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Season 4.5: PeasOnMoss' origin and pivot

PeasOnMoss Podcast

Release Date: 06/27/2020

Season 4.5: PeasOnMoss' origin and pivot show art Season 4.5: PeasOnMoss' origin and pivot

PeasOnMoss Podcast

To start by saying that 2020 has been the most insane half-year ever is a gross understatement. In some ways I've seen our world and communities come together, focusing on a distant horizon of "better," while recognizing that a lot of work needs to be done to get there. In others, I've seen fear and suspicion lead to traumatized relationships. In all this, people have continued to eat, and our food industry has continued to produce, but in different areas, at different volumes, and at different costs. I've kept the podcast schedule essentially on track, with a very brief acknowledgement of...

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Marketing expert Stephanie Robbins - intro to the marketing team and why R&D should care show art Marketing expert Stephanie Robbins - intro to the marketing team and why R&D should care

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Stephanie Robbins and Kimberly met at the 2019 in Chicago when she served as the VP of Marketing at La Terra Fina. She, alongside her colleague Dan Howell, shared a compelling presentation on fostering collaborative relationships between product development and marketing. They described how the development of a trusting and synergistic cross-functional team led to more product success, quicker launches with fewer errors, and a better workplace. Stephanie joined us on PeasOnMoss podcast to expand on that presentation and to tell us about work she's doing post-La Terra Fina. Stephanie does...

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Preview: Marketing expert Stephanie Robbins on life post-corporate work show art Preview: Marketing expert Stephanie Robbins on life post-corporate work

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Former VP of Marketing at La Terra Fina has a bright outlook for her future and doesn't carry regrets about her last work. From working to foster a strong cross-functional team at LTF, to learning to respect and trust the expertise of her teammates, Stephanie possesses a strong self-awareness of her internal strengths. In this preview, Stephanie and Kimberly catch up in 8 months of life and work and consider the next steps. Our connection is an example of how important networking events are to expand our circles and relationships, but the honest and vulnerable conversations that we get to...

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PeasOnMoss special statement: taking a breath show art PeasOnMoss special statement: taking a breath

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We're taking a break this week from our usual interview show to give our community time to consider the events of the week and our individual and social responsibilities to seek social justice for every single member of our food and beverage industry and of our society overall. I have been so blessed and honored to share the stories of our diverse food and beverage community, and it's in the spirit of sharing the stories that I stand with our black community as we all struggle through recent violence, murder, and subsequent protests and riots. Racism has no place in our community, and we all...

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Preview: Research Chefs Association President Justin Kanthak on pivoting conference to online quickly show art Preview: Research Chefs Association President Justin Kanthak on pivoting conference to online quickly

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Justin Kanthak wears several hats, notably as the head of the snack segment for Griffith Foods and as the president of the professional trade organization, the Research Chefs Association. In March 2020, the US food industry was tremendously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the cancellation of international and trade conferences, and the RCA annual conference was forced to cancel the in-person gathering. The weight of understanding what could be done instead weighed on the RCA board leadership, and Justin joined the podcast to share his thoughts about how the industry will...

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Mon Hei Bakery's Aaron Chan - first Chinese bakery in Seattle and legacy show art Mon Hei Bakery's Aaron Chan - first Chinese bakery in Seattle and legacy

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Aaron Chan's grandfather founded the Mon Hei Bakery to bring Chinese pastries to the burgeoning International District of Seattle with funding from investors. While the concept itself isn't new in this modern food startup world, the significance is the timing: the year was 1979. Fast forward over thirty years, and the Mon Hei Bakery was a provider of affordable and old world Chinese dumplings, hom bao, egg tarts, and mooncakes. Regulars flocked there to buy fresh snacks, and the Chan family had established themselves as active members of the community. Tragically, on Christmas Eve 2013, the...

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Preview: Aaron Chan's family's bakery - a documentary in the works show art Preview: Aaron Chan's family's bakery - a documentary in the works

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When Aaron Chan joined the PeasOnMoss podcast to share the story of the Mon Hei Bakery in Seattle, WA, the city's first Chinese bakery, he explained that a documentary was being created about his grandfather's food start-up and the mission to bring affordable Chinese pastries to the West Coast. You'll get to hear the full story of the bakery, the fire, and the business' work in the six years since the tragedy next week. And keep an eye out on Instagram for updates about Mon Hei and where you can get their pastries (or order them for your next event). The coronavirus pandemic has struck us...

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Forging your own path in nutrition and marketing with Kiran Bains show art Forging your own path in nutrition and marketing with Kiran Bains

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Kiran Bains is a relatively new graduate with a masters degree in nutrition science and owner of a nutrition consulting business . Kiran and Kimberly connected through LinkedIn and decided to record our introductory call as a conversation starter for younger professionals. Kiran has a passion for introducing nutrition science majors to a wider variety of career opportunities than are typically described. She also has a passion for marketing and understanding how marketing teams could leverage nutrition expertise and how nutrition professionals could market their messages to engage consumers. ...

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Chef Wiley Bates III - the key to success is more than talent, it's persistence show art Chef Wiley Bates III - the key to success is more than talent, it's persistence

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A past member (a gold medalist, in fact) of the , Chef Wiley describes his journey as coming from humble roots being surrounded by big players who took him on and pushed him to excel. His superpower: relentless commitment to being better, learning more, and personal improvement. Chef drops incredible insight and knowledge throughout his story, and it's impossible to choose the single best lesson he shared. Today, chef is the Food Service Manager for , having transitioned to sales to learn the other side of the business. He came from hotel food service, worked at Yum Brands, and worked as a...

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Preview: IFF's Chef Wiley Bates III on mentorship and leadership show art Preview: IFF's Chef Wiley Bates III on mentorship and leadership

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Chef Wiley Bates III strongly feels that if he hadn't worked for the chefs and supervisors he had, he doesn't know where his career would have gone. Now, as a corporate chef and manager, he takes it as his mission to find the people on his team who need that type of nudge, too. Mentorship isn't an accidental activity - it's deliberate, it's observant, and it's flexible. In this preview, Chef takes us through his mentorship theory and gives middle managers some action items to start implementing in our workplaces. The coronavirus pandemic has struck us hard, but I've been amazed by how we...

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To start by saying that 2020 has been the most insane half-year ever is a gross understatement. In some ways I've seen our world and communities come together, focusing on a distant horizon of "better," while recognizing that a lot of work needs to be done to get there. In others, I've seen fear and suspicion lead to traumatized relationships.

In all this, people have continued to eat, and our food industry has continued to produce, but in different areas, at different volumes, and at different costs. I've kept the podcast schedule essentially on track, with a very brief acknowledgement of today's challenges, because the show is focused on the industry, not on social justice. But, a holistic view of the industry does have to include the challenges that each of our members take on, and I will not be silent about this. 

As we move into the next season, we are pivoting the podcast from guest-focused interviews to topic-focused features. Now you'll be able to hear more diverse perspectives about a single subject in the same episode. 

I have loved the insights shared by the guests who have joined the show, whether they were experienced research chefs sharing their hard-earned lessons, or entrepreneurs discovering the complexities of the food industry. Thank you for following it for the past four years, and I'm hopeful that it can continue for the years to come. 

As we pivot to the new style, I decided to indulge in a monologue about my journey, to share with you some of the influences that led me to the product development world. Next week, we'll look at career management and how involvement in a professional organization can shape your growth as a worker and eventually a leader.

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