impressions and eliminate stigmas; and cultivate community and togetherness with family and friends.  Interviews include: Amy Chin of Calm Better Days, Minchul An of Buzzn, Sylvia Wehrle of June, and Sara Kern of Papa & Barkley.  
We chat with Meenal Lele, Founder and CEO of Lil Mixins.  Their mission is very simple: make early introduction easy so they can put an end to food allergies.  This is the one episode you don't want to miss if you are a new parent.  
In this episode we chat with CEO, Mike Straight of FarmPod.  With the numerous farming options out there, Mike takes us through his world of Aquaponics and how his FarmPods have revolutionized food service, education, and other industries.  
Bootleg Avocado brings you TBJ Gourmet, next level bacon jams.  Chef and owner, Mike Oraschewsky, walks us through his product line of jams and rubs and chats about his journey out of restaurants for good.  Help support his equity crowd funding campaign on Wefunder!
In this episode we talk to Lucas Sin, Culinary Director of Junzi - how he has been able to re-translate Chinese (regional) cuisine to a QSR concept and change the stigmatism of MSG heavy Chinese food to be EVERYDAY healthy food. 
In this episode we jump into the world of (vegan) jerky and chat with director of sales at Foreal Foods, Max Buckner.  Foreal Foods' (formerly Cocoburg) sustainable production model uses up-cycled young coconut meat from the waste stream of coconut water production in Thailand.  Max also shares with us the importance of "listening" and how to properly execute a re-brand.  
HoneyFlower Foods

HoneyFlower Foods


This week we have, Nic Bash, founder of HoneyFlower Foods: a health food company focused on making great tasting food products with scalably sustainable ingredients and zero waste. We discuss the journey from Michelin starred kitchens, to product development, and finally to launching in a busy grab and go space in both DC and NYC.  Hold on to your plant-based butts!  
In this episode we chat with, Klaus Moeller, CEO of Boardwalk Hospitality.  We discuss his new venture, Surf Dog, located in Venice Beach.  What are the keys to investing in franchises? What lessons were learned in his previous businesses, spread across multiple industries? And how people can get involved in investing into Surf Dog! 
In this episode, we talk with SERDAR MIZRAKCI of Element Farms.   With the explosion of vertical farming and the demand for hydroponic products, Serdar has been able to provide a year-round, pesticide free, and scalable spinach product.  
Vinder - #DoWhatsRipe

Vinder - #DoWhatsRipe


Sam Lillie, CEO and co-founder of Vinder, stops by and chats about his journey into the agriculture world and the unglamorous lifestyle of starting his company. Vinder connects home growers who have an abundant garden with community members looking for local produce - just "neighbors feedings neighbors".  
In the latest episode of Bootleg Avocado - Food Ventures, we talk to Jonny Price of Wefunder and tackle the world of crowd funding.  What are the different types of (equity) funding platforms out there? And how can you get the most out of raising money without giving up control your company? 
In this episode, we jump back into the food tech space, with Ken Kuo of Ingest AI. We dive into the importance of having a strong co-founder and how that has guided them to create their data integration platform as a solution to the fragmented systems within the restaurant industry.
In this episode, we talk to Jill Frechtman of "Fretzels" about the trials and tribulations of growing a product and brand in the age before social media and easy website apps. The wild wild west of CPG!
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