Food for talk

Mazars’ Food for talk is a podcast that dives into food and beverage industry impacts, trends and more while talking with industry leaders that will help us dissect what is going on in the food and beverage industry. Follow our hashtag, #MazarsFB on social media to keep up with all things Mazars Food and Beverage.

Food for talk, episode 35 | A conversation with PJ Wiebel, CEO of Econo-Pak

In episode thirty-five of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, speaks with PJ Wiebel, CEO of Econo-Pak. They discuss the dynamics of family business, maintaining a competitive advantage in the packaging industry, and handling supply chain disruptions. Econo-Pak is a family-run business that was founded over three decades ago and aims to become the premier food packaging company in North America.

About Econo-Pa

Econo-Pak was founded by the Wiebel family for over 3 decades ago as a contract packaging company. Today the Wiebel family, now in its 3rd generation, is dedicated to making Econo-Pak the premier food re-packager in North America. The Wiebel family is focused on continued advancement through a high-level quality system, modernized new equipment, and production efficiency models to drive Econo-Pak’s growth.

For more information, visit:

https://econo-pak.com/ 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/econo-pak-1

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Food for talk, episode 34 | A conversation with Brian Choi, CEO of the Food Institute

In episode thirty-four of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Co-Leader is joined by Kristen Walters, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Co-Leader to speak with CEO and Managing Director of The Food Institute, Brian Choi about the results of the Mazars 2021 Food & Beverage Industry Outlook. They discuss supply chain, employment concerns, sustainability, and a peek into the future with what we have seen and learned over the past year.

About The Food Institute

Founded in 1928, The Food Institute has a single purpose: providing information. The Food Institute was founded by Seattle food broker Gordon C. Corbaley who decided to put out a semi-regular posting for his principals — mainly canners — and his customers, so they could keep better informed about what was going on in the marketplace. He called his postings The News From Oregon and Washington. The reports were welcomed by the trade as poor communication systems back in the Coolidge era resulted in a great deal of business being done by poorly informed (at times actually misinformed) buyers and sellers.

For more information, visit

The Food Institute - Your Source for Food Industry News, Data, & Trends

www.linkedin.com/company/the-food-institute/

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Food for talk, episode 33 | A conversation with Marc Oshima, CMO of AeroFarms 

In episode thirty-three of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, speaks with co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, Marc Oshima. They discuss transforming agriculture, increasing productivity, and sustainable practices with indoor farming. Marc started out his career in brand management and worked within the food and beverage industry. He co-founded AeroFarms, an indoor vertical farming company that focuses on growing high-quality product year round.

About AeroFarms

AeroFarms is a mission-driven company, Certified B Corporation and proud to be named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company three years in a row and one of TIME’s 2019 Best Inventions. Their patented, award-winning aeroponic technology provides the perfect conditions for healthy plants to thrive, taking indoor vertical farming to a new level of precision and productivity with minimal environmental impact and virtually zero risk. At AeroFarms, horticulture intersects with engineering, data science, and nutrition, making for a talented, multidisciplinary team of bold, change-the-world thinkers.

For more information, visit

https://aerofarms.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/aerofarms/

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Food for talk, episode 32 | A conversation with Tom and Andy Gellert, owners of Gellert Global Group 

 In episode thirty-two of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, speaks with the owners of the Gellert Global Group, Tom and Andy Gellert. They discuss food trends, ESG, partnering, and innovation during the COVID-19 era. Tom and Andy are third generation family members of the company and have been around the business since they were very young. They both ended up working in the business alongside other family members and shared an innate passion for the food and beverage industry. The Gellert Global Group is a food importing company that helps to bridge the gap between supplier and consumer; they supply the needs of retailers, distributors, food service chains, hotels, cruise lines, and manufacturers alike.

