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Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and Consumer Industries entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin is a digital commerce leader, author, communicator, and Consumer Products / Retail industry thought-leader based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information and guest access, visit contendercast.com. Every winner started as a contender!
 
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Yet a new frontier of enormous opportunity to improve results is hidden in plain sight. According to a Fortune 500 study, as much as 80% of working time is lost to tiresome meetings, unclear expectations, difficult decisions and other wasteful delays. Overcoming the lack of clarity behind this waste - on both an individual and organizational basis …
 
It was 2019 in San Francisco when Ian Monat, a sommelier by day and gigging bass player by night, began to imagine a great-tasting, better for you hemp-infused seltzer. He already found that hemp enhanced his live music performances. The clear, uplifting effects helped with mood, focus, and dexterity. But adding hemp tinctures to soda water tasted …
 
Each bag of Kazoo Tortilla Chips is made using 40% upcycled corn germ. This reduces their water footprint by at least 20 gallons per 11oz bag (compared to 100% new growth corn), without compromising on taste. And that’s awesome because sustainable food should taste great too! Founder Josh Death joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing snack food b…
 
Everyone knows that cigarettes aren’t as popular as they once were. As more and more people became aware of the massive health risks involved in their continued use, the popularity of the once ubiquitous oral accessory has dwindled, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still lots of smokers out there who know they should quit but don’t want to give u…
 
Tire Agent was founded by Jared Kugel, a tire industry veteran for more than a decade. He has tires in his blood, since his family owned tire distribution centers and retail stores. Jared saw how traditional tire stores stuck with the decades old customer purchasing and installing experience. He believed people should be educated about the tires th…
 
Hälsa Foods (Halsa means “health” in Swedish) is the manufacturer of oatmilk yogurt. It is one of the first plant-based oatgurt made from whole grain oats and the world’s first dairy-free yogurt without a single artificial ingredient. Co-founders Helena Lumme and Mika Manninen join Justin to share details on this fast-growing food brand!…
 
Batteries Plus is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair franchise with a nationwide network of stores. With access to more than 60,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories, they have the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available. Batteries Plus offers unmatched servi…
 
Starr Edwards is the charismatic entrepreneur behind San Diego’s Bitchin’ Sauce. A foodie at heart, she initially planned on pursuing a career as a personal chef. Then, with a young family to feed, she infused her fun, fresh flavors into a host of Bitchin’ Sauces. An immediate hit at the local farmers market, it wasn’t long before they made their w…
 
Wan Kim was first introduced to Smoothie King while studying at Boston University before going on to earn his MBA at the University of California at Irvine. Wan became a huge fan of the concept and opened the first international Smoothie King location in South Korea in 2003. Within six years, Wan had opened 120 stores in South Korea and eventually …
 
In a quest to find a healthier alternative to traditional burgers, co-founder, Jason, quickly realized that the grocery aisles were full of imitation meats and veggie burgers but all were either highly processed, frozen, bland or loaded with preservatives. Not to mention they didn’t even look appetizing! He was determined to create a better option …
 
The first and only spirits line distilled with pure organic cane sugar, that also meets all five official certifications including Vegan, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, and USDA Organic – meet Drake’s Organic Spirits. For hard alcohol that’s not hard on the planet—or your palate, taste the difference organic spirits can make. Founder and CEO Mark An…
 
The texture of a proper Japanese drinking moment can be a beautiful balance of experiences. Aroma and flavor are a given, but temperature, feel, sight, and sound all play equally important roles in elevating the sip above a mere drink. This is life in high fidelity. Sip slowly. Sip Honkaku. Founder Christopher Pellegrini joins Justin to discuss thi…
 
The city you call home. The neighborhood where you bought your first apartment. The street corner where you shared a first kiss. Terratorie’s maps are designed to honor local community, neighborhood spirit, and pride in all the places we make memories. Founder Torie Partridge joins Justin to discuss this unique, creative and fun growing business!…
 
At Cleanyst, they combine industry experience with a passion for environmental sustainability and innovation. They developed a revolutionary platform that empowers you to easily mix your favorite cleaning and personal care products at home so you can reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions, save money and enjoy new and exciting options for produc…
 
Meet 4Front. They have combined proven large-scale cultivation and manufacturing leadership with long-standing retail, regulatory and strategic growth capabilities to create a cannabis company built for the long haul. 4Front currently owns, operates or manages cultivation and production facilities and retail facilities across five states with headq…
 
The Vegan Knife was formed to help those who suffer from food allergies and enjoy a vegan lifestyle. After struggling with some health challenges and unable to eat gluten, dairy or shellfish any longer, Julie Butcher left her job in the corporate world and spent two years perfecting the recipes so the company could deliver a product that was truly …
 
Wilde Brands is a new innovative snack company delivering complete whole food protein snacks made with lean meats, gluten-free grains, seeds and super fruits; all slow-baked to perfection with some Wilde herbs and spices. Wilde Brands could only ever have a wild founder, enter Jason Wright. He fell in love with chips early in his childhood, with a …
 
As founder Matt Cohen says, “We get it: we all have our favorite foods (we'd eat ‘em every day if we could). As parents who believe our families deserve the best, we created a version of kid classics that are as mouth-watering good as they are good for us all. How? By choosing the best ingredients for every recipe. Now that's what you call real mea…
 
Stryx was founded on a basic insight: Men seek to look handsome. Stryx began when a pimple nearly ruined a wedding. Every man has an experience from a first date, important meeting, or daily video call where a blemish can distract from their best performance. Somewhere along the way men’s faces got neglected. Left uncared for, the male face has bec…
 
Mother Nature knows best. That’s why she added a peel to fruit -- more vitamins, fiber and antioxidants have been shown to be present in the rind than any other part of the fruit. As nature's original packaging, rinds are prized for their various healthful properties. Keep it real, eat the peel! Founder and CEO Matt Weiss joins Justin to discuss th…
 
Plant power to the people! Plants survive and thrive by releasing endogenous biochemicals that help them flourish under various circumstances, and many of those plant botanicals can help humans perform at their best, too. That’s why Zolt superdrinks are powered by plants (a whole entourage of ‘em) and optimized for performance. Each formulation of …
 
When Lin Jiang was a child in China, her mom would make black sesame cereal for her when she got home from school. The smooth, semi-sweet, toasty flavor made it one of her favorite foods. In China, black sesame cereal has been a staple food for hundreds of years because of its flavor and wellness benefits. As an adult, she began working and found h…
 
A family company born behind a bar, the husband and wife team at Brothers Artisan Oil takes natural seriously. They're best known for their award-winning beard oil, a GQ and Esquire favorite, but their handcrafted line includes a plethora of products for the body and home. And every purchase does good--their "clean products for clean water" initiat…
 
When Diana Levy originally started Undercover Chocolate Co., her goal was to make decadent chocolate covered goodies for events, gifts and holidays. People would tell her how much they loved her chocolates, then take a little bite and try (as best they could) to resist over doing it. Diana loved the chocolates but what she really craved was the sat…
 
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