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TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits
Oct 6 2021
TLC Todd-versations Presents Local Bounti with Brian Cook
What happens when a legacy brand joins forces with tech startup? Success for the company, the consumer, and the planet. As Brian shared, Pete’s and Pete’s Living merged with Local Bounti in what one employee described as a zipper coming together with all the teeth fitting in place. Listen as Todd-versations chats with Brian Cook, president of Local Bounti about their commitment to doing good, transforming the definition of local, and their efforts to be transparent with everyone along the supply chain. Regenerative is at the core of what they do. They seamlessly incorporate their stack and flow technology to maximize their growing footprint while maintaining the same size greenhouse. They focus on transforming their local communities, their workforce, and the environment. Kudos to you Local Bounti!
TLC Todd-versations Presents Healthy Family Project with Amanda Keefer
Cause marketing, a healthier food world, impacting future generations, and doing well by doing good, what organization comes to mind? If you said Healthy Family Project, ding, ding, ding- you got it in one. Listen as Todd chats with Amanda Keefer, managing director of Healthy Family Projec on a myriad of subjects about everything from her stint at NASA, finding ways to connect families with their food, lifestyle choices, and why wouldn’t you, Elon Musk. The brainchild of John Shuman, a visionary and example of how to live your life with purpose, Healthy Family Project- originally named Produce for Kids, grew from his concern and care for his fellow men, women, and children. At its heart, HFP is all about making a difference for the planet and the people that steward its future with information, education, and better-for-you food brands.
May 17 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with John Williams of LG Herndon Jr. Farms
Do you know the story behind the Vidalia onion? Do you know it is a state and federally protected brand? One could say it is the “champagne” of onions, due to tight controls and a limited growing region. Listen as Todd-versations chats with John Williams of LG Herndon Jr. Farms about this, leaps of faith, and their ability to invest in good people and causes like the Gary Sinise Foundation with their Memorial Day and July 4th Onion Promotion. Learn more at http://vidaliasfinest.com/ (http://vidaliasfinest.com)
May 12 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents BeeFree with Jennifer Wiese
Todd-versations is delighted to introduce you to a family that finds opportunities in challenges. Listen as Todd chats with Jennifer Wiese about how her family rallied around an autism diagnosis, creating a runway for her son Auggie to thrive and live life on his terms. BeeFree gluten and dairy-free treats are the result of converting beloved family recipes with the help of Jennifer’s mom, aka Queen Bee, and running them by teenage taste testers. Jennifer says her tribe and the generosity of people who took a chance on her led to the BeeFree Warrior Mix you see on store shelves today. Listen as she shares how family favorites incorporated into the product line reflect their enthusiasm for life and ability to make magic happen every day.
May 10 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Phil Gruszka of AYO Almond Yogurt
Todd-versations is excited to introduce you to AYO almond yogurt. AYO yogurt is the brainchild of the Billings family, fourth-generation California almond farmers. As Todd heard from Phil Gruska, seeking ways to expand market penetration of their exceptional organic almonds, AYO was born as part of their forward-thinking, farm-to-spoon, good-for-you vertically integrated company. 80% of the world’s almond supply comes from California, but the Billings family wanted a vehicle to showcase their love and care for their almonds. Their AYO yogurt is pure goodness, makes you smile when you eat it, and obviously, return for more.
May 5 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine
The only way we will change the issues facing us today is to recognize "We're the ones we're waiting for." Listen to Todd-versations' friend Stephen Ritz, founder of Green Bronx Machine, discuss what gets him up in the morning. Filled with passion, purpose, and hope, we believe his infectious attitude will inspire you too. Todd has told Stephen on more than one occasion, “I’m glad to be on this planet with you.” He's a master of the jam, a wordsmith extraordinaire, and a builder of relationships using his two eyes and five fingers to connect with people every day. His challenge to all of us: be an advocate, help others find their voice. Words to live by: be nimble, be impactful, and work to develop partnerships with the lives we touch.
