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Meet a Maker

You know how some people feel about celebrities? That’s how we feel about makers. We want to know everything about them: how they do what they do, what they’ve learned along the way, and yes, what’s in their purse. We sit down with the best and brightest in food startups so that you – and we – can learn.

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Meet a Maker: Candace Wu & Jonathan Weinstein from Wonder Monday
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Nov 30, 2021

Meet a Maker: Candace Wu & Jonathan Weinstein from Wonder Monday

In the middle of the pandemic, these seasoned techpreneurs turned to food with their reinvention of the cheesecake.

Meet a Maker: Dillon Ceglio of Chubby Snacks
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Nov 8, 2021

Meet a Maker: Dillon Ceglio of Chubby Snacks

From running a digital marketing agency to founding a predominantly DTC-driven CPG company, this entrepreneur is building your new favorite snack brand.

Meet a Maker: Jessica Kwong of Jack & Friends
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Oct 22, 2021

Meet a Maker: Jessica Kwong of Jack & Friends

With a degree in food science from Cornell University in hand, this founder dove into the world of plant-based snacks.

Meet a Maker: Ali Bonar of Oat Haus
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Oct 21, 2021

Meet a Maker: Ali Bonar of Oat Haus

The influencer and founder behind this food startup is OATally rad.

Meet a Maker: Andrew Chi & Brad Armistead of Salivation Snackfoods
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Sep 22, 2021

Meet a Maker: Andrew Chi & Brad Armistead of Salivation Snackfoods

College pals turned business partners, learn the story behind this upstart snackfood company.

Meet a Maker: Sasha Millstein of Aunt Ethel's
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Sep 16, 2021

Meet a Maker: Sasha Millstein of Aunt Ethel's

This New York-based founder is reinventing the classic frozen pot pie with her aunt's famous recipe.

Meet a Maker: Natalia and Jess Dalton of Saucy Lips Foods
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Sep 15, 2021

Meet a Maker: Natalia and Jess Dalton of Saucy Lips Foods

The brother-sister team behind Saucy Lips Foods share how they are bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to America.

Meet a Maker: Paula Horne of River City Flame
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Aug 13, 2021

Meet a Maker: Paula Horne of River City Flame

Paula spoke with Foodboro about how she got started with entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting a business.

Meet a Maker: Harji Singh of LOKI Enhanced Seltzers
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Aug 5, 2021

Meet a Maker: Harji Singh of LOKI Enhanced Seltzers

LOKI is an entirely new type of drink. Made with the cannabinoid extract Delta-8.

Meet a Maker: Chase and Jamie Barmore, LIFEbar
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Jul 29, 2021

Meet a Maker: Chase and Jamie Barmore, LIFEbar

Being a fearless entrepreneur, Chase and his wife Jamie, a creative innovator and fitness enthusiast, opened LIFEbar in 2010, pioneering holistic superfood nutrition in a place most famous for fried chicken.

Meet a Maker: Michele Davis, Cocacao
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Jul 7, 2021

Meet a Maker: Michele Davis, Cocacao

Cocacao was started in a home kitchen by Jeff Davis over a decade ago after a search for an anti-inflammatory treat that actually tasted good.

Meet a Maker: Jabari Martin of GRIT Superfoods
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Jul 4, 2021

Meet a Maker: Jabari Martin of GRIT Superfoods

Plant-based, gluten free and keto-friendly, GRIT’s line of products are made using anti-inflammatory ingredients + high-quality protein.

Meet a Maker: Ashley Kohn of PREVAIL Jerky
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Jul 1, 2021

Meet a Maker: Ashley Kohn of PREVAIL Jerky

Ashely Kohn, co-founder of PREVAIL Jerky, spoke with Foodboro about her philosophy that food is medicine.

Meet a Maker: Kait Brown of Savorista Coffee
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Jun 28, 2021

Meet a Maker: Kait Brown of Savorista Coffee

Savorista is on a quest to redefine the coffee category with their caffeine-conscious blends.

Meet a Maker: Clara Paye of UNiTE Food
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Jun 25, 2021

Meet a Maker: Clara Paye of UNiTE Food

UNiTE Food founder, Clara Paye, spoke with Foodboro about the challenges of launching during COVID.