About Gellert Global Group LLC

The Gellert Global Group is one of the largest and most established food importers in the U.S. Comprised of 11 individual companies, they supply the needs of customers in various facets of the U.S. food industry including manufacturers, retailers, food service distributors, hotels, restaurant chains, cruise lines, and food manufacturers alike. The Gellert Global Group is a third-generation family-run business, and every employee is an extension of the Gellert family.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/gellert-global-group/

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Food for talk, episode 31 | A conversation with Eric Pedersen, CEO of Ideal Fish  

In episode thirty-one of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with president and CEO of Ideal Fish, Eric Pedersen. They discuss controlled environment agriculture, building a sustainable product, and what responsible fish farming looks like overall. Eric started his career on Wall Street in finance and pivoted towards water filtration. In 2012, he started researching the aquaculture market and noticed that branding in seafood is slow to develop. He started his aquaculture business that uses a re-circulating aqua technology to allow fish to grow within optimal conditions according to their DNA. Eric emphasizes environmental sustainability, food quality, safety and security, capturing a local presence, and full product traceability.

About Ideal Fish

Launched in the spring of 2013, Ideal Fish is a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture systems company dedicated to bringing fresh Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) to local markets. As the only commercial scale facility of its kind in the Northeast, our responsibly and sustainably raised fish from our waters to your kitchen within 24 hours of harvest.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/ideal-fish/

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Food for talk, episode 30 | A conversation with Michael Rosenberg, CEO of the Promotion in Motion Companies  

In episode thirty of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with president and CEO of The Promotion In Motion Companies, Michael Rosenberg. They discuss supply chain, being ahead of trends, his “get rich slow business” philosophy, and how the pandemic affected food and beverage manufacturing. Michael started the business out of his college dorm room in 1979 with only $150. It is now one of the fastest growing consumer packaged goods companies in the U.S, where they make and market some of the most popular snacks, better-for-you products, and confections in North America and around the world. Michael will also be having his three children joining the business within the next few years.

About The Promotion in Motion Companies

The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc. (PIM) is one of North America’s premier makers of fruit snacks, confections and other treats. PIM is ranked amongst the top 50 global confectionery companies and has also been named as one of the fastest growing CPG companies in the U.S. by Boston Consulting Group and IRI four times in the past six years.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/promotion-in-motion/

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Food for talk, episode 29 | A conversation with Steven Flyer, partner of AUA Private Equity Partners 

In episode twenty-nine of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, Steven Flyer. They discuss lower-middle markets, the importance of demographics and psychographics, and how to marry capability and real life experiences. Steven was in Merchant Banking at CIBC World Markets, where he discovered his interest in the business side of things. He noticed a trend in growing markets of the Hispanic population and saw a space to cater to businesses in that market. Steven emphasizes knowing trends, developing an expertise, and understanding the segment you are working in.

About AUA Private Equity Partners

AUA Private Equity is an operationally-focused, lower middle-market private equity firm that makes control and significant minority equity investments in companies in the consumer products and consumer services sectors. In addition, the firm targets Hispanic-oriented companies and family-owned businesses located in the United States. AUA Equity defines the Hispanic-oriented market as companies that are Hispanic-owned, currently target or could benefit from targeting the Hispanic consumer, or predominately employ Hispanics.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/aua-private-equity-partners/

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Food for talk, episode 28 | A conversation with Zak Romanoff, President of OMNI Food Sales 

 Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with the President of OMNI Food Sales, Zak Romanoff. They discuss using social media to market a food business, big data, understanding customer needs, and the innovation and change in the supermarket industry. The business has been in Zak’s family for five generations and he watched his father grow it into the largest perishable food broker in the New York/New Jersey market. Zak started within the business at a very young age and has come to know the life cycle of a manufacturing retailer. He has become a master in the food distribution industry and has given 6 keynote speeches on the subject!

