Emerging CPG Brands and Building a Name in VC

In this episode, Brian sits down with Taylor Foxman, Founder and CEO of Industry Collective, to discuss the booming beverage and cannabis industry.

Podcast: Emerging CPG Brands and Building a Name in VC

Did you know you can develop a whisky in a lab in just five months, contrary to the usual five years?

In this episode, Brian sits down with Taylor Foxman, Founder and CEO of Industry Collective, to discuss the booming beverage and cannabis industry. Taylor has spent the past 11 years in communications and PR roles for 70 global wine, beer, and spirit brands and was recently awarded 40 under 40 for industry and brand Innovator of the Year. Taylor discusses market saturation due to consumer demand and Covid-19 leading to more brands entering the market, health implications of drinking alcohol, and increased investment in non-alcoholic beverages and cannabis products.

Join us as we navigate these topics with one of the top minds in beverage marketing!

Key Highlights

[00:01 – 08:44] 13 Years of Serving Global Wine, Beer, and Spirit Brands and Innovating the Beverage Industry

  • Taylor’s brief background and career
  • She began her career in beverages at 19/20, working as an intern for SPED vodka
  • Alcohol consumption has increased dramatically during COVID, with a proliferation of new brands and startups in the space
  • There are more resources available now for people to create brands from the ground up

[08:45 – 17:28] The Non-Alcoholic Beverage Market: Is There Room for More Brands?

  • Market saturation in the beverage industry is increasing due to consumer demand
  • Consumers have more optionality than ever before with non-alcoholic beverages, and there is no downside to this category
  • Younger generations are more accepting of abstaining from drinking and don’t need to rationalize it

[17:29 – 30:09] The Growing Acceptance of Cannabis and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • Independent brands are leading the charge for non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cannabis use is widely accepted and practiced in certain peer groups more than alcohol
  • Education is needed to help people understand the wider category of cannabis products
  • The venture capital market is currently very challenging for entrepreneurs and sponsors

[30:10 – 38:38] How to Achieve Your Goals with Daily Practices

  • Celebrity partnerships and influencer partnerships are becoming more popular, which will cause a shift in strategy this year
  • Brands are moving towards premiumization, with higher price points
  • Manifesting is an important daily practice for Taylor to bring peace to her life

[38:39 – 40:04] Closing Segment

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