Meet a Maker: Caleb Wang of Xiao Chi Jie
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Jun 21, 2021

Meet a Maker: Caleb Wang of Xiao Chi Jie

Xiao Chi Jie and Caleb Wang, spoke to Foodboro about what inspired them to start selling, their delicious dumplings nationwide.

Meet a Maker: Tate Glasgow, VP Marketing at Killer Creamery
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Jun 16, 2021

Meet a Maker: Tate Glasgow, VP Marketing at Killer Creamery

Killer Creamery caters to the growing market of low carb, keto enthusiasts.

Meet a Maker: Charles Coristine, President + CEO Lesser Evil Snacks
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Jun 14, 2021

Meet a Maker: Charles Coristine, President + CEO Lesser Evil Snacks

Lesser Evil offers a variety of organic, vegan, paleo, keto, gluten, dairy and grain free snacks, checking all the boxes today’s health-conscious consumers are looking for.

Meet a Maker: Laurel Orley, CEO + Co-Founder of Daily Crunch Snacks
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Apr 11, 2021

Meet a Maker: Laurel Orley, CEO + Co-Founder of Daily Crunch Snacks

Daily Crunch’s line of sprouted snacks are organic, vegan, paleo, keto, gluten, dairy and grain free.

What It Took for Saucy Lips to Sell Out on QVC
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Mar 23, 2021

What It Took for Saucy Lips to Sell Out on QVC

Saucy Lips Foods, has bravely been taking on another sales channel in the past year—live digital shopping.

Meet a Maker: Priya Mulvihill of You Again Foods
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Feb 20, 2021

Meet a Maker: Priya Mulvihill of You Again Foods

You Again Foods founder Priya Mulvihill is making the whole idea of “food as medicine” a whole lot more delicious with her line of good-for-you, plant-based baking mixes inspired by Ayurveda medicine (an alternative medicine practice that is based upon the philosophy that wellness is dependent on a balanced mind, body and spirt).

Meet a Maker: Jessica Weiss Levison of Peekaboo Organics
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Jan 26, 2021

Meet a Maker: Jessica Weiss Levison of Peekaboo Organics

Peekaboo Organics is on a mission to make sweet treats with hidden benefits a norm.

Meet a Maker: Michelle Razavi of ELAVI Snacks
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Jan 8, 2021

Meet a Maker: Michelle Razavi of ELAVI Snacks

As we move into 2021 and continue to grapple with the pandemic, wellness has gone to the next level for everyone.

Meet a Maker: Kumar Arora of Trust Foods
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Dec 17, 2020

Meet a Maker: Kumar Arora of Trust Foods

Cereal is the ultimate comfort food but it has so little nutritional value. So how to make it a better-for-you product? Make it from egg whites? Sounds kind of impossible. Yet that’s exactly what Kumar Arora, CEO of Trust Foods has done.

Meet a Maker: Andree Werner of RYZE Superfoods
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Nov 4, 2020

Meet a Maker: Andree Werner of RYZE Superfoods

After experimenting with different blends and mixes Andree, was inspired to share her superfood concoction with the world!

Meet a Maker: Iesha Williams of The Salty Heifer
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Oct 7, 2020

Meet a Maker: Iesha Williams of The Salty Heifer

Chef Iesha Williams of The Salty Heifer combines her Michelin Star-training with good old-fashioned love of cooking to churn out cakes, cookies (including the famous The OG cookie), bars, pies and tarts. Below she shares her journey on how she went from working on a line to working on her own line…of treats.

Meet a Maker: Chi Yan of Walt's Waffles
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Sep 21, 2020

Meet a Maker: Chi Yan of Walt's Waffles

Chi Yan, the maker behind Walt’s Waffles on how he’s making his recipe mix available to all.

Meet a Maker: Myles Powell of 8 Myles
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Sep 14, 2020

Meet a Maker: Myles Powell of 8 Myles

When Myles Powell began selling his 8 Myles homemade mac and cheese dishes, he was seeking to fill a hole in the frozen foods market.

Meet a Maker: Christine & Michael Leoniak of Oomph Cooking Blends
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Sep 4, 2020

Meet a Maker: Christine & Michael Leoniak of Oomph Cooking Blends

Learn more about Oomph’s story in PDX Pipeline, The Dyrt, and on their website.