About OMNI Food Sales

OMNI Food Sales services all departments: Meat, Deli, Dairy, Frozen, Grocery, Seafood, and Food Service. It has been in Zak’s family for 5 generations. The company’s mission is to work behind the scenes to facilitate the sale. Their brand advocates to provide customized product and selling solutions & strategies for each of their principals.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/omni-food-sales/about/

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Food for talk, episode 27 | A conversation with Lou Scaduto Jr., CEO of Food Circus 

In episode twenty-seven of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with the CEO and President of Food Circus, Lou Scaduto Jr. They discuss being part of a family business, the supply chain process, grocery retail competition, and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the grocery store chain. Food Circus was started by Lou’s grandfather, which originally was a candy store down by the Jersey Shore. In 1956, Food Circus was incorporated in Middletown, NJ which was taken over by Lou’s mother. Lou Scaduto Jr. started working for the family business at the age of 14 and worked from the bottom-up. There are now 5 supermarkets in Monmouth county around the Jersey Shore area.

About Food Circus Super Markets

Food Circus is a locally owned and family operated supermarket chain of 5 Super Foodtown stores serving the Monmouth County, NJ area since 1956. It’s roots run deep into the communities that we operate and we strive to give back to those local communities to support their needs to the best of our ability. The company does this as one TEAM, together, with the support and dedication of our approximate 700 team members.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lou-scaduto-jr-158369a/

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Food for talk, episode 26 | A conversation with Glenn Langberg, CEO OF GRL Capital Advisors & Seaman's Beverage and Logistics  

In episode twenty-six of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with the CEO of GRL Capital Advisors and Seaman’s Beverage and Logistics, Glenn Langberg. They discuss how businesses can successfully pivot during the pandemic, how to create customer loyalty, and how Glenn came to run multi-national, large companies. He started out on Wall Street and worked in many different industries, eventually realizing his passion for helping other companies grow, thus creating GRL Capital Advisors. Glenn has grown Seaman’s Beverage and Logistics from the ground up; it is now the fastest growing company in the wine and spirits industry. Glenn emphasizes working for a better outcome and surrounding yourself with people smarter than you!

About GRL Capital Advisors

GRL Capital Advisors is a market leader in corporate consulting, advisory services, real estate development and management services, turnarounds and strategic principal investments.

About Seaman’s Beverage and Logistics

Seaman’s Beverage and Logistics is a premier importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and other countries around the world. The company offers warehousing, logistics, private label programs and operational services for third party importers, producers, and distributors.

For more information, visit

http://seamansimports.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/grl-capital-advisors-llc/

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Food for talk, episode 25 | A conversation with John Longstreet, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association 

In episode twenty-five of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, John Longstreet. They dive into the restaurant and hospitality industry, how the industry has been impacted since the pandemic, and how the PRLA has pivoted due to these changes. John has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 45 years and has worn many hats throughout his time in the business. He was the President and CEO of the casual dining Pennsylvania brand Quaker Steak & Lube. In 2014 he became the President and CEO of the PRLA, where he has great influence over the industry.

About the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

Founded in 1937, the PRLA strives to promote, protect, educate, and improve the hospitality and tourism industries in Pennsylvania. It conveys the unified voice of the hospitality industry to the Commonwealth’s citizenry and elected officials.

For more information, visit

 https://www.linkedin.com/company/pennsylvania-restaurant-&-lodging-association

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Food for talk, episode 24 | A conversation with Clay Dockery, Chairman of the Board of Private Label Manufacturers Association

In episode twenty-four of Food for talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with Clay Dockery, Chairman of the Board of Private Label Manufacturers Association. 

 For more information, visit

Private Label Manufacturers Association | PLMA

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Food for talk, episode 23 | A conversation with Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Farm Fresh Foods

In episode twenty-three of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Food’s CEO, Stew Leonard Jr. Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh foods emphasizes customer service, employee care, and fresh foods. Stew Leonard has grown the grocery business to nearly $500 million in annual sales, with more than 3,000 team members, and 7 stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It was dubbed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by the New York Times, as it has many forms of entertainment, such as animatronics and costume characters to entertain children while their parents shopped. Under Stew, the grocery store chain has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 10 consecutive years. As noted by the poster, Stew has had ups and downs throughout his business and in turn has gained immense experience in the food and beverage industry that is delved into in this podcast episode.

About Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Foods

Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Foods began as a small dairy store founded by Charles Leo Leonard in 1969 with just seven employees. Stew, Charles’s son, turned the farm into a retail dairy store and it expanded into fresh foods from there. The grocery store was known for its customer service and employee care, as it provided entertainment for children while parents could get their shopping done. It is still family owned today, with Stew Leonard Jr. as the President and CEO.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/stew-leonard’s/

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Food for talk, episode 22 | A conversation with Michael O' Donnell, President of Bellmullet Food and Beverage Group

In episode twenty-two of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, talks with Belmullet Food and Beverage Group President, Michael O’Donnell. Belmullet provides sales and marketing services in food and beverage segments. Michael explains how he works with all channels within the food and beverage industry and more specifically, the success he has had working with national, regional, and independent retailers.

About The Belmullet Food and Beverage Group, LLC

The Belmullet Food and Beverage Group provides sales and marketing services in food and beverage segments. The create business plans, marketing/sales plans that provides sound guidance for short and long-term success. They work in all channels within the food and beverage segment. They make National, Regional, and Independent retailers headquarters presentations.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjtodonnell/

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Food for talk, episode 21 | A conversation with Corey Arenson and Michael Rolland, of LoDel

In episode twenty-one of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with food delivery entrepreneurs Corey Arenson and Michael Rolland. Hear how Corey and Michael have been laser focused on expanding LoDel’s on demand food delivery service in specific niche markets throughout the country.

About LoDel

LoDel is an on demand food delivery website and mobile app.

For more information, visit

http://lodel.com

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Food for talk, episode 20 | A conversation with Michelle Retik, CEO of B.A.D. Food Co. 

In episode twenty of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Founder, CEO, and Troublebaker of B.A.D. Food Co., Michelle Retik. A classically trained pastry chef, Michelle has taken the plunge into starting her own business and is determined to change the mindset that just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean it has to be bad for you!

About B.A.D. Food Co.

The B.A.D. Food Co. mission is to vanquish the food masquerading as healthy and bake real food for real people. To ensure nothing artificial or refined ever darkens our doors. To be stubbornly dedicated to being better and delicious, guaranteeing 
that our food always makes you feel Heck Yeah!.

For more information, visit

https://badfoodco.com/

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Food for talk, episode 19 | A conversation with Emilio Mignucci, Owner of DiBruno Bros. 

In episode nineteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Emilio Mignucci, Owner at DiBruno Bros. Emilio discusses what it has been like operating during the era of COVID-19.

About Di Bruno Bros

Since 1939, Di Bruno Bros. has been recognized as the region’s finest specialty food retailer. They offer the highest quality, most innovative specialty foods and fresh products in the market, served with exceptional customer care.

For more information, visit

http://www.dibruno.com

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Food for talk, episode 18 | A conversation with David 'Rev' Ciancio, Head of Marketing at Branded Strategic Hospitality 

In episode eighteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Head of Marketing at Branded Strategic Hospitality, David ‘Rev’ Ciancio. ‘Rev’ takes us through the multiple touchpoints that make up a typical customer journey before they even get to a restaurant. More importantly, he’s an expert burger taster!

About Branded Strategic Hospitality

Branded Strategic Hospitality “BSH” is a micro venture  solutions-orientated platform that leverages its network of hospitality venues, deep expertise and experience to identify, test and invest in HI-TECH (Hospitality Industry Technology), Emerging Concepts and UF&B (Unique Food & Beverage) and how it impacts operators and customers.

For more information, visit

https://www.brandedstrategic.com/

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Food for talk, episode 17 | A conversation with Ed Stevenson, Member & Co-Chair of the Corporate & Securities Group at CSG 

In episode seventeen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Ed Stevenson, Member and Co-Chair of the Corporate and Securities Group at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG). Ed speaks to CSG’s devotion and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

About Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

For more than 45 years, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, formerly Wolff & Samson, has been respected for the in-depth insight and creative solutions we provide to clients as legal and business advisors. Extending beyond the uncommon legal acumen of our professionals, CSG is highly regarded for advancing our clients’ legal and business success in matters big and small, on a local, regional and national basis.

