The Plant Based Business Podcast

The Plant Based Business Podcast

By Vevolution

The Plant-Based Business Podcast is a podcast by Vevolution bringing together leading plant-based entrepreneurs to discuss what it takes to create and scale a business. Hosted by Vevolution Co-Founder's Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel, expect weekly interviews going deep on what it takes to create plant-based business success.

Episodes

Dale Vince: Ecotricity - Building The World Of Tomorrow

This week Damien and Judy speak to Dale Vince, Founder and CEO of Ecotricity and Owner and Chairman of the world's first vegan professional football club Forest Green Rovers. In this interview Dale talks about his extraordinary business journey and how he transformed the UK's energy market forever. We dig in deep on Dale's mission to revolutionise football and create a better, greener more vegan future for all. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
08/07/2043m 0s

Miyoko Schinner: Building An Iconic Vegan Cheese Brand

This week Damien sits down with Miyoko Schinner, founder and CEO of Miyoko's Creamery, one of the US leading plant based companies. Miyoko has been in the entrepreneurial game a long time, having been a vegan for over 35 years.  She speaks about the importance of resilience in the entrepreneurial world. And speaks about how she built one of the most iconic plant based brands sharing effective strategies for fundraising. She also talks about how she is fighting back against lobbying efforts of the dairy industry. And the rollercoaster ride of the entrepreneurial journey. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
01/07/2047m 44s

Emilie Vanpoperinghe and Deepak Ravindran: Scaling Up With Food Waste Pioneers Oddbox

This week Damien and Judy chat to Deepak and Emilie, founders of one of the UK's fastest growing startups Oddbox, a fruit and veg subscription box tackling the problem of food waste. In this episode Deepak and Emilie describe how the difference between food culture in India and the UK prompted them to ask questions about how we can create a more sustainable food system, ultimately leading to the creation of OddBox and the start of their mission to tackle the food waste pandemic. The Founders talk about OddBox recent £3 million investment round from a capital venture trust, and the exciting future of Oddbox.Plus, this week we're offering 50% off your very own Oddbox purchase using the special discount code plantbased50. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
24/06/2042m 6s

Tammy Fry, Fry's Family Foods, Mummy Is Busy Changing The World

This week Damien Clarkson sits down with Tammy Fry Director of Fry's Family Foods. Their journey is an incredible one which saw the Fry's family grow the business out of their home kitchen turning it into a global business feeding the world plant-based protein that today has over 60 products available in the market. In this discussion Tammy shares her passion and methods of advocating veganism, we touch on Tammy's international karate career and share the successes and pitfalls of bringing a product to market. Also Damien and Tammy discuss the exciting recent development which has seen Fry's join the newly formed LIVEKINDLY Co and and what they could mean for the future of the plant-based movement. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
17/06/2040m 58s

David Breslauer, Bolt Threads: Using Nature To Design Our Future

This week we head to Silicon Valley where Damien Clarkson speaks to David Breslauer Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Bolt Threads, an incredible company replicating the processes of the natural world to invent and scale plant-based textile innovations . David takes us on a journey with him from an ambitious post-grad thesis to becoming an entrepreneur collaborating with Stella McCartney, and how his leather grown from mushrooms could be part of the solution to the climate crisis. This episode is a must listen for anyone interested in the creation of materials to replace the use of leather and other materials of animal origin. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
10/06/2041m 28s

Adam Biddle, GH05T: Making Your Brand Part Of The Fabric Of Culture

This week we speak with our good friend Adam Biddle, Founder and CEO of GH05T. If you haven't heard of GH05T that is because their business strategy is to have no website, social media or online presence. This is despite the fact they create digital content for some of the world's biggest companies and highest profile celebrities.  In this conversation we go deep on what makes for successful social media, talking about how to stay with your finger on the pulse of culture and stay relevant. This is a super rare interview with Adam and a must listen if you're serious about creating digital content people care about. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
03/06/2045m 25s

Simon Coley, Karma Drinks: Creating A Maverick Brand

This week Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel talk with Simon Coley, co-founder of Karma Drinks. Simon talks about how they built the business, the Karma Cola foundation and the work they are doing in Sierra Leone, various ways of becoming accredited as an ethical company, and the importance of just getting started with an idea. We also cover the age-old tension between practical change and ethical principles, and best practice for finding the right people to work with. Summer's coming, so kick back and enjoy with a bottle of Karma Cola! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
27/05/2043m 58s

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni: Investing In Change

This week Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel sit down with a true pioneer in the plant-based investment space Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. Through his investment firms Vegan Capital, Dismatrix Group and as a partner in Blue Horizon’s group Sebastiano is involved with many of the world’s leading plant-based companies. In this discussion he talks about his commitment to activism and his investment career and talks in depth about the future of the plant-based economy and how startups can pitch effectively to investors. If you are interested in knowing about where the future of plant-based business is heading this is a must listen episode. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
20/05/2046m 29s