May 3 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits Fresh Produce & Floral Council Speech
Join Todd-versations as we salute the front-line workers who made sure we could have food and flowers on our tables over the last few years. We had the opportunity to give this shout-out at Fresh Produce and Floral Council’s 2022 Expo, “Salute to Fresh." The produce industry has been handed an opportunity amidst the resurgence of eating at home the last few years have given us. We challenge you to discover unique ways to speak to your base about the benefits gained from eating fresh fruit and vegetables, how to incorporate them into meal plans, and ways to select, store, and prepare them. Listen in to discover what you missed!
Apr 28 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Westfalia Fruit with Raina Nelson
Meet Raina Nelson, president, and CEO of Westfalia Fruit USA. She learned a lot growing up on a Florida citrus operation, don’t cut corners, the value of hard work, and understanding the concepts of people, planet, and profit. Raina learned even more, watching her mom demonstrate selflessness, empathy, and service. She grew up practicing what she learned and seamlessly blended it to become a great servant leader, working to drive engagement, empower others, and listen to understand. Join us and learn about Westfalia Fruit. Their values mirror Raina's as they strive for excellence in quality, innovation, inclusivity, integrity, and health and safety.
Apr 26 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Josh Domingues of Flashfood
"Flashfood is feeding people more affordably while reducing the environmental impact of food waste." They are one of Todd-versations "Cool Companies" for 2022. CEO Josh Domingues shares they are already making a difference with 33 million pounds of food diverted from landfills and $100 million in savings consumers are putting back into already stretched food budgets. Listen as they talk with Todd about their expansion plans, some eye-opening statistics, and the pledge to continue the win-win value proposition to stakeholders on both sides of the equation.
Apr 21 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents California Avocado Commission with Jan DeLyser
Avocados from California defy Ag economic gravity! With more than 3000 growers on over 50,000 acres, avocados from California have yet to reach their zenith. Jan DeLyser shared with Todd-versations that avocados are a heart-healthy superfood, mood booster, and toast enhancer. Other names for avocados include vegetable butter, midshipman’s butter, and butter pear. Eaten regularly, avocados play a role in reducing bad cholesterol, lowering blood sugar, and sorry banana, have higher potassium levels, almost 2 to 1. Mash, scoop or add them to a shake. The possibilities are too numerous to count but know that the California Avocado Commission has recipes, fun facts, and even clothes to answer your avocado quest. Avocados are not just a sixties color anymore! https://californiaavocado.com/ (https://californiaavocado.com)
Apr 19 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Dr. Jenny Tucker USDA Deputy Administrator of the AMS National Organic Program #4
Consensus. Dialog. Patience. They're all part of the intricate process of rule-making. Listen as Todd-versations chats with Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Deputy Administrator of the Agriculture Marketing Service, National Organic Program. She explains why rule-making at the Federal level can take so much time. Simply put, it impacts people's lives. We cover the Zoomathon, April 19-28, the Origin of Livestock Rule, the Organic Transition Initiative, and the NOP learning and training options found at the Organic Integrity Learning Center. Exciting news, funding has increased for the department. Who said we couldn't add a few zeros to their budget?
Apr 14 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Produce for Better Health Foundation's Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak
Make Produce Actionable The mantra that Produce for Better Health Foundation preaches is about engaging the collective voice of the industry and the public sector to increase consumption. Sales and access don't define consumption, says Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, but rather what makes it from the plate to the mouth. Todd-versations agrees that we have a growing produce consumption and waste problem that we need to address. Listen to this lively chat about the things PBH is doing to highlight the behavioral and cognitive changes necessary to "Improve America's Health and Happiness".
Apr 12 2022
1 hr 18 mins
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Dr. Gary Beall of Nabaco Inc.
If you grow, pack, or sell cherries, melons, grapes, pears, apples, plantains, avocados, citrus, mushrooms, and more, listen up! Natuwrap by Nabaco has to get on your radar. Nabaco leans into reducing greenhouse gases by preventing food from ending up in landfills, increasing consumption by increasing go-to-market windows, and extending the shelf life of many produce items. They recognize the universal problems of greenhouse gases, food insecurity, and food waste. They work to solve them with Natuwrap, an intriguing clay, and polymer, OMRI-approved coating. Natuwrap coated produce doesn't have a recognizable change to its look, feel, or taste. What's up next for Nabaco? Recyclable paper packaging to replace plastics, oh my!
