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Dec 31, 2018

In this special edition of Taste Radio, we feature highlights from interviews with a few of the leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs and who joined us on the podcast during the second half of 2018, including BodyArmor investor Kobe Bryant, Angie’s Boomchickapop co-founder Angie Bastian, “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, Blueprint founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, America’s Test Kitchen/Milk Street creator Christopher Kimball, and AriZona Beverages co-founder and chairman Don Vultaggio.

Show notes:

1:56: Interview: Angie Bastian, Co-Founder, Angie’s Boomchickapop -- We kick off the episode with Angie Bastian, who we featured in Ep. 126. Angie and her husband Dan launched Angie’s Boomchickapop in 2001 and it has evolved from a tiny operation selling kettle corn at farmers’ markets and fairs to an ubiquitous retail brand that was acquired last year by ConAgra Foods for $250 million. In the following clip, she spoke with NOSH editor Carol Ortenberg about why she believes in celebrating “the feminine with food,” and how that perspective played into a celebrated package revamp.

7:20: Interview: Christopher Kimball, Founder, Milk Street/America’s Test Kitchen -- Next up is Christopher Kimball, best known as the creator of television show “America’s Test Kitchen.” In 2015, Christopher, who also founded the magazines Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, launched Milk Street, a company focused on instructional recipes and techniques inspired by global cuisine. In this clip, from Episode 124, he explained why he’s not a fan of the term “ethnic cooking” and shared his stance on trendy buzzwords in the food business.

13:26: Interview: Zoë Sakoutis & Erica Huss, Founders, Blueprint -- We continue with Zoë Sakoutis & Erica Huss, the founders of Blueprint, a brand that pioneered the packaged cold-pressed juice category and helped mainstream juice cleansing. In a clip from our wide-ranging interview, which we featured in Ep. 133, they explained how a phone call from former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz accelerated BluePrint’s eventual sale to Hain Celestial.

19:58: Interview: Andrew Zimmern, Host/Co-Creator, “Bizarre Foods” -- From Blueprint to Bizarre Foods, the show, that is. Andrew Zimmern is the host and co-creator of the popular television series in which he has chowed down on stomach-churning foods like raw pig testicles, a frog’s beating heart and cobra penis. In an interview included in episode 127, Zimmern discussed the role of food as a cultural medium that unites people and why he has a bone to pick with the natural food industry.

25:22: Interview: Don Vultaggio, Co-Founder/Chairman, AriZona -- On to Don Vultaggio, co-founder and chairman of AriZona Beverages and, at height quite literally, a towering figure in the drinks industry. In this clip, pulled from Ep. 139, Don discussed the mindset of successful entrepreneurs, how the company has maintained its iconic 99 cent pricing model for 26 years and why running a business means handling all kinds of problems, even if it means mopping up blood.

30:05: Interview: Kobe Bryant, Investor, BodyArmor -- Last, but certainly not least, we have NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who is an investor in fast-growing sports drink brand BodyArmor and has an active role in its business and marketing strategy. As part of an interview featured in Ep. 137, Kobe explained how the same ambition that fueled his NBA career drives his passion for beverage. He noted that with co-founder Mike Repole leading the way, the insatiable desire to win permeates every aspect of the brand.

Brands in this episode: Angie’s Boomchickapop, Blueprint, Starbucks, Evolution Fresh, AriZona Beverages, BodyArmor