Grace Beverley: Making Millions The Right Way

This week Damien and Judy sit down with serial entrepreneur Grace Beverley to discuss her journey disrupting the fast fashion and fitness industry with her three businesses, Tala, Shreddy and B_ND. In this exclusive interview we chat with Grace about her journey from Oxford University student to being listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30. We explore how she's on a mission to prove that ethical doesn't have to be small, sharing how she is creating sustainable products that are affordable. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child.
13/05/2044m 28s

Derek Sarno: Life Of Wicked Plant-Powered Innovation

Derek Sarno's arrival in the UK in 2017 was a catalyst for the plant-based foods category going mainstream. He pioneered the development of the Wicked Kitchen line with his brother Chad and has been on a mission to create great tasting plant-based food for the masses. As always Derek is on the cutting edge of innovation Good Catch, a plant-based fish company being led by his brother Chad. In this podcast we explore Derek's background, his time running a personal chef service, to how he came to live in a monastery, and his passion for farming organic produce. We also get into the practicals of getting a product listed in Tesco, the magic of mushrooms, and how to balance idealism with pragmatism when working to change the world. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child.
06/05/2043m 15s

Seth Tibbott: In Search Of The Wild Tofurky

In this episode we sit down with plant-based pioneer Seth Tibbott, Founder and Chairman of Tofurky. Business success wasn't something that happened overnight for Seth, in-fact he spent over a decade in the business wilderness before the world started to come around to his fermented foods revolution. This episode is epic, Seth talks about some of the challenges he encountered in this plant-powered pioneer journey, the importance of resilience as startup founder and the importance of building an environmentally minded company that values both community and profits.  Also Seth has just released his business memoir titled In Search Of The Wild Tofurky, definitely worth checking out: https://www.waterstones.com/book/tofurky-story/seth-tibbott//9781635766530 This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
06/05/2045m 54s

Fleur Emery: Navigating Life In The Startup Fast Lane

With three start ups under her belt, Fleur Emery has lived and breathed the startup life for over 15 years. She now coaches some of the UK's most exciting startup businesses and is fashioning a new career in the media. In today's episode, Damien asks her about why she decided not to go ahead with the launch of a potentially lucrative ready-meal business, and Fleur talks through her philosophy to life and well-being. Also, lots of concrete learnings in this episode about building positive relationships with investors and whether you should pivot your start-up in the Covid-19 pandemic. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
06/05/2046m 59s

Olivia Wollenberg: From The Kitchen To A Multimillion Pound Snacking Empire

In this episode, Damien and Judy delve into the world of Livia's, an amazing company making gluten free plant-based desserts. Founder Olivia Wollenburg was on track to do paediatric neurology when she became increasingly frustrated that there were no decent pudding options for her dietary needs, and instead took the plunge straight from university into the world of plant based business! In this episode, we cover building a huge social media following, how to find a team who embody your passion and values, and how to find the right investors for your business journey. Olivia really has built an iconic brand, so sit back and enjoy! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
06/05/2046m 1s

Series 2 of the Plant Based Business Podcast Announced!

To celebrate the launch of Series 2 of the Plant Based Business Podcast we will be releasing 4 episodes and hosting a special live virtual event on Thursday 7th May. Plant Based Business podcast hosts Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel will interview some very special guest panellists about the future of the Plant Based Economy. Tickets for this special live event are free and available over on www.vevolution.co The Plant Based Business Podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
30/04/201m 20s

Episode 24: The Best Of Series 1 Of The Plant Based Business Podcast

This week we have an absolute treasure trove of advice for you in our end of season highlights episode. We've handpicked a selection of the best parts of the series, ranging from Scott McCulloch from The Vegan Kind on what gave him the confidence to leave his job, to Pippa Murray from Pip & Nut on blending peanuts in her kitchen. Lots of fun in this episode, so sit back and enjoy. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the series so please do get in touch at vevolution.co and feedback on our possible schedule change here https://vevolution.typeform.com/to/NWzlON This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
15/04/2034m 28s

Episode 23: Mindful Bites: Negotiating with change in an uncertain world

Today Damien is chatting to Stephanie Peritore, founder of Mindful Bites and an Angel Investor. Stephanie shares how she went from working in finance to creating a plant based business designed to help change the world for the better. This episode covers how to find the right manufacturer (and why you should) when to compromise, and why a good relationship with your consumers will help in a hunt for new retailers. Lots to learn, we hope you enjoy! We'd love to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts on the Plant Based Business Podcast here: https://vevolution.typeform.com/to/NWzlON This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
08/04/2038m 52s

Episode 22: One Planet Pizza: Meet The Business Activists Building A Leading Frozen Pizza Brand

