Food Marketing Nerds Restaurant and CPG Marketing Podcast

Food Marketing Nerds is an interview series with restaurant marketing experts, the best in CPG marketing, and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. In this weekly podcast series, show host, Alex Oesterle, talks marketing, branding, and social media, diving into the hard and sometimes uncomfortable questions to uncover what's working and what isn't in world of food and beverage marketing. From CMO's to social media managers, the ideas and strategies will change the way you approach your CPG or restaurant marketing. If you're in the food and beverage space or intend to launch your own venture, these interviews are an amazing resource for practical tactics you can implement from day one. After co-founding a digital agency aimed at helping food and beverage brands boost sales to millennials, Alex started interviewing experts in the field to get insights into what makes the best food and beverage brands so successful. He created this podcast to share these interviews with you, and to help other food and beverage businesses achieve their goals in an actionable and entertaining way! Visit for show notes, interview transcripts, and free resources to help you achieve your restaurant marketing or CPG marketing goals.
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Sep 30, 2020

We’re chatting with Margaret Fortner, Head of Growth at the digitally savvy Hydration mix company, Hydrant. The company has thrived as a direct to consumer brand; so much so, they’ve recently expanded into the retail space. Hydrant is as data-driven as companies come, which has helped them dominate the world of e-commerce. 

As Head of Growth, a big part of Margaret’s role is to help make sense of the company’s sales and marketing data, making sure important learnings are taken into account throughout her team’s ongoing efforts. Looking at their digital advertising, Hydrant may have 50 or more different ads running at any given moment, testing and uncovering what levers deliver the highest ROI.

And in this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to adapt the creative review process for rapid iteration
  • What incentives convert interested leads into buying customers
  • Why you need to update your approach to split testing

And plenty more. 

Just a friendly heads up, in a couple of sections of the conversation, we get a little more into the weeds of data analysis than usual, but those parts are relatively short. If that’s not your thing, bear with us, because there’s plenty of practical insights around performance marketing applicable to all food and beverage brands with a growing digital presence, D to C or otherwise.

So without further adieu!

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Sep 23, 2020

We’re chatting with David Klavsons, CEO of King Juice / Calypso. By volume, Calypso is the leader in bottled lemonade, and while the product has always been amazing, the company’s growth was a little stagnant. That is, until David entered the picture. Since assuming the role of CEO, David has staged a massive turnaround, helping Calypso in all areas from marketing and branding to sales and distribution. In his words, Calypso has focused on mastering the basics, and that approach is paying dividends.

David has extensive CPG experience, having worked at Pepsi, Kraft, and Frito Lay - helping companies thrive in the industry is basically second nature for him. Thankfully, he was happy to dumb things down to help me understand. While this specific conversation focuses a lot on bottle beverages specifically, a lot of the topics would be make perfect chapters in a “Winning in CPG for dummies” book.

In this episode, you’ll learn 

  • What hires are most crucial for breaking through a plateau
  • Why you shouldn’t write off a smaller social media following
  • What metrics matter in leading a company turnaround
  • Why fact-based selling is crucial to successful product sell-through

And plenty more. David is awesome, and I know you’re about to learn a ton from his interview.

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Sep 17, 2020

On the show today, we’re jumping into some do’s and don’ts of social media video. With how aggressively social platforms change and release new features, we brought on Matt Oesterle, manager of video production at our own Blue Bear Creative, to talk through the latest best practices relevant to food marketing in 2020.

If you’re looking to up your content game on social, this episode offers plenty of practical insights on how to set your videos up for success.

Let’s get after it.

Sep 9, 2020

Today’s episode goes out to all the Kombucha nerds in the audience. This interview is a little bit of a change in pace from our usual conversations around tactics and strategies within food and beverage marketing - instead, we're diving deeper into a category that's had a major impact on the food and beverage industry. 

Today, we’re chatting with Hannah Crum, founder and president of Kombucha Brewers International. Hannah, otherwise known as the "Kombucha Momma", has a profound understanding of the industry, best practices, and what it takes to be a success. As you’ll soon hear, Hannah’s demeanor is as effervescent as the Kombucha her trade association represents. 

If you’ve ever considered launching a Kombucha product line or have crossover with the category in some way, then stay tuned for today’s deep dive into the rapidly evolved world fermented tea!

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Sep 2, 2020

Joining us on the show today, we’ve got Lucinda Wright, Co-Founder and CEO of Cask & Kettle. If you aren’t familiar, Cask & Kettle is a company that is truly in a category of one. They make the first and only spiked coffee K-Cups on the market, ranging from the more traditional Irish Coffee to their Hot Blonde Coffee with vodka, and even a Spiked Dry Cider.

Lucinda has an incredible depth of expertise in CPG. She was VP of Marketing at Kelloggs, where she helped to build Raisin Bran into a powerhouse brand. She’s also worked with a number of similar household names, before getting into consulting for, you guessed it, growing CPG brands. 

Lucinda has been putting her past experience to good use, from navigating the regulation heavy spirits industry to borrowing big brand principles and executing with start-up scrappiness.

We’re discussing a lot of the do’s and don’ts when it comes breaking ground with an innovative product, and in this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • How to perform big brand consumer research on a start-up budget
  • Why marketing to your product’s buyers may be the wrong approach
  • What to avoid when adding SKUs to your product line

And plenty more...

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