Meet a Maker: Renee Dunn of Amazi Foods
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Aug 19, 2020

Meet a Maker: Renee Dunn of Amazi Foods

Amazi Foods is on a mission to change the category while disrupting the traditional supply chain. Renee Dunn started Amazi in 2016 after studying abroad in Uganda and seeing the need to offer work opportunities to its people.

Meet a Maker: Christina Appleton of Appleton's Market Power Veggie Bites
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Aug 13, 2020

Meet a Maker: Christina Appleton of Appleton's Market Power Veggie Bites

Appleton's Market gives us the low-down on how she developed her Power Veggie Bites.

Meet a Maker: Robert Collignon of Cosmik Ice Cream
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Jul 17, 2020

Meet a Maker: Robert Collignon of Cosmik Ice Cream

No freezer? No problem! Leave the mess of that melting ice cream cone in the past.

Meet a Maker: Hope Ewing of Vervet
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Jun 10, 2020

Meet a Maker: Hope Ewing of Vervet

Move over boozy sparkling water. Here comes canned cocktails.

Meet a Maker: George Haymaker III of Re:THINK Ice Cream
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May 28, 2020

Meet a Maker: George Haymaker III of Re:THINK Ice Cream

Re:THINK is keto-friendly, diabetic-friendly and contains no sugar alcohol.

Meet a Maker: Chris Kirby, Ithaca Hummus
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May 13, 2020

Meet a Maker: Chris Kirby, Ithaca Hummus

Foodboro spoke with Ithaca founder Chris Kirby on his background in the restaurant industry, what led him to entrepreneurship, his advice for other food & beverage makers, and what we can expect next from his company.

Meet a Maker: Patter Gersuk of Patterbar
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May 6, 2020

Meet a Maker: Patter Gersuk of Patterbar

Patter set out to make a snack for her children with ingredients she could trust.

Meet a Maker: Brittany Fuisz, Malibu Mylk
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Mar 23, 2020

Meet a Maker: Brittany Fuisz, Malibu Mylk

Malibu Mylk is a dairy-free milk alternative that uses clean, simple ingredients.

Meet a Maker: Ryan Fortwendel, Minna
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Feb 26, 2020

Meet a Maker: Ryan Fortwendel, Minna

After leaving an extensive career in the fashion industry, Ryan Fortwendel knew he wanted to do something more.

Meet a Maker: Jess Price, Maker Oats
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Dec 12, 2019

Meet a Maker: Jess Price, Maker Oats

For Jess Price the path to food entrepreneurship began with stints inside CPG giants. The Quaker and Snapple veteran was inspired to start Maker Oats by her search for a healthy, no-fuss breakfast that worked with mornings that veered between hectic and crazy.

Meet a Maker: Christy Goldsby, Honey Mama's
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Nov 13, 2019

Meet a Maker: Christy Goldsby, Honey Mama's

From bread baker to (healthy) chocolate maker: This Portland-based foodpreneur took a lifelong devotion to health and community, and paired it with her craft for making delicious goods to found and scale a pioneering wellness-focused snack brand, Honey Mama’s, while learning to be vulnerable and ask for help along the way.

Meet a Maker: Melina Lamer, Superior Switchel
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Oct 30, 2019

Meet a Maker: Melina Lamer, Superior Switchel

This college-athlete-turned-foodpreneur took a recipe inspired by her grandma and created. Superior Switchel.

Meet a Maker: Hila Krikov, Sweet Tahini
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Oct 16, 2019

Meet a Maker: Hila Krikov, Sweet Tahini

Evolving consumer palettes and the fact that we all are moving around more than ever have people yearning for globally-inspired foods.

Meet a Maker: Jennifer Wiese, BeeFree Gluten Free
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Sep 26, 2019

Meet a Maker: Jennifer Wiese, BeeFree Gluten Free

Like many, Jennifer Wiese’s road to starting a food business is an unlikely one.

Meet A Maker: Cy Cain, Straightaway
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Aug 14, 2019

Meet A Maker: Cy Cain, Straightaway

Cy Cain and Casey Richwine were cocktail obsessives. Now they're the proud owner of Straightaway, a bottled cocktail company making a big splash.