Apr 7 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Blue Stripes Urban Cacao with Oded Brenner
"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." People have said it, even included it in songs, but the reality is that things that bring us sudden turns in our lives can rarely be predicted or anticipated. That's what happened to Oded Brenner as he shares with Todd. It was during one of those sudden changes that led him to an invitation that changed his life. Blue Mountain, famous for coffee, is also home to cacao. Listen to the story of how this zig in Oded's zag changed his trajectory and helped him to find what would feed his passion, reduce food waste, increase consumption, and revolutionize an industry.
Apr 5 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Merryfield's Kim McDevitt and Joe Dickson
Break through the noise! Todd-versations sat down with two Merryfield powerhouses, Kim McDevitt and Joe Dickson. If you're not familiar, Merryfield is on a mission to provide thoroughly vetted, better-for-you brands, educate us as to what we need to look for, and incentivize the shopping experience by rewarding us for purchasing those brands. We leaned into topics surrounding food waste, increasing consumption, up-cycling food, and the power of your diet.
Mar 31 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents host of RFD-TV's "Where The Food Comes From", Chip Carter
He's the publisher of Southeast Produce Weekly and host of RFD-TV's "Where The Food Comes From". As the son of a preacher, a member of a large extended family, and many storied travels Chip Carter shares what he learned, his reasons for adventuring, and why he returned to his roots. Three important lessons he shared with Todd, live like someone is watching, don't discount anyone, and realize we have more similarities than differences. Good start. Don't you think?
Mar 29 2022
1 hr 36 mins
TLC Todd-versations Presents James White, Chairman of the Board, Honest Company
Lean into this Todd-versation as we chat with James White. He's a trusted advisor, mentor, and friend. James, known as a turnaround master, is focused on bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to businesses from the entry-level positions to the board room. Lately, he's been called a must-read author along with his daughter, Krista. Find out who inspires this man on today's episode. And get a hold of his inaugural read, Anti-Racist Leadership: How To Transform Corporate Culture In a Race-Conscious World. This link is to a poem shared with him in high school. It has stayed with him and been a North Star in many situations. https://poets.org/poem/if (https://poets.org/poem/if)
Mar 22 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits with Jim Kurtz of Harvest Harmonics
Luck of the Irish? We think not. It is all about their Kyminasi Plant Booster Technology that will get you the green and supercharge your crop’s photosynthesis. Listen as Todd-versations chats with Jim Kurtz, a Senior Farm Consultant at Harvest Harmonics. This concept is one of Todd’s “Coolest for 2022 Companies". It may become one of yours as well, because who doesn’t like fewer inputs, an increase in nutrient absorption, root density, and plant growth, and the big one RESULTS backed up by field trials and Harvest Harmonics’ wallet? There is no power source needed for this plant booster. It is just low-frequency waves communicating with the plant and Mother Nature.
Mar 17 2022
TLC Todd-versations Presents David Weinstein
Who does the heavy lifting? David Weinstein shares his answers to this question and many more today on Todd-versations. He is a student of history and watches as the pendulum of time continues to change the ebb and flow of society, culture, and our food system. Ag tech, food security, continuity of interests, the politics of food, and much more are explored as we sit down to chat about all things David currently ruminates on.
Mar 15 2022
1 hr 48 mins
TLC Todd-versations Presents Todd-Bits FPFC with Raley's Michael Schutt and Albertson's Brian Presley
"I don't look at it as philanthropy; I see it as an investment in the community." Paul Newman This quote is an apt description of the heart of Fresh Produce and Floral Council. Leaning into their mission of connecting members to information, education, and professional networking, they are determined to help their collective membership as well as the industry we love. FPFC is a purpose-driven organization that believes in social responsibility, volunteerism, and giving a hand up. Under different circumstances, many of the attendees are competitors. But at the FPFC Expo, "Salute To Fresh", on April 6, at the Anaheim Convention Center, shared circumstances transcend the competitive nature, and relationships thrive.
Mar 10 2022