For more information, visit

http://www.csglaw.com

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Food for talk, episode 16 | A conversation with Michael Durant, President & CEO of Food Industry Alliance of New York 

In episode sixteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with the Food Industry Alliance of New York President and CEO, Michael Durant. In this episode we learn that even with years of experience in public policy and politics, nothing could have prepared lawmakers and decision makers for the impact that COVID-19 has had on the grocery industry as well as how the aftermath will continue to impact grocers long after the virus has passed. Michael and Howard also discuss what steps the the industry can take in order to proactively prepare for these new challenges.

About The Food Industry Alliance of New York

Representing the grocery industry of New York State, The Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc. is a trade association for grocers and supermarket chains.

For more information, visit

https://www.fiany.com/

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Food for talk, episode 15 | A conversation with Dustin Cherry, Client Strategist, ForceBrands 

In episode fifteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with ForceBrands Client Strategist, Dustin Cherry. In this episode Dustin tells us how he found his way to ForceBrands, his direct-to-consumer experience and his thoughts on how the companies that figure out how to reach the consumer in a different and unique way are going to grow big – even in this environment.

About ForceBrands

ForceBrands is the leading specialized recruiting firm for the consumer products industry — they build the teams that build the brands. Their industry-specific divisions BevForce, FoodForce, BeautyForce, HerbForce, and PetForce offer executive search services, board of director assembly, and a digital job board to connect directly with qualified candidates.

For more information, visit

https://forcebrands.com/

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Food for talk, episode 14 | A conversation with Michael Tucker, President of Long Island Food Council 

In episode fourteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Long Island Food Council President, Michael Tucker. In this episode we learned how Michael went from being a theater major in college to ending up as President of the Long Island Food Council (LIFC) and how the LIFC works to cultivate connectivity among food companies on Long Island.

About Long Island Food Council

Long Island Food Council provides a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve, and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Members benefit from our committees, educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities, business advisory services, and monthly networking events.

For more information, visit

https://www.linkedin.com/company/long-island-food-council/

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Food for talk, episode 13 | A conversation with Bill Passarotti, Partner of Palmer & Cay

In episode lucky thirteen of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Palmer & Cay Partner, Bill Passarotti. In this episode we will learn a little about Bill, Palmer & Cay and their incredible 152-year existence!

About Palmer & Cay

Palmer & Cay is a specialty commercial insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm specializing in industry niches with complex risks and extensive service needs, delivering high value services to clients on a worldwide basis.

For more information, visit

http://www.palmerandcay.com

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Food for talk, episode 12 | A conversation with Linda Doherty, President of New Jersey Food Council 

In episode twelve of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) President, Linda Doherty. Howard and Linda discuss how Linda’s background has brought her to the where she is today, her role at the NJFC, what the council stands for, and how they help their members.

About New Jersey Food Council

The New Jersey Food Council is an alliance of food retailers and their supplier partners united to provide vision and leadership to advance the interest of its members.

For more information, visit

https://njfoodcouncil.com/

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Food for talk, episode 11 | A conversation with Steve Somers, President at Vigon International 

In the eleventh episode of Mazars Food for Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader and podcast host, Howard Dorman, sits down with Steve Somers, President at Vigon International. Howard and Steve discuss who Vigon is, what they do, and the value they bring to the food and beverage industry.

About Vigon International

Vigon International, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of high quality specialty ingredients. Vigon develops and maintains unique strategic partnerships with major global ingredient manufacturers, providing over 2,000 different products and servicing customers in select flavor, fragrance, cosmetic, and specialty ingredient market segments. Comprehensive manufacturing and distribution capabilities coupled with their key partnerships has firmly established Vigon as one of the most progressive companies in the industry. Vigon is ISO9001:2015, ISO22000:2005, ISO/TS22002-1:2009, and FSSC 22000 certified.