Meet a Maker: Serafina Palandech, A Boring Life
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Aug 8, 2019

Meet a Maker: Serafina Palandech, A Boring Life

CBD nut company A Boring Life is anything but boring. In fact, they're risk-takers with big plans to dominate the world of CBD products.

Meet a Maker: Courtney Boyd Myers, AKUA
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Jul 31, 2019

Meet a Maker: Courtney Boyd Myers, AKUA

Sometimes, it takes just the right person to start a food business.

Meet a Maker: Brenden Schaefer, Bright Foods
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Jul 11, 2019

Meet a Maker: Brenden Schaefer, Bright Foods

Brendan Schaefer may not have all the answers about how to run a food brand, but he has plenty of inspiration.

Meet a Maker: Ibraheem Basir, A Dozen Cousins
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Jun 19, 2019

Meet a Maker: Ibraheem Basir, A Dozen Cousins

How does a CPG veteran approach launching his own natural products brand?

Meet a Maker: Katie Pollock, Dough Street
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Jun 10, 2019

Meet a Maker: Katie Pollock, Dough Street

How does a couple with no food experience end up with a fast-growing cookie dough business?

Meet a Maker: John and Jess Waller, Humble Nut Butter
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May 16, 2019

Meet a Maker: John and Jess Waller, Humble Nut Butter

John and Jess Waller are a husband-and-wife team building a brand-new product in an age-old category.

Meet a Maker: Ali Bonar, Kween & Co.
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May 2, 2019

Meet a Maker: Ali Bonar, Kween & Co.

The phrase "influencer-founded food business" inspires many responses. But Ali Bonar, founder of granola butter company Kween & Co., isn't what you think.

Meet a Maker: Kheedim Oh, Mama O's Kimchi
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Apr 11, 2019

Meet a Maker: Kheedim Oh, Mama O's Kimchi

Kheedim Oh didn't set out to start a business. But ten years later, Mama O's Kimchi is a nationally-distributed brand.

Meet a Maker: Katy Peetz, Keetz & Co
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Mar 27, 2019

Meet a Maker: Katy Peetz, Keetz & Co

Learn how a pastry chef started a plant-based energy bite business in our interview.

Meet a Maker: Kristy Halderman, Blue Crate Oat Milk
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Mar 14, 2019

Meet a Maker: Kristy Halderman, Blue Crate Oat Milk

Even among oat milks, Blue Crate Oat Milk is unconventional.

Meet a Maker: Ames Russell, AR's Hot Southern Honey
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Feb 27, 2019

Meet a Maker: Ames Russell, AR's Hot Southern Honey

Ames Russell founded AR's Hot Southern Honey in 2016, and now he's in 270 stores while running the business by himself. Here's how.

Meet a Maker: Jess Messer, Savouré
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Feb 14, 2019

Meet a Maker: Jess Messer, Savouré

This craft soda brand has a cult following in Vermont, Montreal, and beyond.

Meet a Maker: Suzanne Foley, Port City Pretzels
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Jan 31, 2019

Meet a Maker: Suzanne Foley, Port City Pretzels

Port City Pretzels founder Suzanne Foley never dreamed that her business would be this big. Here's what she's learned from selling product across the U.S.

Meet a Maker: Auzerais Bellamy, Blondery
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Jan 17, 2019

Meet a Maker: Auzerais Bellamy, Blondery

Auzerais Bellamy was a pastry chef for Michelin-starred restaurants before starting her blondie business, Blondery. Read on for her story!

Meet a Maker: Thi Lam, Keepers
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Dec 27, 2018

Meet a Maker: Thi Lam, Keepers

It's not easy to build a sparkling coffee company.

Meet A Maker: Nadine Habayeb, Bohana
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Dec 13, 2018

Meet A Maker: Nadine Habayeb, Bohana

We chatted with Nadine Habayeb of Bohana about the challenges of building a product and a category.

Meet a Maker: Maddie Purcell, Fyood Kitchen
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Dec 3, 2018

Meet a Maker: Maddie Purcell, Fyood Kitchen

Maddie Purcell is an award-winning owner of an experiential food business in Portland, Maine.

Meet A Maker: Madison Gouzie, The Marshmallow Cart
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Sep 26, 2018

Meet A Maker: Madison Gouzie, The Marshmallow Cart

Hear from Madison Gouzie of The Marshmallow Cart.