We're talking to the father-son duo of vegan pizza this week: Mike and Joe Hill, founders of One Planet Pizza. Damien, Mike and Joe talk about their rapid turnaround from concept to delivery, why you shouldn't wait until you have a perfect product to go to market, and how vegans want pizza too! We also cover the pros of working with influencers versus more traditional digital marketing, and how to pivot to build a direct to consumer model. Stay safe and enjoy this episode, with lots to learn about staying agile in unpredictable markets. Produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
01/04/2039m 15s

Episode 21: Willem Blom: Dream Big, Act Small, Investing In A Plant Based Future

This week Damien chats to Willem Blom, an impact investor from the Netherlands. They touch on Covid-19 and its ongoing impact on the food service industry, but also explore disrupting unethical production processes, clean meat and its future, and where Willem invests and why. Tune in to hear Willem's predictions on the future of the plant based industry and why now is a great time to innovate, even amidst the pandemic. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
26/03/2041m 12s

Episode 20: Biff's Kitchen: Vegan Jackfruit Pioneers

As the Covid-19 pandemic looms larger in all our lives, this week Damien interviews Biff and Christa Bloom-Burrows in a virtual edition of the Plant-Based Business Podcast. Biff's Kitchen are an iconic London vegan brand, notorious for making incredible, tasty burgers and jackfruit wings. As well as touching on the issues facing all businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the three of them chat about the Biff's starting out in street food, pivoting into food service and the benefit of staying a lean startup. So sit back (in self isolation) and enjoy! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
19/03/2041m 44s

Episode 19: Charlie Bowker - Native Snacks: How To Create New Innovations In Plant Based Snacks

This week Damien sits down with co-founder of Native Snacks, Charlie Bowker, who talks about the process of innovating within the snack industry. Hear about how he and his co-founder, Darcy, travelled all the way to India to nail the perfect snack, and the challenges they faced scaling their manufacturing model, as well as their time on the Sainsbury's Future Brands programme. Lots of learning in this episode about finding investment in the early stages of your business, and establishing a brand in a new market. Enjoy! Produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
12/03/2035m 32s

Episode 18: Amanda Thomson, Founder of Thomson & Scott: Disrupting The Wine Industry

Loui and Damien talk to Amanda Thomson, of Thomson & Scott, the pioneering company leading the charge on low-sugar, organic and vegan sparkling wines. Amanda asks us: do you really know what's in your wine? She talks about giving up her career as an arts broadcast journalist to move to Paris and break into one of the oldest, traditionalist industries there is, battling prejudice and bureaucracy along the way. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
05/03/2041m 51s

Episode 17: Paul Brown - BOL: Rapidly Scaling an FMCG Brand

Damien and Loui talk to Paul Brown founder of BOL, who make a delicious selection of plant-based veg pots, salad jars, dinner boxes and soups. Paul talks about cutting his teeth at Innocent Smoothies, his unique exit from that company, and the rapid growth of BOL. We also touch on how, in an increasingly complex world, it can be difficult to know which business choices are the right ones for the planet. Both thoughtfulness and laughs in this episode, enjoy! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
27/02/2039m 17s

Episode 16: Pippa Murray - Pip & Nut: We Need More Female Founders

In Episode 16 of the Plant Based Business Podcast, Damien talks to Pippa Murray, founder of peanut butter brand Pip & Nut. This week they chat about how to build a world around your brand, why you don't necessarily need a background in business to succeed as an entrepreneur, as well as funding opportunities for female founders. We recommend that you enjoy this episode whilst scoffing some peanut butter out of the jar, as Pippa does daily! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
20/02/2041m 35s

Episode 15: The Vegan Kind: Thinking Outside The Subscription Box

Scott and Karris McCulloch are founders of The Vegan Kind, an incredible vegan box subscription service and online plant based supermarket. Today we sit down with Scott to chat about the journey to their current Seedrs campaign and how they've built a supportive online community. Listen in to hear how they select the products that go into their boxes, as well as Scott's story of quitting his stable job to pursue his business dream. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
13/02/2043m 17s

Episode 14: Michiel van Deursen: Investing In A Plant Based Future

This week Judy and Damien are in Amsterdam! They sat down with Michiel van Deursen to chat about his impressive background as an entrepreneur building an online business in the early days of the internet, as well as how he went on to become a successful and passionate investor in the plant based business space. Tune in to hear Michiel gives a load of insight into what he looks for as an investor in a start up. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
06/02/2028m 15s

Episode 13: Club Cultured and The Well-Bean Company: Plant Based Businesses - Live!