For more information, visit

https://www.vigon.com/

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Food for talk, episode 10 | A conversation with Brad Finkel, Owner of Hoboken Farms 

In the tenth episode of Food for Talk, host Howard Dorman, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, sits down with Hoboken Farms Owner, Brad Finkel. Howard and Brad discuss Hoboken Farms’ roots (pun intended ) and how Brad has grown his business from selling in local farmer’s markets to the shelves of stores like Whole Foods.

About Hoboken Farms

Hoboken Farms is the only family-owned American company that has organically grown from a local, outdoor farm market concern into a beloved emerging national brand.

For more information, visit

http://hobokenfarms.com/

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Food for talk, episode 9 | A conversation with Phil Jones, Director of Mazars Cybersecurity Practice

In our ninth episode of Mazars Food For Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader and Food for Talk host, Howard Dorman, talks with Philip Jones. Philip is a Director in the Mazars Cybersecurity Practice and has performed on over 100 security/privacy projects for the DOD, federal government, startups and fortune 500 companies. Tune in to learn how you can protect your company against cyber risk – especially in a remote-working environment.

About Mazars USA Cyber Security Practice

Mazars’ Cybersecurity experts help organizations in all industries, both nationally and globally, understand and manage their cyber risk. Our professionals provide a unique combination of foresight, experience, and hands-on execution to assist you in mitigating risk and protecting your business.

For more information, visit

https://www.mazars.us/Home/Services/Consulting/Risk-Consulting/Cybersecurity-Data-Protection

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Food for talk, episode 8 | A conversation with Chris Doering, Senior Reporter at Food Dive 

In our eighth episode of Mazars Food For Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader and Food for Talk host, Howard Dorman, sits down with Food Dive Senior Reporter, Chris Doering. Howard and Chris discuss how Chris got into writing and more specifically – writing for a food and beverage industry focused publication. They talk about the industry trends Chris was seeing pre-COVID and which ones may or may not stick around post-COVID and why.

About Food Dive

Food Dive provides in-depth journalism and insight into the most impactful news and trends shaping the food industry. The newsletters and website cover topics such as manufacturing, packaging, ingredients, R&D, flavor trends, and more.

Food Dive is a leading publication operated by Industry Dive. Our business journalists spark ideas and shape agendas for 10+ million decision makers in competitive industries.

For more information, visit

https://www.fooddive.com/

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Food for talk, episode 7 | A conversation with Lou Cooperhouse, President & CEO of BlueNalu 

In our seventh episode of Mazars Food For Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader and Food for Talk host, Howard Dorman, sits down with BlueNalu President and CEO, Lou Cooperhouse. Lou and Howard discuss the fascinating concept behind BlueNalu, the exciting projects they are working on, and how they are modern day pioneers in the food industry.

About BlueNalu

BlueNalu’s mission is to be the global leader in cellular aquaculture, providing consumers with great tasting, healthy, safe and trusted cell-based seafood products that support the sustainability and diversity of our ocean.

For more information, visit

https://www.bluenalu.com/

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Food for talk, episode 6 | A conversation with Alex Baloga, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA)

In our sixth episode of Mazars Food For Talk, we’d like to introduce you to Alex Baloga. Alex is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA). Alex and Howard discuss what the PFMA does for businesses state-wide and his role at the association. Alex provides an optimistic viewpoint on the current state of what is going on in the industry and reminds us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

About the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) is a statewide trade association advocating the views of convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors operating in Pennsylvania.

PFMA’s membership consists of national chain stores, regional chains and locally owned independent retailers of all sizes. Their 800+ corporate members operate more than 3,500 retail food stores and employ more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians.

