Taste Radio Ep. 75: Grandy Oats’ Founders on Why Authenticity Matters; The Evolution of Plant-Based “Meat”

Taste Radio episode 75 features a compelling conversation with Aaron Anker and Nat Peirce, who are the co-founders of Grandy Oats, a maker, wholesaler and retailer of organic granola. BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman met with Anker and Peirce at Grandy Oats’ headquarters in Hiram, Maine, where the trio spoke about the company’s development and evolution since its launch in 1979. Over the past two years, Grandy Oats, which has remained independent since its founding, has invested in improvements to its manufacturing facility, greening its factory and adding capacity, as it moves closer to national expansion. The upgrades come as the company aims to moves toward an increasingly successful CPG line from what has been a majority bulk food proposition.

Also included in this week’s episode: BevNET senior brand specialist Jon Landis and the Project NOSH team of Carol Ortenberg and Meagan McGinnes examine the expanding market for plant-based “meat,” including key brands and product categories and the various technologies that driving their development. And in the latest edition of Elevator Talk, we speak with Cindy Kasindorf, who is the co-founder of Remedy Organics, a line of almond milk and plant-based protein blends infused with adaptogenic ingredients. This episode is presented by Virun.

Show notes:

1:27: Celebrity Investment. Let’s Get Richer! — This week it was announced that actress Jennifer Garner joined organic baby food maker Once Upon a Farm as an investor and “co-founder.” The hosts examine the evolution of celebrity investment into food and beverage brands and why A-listers like Garner are taking a larger role in strategic decisions.

9:40: Interview: BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman recently drove up to Maine where he met with Aaron Anker and Nat Peirce, who are the co-founders of Grandy Oats, a maker, wholesaler and retailer of organic granola. Anker and Peirce explain how the company has been “lucky and intentional” as one of the pioneers of organic granola products. They also discuss why it’s “ok to say ‘no’,” how the Grandy Oats’ authentic brand story has resonated with consumers, and why the company has resisted outside investment.

43:50: Why Is This a Thing: Plant-Based Meat — An examination of the expanding plant-based “meat” category, including key brands and the technologies behind them.

1:00:26: Elevator Talk — Cindy Kasindorf, co-founder, Remedy Organics, a line of almond milk and plant-based protein blends infused with adaptogenic ingredients. Cindy and her husband/co-founder Henry participated in New Beverage Showdown 13, which was held in June at BevNET Live Summer 2017.

Brands in this episode: Once Upon a Farm, Bai, Aquahydrate, Vitaminwater, Grandy Oats, Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger, Remedy Organics

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