This week we bring you an episode recorded live at Vevolution Festival 2019 with the winners of Vevolution's Pitch + Plant: Club Cultured and The Well-Bean Company. Lots of takeaways in this episode about scaling a business and working collaboratively. Plus the origin stories of both businesses, including the mental health mission behind Well Bean's chocolate, and how Club Cultured originally fermented their amazing tempeh in an old fridge!  This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
30/01/2022m 39s

Episode 12: BRAVE: Being a BRAVE Challenger Food Brand

This week Damien chats to co-founder of BRAVE, one of the UK's break out plant-based start ups. Amber chats about creating a pulse based snack brand, her niche in the market, being on the Sainsbury’s accelerator scheme and how to know when you should quit full time work and take the plunge as an entrepreneur. Produced by Vevolution, edited by Bridey Addison-Child
23/01/2035m 51s

Episode 11: Loui Blake: Building Businesses Driven by Purpose

Loui Blake is interviewed by his Plant Based Business Podcast Co-Host Damien Clarkson about his entrepreneur journey to-date. They explore how Loui's background in hospitality and a passion for plant-based living led him down the path of creating the UK's largest vegan restaurant, Erpingham House. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
16/01/2043m 30s

Episode 10: allplants: Making The World Vegan-ish

Jonathan Petrides is the Co-Founder of allplants, a fresh frozen food startup on a mission to feed the world more plants. In this discussion with Damien Clarkson and Loui Blake, JP discusses his entrepreneurial background, motivation for creating allplants and the challenges of building a high growth startup. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
09/01/2039m 49s

Episode 9: Jarr Kombucha: How I Built a Gut Friendly Business

In this episode Adam Vanni, founder of Jarr Kombucha, discusses how he built one of the UK’s most recognisable kombucha brands. Produced by Vevolution & edited by Bridey Addison-Child
02/01/2034m 56s

Episode 8: The Happy Pear: Today Was A Good Day To Die

The Happy Pear, Dave and Steve go to bed every night thinking today was a good day to die. This because they have built a wellness empire on their own terms. Building their business, which happened to do £10 million in turnover last year, around their zest for life and passion for health and well-being. In this episode of The Plant Based Business Podcast they talk with Damien Clarkson and Loui Blake about their business journey and their mission to do things differently. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child.
19/12/1943m 5s

Episode 7: Compare Ethics: The Mission To Reimagine Sustainability

In this episode Compare Ethics Founders, Abbie and James discuss how they set off on a mission to reimagine sustainability through developing a platform showcasing brands challenging the fast fashion industry head-on. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
12/12/1936m 3s

Episode 6: Nix & Kix: Re-imagining The Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry

A chance meeting at an airport led to Kerstin Robinson & Julia Kessler quitting their corporate careers in order to re-imagine a stale non-alcoholic beverage industry. Lots of takeaways in this episode for anyone looking to scale an FMCG brand. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child
04/12/1935m 51s

Episode 5: SpiceBox: Bringing the Silicon Valley Mentality To A Plant Based Food Start Up

Grace Regan, was living the Silicon Valley tech dream, running media startup Clippet until she was lured back to London with a mission to revolutionise Britain's much loved curry house with her startup SpiceBox. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child
28/11/1935m 21s

Episode 4: Moving Mountains: Why I Had To Move Mountains

Simeon Van Der Molen talks about the mission behind Moving Mountains and how he built it into one of Europe’s leading plant-based food success stories. This podcast is produced by Vevolution It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child
21/11/1932m 0s

Episode 3: Plenish: Building Success On The Healing Power Of Plants

Kara Rosen, Founder of Plenish an award-winning plant-powered drinks brand discusses how after becoming ill and being failed by traditional medicine she turned to plant-based nutrition. And from her kitchen built Plenish turning it into one of the UK’s leading plant-based nutrition companies. This podcast is produced by Vevolution It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child
21/11/1936m 44s

Episode 2: Form: Scaling With Purpose

Natalia Bojanic and Damian Soong Founders of Form talk about how they built a B Corporation known for their innovative plant-based formulas and share their secrets for product development, mindfulness and scaling a business with purpose. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child
21/11/1937m 15s

Episode 1: Vevolution: Damien Clarkson & Judy Nadel: Scaling The Plant-Based Economy

Vevolution Co-Founders Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel talk to Loui Blake about how they built Vevolution, the reasons behind the launch of the Plant-Based Business Podcast and the future of the plant-based economy. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child
21/11/1932m 18s

The Plant Based Business Podcast - Trailer

The Plant-Based Business Podcast, is a new podcast by Vevolution bringing together leading plant-based entrepreneurs to discuss what it takes to create and scale a business. Hosted by entrepreneur Loui Blake and Vevolution Co-Founders Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel, expect weekly interviews going deep on what it takes to create plant-based business success. Guests on Season 1 include Kara Rosen (Plenish), Damian Soong and Natalia Bojanic (Form), Kerstin Robinson (NIX+KIX) Simeon Van Der Molen (Moving Mountains) + many other entrepreneurs building the world's leading plant-based businesses. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. Edited by Bridey Addison-Child.
13/11/191m 50s
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