For more information, visit

http://www.pfma.org

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Food for talk, episode 5 | A conversation with Bob Bauer, President at the Association of Food Industries (AFI)

In our fifth episode of Mazars Food For Talk, we’d like to introduce you to Bob Bauer. Bob is the President at the Association of Food Industries (AFI). Bob and Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Howard Dorman, will discuss how the AFI can help educate members on how to comply with current import/export regulations, how some food service distributors have been able to pivot their operations and sell directly to retail, and more.

About Association of Food Industries

Association of Food Industries is committed to developing programs that facilitate the business of its member companies, encourage free and fair trade, and foster compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.

For more information, visit

https://www.afius.org/

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Food for talk, episode 4 | A conversation with Mark Macellaro, President of the New Jesery Food Processors Association 

In our fourth episode of Mazars Food For Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Howard Dorman, asks Mark Macellaro, President, New Jersey Food Processors Association his thoughts on the present we currently know and more importantly what he thinks the future holds for us.

About New Jersey Food Processors Association

The New Jersey Food Processors Association is a community of food and beverages companies, suppliers, and organizations that promote industry growth throughout the Garden State region through education, resource sharing and strong member partnerships.

For more information, visit 

https://www.njfoodprocessors.org/

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Food for Talk, episode 3 | A Conversation with Alan Reed, Executive Director of Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network 

In our third episode of Mazars Food For Talk, we’d like to introduce you to Alan Reed. Alan is the Executive Director at Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network. Alan and Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Howard Dorman, will talk about how Chicagoland continues to strive to bring their members timely and insightful information amid the current environment and the methods in which they deliver that information have changed over night.

About Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network launched in 2017 with a unique mission: To leverage the power of the food & beverage industry in Chicagoland to grow the industry, and the local economy.

For more information, visit 

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network - Home

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Food for talk, episode 2 | A conversation with Julia Heyer, Managing Director at Heyer Performance Inc. 

Our second episode of Mazars Food For Talk, features an informative conversation between Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Howard Dorman and Julia Heyer, Managing Director at Heyer Perfomance Inc. Together, Howard and Julia talk about the factors to consider when we reenter back into ‘normal’ dining out life and how do restaurateurs create comfort in this changed environment.

Mazars’ Food for Talk is a podcast that dives into industry impacts, trends and more while talking with industry leaders that will help us dissect what is going on in the food and beverage industry. Follow our hashtag, #MazarsFB on social media to keep up with all things Mazars Food and Beverage.

About Heyer Performance

Heyer Performance delivers exceptional value to its clients – be they real estate owners, food halls, hotels, co-working companies or any combination – by delivering Food & Beverage and experience development as strategic tools to improve their returns.

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Heyer Performance – Restaurant Consulting & Developing (heyerperformanceinc.com)

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Food for talk, episode 1 | A conversation with Brian Choi, Managing Partner & CEO of The Food Institute 

During the first episode of Mazars Food For Talk, Mazars Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Howard Dorman and Brian Choi, Managing Partner and CEO at The Food Institute discuss how Brian plans on bringing his financial services background to his newly appointed role at The Food Institute and his plans for the future of the association.

“At heart, I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve always had that mindset, even as a kid.” – Brian Choi

Mazars’ Food for Talk is a podcast that dives into industry impacts, trends and more while talking with industry leaders that will help us dissect what is going on in the food and beverage industry. Follow our hashtag, #MazarsFB on social media to keep up with all things Mazars Food and Beverage.

About The Food Institute

Since 1928, The Food Institute has provided business news and complete industry data to help members make informed decisions on what’s happening right now. Through Today In Food daily e-news alert and the biweekly Food Institute Report, members receive insight quick enough to respond to real-time issues and opportunities in the marketplace. The Food Institute also offers discounts on educational webinars and books that cover the sector’s crucial issues. We track trends and food business decisions every day and each week.

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The Food Institute - Your Source for Food Industry News, Data, & Trends

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DISCLAIMER:  All information shared on Mazars Food For Talk extends from reputable sources. The views expressed here are meant to serve as suggestive guidance, based on the knowledge and expertise of the co-hosts and guests.